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 How to Apply

Applications open on 21 March 2019 and will close 26 April 2019 at 11:55pm AEST.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for the graduate program at the Attorney-General's Department you must:

  • be an Australian citizen.
  • have completed your relevant degree no more than four years before the program commences (on or after December 2015) or be completing your degree by December 2019.
  • meet the relevant degree requirements:
    • policy stream – you must have completed (or will complete by December 2019) a minimum qualification equivalent to a three year Australian undergraduate degree
    • legal practice stream – you must have completed (or will complete by December 2019) a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor and be eligible to enrol in a practical legal training course that leads to admission in Australia, be eligible to be admitted in Australia, or be admitted to practice in Australia

Applicants offered employment will be required to successfully undergo a police record check and be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency at a specified clearance level. The successful applicants must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information.

All policy graduate positions are based in Canberra. Legal practice may provide positions in the Sydney and Melbourne offices. However, the majority of positions are based in Canberra, which may mean you will need to relocate. We may offer financial assistance to graduates who are relocating from their home state.

Working in a department that delivers critical policy for the country is unique, challenging and always exciting.

Are you part of our future?

We value different views, experiences and backgrounds and want to reflect the diversity of the Australian community in our workforce. We recognise that diversity will help develop our staff, our organisational culture, and our business in fulfilling our mission of achieving a just and secure society.

We are looking for engaged and highly capable graduates who:

  • have strong academic results
  • think critically and are curious
  • respond positively to change and feedback, demonstrating flexibility and resilience
  • build relationships with clients, stakeholders and peers
  • research to find solutions to challenges and apply creativity
  • apply sound judgment
  • communicate and engage professionally with people.

In return, you will be supported to become a well-rounded policy officer, or a legal professional with sound skills, knowledge and experience in an area of law.

How to apply

Applications open at 7:30am AEDT on 21 March 2019.

Applications close at 11:55pm AEST on 26 April 2019.

As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • your current résumé
  • a response to the questions in the application form (max. 750 words)
  • your current transcript

Apply now for our 2020 Graduate Program.


The Attorney-General's Department is committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability. The RecruitAbility scheme applies to the graduate program.

Our participation in the APS RecruitAbility scheme means we will progress an applicant with disability to a further stage in the recruitment process, where they opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements.

For more information on the RecruitAbility scheme, refer to the Australian Public Service Commission's RecruitAbility Applicants Guide.


For further information about the application process please review our candidate information guide:

If you are experiencing difficulties lodging your application please contact us by email HR.Assist@ag.gov.au or call 02 6141 6111 (option #2).

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