Graduate opportunities

Overview

Each year we employ accounting and economics graduates, but there are also opportunities for generalists in areas of corporate planning, policy analysis and administration.


About to finish your degree and want to join an organisation that makes a difference?

If you want to apply your skills to real issues affecting Victoria, the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) is a great place to work.

As a central government agency, DTF will provide an opportunity to be involved in the development and implementation of government policy, analysis and advice.

Graduate positions are permanent and ongoing at the conclusion on your graduate year.

The graduate program offers the unique opportunity to undertake rotations into other departments and agencies across the Victorian public sector.

In addition, DTF coordinates both a specialist economics training program for graduate economists and a specialist training program for accounting graduates.

To find out more, visit the Victorian Public Service Graduate Scheme website external site icon or view the VPS Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme video.

DTF also participates in the Aboriginal Pathways programexternal site icon

Graduates can also enter DTF by applying for advertised vacancies. View the current DTF vacancies external site icon 

The DTF Summer Internship Program

Interested in applying your accounting, economics or finance skills in the public sector? Want to get that competitive advantage for a graduate position through a summer internship?

The DTF Summer Internship Program provides opportunities to gain first-hand experience in the application of accounting and economics in a public policy environment.

The program gives a valuable insight into the role of a leading Victorian Public Service central agency that serves the State Government by providing leadership in economic, financial and resource management. Internships provide a valuable stepping stone that can lead to future employment opportunities within the Department.

Highly motivated economics and accounting and finance students who have completed a minimum of two years full-time study with proven academic ability are invited to apply. Preference will be given to those who will be in their penultimate year of study. For accounting and finance applicants, eligibility for the CPA or CA program upon graduation is considered highly desirable.

Placements run from late November/early December 2017 to February 2018 and are full time for up to 12 weeks. Applications open in August. Visit the Victorian Government Careers website www.careers.vic.gov.au from August and search for 'intern'.

If you would like to be contacted when applications open for the Intern program, or for any other queries in regards to the Intern program, please send an email with your request to dave.chhabra@dtf.vic.gov.au.

Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF)

An Economics internship at DTF offers a unique opportunity to build experience and skills in economic and financial policy analysis and development. Successful applicants will be placed in one of three groups in DTF’s Economic Division, and work on a broad range of tasks, including developing policy advice, research, analysis and report writing.

The key functions of Economic Division are outlined below:

Social Policy Group: Undertakes research and provides analysis and advice to government on a range of social policy issues. These issues include education and training, health, housing, planning and transport. The group also works on insurance and risk policy issues and provides strategic advice on government purchasing of goods and services.

Revenue Group: Provides revenue estimates, forecasts, analysis and advice to government on improving the composition and economic performance of state taxes, and on state taxation policy more generally. The group provides advice relating to the distribution and design of Commonwealth funding to the States and Territories, and is the primary departmental interface with other jurisdictions. The group also provides analysis and advice on gambling policy.

Economic Policy Group: Advises on whole of government economic strategies and produces well-informed, appropriate estimates for budget processes and other important economic issues. The group promotes regulation reform and greater use of markets to secure a competitive, growing economy and increased living standards for Victorians. The group also works with other Victorian Government agencies on natural resources policy issues.

Housing Affordability TaskforceThe housing affordability taskforce is engaged in the development of the Victorian Government's Housing Strategy and other housing related work, including participating in the Commonwealth's Affordable Housing Working Group. The taskforce draws staff from across the Economic Division.

Essential Services Commission (ESC)

Applicants will also be considered for an internship with the ESC. The ESC is Victoria’s independent regulator of the electricity, gas, water and sewage, taxi, ports and rail freight industries. The primary objective of the Commission is to promote the long-term interests of Victorian consumers with regard to the price, quality and reliability of essential services.

For more information about the ESC program, visit http://www.esc.vic.gov.au/corporate/employment/esc-internships/.

VPS GRADS Program

Following the completion of their internship, successful interns are strongly encouraged to apply for the Economist stream of the VPS GRADS Program. The VPS GRADS program offers ongoing graduate positions across the Victorian Public Service. 

For more information about the VPS GRADS, visit: https://graduates.vic.gov.au/opportunities-for-graduates/grads-overview