As a graduate, you will work on a variety of interesting and important policy and program issues and legal matters, often in unique and precedent-setting work of importance to Australia. You will interact with real clients, the Australian community, key stakeholders and other government jurisdictions to help achieve the Australian Government's policy, program and legal objectives.
In 12 months, you can:
On successful completion of the program, you will be offered a permanent placement with the department.
We provide the opportunity for graduates to form strong networks through activities such as the AGD Social Club, lunchtime sports and a diverse range of networks including the Women's Network, the Green Group, Indigenous Employee Network, Celebrating Ability Network and the Pride Network.
Our flexible work environment allows you to balance your work and personal responsibilities. We promote a healthy work-life balance, have generous employment conditions and offer a competitive salary. Our workplace embraces technology to support flexible working arrangements.
We are proud to be ranked as one of Australia's Top Graduate Employers List (eight years running)!
We have also been placed as one of the Grad Australia Top 100 Graduate Employers!
For the past two years, we have also been nominated for the Australian Financial Review and GradConnection Best Law Graduate Employer.
Opportunities exist for eligible candidates to apply for the graduate program through our affirmative measures: Indigenous and Disability recruitment processes.
The Affirmative Measures – Indigenous recruitment process is open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons only. In addition to the essential requirements of either the Legal Practice (AGS) or Policy and Program stream you are applying for, you will need to provide evidence that you are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.
The Affirmative Measures – Disability recruitment process is open only to people with disability. In addition to meeting the essential requirements of the Policy and Program stream, you will need to provide evidence of disability.
As a policy and program graduate, you can expect to work on a variety of thought-provoking and challenging work, such as improving the family law system's response to domestic violence, working to better protect children or older Australians from abuse and collaborating with the private sector, states and territories and international partners to improve community safety, legal services and national security.
Policy and program graduates will participate in rotations across the department, working on policy and programs in areas that may include:
You may also rotate through our corporate areas including:
You may also have the opportunity to experience a rotation in one of our portfolio agencies.
As part of your role you may:
You will also:
We invite applications from graduates of all university disciplines including arts, business, commerce, communications, economics, humanities, international studies, law, management and science.
To be eligible for the policy and program stream you must:
If we offer you a position on the program, you will also need to:
All policy and program graduate positions are based in Canberra. Financial assistance may be offered where graduates are relocating from their home state.
Visit our Graduate profiles to find out more from our most recent graduates.
Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) is the Australian Government’s central legal practice and part of the Attorney-General’s Department. AGS helps Commonwealth clients to manage legal issues, navigate new challenges and find solutions that deliver the best outcomes for Australia. We are a self-funded legal practice and compete for our work.
Who we are
AGS IS UNIQUE. AGS is dedicated to the national interest and is a trusted adviser to Government.
AGS IS INNOVATIVE. Drawing on an exceptional depth of experience and expertise, we assist the Australian Government in the development and implementation of solutions to legal issues that have national importance.
AGS IS DIVERSE. With offices in every capital city and a team of 650 staff, including 370 lawyers, we work in more than 40 different areas of law related to government.
Work with the top legal minds
Working with AGS provides the perfect pathway to a dynamic career in Australian law.
The graduate program is a 12-month development opportunity with rotations across our 3 practice areas where you will get the opportunity to work with many of Australia’s best government lawyers, including our 5 in-house Queen’s Counsel.
You will get the opportunity to work with an in-house legal team within a Commonwealth agency and also with a community legal centre/charitable organisation as part of our pro bono program. You will be mentored and will have access to a variety of learning and development activities, including the opportunity to complete your practical legal training to be admitted to practice.
AGS delivers services through three national legal practices:
The practices work together on complex matters that require expertise across several areas of law
How we make a meaningful contribution to the wider community
AGS understands that while everyone needs help from time-to-time, not everyone can afford quality legal representation. We have an extensive pro bono program and won the 2019 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Pro Bono Award.
Our graduates take part in our pro bono program, which has helped many clients both nationally and internationally.
Helping you be the best lawyer you can be
We are a supportive organisation that embraces diversity in all forms. We understand that work is only part of your life and while our workplace can be demanding at times, we also provide access to a range of flexible working options, generous leave entitlements and wellbeing benefits to support your diverse needs throughout your career.
To be eligible for the Legal Practice stream you must
Industrial Relations (IR) legal stream offers career opportunities for talented and motivated law graduates.
As an IR graduate lawyer, you will take part in the full range of work undertaken by our legal teams, including in the areas of
You will provide legal advice and services (including in relation to the development of legislation and the conduct of litigation) across the range of the department’s responsibilities.
During your graduate program, you will also participate in development activities including a major project, where you will have an opportunity to present to the department, including our senior executives. You will also contribute to a range of cultural and social activities including a high profile speaker series and fundraising initiatives. You will receive support from supervisors and access to learning and development activities, including the opportunity to complete further study.
To be eligible for the IR legal stream you must
As an economics graduate, you can expect to
You will also
As an economics graduate, you will also have the opportunity to work across government with one of your rotations being in the Department of
Education, Skills and Employment where you will see first-hand how government departments work in collaboration to deliver better outcomes for the Australia community.
To be eligible as an economics graduate you must
All economics graduate positions are based in Canberra. Financial assistance may be offered where graduates are relocating from their home state.
Applicants must be Australian Citizens to apply.
Applications open at 9:00 AM (AEST) on Thursday 18 March 2021 and close at 11.55 PM (AEST) Thursday 15 April 2021.
As part of your application you will need to:
For further information about the application process please review our candidate information guide located on our departmental website.
Our selection process involves:
If you meet the eligibility requirements for one or more of our streams, please press Apply
The Attorney-General's Department is committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability. For more information on the RecruitAbility scheme, refer to the Australian Public Service Commission's RecruitAbility Applicants Guide. The RecruitAbility scheme does not apply to the affirmative measures of disability recruitment process.