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Graduate employment at AGS (Attorney-General’s Department)


Applications for the 2018 Attorney-General's Department Graduate Program are open and will close on 29 March 2017 at 11.55pm (AEDT).

Are you looking to grow your career in the Australian Public Service? The Attorney-General's Department (AGD) is seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic graduates to join our 2018 Graduate Program.

AGD delivers programs and policies to maintain and improve Australia's law and justice framework, and strengthen our national security and emergency management. Through the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS), we provide legal services to the Commonwealth, including legal advice and representation.

Our 12-month graduate program offers exciting career development opportunities across 2 streams – the policy and program stream and the legal practice stream. If you are a law graduate (LLB or Juris Doctor), you can apply for either or both streams. If you are interested in applying for a graduate positon in the legal practice stream, you should familiarise yourself with the AGS group, who we are and what we do, and bear that in mind when you are making your application.

In the policy and program stream you will have the opportunity to demonstrate and strengthen your skills through 3 work rotations, with the opportunity to work in interesting policy areas such as human rights, administrative law, civil law, family law, criminal justice, national security, including cyber and identity security, or give legal advice on international law; and to assist with administering programs and providing services to support access to justice through legal assistance, or emergency management through national disaster recovery.

In the legal practice stream, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate and strengthen your skills through practice rotations, a client placement and a pro bono placement, as well as a structured learning and development program and practical legal training. You will have the opportunity to provide legal advice to government across the full spectrum of its activities, including legislative development and interpretation, managing disputes, and corporate and commercial law issues covering a wide range of projects.

The Department is committed to being a flexible and inclusive workplace, where all staff enjoy the opportunity to meet their potential. We value the diverse backgrounds, experience, views and capabilities that every individual brings to the Department.