GRADStart graduate program

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.

Applications for Queensland Treasury’s 2023 Graduate Program are now closed.

Why Queensland Treasury

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 team, our focus is on supporting you to reach your full potential. When you perform at your best, Queensland does too.

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.

Program highlights

Our 12-month graduate program offers you:

  • a structured professional and personal development plan, with comprehensive training
  • ongoing career development
  • rotation through different work areas
  • networking opportunities, both internal and external to Treasury.

We also offer:

  • a full-time starting salary of $66,744 per annum, increased after 12 months, plus up to 12.75% superannuation
  • generous leave provisions
  • flexible work-life balance opportunities
  • salary packaging
  • genuine leadership and mentoring
  • an inclusive and collaborative workplace.

What our graduates have to say

Current graduate Sophia Shen – Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting and Applied Finance) and Bachelor of Laws

“The Treasury graduate program has given me amazing opportunities to apply my skills and knowledge through a wide range of exciting rotations. I feel very supported by my mentor, buddy and all the lovely team members I have worked with.”

Current graduate Marika Chang – Bachelor of Justice (Policy and Governance)/Bachelor of Laws

“The program prepared me well for starting my career in the public sector, with the opportunity to learn, develop my skills and explore career paths that I had not previously considered. Everyone across Treasury has been friendly, welcoming, helpful and supportive; and the relationships I have built with my work teams, mentor, buddy and fellow graduates has been a highlight.”

Former graduate 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.”

Former graduate 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.

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

In 2022, we welcome applications for our 2023 cohort from the following disciplines:

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Commerce
  • Data Science
  • Public Policy

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

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for our 2023 graduate program you must be:

  • a recent graduate (within the last two years) or due to graduate before the program commences each year
  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident.

For example:

Examples of eligible graduates Examples of graduates who are not eligible
  • Bachelor of Finance with expected completion in November 2022
  • Bachelor of Economics completed November 2020 and currently completing Master of Commerce with expected completion in November 2022
  • Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Arts with expected completion in June 2023
  • Bachelor of Business completed June 2018 and currently completing Master of Commerce with expected completion in June 2023

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

How to apply

Applications are now closed for Queensland Treasury’s 2023 Graduate Program.

To be eligible for the 2023 graduate program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen and permanent Australian resident
  • have graduated or are graduating between 2021 and Jan 2023
  • have undertaken or are undertaking undergraduate or post-graduate studies in at least one of the targeted disciplines – Data Science, Economics, Finance, Accounting, Commerce or Public Policy.

Recruitment process

Key dates for Treasury’s 2023 graduate program

Date Event
27 March 2022 Graduate Portal Applications open
2 May 2022 Graduate Portal Applications close
11 May 2022  

Targeted Graduate Applications open – see the How to apply section for the required criteria.


16 May 2022 Online cognitive, personality and emotional intelligence testing commences
1 July 2022 Targeted Graduate Applications close
August 2022 Formal interviews commence
From September 2022 Offers made
February 2023 Start date for 2023 Treasury graduate cohort

Supporting diversity and inclusiveness in our recruitment

Treasury is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects Queensland’s communities. By attracting, recruiting and retaining such a 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.
  • All Treasury employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Evidence of vaccination will be required prior to appointment.
  • 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.
  • Commencement will be February 2023.

Additional information

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

Last updated: 1 August 2022