GRADStart graduate program

Applications for Treasury’s 2025 GRADStart program are now closed.

Start your career with a permanent graduate role in Queensland Treasury where you can make a difference to the lives of Queenslanders.

Treasury’s GRADStart program enables our graduates to achieve their career goals and provide a pathway for future leaders for the department and the public sector. Our graduates are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of training programs, rotate through different work areas, and participate in other activities that aim to build on their skills and create valuable networks to assist them in their careers.

Some of the roles that you may work in include Treasury analysts, commercial analysts, economists, policy officers, accountants, statisticians, investigation officers and revenue analysts.

Why Queensland Treasury and program highlights

Queensland Treasury drives the government’s plan to deliver a strong economy for all Queenslanders. As a central agency, our purpose is to drive government priorities through our expert advice and services. See What we do to learn more about our key responsibilities.

Our graduate program is your opportunity to achieve great things for yourself and for Queensland by working with highly skilled professionals in a diverse and flexible environment.

From the moment you join our 12-month graduate program, our focus is on supporting you to reach your full potential.  We are the government’s expert on state finances and the economy. With Treasury, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and contribute to solutions that have a lasting impact on Queensland’s prosperity. We can offer you:

  • a permanent Queensland Government job
  • a structured professional and personal development plan, with comprehensive training
  • 2 x 6-month rotations commencing in your ‘home’ business area
  • genuine leadership, mentoring and ongoing career development
  • networking opportunities, both internal and external to Treasury.
  • a full-time starting salary of $71,151 – $78,951 per annum, plus up to 12.75% superannuation
  • generous leave provisions
  • flexible work-life balance opportunities (36.25 hour full-time work week)
  • salary packaging
  • an inclusive and collaborative workplace.

What our graduates have to say

Current Graduate, Lydia Jones – Bachelor of Laws (Honours) & Bachelor of Justice

“As someone who lives with chronic health conditions and disability, Treasury’s graduate program provided me with the opportunity to participate in, and contribute to, work that I never thought would be realistically achievable. Through equitable application processes, reasonable working adjustments, and just an overall inclusive and supportive environment, I now feel empowered more than ever to work to my greatest potential in a field that I am passionate about.”
Lydia, 2022 Treasury Graduate, proud Kamilaroi woman

Graduate alumni, Ryan Halverson – Bachelor of Economics/Law (Hons)

“The Treasury graduate program has enabled me to hone my skills as an economist, contribute to the development of public policy in Queensland, establish valuable networks and further develop myself both professionally and personally.”

Graduate alumni, Lauren Foxwell – Bachelor of Business (HR Management)

“The graduate program has been an amazing stepping stone towards developing my professional career. It has allowed me to try new things, enhance my knowledge and skills, and build enduring relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. The people at Queensland Treasury are super supportive, they listen and value your input.”

Who are we looking for?

As a GRADStart candidate, you will have a drive to succeed, show initiative, be innovative and have great analytical skills. You think strategically, communicate with influence and are great with people. Your client mindset is balanced with a commitment to delivering excellence in meeting community priorities. See the GRADStart job description for more information.

Treasury is a diverse organisation offering an exciting range of employment opportunities for recent graduates (including post-graduate qualifications).

This year we welcome applications for our 2025 cohort from the following disciplines:

  • Economics
  • Finance (including budget strategy and financial reporting)
  • Accounting
  • Commerce
  • Public policy
  • Property economics (or majors in real estate)
  • Data analytics
  • Business (particularly majors in management and disciplines above)
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Communication
  • Project management.

From time to time, we also need people from other specialist fields, so if you want to work at Queensland Treasury, please consider applying even if your field of study is outside the core areas listed above.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for our 2025 graduate program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • a recent graduate (within the last two years) or due to graduate before the program commences in February 2025
  • Australian citizens, or a person who resides in Australia and has permission under the law of the Commonwealth to work in Australia
  • have undertaken or are undertaking undergraduate or post-graduate studies in at least one of the targeted disciplines.

All nominated applicants will be required to provide written consent to criminal history checks.

How to apply and selection process

Key dates

Date Key events
1 April 2024 Graduate applications close
April 2024 Psychometric assessments and written assessments open
May 2024 Assessment Centre video and written assessments completed
June 2024 Pre-employment screening checks
August 2024 Formal interviews commence
August 2024 Offers made
February 2025 Start date for 2025 GRADStart graduate program

Selection process

Step 1: Application form

The online application form will ask you several questions so that we can learn more about you. This will include:

  • Personal and demographic information
  • Education and qualifications

Step 2: Online assessment

Once we confirm your eligibility for GRADStart, the next step is online assessment testing. The online testing platform will take you through cognitive, personality and behavioural testing. These tests enable us to understand you better and highlight your strength areas.

Step 3: Video and written assessment

Based on the outcome of your online assessment, you may be selected to participate in our online video assessment.

Step 4: Formal interview

In the formal interview stage, we will select successful applicants and invite them to an interview with our selection panel. We look forward to meeting you in person and inviting you inside our 1 William Street building. If you are unable to attend in person, a virtual interview can be arranged (upon request via

If you have been selected for an interview, we will also complete the pre-employment screening checks including requesting references, criminal history clearance and confirming you can work in Australia.

The panel will consist of leaders from Queensland Treasury’s business groups, and they will assess your suitability for a graduate role with us. It is also a great opportunity for you to learn more about Queensland Treasury and what are our GRADStart Program has to offer.

Step 5: Offer

We aim to make offers by late July once all interviews have been completed. The Queensland Treasury Graduate Program will commence in February 2025.

Supporting equity, diversity, respect and inclusiveness in our recruitment

Treasury is committed to building an equity, diverse, respectful and inclusive workforce that reflects Queensland’s communities. By attracting, recruiting and retaining such an equity and diverse workforce, our department is better able to support the government in advancing its priorities. See our Inclusive recruitment page for more information.

Support and reasonable adjustments can be provided to applicants throughout the selection process as required. Contact our Graduate Coordinator at to discuss further.

Important information for applicants

  • Applicants will be informed via email if they have/have not been successful in progressing to the next stage of the application process.  Ensure you provide an email address that you check regularly and check your junk mailbox.
  • All roles within Queensland Treasury are subject to criminal history screening.  If you are being nominated for a graduate role, you will be required to provide written consent to undertake the criminal history screening.  If you choose not to consent you will no longer be considered for the role.
  • In applying for this program, applicants agree to conduct themselves in a professional manner and accept the decision of the selection panel.
  • A three-month probation period will apply.
  • Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.  New Zealand citizenship is also acceptable.
  • The program will commence in February 2025.

Additional information

For more information about the Treasury’s graduate program recruitment process, contact our Graduate Coordinator at

Last updated: 2 April 2024