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Graduate program stream

Applications for the Policy and Program stream and the Economics stream through the Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP) have now closed for 2023.

As an economics graduate you can expect to

  • examine economic issues relating to the labour market and industrial relations
  • provide analysis and advice on topics including wages growth, minimum wages, methods of setting pay, trends in enterprise bargaining, forms of work, productivity, and industrial disputation
  • brief senior leaders and ministers on key trends in economic data
  • contribute to the Australian Government’s submission to the Annual Wage Review, the process in which minimum wages are set in Australia
  • help develop industrial relations policy by providing economic and labour market evidence and data
  • conduct research and statistical analysis (including econometric modelling) on industrial relations issues in the domestic and international contexts.

You will also

  • participate in development activities including a major project, which you will present to senior leadership
  • contribute to a range of cultural and social activities including high-profile speaker series and fundraising initiatives
  • receive support from supervisors
  • get access to learning and development activities, including the opportunity to complete further study.

Placement rotations

During the program you will also have the opportunity to work across government with one of the three rotations being in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment where you will see first-hand how government departments work in collaboration to deliver better outcomes for the Australia community.


To be eligible for the economics stream you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • have completed (or will complete by December 2020) a bachelor degree in economics or related field no more than four years (on or after December 2016) before the program commences with a credit average or higher.

Police checks and security clearances

If we offer you a position on the program, you will also need to:

  • pass a police record check
  • get and keep a security clearance at the appropriate security level.

Interstate relocation

All economics graduate positions are based in Canberra. We may offer financial assistance where graduates are relocating from their home state.

Get more information

Visit our Graduate profiles to find out more from our most recent graduates.