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Rural Bank Graduate Programs

Rural Bank believes the future for agriculture is bright. We are committed to providing exceptional financial services, knowledge and leadership for Australian farmers to grow, and you can be part of it.

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Past Rural Bank Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at Rural Bank, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Rural Bank hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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  • Graduate Jobs (100%),


  • Banking and Finance (100%),

  • Business and Commerce (100%),


  • Adelaide (100%),

  • Bendigo (100%),

  • Brisbane (100%),

  • Melbourne (100%),

  • New South Wales (100%),

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  • Australian Citizen (100%),

  • Australian Permanent Resident (100%),

  • New Zealand Citizen (100%),

Past Rural Bank Graduate Programs

Check out some of Rural Bank's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.

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We provide a personalised Graduate Program, tailored to suit you and your goals, whilst ensuring you enjoy a rounded experience across all areas of our bank.


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New South Wales and 5 other locations

About Us

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Who is Rural Bank?

Rural Bank believes the future for agriculture is bright. We are committed to providing exceptional financial services, knowledge and leadership for Australian farmers to grow, and you can be part of it.

We are the only Australian owned specialised agricultural bank and we are very proud of that.

We are a business that is farmer focused and future driven, meaning we are committed to innovation and providing products and services that meet our customer’s needs now and in the future.

What does it take to be successful at Rural Bank?

You will be passionate about Australian agriculture. You will be committed to learning new things, asking questions and challenging the status quo.

You will have loads of enthusiasm, be a self-starter and enjoy building relationships. You will also be prepared to challenge yourself through new experiences.

We are an organisation that is dedicated to creating a diverse workforce, embracing the differences we all bring to our communities.

Who we are

At Rural Bank, everything we do is based on values – they guide our behaviour and represent what’s most important to us. Integrity, Leadership, Performance, Passion, Engagement and Teamwork. These are our values and we share them with our colleagues at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

But there is something that sets us at Rural Bank apart. It’s our passion for and connection to Australian agriculture.

The relationships and partnerships we have with farming and the people in it, makes our business and culture distinctive. We have developed a set of principles that symbolise this culture. What make us Who We Are.

We have developed a set of principles that symbolise this culture. What make us Who We Are.

Our Graduate Program

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Why choose Rural Bank for your graduate program experience?

We are committed to seeing our people thrive. Development is something that is in our DNA, you will have opportunities to interact with our Executive team, industry partners and our customers – each experience is designed to allow you to learn and develop in to the best version of you.

We provide a personalised graduate program, tailored to suit you and your goals, whilst ensuring you enjoy a rounded experience across all areas of our bank. That means you could be working across areas such as Finance, Marketing, HR, Credit and Lending, Agribusiness sales and more.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to travel across Australia working with teams from the Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland to Esperance in Western Australia. In 2021 we are looking to bring on 6 new graduates in total across WA, SA, VIC, NSW & QLD.

What happens after the program?

Our Graduate positions don’t just end at the 18-month mark. If you are successful in obtaining a graduate position with us, you have a permanent place within our business upon program completion.

Towards the end of your 18-month program we work with you to find a permanent role within our business that is the perfect fit for you.

'A range of other additional benefits will then become available to you including:

  • Flexible working arrangements and family friendly practices
  • Generous leave provisions including study leave and assistance and additional purchased leave
  • Relocation assistance if you are required to move between offices
  • Ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • Organisation-wide project opportunities that may fall outside your immediate daily role.
  • Role secondment opportunities when internal contract positions become available within Rural Bank or Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

Meet our Graduates

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Why I chose the Rural Bank Graduate Program?

Sean Hickey

Having grown up in a country town, agriculture has always been a large part of my life. I graduated university with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (finance) and when I began looking at graduate positions the Rural Bank Ag Achievers program stood out.

I was drawn to the program as it would not only enable me to combine my enthusiasm for both agriculture and finance in an agribusiness focused role, but also offered the opportunity to develop new and refine my existing skills across several difference divisions within the bank including credit, sales and operations.


Why I chose the Rural Bank Graduate Program?

