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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2020 Policy Graduate Program

Canberra

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 Types
Graduate Job
Salary
$65,000 - $69,999

Application dates

Applications Open
22 Feb 2019
Applications Close
25 Mar 2019

Minimum requirements

Level of Study
Bachelor
Graduation Results
65 - 74% WAM (Credit)
Accepting International Applications
No
Qualifications Accepted
E
Aerospace Engineering & Aviation
Civil Engineering & Construction
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Materials Engineering
I
Computer Graphics & Animation
Data Science
B
Actuarial Studies
Business Administration & Management
Human Resources
Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations
C
Graphic Design & Visual Arts
Communication & Media Studies
Music & Performing Arts
H
Classics
Languages, Literature & Linguistics
Archaeology & History
Humanities (all other)
Philosophy
Politics & Policy Studies
Social Science (all other)
Theology & Comparative Religion
Psychology & Counselling
Social Work & Sociology
L
Law
Legal Studies
M
Dentistry & Dental Science
Nutrition & Dietetics
Medicine & Medical Science
Nursing & Midwifery
Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics
Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Public Health
Psychology & Counselling
Exercise & Sports Science
P
Architecture & Interior Design
Building & Construction
Property, Land & Real Estate
S
Agricultural Science & Management
Chemistry
Earth Sciences
Physics & Astronomy
Sciences (all other)
T
General Education Studies

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Our two-year policy graduate program 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. You will complete four work placements, giving you first-hand experience of the department's diverse range of priorities, including:

  • bilateral economic and political relations;
  • international trade negotiations, investment and economic analysis;
  • humanitarian assistance;
  • development and aid program management;
  • international security;
  • public diplomacy;
  • commercial, administrative and international law; and
  • multilateral and global issues.

The policy graduate training program includes a block of courses designed to build on 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 human rights, diplomacy, international development, financial management, public diplomacy, 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.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
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. 

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