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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 four-step process:

1 Apply online
Applications will be open for about four weeks to give all students time to get their applications in.

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 phone screen – this will help us learn a little bit more about you and your motivations.

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 is where we ask our longlist of candidates a series of situational judgement questions in addition to cognitive testing to understand how you would respond to various scenarios that may take place on the job.

4 Assessment Centre
We will be holding an assessment centre this year.  This will include a short presentation (you will be given the topic prior to attendance), a group activity and a short panel interview.

This is also your chance to ask any questions you have about the role and about the Treasury.

We aim to let all attendees the outcome of their application within seven days of the assessment centre.

Contact Us

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

Last updated: 
Monday, 6 March 2023