Legal stream in the National Graduate Program

If you have a degree and want a career in law, we want you.

If you have any of the following degrees, you can apply to both our legal and generalist streams. If you’re assessed as suitable for both streams, we’ll try to match you in the legal stream first. Once you start, you’ll stay in the legal stream for the duration of the program.

Read about how to apply.

You can also apply for the legal stream through the Australian Government Graduate Program and add Services Australia as your preference.

Type of degree

We’re looking for graduates with either of the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Juris Doctor.

You must also have both a:

  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice or be eligible to obtain one following commencement
  • Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 or above.

Range of work

Services Australia has one of the largest in-house legal teams in the Commonwealth. We help to support the delivery of essential national government services, such as social security, Medicare and child support payments.

The Legal Services Division consists of over 90 dedicated lawyers and operational staff, who operate over a range of specialised practice areas. These areas include:

  • in-house legal advice related to our payments and services
  • commercial law and employment law
  • privacy, Freedom of Information (FOI) and compensation claims
  • litigation, including advocacy and Administrative Appeals Tribunal reviews.

As a graduate within the legal stream, you’ll complete rotations within the Legal Services Division. The legal stream pathway is designed to give you a broad knowledge of the legal issues faced by both Services Australia and the Australian Public Service.

We also support graduates, including financial assistance, to complete their Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice or equivalent, and obtain admission as an Australian lawyer.

Page last updated: 27 February 2024.
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