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.
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:
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.
To be eligible for the DFAT graduate programs:
You must also be willing to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 2 security clearance.