DFAT Graduate Program 2018

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Our two-year program will kick-start your career in development, trade and diplomacy. It includes a significant foreign policy training program, the chance to work in several rotations across the department, and the opportunity to apply for positions in over 95 posts around the world.

Be part of history — help make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting our interests internationally, and contributing to global stability and economic growth.

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All Levels

DFAT places no limits on the age of applicants. You should have completed your most recent degree no more than five years prior to the program commencing. Each year we select a mix of fresh graduates and graduates with several years of professional experience under their belt.

All Backgrounds

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. In previous years we've accepted people with backgrounds from economics to zoology, marketing to counter-terror, law to development studies.

Applying from Overseas

A number of successful candidates apply from overseas each year. The majority of the application process is conducted online, however, the very final stage requires an in-person assessment and interview in Australia.

This is likely to occur around May to June 2017. Overseas candidates will be given first preference for date selection (30-60% of candidates invited to interview are successful).

Policy and Management Streams

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Grad Program is split into two streams, the policy stream and the management stream. The majority of recruits are hired under the policy stream, which prepares successful candidates from all backgrounds for a career as a generalist policy officer.

The management stream is available to applicants with commerce, accounting, human resources, ICT or similar qualifications. Corporate management graduates work to manage the department’s human and financial resources, assets and programs.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must be Australian Citizens at the time of application and must have finished at least a three-year bachelor degree by 31 December 2017.

If you only hold a qualification from a foreign institution, your application can only be accepted if Australian documentation recognising your qualification is submitted with your initial application.

Last Updated: 14 March 2017