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Policy graduates

As a policy graduate, you will participate in rotations across the department, working on policy and programs in areas such as:

  • administrative law
  • administration of justice
  • civil law
  • constitutional law
  • corporate (such as human resources, finance, strategic policy and governance)
  • criminal justice
  • family law
  • human rights
  • information law
  • international law
  • protective security and integrity.

You can expect to work on a variety of interesting and challenging work. This may include improving the family law system’s response to domestic violence, work 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 security.

I am surrounded by driven, thoughtful, effective people with a passion for public service.

Policy graduates contribute to whole-of-government work to maintain the safety, freedom and wellbeing for all Australians.

Your role may include:

  • contributing to the development and implementation of legislation, policies or programs
  • undertaking analysis, research and critical thinking
  • preparing briefs, submissions, reports and ministerial correspondence
  • managing events including ministerial and council meetings
  • assisting with project and program management.

Check out our Graduate profiles for a snapshot of what you can expect while you’re with us.

Eligibility requirements

Policy graduates must meet the requirements of each stage of the selection process and be:

  1. an Australian citizen
  2. completing your final year of study or have completed at minimum a Bachelor degree of any discipline in the last four years.
  3. tracking towards a distinction average at the time of application and complete your degree with a distinction average.
  4. willing to undergo a security assessment and medical health check.
  5. prepared to relocate to Canberra.

Relocation assistance will be available for candidates who are moving to Canberra.