Career Launch Program | Economic Strategy & Productivity Associate Economist

Career Launch Program | Economic Strategy & Productivity

Associate Economist

  • Employment Type:                              Ongoing
  • Classification / Grade / Band:            Clerk Grade 1/2
  • Remuneration:                                     $70,694 - $76,857; plus Superannuation and Leave Loading
  • Location:                                              Sydney CBD, Flexible & hybrid working options available
  • Applications Close:                             Monday, 13 November 2023 at 10:00am


Stepping into the heart of the NSW Government 

You will have an invaluable opportunity to create a positive impact for the people of New South Wales. You will be challenged to provide the best outcomes possible in this role while developing and growing your skills.

When you join Treasury, you join an organisation that is a whole-of-government financial and economic advisor. Treasury is a critical component of the government and provides advice that informs a wide range of financial, economic and policy driven work for the state of NSW.

Kickstart your career with the NSW Treasury

NSW Treasury is looking for new and recent graduates wanting to commence a career in public policy economics.

Building on your background, and helping to ensure you make a successful start, you will develop and improve your skills in core areas, including:

  • awareness of public sector policy development practices, policies and governing legislation which guide work in the NSW Government, including legislative and budgetary processes.
  • time management with complexity, and uncertainty
  • building and maintaining solid working relationships with mentors, managers and colleagues

You will join our Economic Strategy and Productivity group, which includes the NSW Productivity Commission. You will be working within either the Markets & Regulation Division or the Centre for Economic Evidence. Read more about your future Group and Division.

The Associate Economist role is structured within a twelve month development program, The program comprises placements to teams within the ESP Group, dedicated training sessions with your cohort, and other professional development opportunities. You will be exposed to a broad range of work content and issues. Working with multiple internal and external stakeholders will develop your network and help you to understand your career options in public policy. The specialised knowledge, skills and experience you gain will give you a competitive edge to progress into other roles at the end of the program.

Within your placements you will contribute to the development of economic advice and analysis, informing policy development, implementation, and government decision making. This includes research and analysis, contributing to the assessment of economic impacts, and the evaluation of policy proposals, across a range of state government public policy contexts.

Investing in you

You will be joining a diverse and welcoming group of people in the Economic Strategy and Productivity Group. We will support you to ensure that you have the most positive experience in starting your career in a new job and work environment, including providing you with an experienced ‘Buddy’Just some of the benefits of working with Treasury include:

  • Flexible hybrid working at our office at 52 Martin Place, Sydney with standard working hours 35 hours per week.
  • Accrue quarterly flex time for any hours worked over the standard hours, and enjoy true work life balance
  • Continuous learning initiatives to invest in your career. We invite subject matter experts to share their knowledge and expertise during in-house education sessions, and online training is at your fingertips to access.
  • A healthy workplace, both mentally and physically. Our Wellbeing at Treasury curriculum offers regular seminars. From opportunities to connect with colleagues to boost social connection, to seminars on creating better financial health and physical and psychological wellbeing. 
  • A range of leave to support you with your needs out of work including generous paid parental leave, carers leave and more.

Read more about our benefits.

Achieve success as an Associate Economist

The Associate Economist role requires:

  • relevant tertiary qualification and/or experience in economics, public policy, or a related field.
  • self management including in developing and applying new skills and completing work assignments
  • the flexibility and adaptability to respond quickly when situations change
  • undertaking research and analysing information to make recommendations based on relevant evidence
  • writing that is well structured and easy to follow
  • basic knowledge of public economics (desirable).

We are also committed to providing you with access to learning and development programs to help you achieve your performance objectives and career goals. Read more about how we invest in you.

Interested in working with us?

We would love to learn more about you!

We welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Read the role description to learn more about the role and submit your application ONLY via the I Work for NSW jobs platform.

NSW Treasury is an accredited Disability Confident Recruiter. This means we provide a fair and equitable recruitment process to all candidates. People with a disability can apply for our jobs without experiencing barriers. We are committed to being an employer of choice for the people of New South Wales.

NSW Treasury is accredited as a Level 1 Activate Carer Employer.

We are committed to being an employer of choice for the people of NSW.

Talent Pool

A talent pool may be created through this recruitment process. A talent pool represents a group of applicants who have been assessed and identified as suitable for this role or similar roles and who may be considered for a range of similar roles, including temporary, term, or ongoing roles, over the next 18 months.


To apply for our Career Launch Program, you will need to have:

  • completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, public policy, or a related field) by January 2024
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency of Australia.

NSW Treasury does not provide relocation expenses, nor can we support employer-sponsored work visas unless specifically referenced in the advertisement.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo background checks and provide confirmation of tertiary academic qualifications before commencement.

How to Apply

Apply Online to start your application.

You will be required to submit:

  • an up-to-date resume detailing your knowledge, skills, and experience in relation to the role
  • your most recent academic transcript
  • complete several pre-screening questions as part of the application process.

A separate covering letter is not required.

Read more about what to expect in the hiring process.

Any questions?

Visit our Careers Centre or contact our Talent Advisor Natalie Wu natalie.wu@treasury.nsw.gov.au


Close of applications: 10:00 am Monday 13 November 2023


A concurrent search is also underway


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