Careers

Giving you a place at the centre of government to help shape important issues.

Why work with us

Looking for a career where you can solve some of our country’s most pressing challenges?

Our advice and insight shapes policy that’s critical to Australia’s future. We’re looking for people with diverse skills, expertise, perspectives and lived experience to join us in building a better future for all Australians. 

One department, many careers

We’re many policy areas, industries and careers in one. From critical technologies to critical minerals, astronomy to supply chains, there are endless opportunities to grow your career, skills and experience with us. 

Open and flexible

We understand everyone has a life beyond work, and we empower you to fulfil your duties in a way that works for you and your team. We provide flexible working options and a healthy lifestyle program to support work/life balance.

A safe space for all

We want you to be your authentic self at work. That’s why we’re creating an inclusive culture that allows everyone to feel safe, engaged and valued.

Learn more about working with us

Application process

Find out how to apply for a position with our department.

Conditions and benefits

Find our enterprise agreement and learn about pay, conditions and benefits at our department.

Diversity and inclusion

Learn about our diversity networks and inclusive workplace.

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How our department is structured.

Career opportunities with us

Careers for graduates

Grow your skills and make a difference with us.

Careers for people with disability

We make it easy for you to have a voice on issues that really matter.

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Announcing our new people strategy

Want to know how we’re building a better future for all Australians? See our People strategy 2024–2026.
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Make an impact by joining our 2025 graduate program

If you’re looking for an opportunity to make a real difference with the skills you gained at university, apply now for our graduate program. Applications close 15 April 2024.

Hear what people say

Policy roles

Our policy officers find their work rewarding and collaborative. You can contribute to critical policies, programs and projects that benefit all Australians. 

I enjoy the fact that the department is quite focused on strong implementation of policies and programs
that benefit Australian interests. 

We are known as a quite a strong implementation agency, which means there's quite a bit of direct
engagement and liaison with the stakeholders, whether it's from industry or the research sector.

The department is very supportive of work-life balance including allowing for remote working
and flexible work arrangements.

I really like the department in that it provides me with a unique opportunity to engage directly with everyday
Australians on a daily basis.

Legal roles

Legal work with us is anything but routine. You could find yourself working on a diverse range of issues including space, measurement and minerals. 

I decided this on department, because of the wide variety of work the department does. 

I work with a group of very diverse and talented and capable group of lawyers advising the space agency in relation to a license to launch a rocket from Australia, so it’s all very interesting and varied.

The culture of the department is collaboration. So for example in the legal branch there's always going to be at least two lawyers working on the same matter. 

I am currently accessing study assistance and study leave as well in pursuing a Master of Law degree from the ANU, and I find that I have been very strongly supported in doing so.

Public service roles

An APS career offers purpose, growth, community and more.

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