Sophie Burdett

I have always had an interest in science and agriculture, and I had never really given business or finance a second thought. Until I had to do a finance subject at uni, this was hands down my favourite subject from my whole degree and I was in the midst of completing it when I came across Rural Banks graduate program. I noticed it was a program where I could I use my knowledge and passion for agriculture and combine it with my newfound passion of finance.

The Ag Achiever graduate program allows graduates to excel in their passions, to have freedom to explore new areas of the business and provides graduates with the support to do well. In such a short space of time, I have been exposed to a range of teams within the business, I’ve had countless opportunities and the chance to have a say in how my program will unfold. The best thing about Rural Banks graduate program is that it is tailored to each grad, no grad will have the same program, as no grad is the same.


Why I chose the Rural Bank Graduate Program?

Emily Walker – Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management

During my final year of studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management, I just knew that I wanted to kick start my career in the banking sector. This was due to my vision of starting in a financial position to gain an initial financial knowledge and guidance to further my opportunities into the future.

After seeing advertisements online regarding this graduate program, I thought what can I lose from giving it ago, even though it was a bank I had no prior connection or knowledge of.

After some more research the most appealing factor about the Rural Bank Graduate Program was its sole focus on Agriculture, in which I am also extremely passionate about. Along with its flexibility and rotations which could potentially allow myself to experience all different parts of the business all with the focus being on helping the farmer.


Why I chose the Rural Bank Graduate Program?

Tristan Clarke

The Rural Bank Graduate program appealed to me as it provided a great opportunity for myself to explore a range of different departments in the bank allowing me to learn and develop a wide range of skills while also offering a guaranteed job upon completion. The graduate program also offered me the chance to move to different parts of Australia while early in my career and as such I believe will allow me to develop great relationships with others involved in the industry.



Why I chose the Rural Bank Graduate Program?

Patrick Mulcahy

I chose the Rural Bank graduate program because while I had grown up on the farm, I didn’t think the traditional farming career was for me. I thought Rural Bank would allow me to use the maths/finance skills I developed at university to find a different career path, while still being involved in the industry I had been a part of my entire life.

Social Responsibility

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We are pleased to support the Australian agribusiness community through a countrywide program of community involvement activities.

These activities include support for local causes and communities and collaboration with industry organisations through our regional banking partners, including the Bendigo and Community Bank network and Elders Rural Services. Through this approach, we know that local organisations and communities directly benefit from our sponsorship and community involvement activities.

Providing support at this level through our network means there are too many local causes, industry and community groups, regional shows and events to list, but we encourage you to keep an eye out for us in your local community.

Recognising our role in rural and regional Australia and to bring our people closer to the community, our employees make voluntary monthly contributions to a nominated local community group or cause. Whatever is raised via these contributions is matched dollar-for-dollar by Rural Bank. Some examples of the causes supported in this way include:

Stand Like Stone Foundation, Mount Gambier
SIDS and Kids
Cancer Council SA
Bathurst Tucker Van
Meals on Wheels
Riding for the Disabled
Hutt Street Centre

At an industry level, Rural Bank has been pleased to support and work closely with the National Centre for Farmer Health, seeking to improve health outcomes for Australian farmers.

What’s in it for you?

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If you looking for a program where you can be yourself, be open to exciting and challenging experiences then this is the program for you.

Your skills will be developed and refined through both on the job coaching and mentoring as well as in class room style learning environments.

The skies the limit – we will actively help you reach your potential through career pathways, skill development and providing you with unique project opportunities.

You will form part of an established and constantly evolving program with a supportive graduate community.

Graduates can also look forward to:

  • Being part of a business that promotes ‘Women in Ag’ within our rural communities and strives to ensure the opportunities to succeed are available within our business as well.
  • An established and constantly evolving program with a supportive Graduate community.
  • Real work. To get a place within our business, you will undergo an exceptionally rigorous selection process. We do this to ensure you will succeed and will reach your potential. Since applying this methodology we have a 97per cent retention rate.
  • Supportive rotation leaders who genuinely care about your development.
  • A permanent role post-program within Rural Bank.

You will also receive:

  • A competitive starting salary plus superannuation, with advancement upon successful completion of the graduate program.
  • Relocation assistance if required to relocate for your program.


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