Do you enjoy exploring data, undertaking research and producing recommendations? Would you like an opportunity to provide advice on a diverse range of key policy challenges facing Australia, in an internationally recognised agency?

Join our 2025 graduate program.

Graduate Research Economists & Graduate Policy Analysts

Salary Range: Minimum $77,318 Maximum $77,318

Permanent Full Time Roles – Melbourne and Canberra

About the role

We are seeking applications from people from a range of academic backgrounds to join our graduate program.

At the Productivity Commission, we undertake independent research and provide advice to Government on ways to improve the economic and social wellbeing of all Australians. To ensure our work is informed by, and reflects the rich diversity of our nation, the Commission consults with a broad range of individuals, businesses, academics, governments, research groups, and non-profit organisations when undertaking research and developing advice for government.

We are searching for highly motivated individuals who can demonstrate an awareness of Australian economic conditions and the policy landscape. Successful applicants will possess a range of capabilities including well-developed conceptual, analytical and research skills, good communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.  

We have offices in Melbourne and Canberra, and offer hybrid working arrangements, and relocation assistance if required to successful applicants.

We offer a friendly, welcoming environment with excellent employment conditions and development opportunities. As well as a comprehensive graduate program, our graduates work with some of the best and most experienced policy analysts in the country and have access to both on-the-job and formal training throughout their career.

To be eligible, successful applicants must complete a relevant academic qualification by January 2025 (undergraduate degree or higher).

Qualifications in economics, commerce, mathematics and statistics, public policy, law, social sciences, Indigenous studies, environmental science, and other fields relevant to public policy would be well regarded.

Successful applicants will commence in February 2025, although an alternative start date may be negotiated.

If you are passionate about tackling complex economic, social or environmental policy issues to improve the lives of Australians, put in your application today.

Please note: it is anticipated that first round offers to successful candidates will be made by the end of May 2024. Further offers may be made until December 2024.

Applications close at 11:59pm (AEST), Sunday 7 April 2024.


Be yourself at the Commission

We welcome and celebrate diversity, and value the unique backgrounds, perspectives and experience that each person brings to our workplace.  Parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all cultures and faith are encouraged to apply.

Position eligibility requirements

Australian citizenship

You must be an Australian citizen or, in limited circumstances, in the process of obtaining citizenship, to be eligible for employment with the Commission.

Affirmative measures requirements (optional to opt-in)

While this recruitment process is open to everyone, applicants from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage, and/or people with disability, have the option to apply for a position under an affirmative measure. Please refer to the requirements below and if eligible, you may elect to apply under these measures.

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people: The filling of (at least one) of these vacancies is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the ‘Racial Discrimination Act 1975' and is open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people. Candidates applying under this affirmative measure provision must provide confirmation of their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

  • People with disability: The filling of (at least one) of these vacancies is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under Section 33 of the Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions 2022 and is open only to people with disability. Candidates applying under the affirmative measure provision must provide suitable evidence of a disability.

Ready to apply or keen to find out more?

Our graduate careers page provides more information about the program and what to expect. For instructions on how to apply and what to include in your application, please refer to the candidate information kit.



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