Economics Intern

The Department of Treasury and Finance has a limited number of internship positions available over the 2019-20 summer break. The program is an opportunity for highly motivated, penultimate or final year university students interested in a future career with the Department to gain first-hand experience in the application of economics in a public policy environment. Placements will be in a number of teams within the Department on a full-time basis for up to 12 weeks. Candidates will also be considered for an internship with the Essential Services Commission.

Victoria’s Department of Treasury and Finance serves government by providing leadership in economic, financial and resource management. The Department’s vision is a prosperous future for all Victorians.
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Department: Department of Treasury & Finance
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Economics
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DTF/D01688
Closing Date: 08-Aug-2019
Salary Range: $52,493 - $67,410
Job Duration: 12 weeks
Attachments: VPS Position Description - 2019-20 Summer Economic Interns.docx (Word, 46KB)

Contact: Darcy Thornton
03 9651 5314

Position Details

The key functions of Economic Division are outlined below:
Economic Policy Group: Advises on macroeconomic conditions and policy; energy, environment and resources policy; and regulation, planning and local government reform.

Revenue Group: Provides analysis and advice to government on tax policy, intergovernmental financial relations, revenue forecasting and gambling policy.

Social Policy Group: Provides analysis and policy advice on education and training, health, housing, community services, transport, insurance, whole of government occupational health and safety matters and risk, and is responsible for leading the Government's program for Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage in cooperation with other Departments.

Strategy and Reform Group: Provides analysis and policy advice on Victoria's economic strategy, whole of Victorian Government risk, education, justice, transport and industry transition. The Group also focuses on the regulation and delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Essential Services Commission (ESC)
Applicants will also be considered for an internship with the ESC. The ESC is Victoria's independent economic regulator of essential services supplied by a range of industries, including water, transport, energy and local government. The primary objective of the Commission is to promote the long-term interests of Victorian consumers with regard to the price, quality and reliability of essential services.

Positions at both DTF and the ESC offer a unique opportunity to build experience and skills in economic and financial policy analysis and development. Successful applicants will work on a broad range of tasks, including developing policy advice, research, analysis and report writing.

The successful applicants will:
• be highly motivated economics students who have completed a minimum of two years of study (by the start of the internship) with at least a credit average in economics/econometrics studies;
• be in their final or penultimate year of study in 2019;
• demonstrate a sound knowledge of economic theory and economic analysis;
• have a strong interest in applying economics in a public policy environment;
• be self-motivated and able to work effectively in teams and on their own;
• have excellent verbal and written communication skills; and
• be eligible to work in Australia at the time of applying.

Following the completion of their internship, successful interns are strongly encouraged to apply for the Economist stream of the VPS GRADS Program, which offers ongoing graduate positions across the Victorian Public Service.

For more information about the VPS GRADS, visit

Successful applicants will be employed under the conditions set out in the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2016 and will be paid a salary of $52,493 per annum (pro rata), plus 9.5 per cent superannuation. The intern program will run from late November/early December 2019 to February 2020 (12 week period). Arrangements of specific start and end dates are flexible for each successful applicant.

Applicants are required to apply online at and will need to send a covering letter, a copy of their resume and an up-to-date relevant academic transcript of results. Applications close COB 8 August 2019.

For further information on these opportunities, please contact Darcy Thornton on (03) 9651 5314 or or Alicia Kalus on (03) 9651 2339 or

To find out more about the Department of Treasury and Finance or Essential Services Commission, visit and

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