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 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 July. Visit the Victorian Government Careers websiteexternal site iconfrom July 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.

Accounting and Finance Internship Program

An Accounting and Finance internship at DTF offers a unique opportunity to build experience and skills in financial management policy analysis and development. Successful applicants will be placed in one of five groups across DTF’s Budget and  Finance or Commercial Divisions, and work on a broad range of tasks, including developing policy advice, research, analysis and report writing.

The key functions of the Budget and Finance division are outlined below:

Financial Reporting: The Financial Reporting Group (FRG) is responsible for delivering sound financial advice to stakeholders and robust, transparent whole of Government financial publications to positively influence the management of the State’s financial resources.

Budget Strategy: The Budget Strategy Group maintains a central role in supporting sound financial management in Victoria. The Group consists of three teams (Fiscal Strategy, Industrial Relations, and Financial Frameworks) which provide advice on the State's short to medium term budget outlook and fiscal strategy, it's financial and resource management frameworks and public sector industrial relations.

Portfolio Analysis: The Portfolio Analysis Group (PA) acts as the first point of contact with DTF for line departments in relation to budget submissions, finance issues and performance reporting. PA provides expertise on policies and programs and monitors departmental performance, both financial and service delivery, and promotes sound financial management of the State's fiscal resources.

Family Violence and NDIS Taskforce: The Family Violence and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Taskforce has been established to progress two key priorities of Government, which will significantly transform the delivery of disability and social services across Victoria.

Applicants will also be considered for a position in the Financial Assets and Liabilities group in the Commercial Division.

Financial Assets and Liabilities: The Financial Assets and Liabilities Group (FAL) provides advice on the State’s financial assets and liabilities and associated financial risks. This includes the State's investments, debts, unfunded superannuation and insurance claims liabilities.

Following the completion of their internship, successful interns are strongly encouraged to apply for the Accounting and Finance 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 the Victorian Public Service Graduate Scheme website.

Economics Internship Program

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, macroeconomic strategy, energy policy, regulatory reform, and produces well-informed, appropriate macroeconomic forecasts for budget processes. The group also promotes greater use of markets to secure a competitive, growing economy and increased living standards for Victorians.

Essential Services Commission (ESC)

Applicants will also be considered for an internship with the ESC.

The ESC is Victoria’s independent economic regulator of essential services supplied by a range of industries, including water, transport, energy and local government. 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 the Essential Services Commission websiteexternal site icon.

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 the Graduates websiteexternal site icon.