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2024 Treasury Graduate Development Program - Indigenous Affirmative Measure


Job Description:

We are seeking collaborative and highly motivated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to make a direct impact in the way government develops and implements policies for Australia, as well as those relating to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

At Treasury we offer opportunities to exceptional graduates from a range of disciplines, including law, business and commerce, finance, economics, public policy, statistics and mathematics, political science and data and more.

As well as relevant academic qualifications, we’re looking for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander graduates with highly developed written and oral communication skills, strong analytical and people skills, and those who can demonstrate influence, initiative, fairness and respect.

As a graduate joining the Australian Government’s leading economic policy adviser, you will work on policies that impact the organisation and the Australian economic landscape. Our two year program offers targeted training and development while you will complete two 12 month work rotations to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence as an influential Treasury employee.

Treasury Graduates have the opportunity to learn from others who have expertise in areas such as:

  • fiscal, tax or social policy
  • law, legislation or regulatory policy
  • market conduct and consumer data policy,
  • macroeconomic modelling
  • foreign investment
  • financial services
  • small business
  • domestic and international economic conditions

About our program

We offer a supportive structure for our graduate program therefore we currently do not support placements outside of our Canberra office (Ngunnawal Country). We understand moving away from your community can be challenging. Our onboarding processes make for a comfortable transition and include relocation assistance (upon agreement), and connection with Treasury’s Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander networks to best support you. You can actively engage with your culture in an environment that recognises the value of diverse perspectives and experiences in the delivery of the work we do.

Graduates are critical to Treasury’s workforce and are actively integrated from day one in real work activities. Based in our Canberra office (Ngunnawal Country), graduates will work in a supportive and inclusive work environment with opportunities to be involved in our many employee networks.

As a graduate you will receive:

  • bespoke formal and informal learning and development opportunities that are work and relationship-based and access highly rewarding networking experiences and events
  • a Treasury view of the Federal Budget – which offers you a fast-paced and challenging environment to hone your skills and capabilities
  • a competitive starting salary of $70,457 per annum + 15.4% superannuation (total remuneration package $81,307 per annum) based Treasury’s APS 3.2 classification level
  • opportunity for performance-based salary increases during your Graduate Development Program
  • 20 days annual leave in addition to office closure period between Christmas and New Year
  • flexible working arrangements, including flex-time and options to work from home in agreement with your manager and team requirements
  • an Annual Lifestyle Contribution allowance of $600 to contribute to maintaining a healthy lifestyle which can be used for gym memberships or to purchase sporting equipment/apparel
  • support from a graduate buddy who has been through the program before
  • relocation assistance for eligible graduates including four weeks short-term temporary accommodation and flights for your final move
  • on-site childcare centre and carer rooms – we are proudly accredited through Australian Breastfeeding Association as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace
  • dedicated quiet rooms for reflection, prayer and meditation.

For more information about the Treasury Graduate Development Program visit: http://graduates.treasury.gov.au/.


To apply for the 2024 Treasury Graduate Development Program - Indigenous Affirmative Measure you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • You must be an Australian citizen by the end of the calendar year in which you apply, e.g. become an Australian citizen by December 2023.
  • You will, or have completed at least an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 qualification (a Bachelor degree), or higher equivalent by 31 December 2023.
  • Your most recent eligible qualification must be no more than five years old (ie has or will be completed between 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2023).The minimum requirement is a Bachelor degree.
  • You will need to have performed well over the course of your studies to ensure that you are competitive in the selection process.
  • You must be willing and able to move to Canberra for the duration of the program.
  • You must be willing to obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance once accepted onto the program.
  • You must provide Confirmation of Heritage prior to commencement if you are successful
  • You must be willing to undergo any police, character, health or other checks required.

About the Treasury and our employment measures for Indigenous Australians

We seek passionate people from diverse professions who will work collaboratively to deliver the ideas and advice that will help Australia meet future challenges. By joining us, you will have the opportunity to build Treasury's knowledge, understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and ensure our work continues to represent the Australian population we serve. Indigenous employment initiatives are part of our broader workplace inclusion and diversity program that is driven by our commitment to value, respect and embrace diversity.

We are committed to making graduate positions accessible to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders through this Indigenous Employment Affirmative Measure process. While merit remains the basis for selection, engagement and promotion, this process is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

We aim to embed a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritages and cultures in economic policy making as outlined in our Corporate publications, including our:

  • Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2021-2023 and
  • Indigenous Employment Strategy 2018-2023.

Confirmation of Heritage

If you are successful in this recruitment process you will be asked to provide Confirmation of Heritage, a document that is provided by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisation ‘confirming’ or ‘endorsing’ that a person is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. We understand that acquiring this can be difficult, and we are committed to ensuring that this does not become a barrier for candidates so please get in touch with us at entrylevelprograms@treasury.gov.au if you have any questions, we're here to support you.

How to Apply

If this sounds like you click 'Apply' for comprehensive information about this opportunity. Applications close at 11:30pm, Monday 17 April 2023.


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Sydney, NSW, Australia


2024 Treasury Graduate Development Program - Indigenous Affirmative Measure


Entry Level, Finance, Government




$70,457 per year