Careers at Treasury

The Department of Treasury is at the centre of Government decision making. As the principal economic and financial policy advisor we influence outcomes for the benefit of Western Australia.

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Treasury plays a key role in serving the public interest by providing the State Government with independent economic and financial policy advice.

A career at Treasury provides you with an opportunity to contribute to the shaping and influencing of government decisions, by actively contributing to the State’s economy, budget and community.  At Treasury you will perform challenging and interesting work and deal with a wide range of issues and stakeholders within government and, in some cases, across various industries.

The Department of Treasury employs approximately 270 people in the Perth CBD, located at the David Malcolm Justice Centre, 28 Barrack Street Perth.

If you then require further information, please email the recruitment team.

Who are we looking for?

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We are looking for self starters who are solution focused and who can align with our values of solutions focused, committed people, working collaboratively and making a difference as well as prospective employees who can demonstrate Treasury’s capabilities of:

  • Strategy and Analysis
  • Achieves Results
  • Builds Productive Relationships
  • Displays Personal Drive and Integrity
  • Communicates and Influences Effectively.

Treasury’s Capability Framework provides a more detailed overview of these capabilities for each level. We encourage you to read through the capabilities appropriate to the level you are applying for.

We are building a workforce that is representative of the community we live in and we strongly encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Why apply?

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Treasury is a central Government Agency that contributes to policy and Government decision making.

In joining Treasury, you will have opportunities for career and leadership development and experience challenging, diverse and interesting work in a collaborative environment. 

You will also have access to a range of health, wellness and support programs as well as flexible working arrangements whilst being based in the Perth CBD. 

Current vacancies

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All of our current job opportunities can be found on www.jobs.wa.gov.au.

The Applicant Information Pack (PDF) is designed to assist you in your job application by providing information about Treasury, how to apply, the selection process and employment conditions. We strongly encourage you to read the information contained within the job advertisement, the Role Statement and the Applicant Information Pack to give yourself the best chance of success with your Treasury application.

In March 2022, Treasury will launch its new Talent Network where you can submit your interest for short term placements. 

Graduate program

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2023 Treasury Graduate Program – Applications closed

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To register your interest in future Graduate Programs, please join the Treasury Talent Community.

The Treasury Graduate Program is a structured program that runs for 18-months with three rotations. Throughout the course of your rotations, you will develop a broad overview and knowledge of the diverse areas of Treasury, be exposed to high profile State projects, build a range of professional networks with key stakeholders, and engage in further learning and development.

As a Treasury Graduate Officer, you will perform challenging and interesting work, and deal with a wide range of issues and stakeholders within government and across various industries. The Program offers a potential rotation to the Western Australian Treasury Corporation, as well as the possibility of securing a permanent role with Treasury after the Graduate Program.

Treasury is also offering a 2023 Treasury Aboriginal Graduate Program, in addition to its existing Graduate Program, as part of our commitment to increase diversity in our workforce. 

Program Highlights

  • Training and development opportunities, including participation in the Public Sector Graduate Launch Program. 
  • Exposure to work across a variety of Treasury business units and high-profile government projects.
  • Extensive support network comprising experienced supervisors, colleagues and an allocated buddy who is part of Treasury’s Young Professional Program.
  • Future leadership and development opportunities upon program completion, including Executive and Director Shadowing, and the Under Treasurer’s Educational Development Program.
  • Attractive starting salary, flexible working hours and Perth CBD location.

2023 Graduate Program – Applications closed 

The Program seeks graduates from diverse backgrounds that can demonstrate the following:

  • Successful completion of a recent tertiary qualification, with a completion date between December 2022 and two years prior. The tertiary qualification must be a minimum of an undergraduate degree, and any degree discipline is acceptable. 
  • High academic achievement (Weighted Average Mark of 70% and above) for the tertiary qualification. 
  • Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency.

Aboriginal Graduate Program

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2023 Aboriginal Treasury Graduate Program – Applications closed

2023 Aboriginal Graduate Program

We invite you to explore a career with Treasury WA by applying for the 2023 Treasury WA Aboriginal Graduate Program where you will directly create impactful and positive change for WA people and their communities. 

You will have three rotations in different business areas across Treasury, which will include one rotation in our Aboriginal Affairs Coordination Unit. You will work in a collaborative and dynamic environment where you will proactively identify issues and provide innovative solutions to. social, economic and financial issues affecting our community.  Being a part of this program, you can help make a difference to WA. 

As part of one of your rotations, you will have the opportunity to work on projects such as the Aboriginal Expenditure Review, Aboriginal Justice and Mental Health Reform, Western Australia’s implementation plan on Closing the Gap, the Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy, Native Title Agreements and the upcoming Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

“As a fresh university graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Law and Politics, I didn’t think I would get a position in the Treasury Graduate Program or know what to expect working for Treasury, but I applied anyway. And I am so thankful I did! From my first interview, right through to commencing in my graduate position, I have felt valued and welcomed, which as a young Aboriginal woman I was worried about. 
Treasury is not all numbers or just for those with a finance, accounting or economic background. It also has a central role in policy and government decision-making as a central agency, which has enabled me to utilise my degree, and learn so much more beyond it. 
Giving back to my community and helping the most vulnerable, especially Aboriginal people, has always been important to me, and through my position I have been able do this whilst gaining a wealth of knowledge that I know will help me throughout my professional life. I cannot wait to see where my career at Treasury will take me!”

Tahlia Fenton, 2022 Graduate Officer, Treasury WA

Vacation programs

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2023 Vacation Program applications are now closed. 

Treasury’s Vacation Programs provide an opportunity for students to experience a career with Treasury and be exposed to the diverse and high-profile work that contributes to shaping and influencing government decisions. 

As a Vacation Intern, you will be offered a place in one of Treasury’s business units supported by a supervisor and colleagues, learning about a career in the public sector whilst making new connections and developing new skills. It also presents a great opportunity to experience working at Treasury before applying for the Treasury Graduate Program.

The Vacation Programs are targeted at students in their penultimate or final year of study from all degree disciplines who have an academic status of good standing.

If you are interested in Treasury’s 2024 Vacation Programs, please register your interest with the Treasury Talent Community.

Professional placements

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Bring your academic experience into a real workplace environment.

You may currently be undertaking a course that requires a work integrated learning experience for academic credit such as a professional placement. This is a great opportunity to bring your academic experience into a real workplace environment and be exposed to the diverse and high-profile work of Treasury. 

Contact your learning institution today and find out how you can secure a professional placement experience with Treasury or send an email to Treasury Recruitment.

Page reviewed 1 August 2022