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Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP)

  • > 100,000 employees

2022 Economist Stream

Predominantly Canberra with some limited opportunities in other capital cities
Apply your economics studies to their fullest extent and become an Economist Graduate in the Australian Government.

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job
Number of Vacancies

Application dates

Applications Open
9 Mar 2021
Applications Close
26 Apr 2021

Minimum requirements

Minimum Prior Qualification
Graduation Results
65 - 74% WAM (Credit)
Accepting International Applications
Qualifications Accepted
Actuarial Studies

To be considered for the Economist stream you will have an Economics degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) or a Major in Economics as part of your degree which could be from a range of disciplines such as law, business, finance, public policy, political science or mathematics. You will also have highly developed written and oral communication skills, strong analytical and problem-solving capability, ability to work effectively with others and be able to demonstrate influence, initiative, honesty, fairness and respect. Skills in analysing and interpreting data are highly desirable.

Successful graduates will be placed in a merit pool that will be considered by participating in APS departments and Commonwealth entities for their graduate program. Please note: Departments and Agencies will offer different employment conditions and Graduate Program features. Further details will be provided as you progress through the selection process.


To apply for the Economist Graduate Stream, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be an Australian citizen by the end of the calendar year in which you apply, eg. become an Australian citizen by December 2022.
  • You need to have completed an Australian-recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree by the end of the calendar year in which you apply (2021).
  • The minimum requirement is a bachelor degree and you must have an Economics degree or a Major in Economics as part of your degree.
  • Your most recent qualifying degree must be no more than five years old on the date you lodge your application.
  • You will need a credit average, or higher, to ensure that you are competitive in the selection process.
  • You must be willing and able to relocate to Canberra (or other state-based locations specified by participating agencies) for the duration of the graduate program.
  • You must be willing to obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance prior to your commencement.