Department of Treasury and Finance

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be an Australian Citizen to apply?

Under the Australian Immigration Guide on Work Rights, you are eligible for ongoing (tenured) positions in the Government of South Australia if you have:

  • Australian birth certificate (if born in Australia before 20 August 1986)
  • Certificate of Australian citizenship
  • Australian or New Zealand passport
  • Evidence of permanent resident status.

If you have a valid Australian working visa, you are eligible to apply for contract (untenured) positions in the Government of South Australia.

The GDP predominantly offers ongoing (tenured) positions for graduates, but you are welcome to apply through the GDP for any contract (untenured) positions that may be available for graduates.

How much will I be paid?

The starting salary for 2017 graduates is approx. $55,600 p.a. (inclusive 9.5% superannuation) at the ASO2 level.

Starting salaries for 2018 graduates are expected to be higher but have not yet been determined. After your graduate year, you will progress to the ASO3 level – in 2017 this is approx. $64,800 p.a. (inclusive 9.5% superannuation).

Also, if you have an Honours degree and one year’s relevant work experience, you can commence at the ASO3 level in your graduate year.

What department of agency could I be working for?

The GDP shortlist is available to all departments and agencies in the Government of South Australia – so you could be working for any one of them.

This includes Treasury and Finance, Premier and Cabinet, Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, SAPol, SA Health, Attorney-General’s Department , SA Water, FundsSA, Communities and Social Inclusion, Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Education and Child Development, Public Trustee , Primary Industries and Regions SA and many smaller agencies in the Government of South Australia.

Note that the Auditor-General has its own graduate recruitment program – visit for more details.

Where will I be located?

Nearly all positions with Government of South Australia agencies will be based in the Adelaide CBD.

Do I need to have recently graduated to apply?

You can apply if:

  • You are a final-year student graduating either mid-year or at the end of this year
  • You have recently graduated.

Do I need an accounting degree?

No - we accept application from anyone who has a relevant degree - accounting, economics, finance, business/commerce or similar.

What if I miss the application closing date?

Your best chance of gaining a GDP graduate position is to get your application before the closing date so you have a chance of making it onto the first GDP shortlist.  However, we will accept applications at any time of the year.

Do I need distinctions and high distinctions to have a chance?

The higher your grade point average (GPA), the more chance you have of making the GDP shortlist.  Nevertheless, your GPA is just one part of the assessment – having strong communication abilities, a diverse and interesting CV/resume, good references and accurate spelling and grammar in your application helps to build you into a ‘strong’ candidate.

When can I begin my new graduate role?

A starting date is negotiated with your potential employing department or agency, depending on their needs and your graduation date.  The Government of South Australia recruits graduates all year round, so you could begin your new position anytime of the year.

What is the GDP?

The Graduate Development Program:

  • Recruits finance-related graduates in the Government of South Australia
  • Provides a 12-month professional skills training and networking program.

Once you’re on board in your graduate role, you will be part of the GDP – a network of graduates from across the Government of South Australia.  The GDP is a 12-month training program – we hold one full-day session once a month that is focused on your technical, professional and personal development. The sessions include government finances and processes, how government works, business ethics, presentation and communication skills, managing up and professional relationships, conflict resolution, stakeholder engagement etc.

When does the GDP start?

The GDP begins in February each year. However, you will most likely be in your graduate position before then.

Can I do further study whilst employed as a graduate?

Yes – the Government of South Australia encourages staff to undertake continual professional development.  You can apply of study leave and reimbursement of a portion of your study fees (generally up to 75%).

What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?

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