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The Policy, Performance and Advisory Stream

The Policy, Performance and Advisory stream offers the opportunity to focus on improving New Zealanders’ wellbeing through their policy advice and helping prepare the Governments annual Budget. 

This stream is for those with a strong interest in public policy, how government works and outcomes for all New Zealanders. You do not need a specific academic background for this stream, but we do look for strong academic transcripts and an ability to work confidently with people and numbers.  

In this stream, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Advise on the government’s annual expenditure and budget package
  • Liaise with agencies over new policy initiatives, business cases and significant Cabinet papers
  • Work closely with government agencies on financial reporting, baseline funding and obligations under the Public Finance Act
  • Work on issues of public expenditure and fiscal management, including monitoring and financial performance
  • Advise the Minister primarily on financial implications and strategic alignment of Government policy proposals

Hear from our graduates:

Hannah: Analyst, Natural Resources 
Hannah: Graduate Programme -  Policy, Performance and Advisory Stream

Hannah: Analyst, Natural Resources

Being given responsibility so early on is awesome. You are playing a part in what is happening at the Treasury right from the start and it is a cool feeling to be contributing.

I’m the Vote Analyst for Environment in the Natural Resources team. Part of my role involves supporting the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) with financial management processes, and working with MfE through the Budget. Outside of the Budget cycle, I work with MfE on their policy proposals and provide advice to the Minister of Finance on the financial, economic and regulatory implications.

One of my favourite things about the graduate programme is the graduate cohort. We’re all in different teams and doing different things, so we have accumulated a lot of knowledge collectively. Even though we’re only halfway through the graduate programme, we’re already able to help each other out with different areas of our work. The Treasury is a great place to start as a graduate, as you get to look right across government. There’s such a broad range of work going on around the organisation and so many opportunities to get involved in different policy areas.

Matt: Analyst, Skills and Work
Matt: Graduate Programme -  Policy, Performance and Advisory Stream

Matt: Analyst, Skills and Work

I like how open and trusting the Treasury is. Everyone’s perspective is valued and important because of the specific lens and worldview that you bring.

We are encouraged to bring our perspective to the table and feed into decision making so the Treasury can give the best advice possible.  The Treasury is a place that values diversity and diversity of thought. You are supported and empowered to build relationships and succeed.

I am the Vote Analyst for Tertiary Education within the Skills and Work Team. This means that on a day-to-day basis, I am reviewing and giving feedback on papers that Ministry of Education officials are putting up on tertiary education. I get to think about how the officials have found the problems and whether they had thought about the best ways to solve those problems. I also brief the Minister of Finance on these policies including whether we disagree with a policy position or whether we think there is an opportunity to improve things.


Ruohan: Analyst, Transitions Regions and Economic Development 
Ruohan: Analyst, Transitions Regions and Economic Development

Ruohan: Analyst, Transitions Regions and Economic Development

The Treasury really values diversity. They recognise that everybody has different life experiences and different perspectives and bringing them to work is a valuable asset that everybody has.

When deciding where to go after university, I wanted to find a career that allowed me to work on the issues that mattered to New Zealand and to contribute back to New Zealand society. 

From my experience, the Treasury Graduate Programme is a well-planned and structured programme that enables us to develop both professionally and personally. We undertake a wide range of courses and are provided with opportunities to undertake meaningful work from day one.

While my academic background is not in finance or economics, I have been supported by the organisation to formally develop these knowledge and skills. However, I have always felt that my different work and study experiences were valued and the organisation encouraged me to bring them to this role. The graduate programme is a great foundation for your future career no matter what agency or field you want to go into.

Last updated: 
Thursday, 4 March 2021