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How to apply for our Graduate Programme

Application criteria

If you can answer ‘yes’ to each of the following statements, you are eligible to apply to join the Treasury graduate programme:

  • I am a New Zealand or Australian Citizen, New Zealand Permanent Resident or Resident, or entitled to a three-year Post-study Open Work Visa (for degree Level 7 or above qualifications)
  • I have attained a B or higher-grade average from my previous 12 months study
  • I have completed my first year of tertiary education.
  • I am available to start in the Graduate programme next January.

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The application process

Recruitment for the graduate programme is a five -step process:

1 Apply online
Applications will be open for between four to six weeks to give all students time to meet us in one of our online hosted employer sessions.

If you haven’t applied for a job with us before you will need to create a profile on our applicant tracking system.

You will then be asked to complete our online application form, including answering questions about your previous work experience, your field of study and the stream/s you are applying for.

You can apply for one or more of the three programme streams, depending on your interests and skills. If you want to apply for more than one stream, include them all in the one application. Don’t put in separate applications for each stream.

When reviewing applicants, we make our selection based solely on your application form - resume and/or cover letter documents are not taken into account, so please don’t provide a resume, CV or cover letter – it won’t be read.

To maximise your chances of success, take your time and fill out all sections of the form to provide us with as much information as possible.

Note: You don’t need to upload a cover letter or resume –if the system asks you to do so, please just upload a blank document.

2 Screening talent
We will assess your application and select a long list of candidates to proceed to online testing.

If you aren't selected, we will let you know via email and suggest you opt-in for job alerts where you can see when new roles are advertised.

3 Online test
This stage of the process helps us to identify whether you have the key skills and behaviours we are looking for.

You will be given a cognitive test and asked a series of questions to understand how you would respond to various scenarios that may take place on the job.

Applicants for the Macroeconomic Stream or the Capital and Commercial Stream you will be asked two extra questions specific to these more technical roles.

4 Video interview
Your online interview will include a video presentation and written activity requiring you to analyse a policy proposal or challenge, to test your analytical abilities and see if you enjoy the type of work our graduate analysts do.

5 Panel interview
Your interview with two hiring managers will cover a range of behavioural and technical questions. This is also your chance to ask any questions you have about the role and about the Treasury.

We aim to make all offers within seven days of your panel interview.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the graduate programme or the application process, please email us at grad.enqu[email protected]

Last updated: 
Friday, 2 December 2022