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2021 NSW Government Graduate Program - Legal Stream


Want to do work that creates meaningful outcomes for the people of NSW?

With one choice, you can create endless opportunities in the NSW Government Graduate Program.

Apply now to the 2021 NSW Government Graduate Program

This 18-month program is open to high-performing law graduates, offering three rotations in legal teams across government agencies. You will gain experience in areas such as policy, litigation and advice, while completing a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

When you successfully complete the program, you will be offered ongoing (permanent) employment at the Legal Officer Grade 1 (4th year) and may seek to be admitted as a solicitor.

Graduates receive a competitive remuneration package of approximately $80,275. This includes a salary of $72,418, employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

Find your legal future with NSW Government

The NSW Government is a proud employer of a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, disability, ethnicity, cultural background, or sexual orientation. We are committed to reflecting the diverse community we serve and creating an inclusive and flexible workplace.

We strive to provide an inclusive and accessible experience for all candidates. During the recruitment process, if you require assistance in relation to disabilities such as visual, hearing, learning or mobility, you can request a reasonable adjustment by contacting Akanksha Joshi on 02 8918 0888, or email [email protected] and tell us your preferred communication method.

We have also partnered with Yarn’n, an Aboriginal employment services provider, to support Aboriginal graduates through the application process. For more information or assistance, please contact Tommy on (02) 9319 4000 or [email protected].

If you meet the below requirements, you can apply to the NSW Government Graduate Program:

Have completed a legal undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the last two years (from June 2018 onwards) or will complete your degree by December 2020.

  • Are willing to study towards a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Are one of the following: o An Australian citizen
    • A permanent resident of Australia
    • A New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand passport, or
    • Hold a visa that allows you to work full-time in Australia until at least 31 August 2022
  • Can commence work on 8 February 2021

How to apply

To get started, fill in the online application form. This will capture all the information we need including your experience and qualifications. No attachments are required.

You must answer two questions as part of your application. Please use examples from your work, education and life experiences in your answers.

  1. Outline how your previous experience (study, work, or volunteer) demonstrates your suitability for the graduate role. In your response, describe how your personal and professional values are aligned with the NSW public sector values.
  2. Describe a time where you noticed a colleague or fellow student behaving in an unethical or unprofessional way. What actions did you take?

Hint: We recommend typing your responses in a Word document and then pasting them into the online application form. Each response is limited to 300 words.

Read through the Graduate Program website for more information about the full application process, as well as the Graduate Role Description.

If you need technical assistance with your online application, contact the I work for NSW Support Centre at [email protected] or phone 1800 562 679.

Want to know more? Come to our virtual Graduate Information Evening on Monday, 3 August 2020 from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. Register early to secure a spot as places is limited.

Applications close on Monday, 10 August 2020 at 11:59pm (AEST). Late applications will not be accepted.

*Subject to the Government Sector Employment Act 2013, and the Government Sector Employment (General) Rules 2014 (including citizenship, residency and visa requirements).

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  • Job type:Graduate Jobs
  • Disciplines:

    Accounting, Actuary, Administration, Agriculture, Architecture, Arts

  • Work rights:

    Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident,

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  • Closing Date:10th Aug 2020, 1:59 pm


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