Graduate Program: Department of Finance

Finance’s award-winning Graduate Program is open to graduates from all degrees who embrace our values.
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* as voted by 2020 Graduates across Australia who took part in the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE) survey.

Applications for our 2022 Graduate Program have closed.

Applications for the 2023 Graduate Program will open in March 2022. 

We encourage graduates from all degrees to apply. By starting your career at Finance, you will contribute to whole-of-government policy, influence strategy and help deliver practical outcomes for the community of Western Australia.

Our program starts in February 2022 and offers:

  • a competitive starting salary of $71, 896 plus superannuation
  • 12 month fixed term contract with possibility of extension or permanency
  • exposure to different business areas on a rotational basis
  • career development
  • extensive support networks
  • diverse and inclusive culture
  • flexible working conditions.

Previous graduates have been involved with:

  • providing strategic advice on public sector programs, projects and policies
  • overseeing the construction of major non-residential buildings including schools and hospitals
  • procuring goods and services for public sector agencies to ensure effective service delivery 
  • administering revenue laws through the collection of revenue and payment of grants and subsidies
  • enabling effective Departmental operation through ICT support, organisational development and data analytics.

Graduates rotate at least three times during the 12 month program. The rotation process aims to match departmental needs with your degree, skills and interests.

You can learn more about the work we do by:

Who can apply

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Eligibility requirements and selection criteria for the graduate program.

We are looking for graduates who are:

  • aligned to our values
  • results driven with an ability to build positive relationships and networks
  • flexible, resilient and innovative.


To be eligible to apply for the Graduate Program, you must have:

  • Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  • completed a university degree in 2020 or 2021.


Our Graduate Program recruits from a wide range of majors, including but not limited to:

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Behavioural Science
  • Commerce
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analytics
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Project Management
  • Psychology
  • Science

Selection criteria

In the selection process the following requirements will be assessed:

  • how you embody the Department's values
  • course weighted average (%)
  • research skills
  • written communication skills
  • initiative
  • conceptual and analytical skills
  • oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • teamwork skills.

How to apply

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Advice for preparing and lodging your application.

Follow the steps outlined in the Graduate Program Application Guide , complete the Checklist and submit your application online at

To progress through the selection and recruitment process, we strongly encourage you to follow this information. You must ensure your application provides all of the information requested in the advertisement.

Applications must be received by the closing date and time. We are unable to accept incomplete or late applications.

Application process

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Understand the application process, how we evaluate and select applicants, so that you have the best chance of success.

Before lodging your application check that you have included a:

  • cover Letter following the instructions contained in the Graduate Program Application Guide
  • resume that outlines your education, employment history and responsibilities (paid and unpaid) and achievements
  • copy of your Academic Transcript clearly showing the units you have studied and grades, as well as your course weighted average (or course average to date)
  • copy of your Australian Birth Certificate, valid Australian Passport, Australian Citizenship Certificate or Permanent Residency Visa
  • Graduate Program Application Checklist

1. Application

The purpose of our application process is to gain an insight into your skills, abilities and experience. This information will help us to assess all applications to ensure we select the most suitable applicants for the program.

We also examine your extra-curricular commitments as well as your interest in working for Finance.

Graduates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We strive to be responsive to community needs by employing a workforce that is representative of the diverse community we serve. Indigenous Australians and people with disabilities have been identified as diversity groups lacking within our current workforce and applicants from these diversity groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

2. Selection

We are required to select and appoint the most suitable applicant for the job. For more information on Public Sector Recruitment, please refer to the Public Sector Standards.

The selection panel will use the information supplied by applicants throughout the recruitment and selection process to determine their level of competitiveness against the job requirements (also referred to as the selection criteria). For the Graduate Program, this includes assessing written applications, video interviews, observing group work, face to face interviews and referee reports. You will be advised in advance what assessments are being used.

3. Decision

Recruitment decisions are made by a panel and are based on a holistic assessment of the recruitment and selection process.

When determining the most suitable person(s) to be appointed, the selection panel and the Approving Officer may take diversity groups or other business needs into account.

4. Results are in!

Successful and unsuccessful candidates are notified of the outcome at the end of the recruitment process.

Applicants can lodge an appeal during the four day breach period from the time applicants receive notification of the selection decision (for more details on the breach process refer to the Public Sector Standards). Applicants can also request feedback at this time.

Applicants who are 'recommended' will be offered a position on the program. Applicants who are deemed 'suitable' will be placed in a pool and may be used to fill a similar vacancy in the future.

Recommended graduates are sent appointment letters and are invited to a graduate meet and greet morning tea prior to commencement.

Frequently asked questions

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Additional information about the Program, in the form of answers to common questions.

