“My graduate year has been a fantastic experience. I have been given the opportunity to be integrally involved in my team from the very first day, and I have learned so much throughout the year, which has enhanced my understanding of a variety of policy issues and processes. Some things I have been involved with include briefings for Treasury Ministers and senior officials, commenting on proposals brought forward by other Departments, and working on a number of projects with the view to advancing microeconomic reform.


Moving to Canberra is made easier by the fact that so many other graduates, both in Treasury and across the public service, are also new to the city. It has given me the opportunity to meet new people, who have come from all over Australia. Canberra offers a vibrant social life, and also offers plenty of opportunities to get involved with sports and other fun outdoor activities.


Treasury is a great place to work, offering an environment where graduates are given the opportunity to take the lead on policy issues at an early stage, while still being given plenty of support to help on the steep learning curve. Treasury offers something for everyone, and is the best place to gain perspective on the intricacies of policy advice and development.”
Al – 2011 Treasury Graduate



About Treasury
Treasury is the government’s premier advisor on economic issues- operating at the centre of government, we anticipate and address issues from a whole-of-economy perspective. Our mission is to improve the wellbeing of all Australians by providing sound and timely advice to the government and assisting in the implementation of government decisions.
Treasury monitors and advises on a range of economic issues, but the scope of work Treasury is involved in goes beyond economics. Monitoring the global financial outlook, the development of carbon pricing, and the production of the federal budget are just a few of the many issues that our employees are involved in.


If you have an interest in public policy and are looking for a challenging and rewarding career with the potential to impact the lives of all Australians, then Treasury could be for you.


The Graduate Development Program
During the first 18 months of your career at Treasury you will participate in our Graduate Development Program. The Program provides you with formal in-house and external training to ensure that you have the necessary skills to succeed in your role. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in key events such as the Budget lock-up and post-Budget question time.


Based in Canberra, we offer three six month placements over the course of the graduate program to ensure that you gain maximum exposure to the work of Treasury whilst also giving you the opportunity to be an integral part of challenging and topical work projects. You will receive extensive on-the-job training and will also have the support of your team, mentor, division, and senior Treasury managers as you progress through your time as a graduate.


What we are looking for in our graduates
Treasury is seeking graduates with a passion for public policy and a genuine commitment to providing the highest quality advice to the Treasurer and the Australian Government. The addition of a corporate stream to the Graduate program opens new opportunities to graduates passionate about HR, IT and Media and Communications.


Students who have strong academic standing in one or more of the following areas of study are encouraged to apply:

  • Accounting;
  • Business/Commerce;
  • Communications;
  • Economics or Econometrics;
  • Finance;
  • Human Resources;
  • Information Technology;
  • Law;
  • Marketing;
  • Mathematics/Statistics;
  • Political Science;
  • Public Policy; and related disciplines.

You must be an Australian citizen or be granted citizenship by the 30 June 2012.


Further information
Applications open on 1 March 2012 and close on 1 May 2012. Please visit to read further information or to apply for Treasury’s Graduate Program.

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