Economics Stream

DESE welcomes applications from all degree disciplines for our DESE Graduate Program. We offer mainstream positions and a number of specialist career streams including Economics.

Apply for the 2023 DESE Graduate Program by 3 July!

As part of the application process, you can identify economics as your preferred pathway noting that you will also be considered for the mainstream pathway as well.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) and its people are at the forefront of Australian labour market analysis and policy development. By providing economic and labour market advice to portfolio Ministers and the Australian Government, the Department’s work directly impacts on the lives of Australians. DESE economics graduates are involved in core work and are given real responsibility from the start.

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What does the economics stream offer you?

Our economics graduates are engaged across the whole department with rotation opportunities available in policy, program delivery and technical areas. Graduates are involved in conducting evidence-based research and analysis which supports our Ministers and other stakeholders and enables them to make informed decisions.

As an economics graduate, you have the opportunity to:

  • Help shape economic and policy deliberations on diverse topics such as the evolving skills landscape, labour productivity, wages growth, and the future of work.
  • Contribute towards analysis that helps support disadvantaged labour market cohorts such as young workers, the long-term unemployed, those with a disability, and mature aged workers.
  • Further develop your technical skills via exposure to diverse analytical techniques, economic models, and complex datasets.
  • Be mentored by some of the best economists, data scientists, and policy analysts within the public service — Our economics graduates have a strong track record of promotion, with many previous graduates going on to senior positions in DESE and other agencies such as the Treasury and the RBA.

Additionally, all graduates in the DESE Graduate Program will undertake a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration as the formal learning and development component of the program. This additional tertiary qualification offers all graduates a strong foundational understanding of working in the APS and in a policy agency. This will benefit you, regardless of what stream you are in.

Some examples of what economics graduates may do

Our economics graduates may have the opportunity to be involved in the following:

  • economic and labour market research and analysis of emerging labour market trends and developments
  • providing briefings to Ministers and Department executive on the state of the labour market at a national, State, industry and regional level
  • writing reports, preparing publications and Parliamentary Question Time Briefs for the Minister on the key ABS labour market data releases
  • investigating labour market outcomes for disadvantage groups, including youth, the long-term unemployed, the low skilled and mature age persons
  • contributing to the Australian Government’s submission to the Annual Wage Review
  • undertaking our own surveys of employer recruitment activity and skills shortage research
  • monitoring job vacancy rates
  • undertaking industry and regional employment projections to inform policy development
  • analysing the contributing factors assisting Australians to move from unemployment into jobs
  • evaluation of government labour market programs and policies.
  • and lots more

Who we are looking for

‘We are looking for graduates who are enthusiastic, energetic and have a strong background in economics, econometrics or other relevant fields such as finance, commerce, mathematics, statistics, data science or engineering. We are seeking candidates who have a strong work ethic, strong written and oral communication skills and well-developed interpersonal skills.

In addition to the eligibility criteria for graduates in the generalist stream, we are looking for graduates who have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in economics ,econometrics or another relevant field of study such as finance, commerce, mathematics, statistics, data science or engineering.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex concepts to non-technical audiences.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to actively engage with co-workers and stakeholders.
  • Enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and an attitude that is open to learning and innovation.

Candidates from these fields may be required to demonstrate their aptitude and understanding of economic concepts in their applications and assessment.

Applying for the 2023 Graduate Program - Economics Stream

Apply now for the 2023 DESE Graduate Program by 3 July. 

As part of the application process, you can identify economics as your preferred pathway noting that you will also be considered for the mainstream pathway as well.

Our work is diverse and meaningful offering you many ways to use your degree in ways you never could have imagined? Join us!

We are also a participating agency in the AGGP Economics Graduate Stream which is part of the Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP). While applications for the AGGP specialist streams have closed you can still apply for the 2023 DESE Graduate Program. You have what it takes! Apply by 3 July to be considered.

Our recruitment process

If you apply direct through our graduate process the first step in the application process is to submit your application by 3 July 2022.  You will be advised at each stage of the process if you have progressed further.

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