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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is the lead agency managing Australia’s international presence. We manage a network of 96 overseas posts in five continents and we have over 4200 staff located in Canberra, state and territory offices and overseas posts. An additional 2400 are employed overseas as locally engaged staff.

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Policy Graduates Corp Careers Brochure

Top Employability Skills:

The department is looking for graduates who are:

  • talented and highly motivated
  • good communicators
  • strategic thinkers and practical problem solvers
  • team players, flexible, adaptable and resourceful
  • sensitive to, and appreciative of, difference and diversity.

Relevant Study Areas:

We welcome graduates from all disciplines.

In recent years DFAT policy graduates have had degrees in Antarctic studies, architecture, arts, Asian studies, business, commerce, communications, computer science, economics, international relations, language studies, law, medicine and science.

Corporate graduates have had degrees in commerce, accounting, human resource management, arts, ICT and business administration.

Opportunities for Students/Graduates:

  • Graduate Employment/Programs
  • Indigenous Employment
  • Experienced/Postgraduate Employment
  • Scholarship Opportunities

See what our staff say about working in the department. All graduate positions are based in Canberra.

Contact details for Students/Graduates:

Phone: (02) 6261 2736
Email: [email protected]