Graduate Program

Applications for the 2019 Attorney-General's Department Graduate Program have now closed. 'Like' us on Facebook for key updates on the selection process.

Do you want to work at the heart of Australian Government policy making, or with Australia's foremost legal minds advising on significant national and international matters?

The Attorney-General's Department delivers programs and policies to maintain and improve Australia's law and justice framework. Through the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS), we provide legal services to the Commonwealth (including legal advice and representation).

AGS is the Australian Government’s central legal service. It is a centre of excellence and expertise in areas of law of importance to the Commonwealth and in managing complex, systemic and novel issues for the Commonwealth. AGS practise principally in the areas of:

  • government, constitutional and administrative law
  • dispute resolution and law enforcement
  • corporate and commercial law.

Our 12 month graduate program offers two streams – one for Policy graduates and one for Australian Government Solicitor and Office of International Law (legal practice) graduates.

As a 2019 graduate, you will:

  • enjoy an interesting orientation to the department and the Australian Public Service
  • be part of a development program to build your skills and experience
  • participate in a range of rotations to learn more about the us and our work
  • have a positive support network of supervisors, buddies, mentors and senior leaders
  • be able to contribute to our culture through fundraising and events
  • have access to further study which may include the opportunity to complete your practical legal training leading to your admission
  • an ongoing role on successful completion of your graduate year.

Our graduate program shows you the range of career options available to you across government policy and legal practice. We work on a variety of interesting and important policy issues and legal matters, in often unique and precedent-setting work of importance to the Australia. You will interact with real clients, the Australian community, key stakeholder and other government jurisdictions to help achieve the Australian Government’s policy and legal objectives.

For more information about our program including the selection process, visit the following pages:

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

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