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494832/GRADS/IND - 2022 Attorney-General's Department Graduate Program - Affirmative Measures Indigenous

Apply now Job no: 494832
Work type: Full-time
Location: Canberra, ACT
Categories: APS Level 3, Graduate APS (APS 3)

The Attorney-General's Department (AGD) work is central to the productivity, freedom and wellbeing of all Australians. Upholding the rule of law is integral to the everyday issues of rights, safety, governance and justice. We support the Attorney-General as First Law Officer and as Minister for Industrial Relations. His role encapsulate protecting and promoting the rule of law, fostering safe, fair and productive workplaces, providing strong oversight and accountability, and acting as principal legal adviser to government. We also support the Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General.

As a graduate you will work on a variety of interesting and important policy and program issues and legal matters, often in unique and precedent-setting work of importance to Australia. You will interact with real clients, the Australian community, key stakeholders and other government jurisdictions to help achieve the Australian Government's policy, program and legal objectives.

Our graduate program offers the chance to experience a range of challenging and exciting opportunities to help develop your career through one of our streams:

We also facilitate two separate affirmative measures recruitment processes for:

  • Indigenous Australians - Affirmative Measures (policy and program and legal practice stream/s)
  • Disability - Affirmative Measures (policy and program stream).

We are looking for engaged and highly capable graduates who:

  • have strong academic results
  • think critically and are curious
  • respond positively to change and feedback, demonstrating flexibility and resilience
  • build relationships with clients, stakeholders and peers
  • research to find solutions to challenges and apply creativity
  • bring and share diverse perspectives
  • apply sound judgment
  • communicate and engage professionally with people.

In return, you will be supported to become a well-rounded policy and program officer, practising economist or a legal professional with sound skills, knowledge and experience in an area of law.

On successful completion of the program you will be offered a permanent placement with the department.

In 12 months, you can:

  • gain diverse experience through a number of rotations
  • explore potential career paths
  • build valuable networks with previous graduates, supervisors and senior leaders and learn from mentors
  • contribute to our workplace culture by managing fundraising activities, cultural activities and social  events
  • develop new skills and knowledge through an engaging orientation program and extensive development program
  • access further studies, including the opportunity to complete your practical legal training leading to your admission (required for the legal streams)
  • work on a variety of interesting and important policy issues, program delivery and legal matters, often in unique and precedent-setting work of importance to Australia.

We provide a great opportunity for graduates to form strong networks through activities such as the AGD Social Club, lunchtime sports and a diverse range of networks including the Women's Network, Indigenous Employee Network, Celebrating Ability Network, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Network and the Pride Network.

Affirmative Measures: Indigenous graduates

The Affirmative Measures (Indigenous) process is open only to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

As well as the essential requirements of the stream/s you choose to apply for you will be need to provide evidence that you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. Suitable evidence may include:

  • a letter signed by the chairperson of an incorporated Indigenous organisation confirming that you are recognised as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • a confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent document, executed by an Indigenous organisation.

Find out more on the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website.

Successful applicants in this process will participate in either the policy and program stream or the legal practice (AGS) stream of the 2022 graduate program.


We respect and acknowledge your privacy. There is ordinarily no obligation for an employee to share information about their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status. However, for the purpose of this affirmative measure process, you will be required to confirm that you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian in order to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility requirements.

Information collected about your racial or ethnic origin is regarded as 'sensitive information' for the purposes of the Privacy Act 1988 and your consent is required for this information to be collected or shared.

For more information on the 2022 Graduate Program please read through the vacancy information kit, or visit our website  

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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