Graduates at Treasury

Department of Treasury offers a number of opportunities to launch your career in the public sector from - graduate programs, to vacation and professional placements.

Department of Treasury (Treasury) is the central government agency that manages Western Australia’s public sector finances and formulates and implements the annual State Budget.

We develop economic and revenue forecasts, and monitor developments in the State’s economy, major revenue bases and public sector finances, to ensure Western Australia remains on track against the State Government’s budgetary objectives and targets.

Our policy advisory role covers a wide range of issues, including Commonwealth‑State financial relations, revenue policy, public sector wages policy, public sector superannuation policy, and advice on alternative models of service delivery and infrastructure provision.

By starting your career with Treasury, you will contribute to shaping and influencing government decisions, build professional networks and actively contribute to the State’s economy, budget and community whilst working on high profile State projects.

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Graduate program

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Applications for the 2022 Department of Treasury, Western Australia graduate program are now closed.  

2022 Treasury Graduate Program – Applications closed

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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 Graduate Officer, you will perform challenging and interesting work, and deal with a wide range of issues and stakeholders across 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 the Graduate Program.

This year, Treasury will be offering a 2022 Treasury Aboriginal Graduate Program in addition to its existing Graduate Program as part of its commitment to increase diversity in its 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 a mentoring program, Executive and Director Shadowing, and the Under Treasurer’s Educational Development Program
  • Attractive starting salary, flexible working hours and Perth CBD location.

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 2021 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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Applications for the 2022 Department of Treasury, Western Australia Aboriginal Graduate Program graduate program are now closed.

We invite you to explore a career with Treasury WA by applying for the 2022 Treasury WA Aboriginal Graduate Program where you will directly create impactful and positive change for WA 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 problems which make a difference. You will also have the opportunity to work on projects such as Native Title Agreements and Compensation, Aboriginal Justice and Mental Health Reform, the Close the Gap and Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy and the upcoming Aboriginal Cultural Centre. 

“Working at the Department of Treasury has been full of surprises. As a Noongar woman with a social work background, I honestly wasn’t sure if, where, or how I would fit in at Treasury. I had always assumed that to belong at Treasury, you would need to be an economist or an accountant; Someone who was more concerned with saving money, rather than saving people. How wrong I was. I was welcomed into the Treasury family with open arms. I felt valued as a worker, but I also felt my culture was valued too. I was able to apply a cultural and/or social justice lens to the work I did and the projects I was involved in were directly linked to improving outcomes for Aboriginal people and other marginalised groups”.

Tammy Christie, Senior Analyst, Treasury WA

Vacation programs

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Apply for the Treasury’s 2022 Vacation Programs

Applications now open for Treasury’s 2022 Vacation Programs – Apply now

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

Each Vacation Program is a structured learning and development opportunity that runs for six weeks in summer (from 10 January 2022 to 18 February 2022) and four weeks in winter (from 20 June 2022 to 22 July 2022).

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.

Key dates

Applications Open Monday, 20 September 2021
Applications Close Sunday, 10 October 2021 (11.45pm WST)
Interviews Tuesday, 26 October 2021
Successful Applicants Notified Friday, 12 November 2021
2022 Summer Vacation Program Commencement Monday, 10 January 2022
2022 Winter Vacation Program Commencement Monday, 20 June 2022


How to Apply

Visit www.jobs.wa.gov.au and read the 2022 Vacation Programs Applicant Information, Role Statement and Level 1 Capability Framework before submitting your application. Applications close Sunday, 10 October 2021 at 11.59pm (WST).

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 20 September 2021