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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade AU

  • #11 in Government & public services
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2020 Corporate Management Graduate Program


Kick-start your career in DFAT with our two-year policy graduate program where you will undertake a tailored learning package delivered through the Diplomatic Academy.

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job
$65,000 - $69,999

Application dates

Applications Open
22 Feb 2019
Applications Close
25 Mar 2019

Minimum requirements

Minimum Prior Qualification
Graduation Results
65 - 74% WAM (Credit)
Accepting International Applications
Qualifications Accepted
Aerospace Engineering & Aviation
Civil Engineering & Construction
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Materials Engineering
Computer Graphics & Animation
Data Science
Actuarial Studies
Business Administration & Management
Human Resources
Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations
Graphic Design & Visual Arts
Communication & Media Studies
Music & Performing Arts
Languages, Literature & Linguistics
Archaeology & History
Humanities (all other)
Politics & Policy Studies
Social Science (all other)
Theology & Comparative Religion
Social Work & Sociology
Legal Studies
Dentistry & Dental Science
Nutrition & Dietetics
Medicine & Medical Science
Nursing & Midwifery
Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics
Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Public Health
Psychology & Counselling
Exercise & Sports Science
Architecture & Interior Design
Building & Construction
Property, Land & Real Estate
Agricultural Science & Management
Earth Sciences
Physics & Astronomy
Sciences (all other)
General Education Studies

Our two-year corporate management graduate program in Canberra will kick-start your career in DFAT. During the course of the program, you will undertake a tailored learning package delivered through the Diplomatic Academy. You will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the Government's foreign, trade and aid policy priorities, the international environment and the department's financial and corporate context. You will undertake work placements across different areas of the department's corporate operations, giving you first hand experience of the department's diverse range of work including:

  • financial and asset management;
  • media;
  • auditing;
  • human resources;
  • procurement and contract management;
  • records management;
  • overseas property management;
  • consular and passport services; and
  • ICT and cyber security.

The corporate management graduate training program includes a block of courses designed to build upon and give graduates the opportunity to fill gaps in their academic studies. There are workshops to develop graduates' presentation and negotiation skills, as well as courses in, leadership, public diplomacy, risk and innovation, people and financial management, and consular services. Graduates also have an opportunity to train with peers from other countries and travel interstate to make calls on peak industry bodies and government officials.

After you have successfully completed the program, you will be promoted to an ongoing APS 4 position in Canberra. You will also be eligible to apply for positions in one of our overseas posts, although it can be a few years before graduates take up overseas positions.

To be eligible for the DFAT graduate programs:

  • you must be an Australian Citizen at the time of application; and
  • you must have finished at least a three year bachelor degree by 31 December 2019; and
  • you must have at least a credit average or above; and
  • your most recent degree must not be more than five years old on the date you lodge your application.

You must also be willing to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 2 security clearance.