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Policy graduates

As a policy graduate, you can expect to work on a variety of thought-provoking and challenging work, such as improving the family law system's response to domestic violence, working to better protect children or older Australians from abuse and collaborating with the private sector, states and territories and international partners to improve community safety and national security.

Policy graduates will participate in rotations across the department, working on policy and programs in areas that may include:

  • civil justice
  • family law and legal assistance
  • criminal justice
  • law enforcement
  • crime prevention
  • national and protective security
  • international law
  • human rights
  • native title
  • constitutional law
  • protective security and integrity.

Policy graduates may also have the opportunity to rotate through the department's corporate areas including human resources, strategy and governance and finance.

Your role may include:

  • contributing to the development and implementation of legislation, policies or programs
  • undertaking analysis, research and critical thinking
  • preparing written briefs, submissions, reports and ministerial correspondence
  • managing events including ministerial and council meetings.
I am surrounded by driven, thoughtful, effective people with a passion for public service.

During the graduate program you will participate in development activities including a major project, where you will have an opportunity to present to senior leadership. You will also contribute to a range of cultural and social activities including a high profile speaker series and fundraising initiatives. You will receive support from supervisors and access to learning and development activities, including the opportunity to complete further study.

We invite applications from graduates of all university disciplines including arts, business, commerce, communications, economics, humanities, international studies, law, management and science. We are seeking graduates with a strong academic results (a distinction average or above).

All policy graduate positions are based in Canberra which may require you to relocate. Financial assistance may be offered where graduates are relocating from their home state.

Visit our Graduate profiles to find out more from our most recent graduates.