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We're planning for the future...

Looking to contribute to Australian Government policy making and program delivery? Can you see yourself working alongside Australia's most intellectual minds, advising on significant national and international matters?

As a graduate you will work on a variety of interesting and important policy and program 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, program and legal objectives.

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 culture, and our business in fulfilling our mission of achieving a just and secure society.

Who we are looking for

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
  • bring and share diverse perspectives
  • apply sound judgment
  • communicate and engage professionally with people.

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

Our graduate program offers the chance to experience a range of challenging and exciting opportunities to help develop your career in one of our streams:

  1. policy and program
  2. legal practice (Australian Government Solicitor)
  3. economics
  4. industrial relations legal

We also seeking graduate applicants through separate Affirmative Measures processes for the following streams:

  1. Affirmative Measures – Indigenous
    • Policy and Program
    • Legal Practice (Australian Government Solicitor)
  2. Affirmative Measures – Disability.
    • Policy and Program

About our program

In 12 months, you can:

  • gain diverse experience through a number of rotations
  • explore potential career paths
  • learn from mentors
  • build valuable networks with previous graduates, supervisors and senior leaders
  • contribute to our workplace culture by managing fundraising activities, cultural activities and social events
  • develop new skills and knowledge through an engaging orientation program and extensive development program
  • access further studies, including the opportunity to complete your practical legal training leading to your admission (required for the legal streams)
  • work on a variety of interesting and important policy issues, program delivery and legal matters, often in unique and precedent-setting work of importance to Australia.

On successful completion of the program you will be offered a permanent placement with the department.

Networks and groups

We provide a great opportunity for graduates to form strong networks through activities such as 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.

Flexible working arrangements

Our flexible work environment allows you to balance your work and personal responsibilities. We promote a healthy work-life balance, have generous employment conditions and offer a competitive salary. Our workplace embraces technology to support flexible working arrangements.

Our graduate employer ranking

We are proud to be ranked as one of Australia's Top Graduate Employers List for the past seven 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
Top Graduate Employers 2021

We have also been placed as one of the Grad Australia Top 100 Graduate Employers!

gradaustralia – Top 100 Graduate Employer 2021

For the past two years we have also been nominated for the Australian Financial Review and GradConnection Best Law Graduate Employer.

Grad Connection Top 100 Finalist 2020
GradConnection – Seek – Top 100 Finalist 2021 – Financial Review

Contact details

HR Assist

Call: 02 6141 6111 (option #2)
Outside Australia: +61 2 6141 6111 (option #2)
3–5 National Circuit BARTON ACT 2600

Human Resources

Workforce planning and capability