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Frequently asked questions for the Graduate Programme

General recruitment

Am I eligible to apply for the graduate programme?

We hope so!

If you can answer 'yes' to each of the following statements, we look forward to receiving your application:

  • I am a New Zealand or Australian Citizen, New Zealand Permanent Resident or Resident, or entitled to a three-year Post-study Open Work Visa (for degree Level 7 or above qualifications).
  • I have attained a B+ or higher grade average from your previous 12 months' study.
  • I am available to start for the Graduate programme on either Monday 6 July 2020 (Winter cohort) or Wednesday 20 January 2021 (Summer cohort).

Do I need to upload a cover letter or resume?

No, you do not. We run a CV anonymised process for our graduate recruitment, and rely on the information you submit in your application form. We do not refer to any additional information even if you have referenced it.

However, if you are setting up a new personal profile through the Central Agencies website it will prompt you to upload a resume. This is a standard requirement for the system, and cannot be removed for our application process. You can upload a resume or blank document at this stage.

What do you consider work experience?

The work experience section is a chance for you to share what transferrable skills and behaviours you have gained from previous roles. They do not have to be specific to the public sector or policy, and can include part-time work throughout study, however you must be able to demonstrate how these skills would translate to your role at the Treasury. This could include time management, problem solving, building relationships, showing initiative, working in a diverse group etc.

I haven’t studied economics, finance or policy. Can I apply for graduate roles at the Treasury?

Yes! We take students from a wide range of backgrounds for our Policy, Performance and Advisory Graduate stream.

Our marketing focuses towards students with finance, accounting, policy and economics, however up to 30% of our graduates may not come with any of these academic backgrounds. We are interested in hiring graduates from varied backgrounds who can then provide diversity of thought to our advice.

I have already finished my studies, can I still apply?

Yes! If you have finished your studies within the last 2 years, we welcome your application for the graduate programme.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

If we have not been able to answer your question, please feel free to contact us at grad.enquiries@treasury.govt.nz

Graduate Programme


What are the opening and closing dates for applications for the 2020 Winter / 2021 Summer Graduate Programme?

Applications for the 2020 Winter & 2021 Summer Graduate programmes will be open from Monday 10 February 2020 – Wednesday 18 March 2020.

What are the start dates for the Summer and Winter cohorts?

These will be determined each year, though typically the Summer cohorts start in mid-January and the Winter cohorts at the beginning of July each year.

For 2020-2021, the dates are below:

  • Monday 6 July 2020 – Winter cohort
  • Wednesday 20 January 2021 – January cohort

What is involved in the recruitment process?

Recruitment for the graduate programme is a 4-step process:

  1. Online application and screening – we will assess your application and review whether you have met the eligibility criteria for the programme.
  2. Online psychometric test and video interview – this stage of the process helps us to identify whether you have the key skills and behaviours we look for in our graduates.
  3. Assessment centre – whilst we take you through a range of activities, including a panel interview with managers and a group exercise, you will get the opportunity to take an inside look at our culture and environment and decide whether the Treasury is the right fit for you.
  4.  Offer – we aim to make all of our offers within 7 days of the assessment centre.

Do I have to attend the assessment centre in person?

Yes, attending the assessment centre is mandatory unless you are applying for the role internationally, or are not physically in the country on the confirmed assessment centre date. We will arrange your transport to and from the assessment centre.

If there are other extenuating circumstances that might prevent you from attending, please email us at grad.enquiries@treasury.govt.nz and we can discuss the options available to you. 

If you are applying internationally you must be a New Zealand or Australian Citizen or New Zealand Permanent Resident or Resident.

When can I expect to hear after submitting my application?

We will not review any applications until after the closing date on Wednesday 18 March 2020. You will be contacted within one week of the closing date to confirm whether or not you have made it to the next stage of the application process.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

If we have not been able to answer your question, please feel free to contact us at grad.enquiries@treasury.govt.nz

Last updated: 
Friday, 21 February 2020