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. 

View the Treasury Functional Organisation Chart.

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

Who are we looking for?

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?

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. 

Treasury Talent Hub

The Treasury Talent Hub has been established to continue to meet our objectives for high priority, urgent projects and attracting emerging skillsets to deliver new priorities.

This register will be open to all applicants (internal and external) who are interested in joining the Department of Treasury and being part of the big picture of WA. 

Applications will remain active in the database and ongoing and regular communication will be made with all applicants who are registered.  You may be contacted if your skills closely align to those needed by the agency, and as the need arises.

The types of vacancies that may arise include:

  • Short Term Contracts – fixed term employment (paid) under twelve months. 
  • Post Graduate Work Placements – for specific projects associated with a relevant degree (unpaid).
  • Work Experience – paid or unpaid.
  • Secondment/ Placement or transfer opportunities at Level (if current public sector officer).
  • Temporary deployment opportunities within Treasury.

We are looking for people who are motivated self-starters and can align with Treasury’s values of solutions focused, committed people, working collaboratively and making a difference. Your similar, previous or current experience will assist to drive fresh innovative thinking and increase organisational capability and creativity into our operations, policies and practices. 

If you’re interested in the big picture for Western Australia and where it’s going, Treasury is the place to be... Please register your interest by applying now at the Treasury Talent Hub. We are keen to hear from you!

For further information or if you require assistance in lodging your application, please email the recruitment team or contact the Talent Programs team on 08 655 2362.

Current vacancies

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

2024 Treasury Graduate Program – Applications closed.

2023 Graduate Cohort

Applications for our 2024 Graduate Program have now closed. You can register your interest in our future graduate programs by joining the Treasury Talent Community or you can lodge an application on our Treasury Talent Hub which is a temporary employment register for opportunities that are no greater than 12 months in duration.

Treasury's Graduate Program runs for 18 months with three rotations across different areas of Treasury. Your rotations will expose you to a range of high profile and complex State projects. You will liaise with a broad range of key internal and external stakeholders, build professional networks, and gain insight and knowledge into the diverse areas of Treasury. 

As a Treasury Graduate Officer, you will work with a committed team of professionals, perform exciting and challenging work, and further develop your skills and knowledge in key areas of government.  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 12 months.  

Treasury also offers a Treasury Aboriginal Graduate Program, in addition to its existing graduate program, as part of our commitment to increasing diversity in our workforce and in alignment with our Treasury Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy.

Program highlights

  • Learning and development opportunities, including participation in the Public Sector Graduate Launch Program, access to the Treasury individual training allocation, and access to a range of Treasury presentations and forums. 
  • Opportunity to work across a variety of Treasury business areas and high-profile government projects.
  • An extensive support network with experienced supervisors, colleagues and an allocated buddy from Treasury’s Young Professional Program.
  • Future leadership and development opportunities including shadowing opportunities, as part of the Under Treasurer’s Educational Development Program.
  • Access to a range of internal and external networking opportunities through Treasury’s Young Professional Program and Treasury Social Club events.
  • Attractive salary, flexible working hours and a vibrant Perth CBD location overlooking the Swan River.

Watch Tom's story as he tells us the skills and experiences he has gained as a graduate in the WA Department of Treasury. Discover other WA public sector graduate and cadetship programs The WA public sector: a place of opportunity

For further enquiries please contact recruitment@treasury.wa.gov.au

Aboriginal Graduate Program

Applications for our 2024 Graduate Program have now closed. You can register your interest in our future graduate programs by joining the Treasury Talent Community or you can lodge an application on our Treasury Talent Hub which is a temporary employment register for opportunities that are no greater than 12 months in duration.

In Treasury's Aboriginal Graduate Program you can create impactful and positive change for Western Australian communities by providing input and advice on policies and programs that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

You will have three rotations in different business areas across Treasury, which includes a rotation in our Aboriginal Affairs Coordination Unit. 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. 

You will work in a collaborative and dynamic environment where you will proactively identify issues and provide innovative solutions to social, economic and financial matters affecting our community. Being a part of this program, you can help make a difference to WA.

Treasury currently has a Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and Treasury Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy to support us in delivering on our commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“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

Watch Tahlia's story as she tells us the skills and experiences she has gained as a graduate in the WA Department of Treasury. Discover other WA public sector graduate and cadetship programs The WA public sector: a place of opportunity

If other roles in Treasury take your interest, you can join the Treasury Talent Community or you can lodge an application on our Treasury Talent Hub which is a temporary employment register for opportunities that are no greater than 12 months in duration.

For further enquiries please contact recruitment@treasury.wa.gov.au

Vacation programs

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 gain valuable knowledge and skills working for one of Western Australia’s central public sector agencies whose work and advice is fundamental to the Government’s decision-making processes that impact the people and communities of Western Australia. 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 apply here or visit our LinkedIn page for further details. 

Professional placements

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.