Australian Government Graduate Program – Economist Stream


Australian Government Graduate Program

The Australian Government Graduate Program – Economist Stream is a centrally coordinated process co-led by the Australian Public Service Commission and the Treasury. The Economist Stream allows you to submit one application and be considered for Economist Graduate roles across a number of departments and agencies in the Australian Public Service (APS).

Participating Agencies

We recommend taking the time to visit each of the participating department and agencies websites to familiarise yourself with information such as their Graduate Program, employee entitlements, classification, salary and plenty more.

Participating agencies may change during the selection process. More detailed information on the final participation list will be provided closer to the finalisation of the recruitment.

About the Economist Stream

Applying for the Economist Stream will give you the opportunity to work with Australia’s leading government Economic Policy Analysts and Macroeconomic Forecasters and contribute to informing decisions on policies for the good of the Australian people.

As an Economist Graduate you will contribute to informing decisions on function of markets e.g. financial, digital, taxation, fiscal policy, macroeconomic issues and international economic issues including Australia’s participation in global economic forums. There are opportunities to contribute to advice on a range of government policy issues that cover:

  • the functioning of markets - including financial markets, digital and competition policy
  • taxation
  • fiscal policy - including social, industry and environmental policy
  • macroeconomic issues and forecasting changes in the economic environment
  • international economic issues – including Australia’s participation in global economic forums

If found suitable and selected for the APS Economist Stream you will undertake a graduate program in a department or agency that will provide you with targeted training and development to progress your skills, knowledge and confidence as a valued member of, and contributor to, the APS.

In your graduate work you may also contribute to government fiscal and monetary policies, budgetary policies, domestic and international economic situations (including industries, regions and socioeconomic groups) and forecasting changes in the economic environment.

Recruitment Process

The Treasury will be leading the recruitment of the Economist Stream with the assistance of an outsourced provider and participating agency volunteers.

Date Recruitment Stage
7 March 2022 Applications Open
25 April 2022 Applications Close
May Shortlisting
June Virtual Interviews and Referee Checks
July Merit Pool



Can I apply for both the Treasury Graduate Program and the Economist Stream?

Yes. While both the Treasury Graduate Development Program and the AGGP - Economist Stream is managed in Treasury, they are run independently of each other. Your application needs to be submitted to each round independently to be considered for each Program.


  • You must be an Australian citizen at the time of application.
  • The minimum requirement is a Bachelor degree. As part of your degree you must have a Minor or Major in Economics.
  • You will, or have completed at least an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 qualification (Bachelor degree) or higher equivalent by 31 December 2022.
  • Your most recent eligible qualifying degree has or will be completed between 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2022.
  • You will need to have attained good academic outcomes to ensure that you are competitive in the selection process.
  • You must be willing and able to relocate to Canberra (or other state based locations specified by participating agencies) for the duration of the graduate program.
  • If you are offered a role, you may need to obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance prior to your commencement -  please visit the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) for more information on security clearances.
  • You must be willing to undergo any police, character, health or other checks required.

If your only qualifying degree is from an overseas university, you will need to provide us with a statement verifying the recognition of your qualifications from an Australian state or territory government overseas qualifications unit.

Unfortunately we are unable to consider your application without this supporting documentation.


RecruitAbility is a scheme that aims to attract applicants with disability. Applicants who opt in to the scheme and meet the minimum requirements of the role are advanced to a further stage in the selection process. Merit remains the basis for engagement and promotion.

If you identify as a person with a disability, you can ‘opt in’ for RecruitAbility on the application form.

Further information on RecruitAbility is available on the Australian Public Service Commission’s website.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted before the application’s closing date.

Your online application must include:

  • your resume;
  • academic transcripts; and
  • a response to the application question

You will receive an email confirmation once you have lodged your application.

Successful applicants will be placed in a merit pool that will be considered by the APS and Commonwealth entities. Please note that agencies and departments will offer different employment conditions and graduate program features.

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Contact Information

For further information, please contact the Entry Levels Program Team via telephone (02) 6263 2222 (Option 3) or email