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Economics Stream (Industrial Relations)

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As an economics graduate you can expect to:

  • Examine economic issues relating to the labour market and industrial relations, and provide analysis and advice on topics including wages growth, minimum wages, methods of setting pay, trends in enterprise bargaining, forms of work, productivity, and industrial disputation.
  • Provide briefings to senior leaders and ministers on key trends in economic data.
  • Contribute to the Australian Government’s submission to the Annual Wage Review, the process in which minimum wages are set in Australia.
  • Contribute to industrial relations policy development through the provision of economic and labour market evidence and data.
  • Conduct research and statistical analysis (including econometric modelling) on industrial relations issues in the domestic and international contexts.

As an economics graduate you will also have the opportunity to work across government with one of the three rotations being in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment where you will see first-hand how government departments work in collaboration to deliver better outcomes for the Australia community.

During the graduate program, you will also participate in development activities including a major project, where you will have an opportunity to present to the department, including our senior executives. You will also contribute to a range of cultural and social activities including a high profile speaker series and fundraising initiatives. You will receive support from supervisors and access to learning and development activities.

As an economics graduate you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • have completed (or be completing your degree by December 2020) within the past four years (on or after December 2016) with strong academic results (credit average).
  • have a Bachelor degree in economics or related field.


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