How can I learn more about the Department?

Does the Department only look for Finance students?

We are a diverse organisation delivering a range of services; all degrees are considered for the Graduate Program.

I graduated in 2020 - can I still apply?

If your final unit was completed in 2020 you are eligible to apply. If you only attended the graduation ceremony in 2020 you are ineligible.

If your final unit was completed in 2020 and you are studying a higher degree (Honours, Masters and Grad Diploma) which is due for completion in 2021, you are still eligible to apply.

Do I need to complete an Honours or Masters degree to apply?

No, a Bachelor degree is sufficient.

What academic average do you look for?

Approximately 65% or above.

Does the Department employ overseas students?

You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to be eligible to apply for the Graduate Program. Evidence must be provided.

Does the Department employ mature aged students?

Mature aged students are welcome to apply.

How do I apply for the Graduate Program?

Graduate opportunities are posted on You need to ensure your application provides all of the information requested in the advertisement. Applications must be received by the closing date and time.

When do applications open?

Applications for the 2022 Graduate Program open on 3 May 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

What documentation do I need to provide?

  • Graduate Application Checklist
  • Covering letter
  • Resume
  • Academic transcript
  • Evidence of eligibility - Australian Birth Certificate, Australian Passport, Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency certificate

What is the preferred method of lodging the application?

The preferred method is the online application process located at (Department of Finance). Only files in Word or PDF format will be accepted. Zipped files will not be accepted.

We also accept posted applications. Send your application to Recruitment Team, Department of Finance Graduate Program, Locked Bag 41, Cloisters Square WA 6850. Posted applications must be received by the closing date and time. Registered post is recommended.

I don't have all of the requested paperwork. Can I still apply?

You must provide all of the requested paperwork for your application to be considered. Details can be found in our Graduate Program Application Guide. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

What does the selection process consist of?

There are four stages to the selection process. The most competitive applicants will proceed to the next stage.

  • Stage 1 - Written Application
  • Stage 2 - Online Assessment
  • Stage 3 - Written Assessment
  • Stage 4 - Group Assessment and Final Panel Interview

Do I need to attend stages 3 and 4 in person?

Due to the assessment methods used, applicants need to attend these stages in person. If COVID-19 restrictions are in place, Microsoft Teams or Zoom platforms will be considered.

Will you pay for flights / accommodation to attend stages 3 and 4?

No, applicants need to arrange and pay for all of their travel expenses.

When will I be notified of the outcome?

A decision will be made and the most suitable applicants offered a graduate position within four weeks following stage 4. Successful applicants will receive offers of employment with a start date in February 2022. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email and provided with the opportunity to receive feedback on their application.

When does the Program start?

The Program commences in February each year.

What is the starting salary?

A starting salary of Level 3 (Public Sector and Government Officers General Agreement 2014) - $71, 896 plus 9.5% superannuation.

What is a Recruitment Pool?

All suitable applicants will be placed in a recruitment pool. If you are not selected for a graduate role but placed in the recruitment pool, you may be offered similar Level 3 positions that are either permanent or a fixed term contract. 

Please note that being placed in the recruitment pool does not guarantee you a job offer. These pool opportunities will be available for 12 months.

Where would I be working?

We have offices in the Perth CBD and Osborne Park.

Each graduate will rotate at least three times during the 12 month program. The rotation process aims to match departmental needs with each graduate's degree, skills and interests.

Key dates

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Important dates for the 2022 Graduate Program application process.

Stage 1: Written Application

Applications open 3 May 2021 
Applications close 10am (AWST) Monday 31 May 2021    
Late applications will not be accepted. 

Stage 2: Online Assessment

Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June 2021
Please ensure you provide up-to-date contact details on your application. 

Stage 3: Written Assessment

Thursday 29 July 2021
Optima Centre, 16 Parkland Rd, Osborne Park
An email will be sent to notify you of the time. 

Stage 4: Group Assessment and Final Panel Interview

Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 August, and if required Thursday 19 August 2021 
Optima Centre, 16 Parkland Rd, Osborne Park
An email will be sent to notify you of the time.

Stage 5: Recommendation and Appointment Letters 

Friday 24 September to Monday 4 October 2021
Letters will be distributed by email and post.

Stage 6: Accept/Decline and Original documentation

Wednesday 14 October 2021
Documentation will need to be hand delivered to 
Optima Centre, 16 Parkland Rd, Osborne Park

Stage 7: Start Date

Monday 7 February 2022


Department of Finance's Lara Connor at the Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards  2019
News story

Department scores graduate award double

The Department of Finance has won two Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards from the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE).
Page reviewed 10 June 2021