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Our graduates

We remain committed to employing talent that represents the New Zealand community in which we serve. We make sure we build a diverse and competent workforce by hiring graduates from many different academic disciplines, backgrounds, locations and life experiences.

A Treasury graduate is someone who can both progress the small details of a day-to-day role while remaining focused on the big picture – raising living standards for all New Zealanders.

Our graduates are conscientious individuals who:

  • Can successfully adapt to an ever changing political and economic environment,
  • Has a desire to continue growing their professional and technical talents,
  • Has a capacity for working with numbers (all our graduate roles work in the detail of the numbers that influence policy advice),
  • Has the ability to relate well with others, and can understand and influence outside perspectives,
  • Clarifies areas of ambiguity and filters irrelevant or distracting information,
  • Thinks critically and analytically about problems and their solutions,
  • Thrives under pressure and can juggle multiple priorities, and
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing for a wide range of audiences.

As the needs, priorities and functions of our government and internal teams change, our graduates need to stay agile and respond to different needs with different skills. Our Treasury Graduates are all advisors, data analysts, researchers, accountants, advocates, representatives, students and team mates.


The workplans that graduates are given are varied and extensive. Within the first few weeks of joining our team, you will enjoy the challenge of working on significant pieces of work across large and influential portfolios. Most of our graduates find themselves working as Vote (or Budget) Analysts on the national budget: supporting government agencies to meet their responsibilities under the Public Finance Act 1989, and providing advice to the Ministers of Finance.  Other graduates work closely on regulatory priorities and the changes in our law, whilst another portion of our graduates have a more macroeconomic focus to their work. Having to operate with a high level of responsibility and accountability is a daily reality. Few graduate roles offer this kind of influence and exposure. This is all achieved by providing extensive support and development.

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Last updated: 
Monday, 26 February 2018