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The Attorney-General’s Department Graduate Program builds organisational capability by developing high potential graduates to support the department’s future technical and leadership requirements.

Our 12 month graduate program offers exciting career development opportunities across two separate streams—policy and program stream and legal practice stream.

Policy and program stream

I couldn't think of a better place to start my career than at AGD - the responsibility you're given and diversity of work is second to none. James, Graduate.

As a graduate in the policy and program stream, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate and strengthen your skills through three work rotations. This includes providing advice on issues such as human rights, family law, civil law, international law, or on national security issues such as countering violent extremism, international crime cooperation, people smuggling, and extradition. You will also have the opportunity to assist with administering programs and providing services to support access to justice, or emergency management through national disaster recovery.

We invite applications from graduates of all university disciplines including: arts, business, commerce, communications, economics, humanities, international studies, law, management, cyber and new technology and science. We are looking for graduates who have achieved a credit average result or above at university.

As a graduate in this stream, you will have the opportunity to participate in three work rotations across various areas of the department. You will receive extensive support including mentoring, access to learning and development activities and exciting ongoing career opportunities at the end of the program.

As part of the program you will also participate in networking and training and development activities, including a major project, as well as contributing to the department's culture through fundraising and other staff initiatives.

As a graduate in the legal practice stream you will have the opportunity to work in the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS), a group of the department, with some of Australia's foremost legal minds on matters of national significance. Our work spans support to government in defence (such as the acquisition of aircraft and ships), major infrastructure projects (such as the development of Western Sydney Airport), initiatives associated with major economic, regulatory and social reforms (such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme or water reform), and supporting Commonwealth clients by providing legal advice and representation (in areas such as constitutional law, taxation, migration, national security and the protection of sensitive government information).

The legal practice stream is open to graduates who have completed a Bachelor of Laws or a Juris Doctor, completed no more than four years before the program starts, and are eligible to enrol in a practical legal training course that leads to admission in Australia; eligible for admission in Australia; or admitted to practice in Australia. We are seeking graduates who have achieved a credit average result or above in their law degree.

As a graduate in this stream you will have the opportunity to demonstrate and strengthen your skills through practice rotations, a client placement and pro bono placement. You will receive extensive support from supervisors and access to learning and development activities, including the opportunity to complete your practical legal training.

AGS is the pre-eminent provider of legal services to the Australian Government and its agencies. It is one of Australia's largest national legal services providers, with more than 300 practising lawyers and an office in every capital city. AGS provides services on a commercial basis in a contestable market. AGS lawyers are expected to provide a high standard of client service and meet revenue targets. Services are delivered through three national legal practices:

  • Office of General Counsel
  • AGS Dispute Resolution
  • AGS Commercial.

​Graduates placed in Canberra will rotate through the three practices. Graduates based in other locations will rotate in the relevant practices in their offices.

As a graduate in either stream you can get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities including the AGD Social Club, lunchtime sports (touch football and soccer) and a diverse range of networks such as the Women's Network, Green Group, Indigenous Employee Network, Celebrating Ability Network, LGBTI Network and CALD Network to name a few!

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