GRADStart graduate program

Queensland Treasury’s GRADStart graduate program is tailored to assist you achieve your career goals.

During the program, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of training programs, rotate through different work areas, and participate in other activities that will build on your skills and create valuable networks to assist in your career.

Most of your learning during your graduate year will take place ‘on-the-job’ complemented by face-to-face training and other learning and development opportunities.

Why Queensland Government?

As a Queensland public sector employee, you will enjoy all the benefits of working for the Queensland Government, including flexibility and variety of work.

Why 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 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 starting salary of $63,527 per annum, increased after 12 months, plus up to 12.75% superannuation
  • generous leave provisions
  • flexible work-life balance opportunities, with a 36.25 hour working week
  • salary packaging.

What our graduates have to say

Lauren Foxwell – (Bachelor of Business (HR Management)

“The GradSTART 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.”

Leeonee Thompson – (Bachelor of Laws)

“I have worked in wonderful teams with amazing people. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, which makes transitions between different roles quite easy. I appreciate how willing everyone is in sharing their knowledge and experience, and how accessible people in leadership positions are. It makes for a great organisation to work in.”

Roshana Hall – Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)/Bachelor of Development Economics

“The graduate program gave me a fantastic start, with the networks I’ve built across Treasury now proving invaluable in my day-to-day work.”

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.”

Aiden Weir – Bachelor of Accounting/Business Management

“The Treasury graduate program has an excellent and varied training program which helped enhance my knowledge and skills base, and to contribute more to my team.”

Kasun Udugama – Bachelor of Chemical Engineering/Commerce

“The skills and experiences that I have gained through the Treasury graduate program have helped set me up for the rest of my career. The friendly and rewarding working environment in Treasury has allowed me to feel right at home.”

Shālom Roes – Bachelor of Business Management (International Business)

“The Treasury graduate program provided an environment that allowed me to find my feet in government and discover what I’m passionate about.”

Who are we looking for?

As a GRADStart candidate, you will have a drive to succeed, initiative, innovation and great analytical skills. You think strategically, communicate with influence and are great with people.

Treasury is a diverse organisation offering an exciting range of employment opportunities for recent graduates (including post-graduate qualifications). In 2022, we welcome applications from the following disciplines:

  • Economics
  • Commerce
  • Public policy
  • Mathematics and statistics.

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 2022 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 2021
  • 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 2022
  • Bachelor of Business completed June 2018 and currently completing Master of Commerce with expected completion in June 2022

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

How to apply

Applications for Queensland Treasury’s 2022 Graduate Program are now closed.

Recruitment process

  1. Register on the Queensland Government Graduate Portal
  2. If you meet the eligibility requirements you will receive an application form from Treasury’s Graduate Coordinator to complete
  3. All applicants who complete an application form will be asked to complete an online cognitive ability assessment
  4. Applicants will be advised via email if they have been successful in progressing to the following stages:
    • Response to key capabilities and written assessment
    • Video interviews
    • Formal interviews

We are committed to building inclusive cultures in the Queensland public sector that respect and promote human rights and diversity.

We strongly encourage everyone to apply for our advertised positions; irrespective of gender, ethnicity, age, language, sexual orientation, and disability or family responsibilities. We recognise the value of diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

We promote a respectful workplace culture and provide support to those whose lives are affected by domestic and family violence.

Support and reasonable adjustments can be provided to applicants throughout the selection process as required.  Contact our Graduate Coordinator on (07) 3035 1471 or 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 mail box.
  • 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.
  • Commencement will be Monday 8 February 2021.

Additional information

The Queensland Government Graduate Portal is your gateway to a wide range of graduate positions and student opportunities in the Queensland Government.

For more information about the Treasury’s GRADStart graduate program recruitment process, email

Last updated: 13 December 2021