Our Graduate Program

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Are you part of future Australian Government policy making? Can you see yourself working alongside Australia's foremost legal minds, advising on significant national and international matters?

The Attorney-General's Department (AGD) delivers programs and policies to maintain and improve Australia's law and justice framework. The Australian Government Solicitor (AGS), one of four groups within AGD, provides legal services to the Commonwealth (legal advice and representation).

As a graduate in the Attorney-General's Department (AGD) 2020 Graduate Program, you will have experience a range of challenging and exciting opportunities to help develop your career in one of our two streams – Policy and Legal Practice (Australian Government Solicitor). You will contribute to a just and secure society for today and future Australians.

As a 2020 AGD graduate, you will:

  • undertake an orientation program that introduces you to the department and the Australian Public Service
  • participate in a development program to build your skills and experience
  • experience a number of rotations to learn more about us and our work
  • have a positive support network of supervisors, buddies, mentors and senior leaders
  • contribute to our positive and inclusive workplace culture through fundraising activities and events
  • have access to further study, which may include the opportunity to complete your practical legal training leading to your admission (a requirement for the legal practice stream)
  • gain a permanent placement on successful completion of the graduate program.

As a graduate you will work on a variety of interesting and important policy issues and legal matters, often in unique and precedent-setting work of importance to Australia. You will interact with real clients, the Australian community, key stakeholders and other government jurisdictions to help achieve the Australian Government's policy and legal objectives.

The department provides a great opportunity for graduates to form strong networks through activities including the AGD Social Club, lunchtime sports and a diverse range of networks including the Women's Network, the Green Group, Indigenous Employee Network, Celebrating Ability Network and the Pride Network.

We are proud to be ranked as one of Australia's top graduate employers on the Top Graduate Employers List for the past six years.

top 14 graduate employers 2015 top 15 graduate employers 2015 top 16 graduate employers 2016 top 17 graduate employers 2017
top 18 graduate employers 2018