Have you considered a career with the Australian Public Service? Are you an Economics graduate looking to kick-start your career? Choose your future at Industry, Innovation and Science!

 Applications for our 2017 Graduate Development Programme are open now until 29 April.


We accept all degree types for our Graduate Development Programme, however this year the department is specifically interested in increasing our economic capability. As such, if you have an economic related degree – we want you! Our economics graduates have the opportunity to perform applied economics across five key policy divisions — including energy, resources, science, sectoral policy and competitiveness and productivity — as well as with the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE).


Head to www.graduates.industry.gov.au for further information and to apply.


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We offer you;

  • a two year programme
  • specialised on-the-job training
  • four work placements to experience the diversity of roles and responsibilities across the department
  • advancement to APS 5 after the first year on the programme
  • the opportunity to collaborate with other graduates on a major project, tackling real-life policy issues, engaging with our stakeholders, and presenting your findings to the Department’s Executive
  • a Post Graduate Qualification in the form of a Graduate Certificate in either Economics or Management
  • a previous graduate buddy to offer support as you settle in and provide advice on how to make the most of the programme
  • a dedicated team to support you throughout the programme
  • a commitment to continuing professional development after the graduate programme.


The Office of the Chief Economist — shaping industry policy for the greater good


The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science supports the Australian Government achieve its vision for an agile economy, capitalising on Australia’s commercial and scientific strengths. It does this by designing policies and implementing programmes that facilitate growth and productivity of globally competitive industries.


Designing policies and programmes that promote productivity and economic growth requires strong analytical frameworks and a sound evidence base that can be used to make decisions. The department’s Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) was established in 2014 to provide exactly that. The OCE is a team of about 80 economists, statisticians, analysts and researchers that provides economic advice, analysis and research on topics of interest to the portfolio and our Ministers. The team is led by the department’s Chief Economist, Mark Cully. Our expertise rests in industry and innovation, resources and energy, firm analysis and business conditions, productivity and programme evaluation. Most recently, staff from the OCE played an important role in drafting the National Innovation and Science Agenda.


The OCE produces a number of major publications including the Australian Industry Report, the Australian Innovation System Report, the Industry Monitor, andResource and Energy Quarterly, as well as a series ofstaff research papers. Our findings are intended to elicit comments, stimulate debate and contribute to providing a strong evidence base for the department’s programmes. We are not just about the ’numbers’; our advice and research has tangible applications and policy relevance.


The OCE engages not only other Divisions within the department, but also collaborates frequently with other agencies. We actively encourage our graduates to grow and maintain their professional networks via our weekly series of economic seminars, discussion paper series, inter departmental presentations and all-staff events.


We consider our graduates as a valuable resource, and leverage their talent to add value to our portfolio. During recent rotations, our graduates have contributed chapters to our flagship publications, published research papers as lead authors, and represented the OCE at seminars and workshops. Our graduates enjoy a high level of autonomy as well as delegated responsibilities to better prepare them for a rewarding public service career.


Meet our graduates!


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Meet Claire, a second year grad currently working in the Office of the Chief Economist.

“I joined the department as a grad in 2015 after finishing a combined degree in Economics and Law. I have been able to gain a range of different experience in my three placements so far. My current rotation is in the Industry and Firm Analysis team in the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE). OCE carries out economic research and provides advice to inform policy development across the department’s portfolio. I am currently helping to write a chapter for the next Australian Industry Report. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved since the start of the project and it’s been great to see the whole process: initial background research, scoping the project, gathering data, performing the analysis and (soon!) writing up the findings in an accessible way. I’ve joined a very experienced team and there are a lot of opportunities to learn. (If you’re on twitter, follow OCE! @economist_chief)


The longer 6 month rotations really give you a chance to get involved in the work and get to know the team. All the teams I’ve been in have been very supportive and provide heaps of opportunities to have a go at different types of work. I have had an energy theme to my placements but there is a large variety available in the department (science, strategic policy, commercialisation, economic analysis).


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Meet Elize, a grad who joined our programme in the generalist pathway this year.

“Coming from a biomedical science background I was pretty surprised to find myself placed in the Office of the Chief Economist during my first rotation. Luckily, throughout my plunge into the world of economics, my division and my team, the Evaluation Unit, have been nothing but supportive and keen to share their knowledge. I have been involved in planning evaluations of several programmes and am just about to start helping out with the interview and data analysis stages of these evaluations. I’m particularly looking forward to learning how to deal with qualitative data and its combination with quantitative data in evaluation reporting.


Being placed in the Office of the Chief Economist also means I get to share floor space with some of the most talented economic minds driving change across the whole of government, I get to hear about new considerations such as an increasing interest in behavioural economics and I get to attend talks from a range of visiting speakers detailing key economic challenges for industry and innovation policy.


The highlight of my rotation so far has to be getting to attend inter-departmental Community of Practice meetings for the National Innovation and Science Agenda. I’ve gotten a firsthand look at how our department is a leading influence in getting programmes ready at the outset for robust evaluation of their impact down the track.


And no commentary on the graduate program would be complete without mentioning the other grads. It’s been wonderful to meet such a diverse range of people, form a support network and make great new friends. Most of them even seem to enjoy Canberra, which I appreciate as I’ve been a local for the past 10 years!”

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