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How to apply

I am surrounded by driven, thoughtful, effective people with a passion for public service. I'm confident that this is the best place for me to start my career. Alex, Graduate.

To apply for the Attorney-General's Department Graduate Program—policy and program stream and/or legal practice stream, you must submit your application through our online application system​.

Applications open: TBC
Applications close: TBC

There is one application for both streams. The application process allows you to select one stream or both. The stages in the selection process apply to both streams.

The online application process should take about 30 minutes to complete. You will need to provide a current CV and your most recently completed academic transcript (PDF formats are preferred).

Once you submit your application, there are three assessment stages.

Stage 1: online psychometric testing

If you meet the eligibility requirements and have submitted a completed application, including required documentation, you will be invited to undertake online psychometric testing. This assessment process is composed of online ability assessments, designed to measure your analytical thinking, problem solving and decision making competencies. You will also complete a series of graduate talent simulations, designed to measure whether you are more or less likely to demonstrate the types of behaviours that make you successful in the job.

If you are successful at this stage, you will progress to stage 2.

If you are not successful to progress from this stage, you will be notified via email.

Stage 2: shortlisting by application

In this stage your overall application will be assessed, based on the details provided in your application, CV, current academic transcript and response to the selection criteria.

If you are successful at this stage, you will progress to stage 3.

If you are not successful to progress from this stage, you will be notified via email.

Stage 3: assessment centre / interview

At this stage, candidates who have progressed from stage 2 and have applied for the policy and program stream will be invited to participate in an assessment centre in Canberra. Each assessment centre runs for approximately half a day, and candidates are expected to attend. Assessments conducted during the session may include:

  • individual interview
  • group exercise
  • written exercise.

Candidates that have progressed from stage 2 and have applied for the legal practice stream will be invited to participate in a face to face interview in Canberra.

Candidates who are not invited to an assessment centre or interview will be notified via email.

Offer of employment

Candidates who have been found suitable from the assessment centre / interview process will be notified by email.

Candidates who are offered a position on the Graduate Program will commence the required health and security clearance process and liaise with the department regarding their relocation to Canberra (if applicable).

Candidates who did not receive a suitable rating will be notified by email.

All candidates from the assessment centre / interview will receive a feedback report when the process has been completed.

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