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Explore career paths in government and public services

A career in public service has come a long way from the paper-pushing, gold-watch retirement of days gone by.

Introduction to careers in government and public services

With public service comes great responsibility… and great conditions.

You can work at community, state, national and even international levels in roles spanning the most exciting of projects — from creating and enforcing child protection policy, to national security and defence. 

Public service industry outlook
Public service industry outlook
With public service comes great responsibility… and great conditions.
Where to start your government career: federal or state?
Where to start your government career: federal or state?
If you want to launch your graduate career in the government sector, this article will help you decide if you should foc…
Should I start my career in the public or private sector?
Should I start my career in the public or private sector?
We get asked this question a lot! It’s not completely straightforward to answer as a lot of it depends on what’s importa…
Public service industry outlook
Public service industry outlook
With public service comes great responsibility… and great conditions.
Where to start your government career: federal or state?
Where to start your government career: federal or state?
If you want to launch your graduate career in the government sector, this article will help you decide if you should foc…
Should I start my career in the public or private sector?
Should I start my career in the public or private sector?
We get asked this question a lot! It’s not completely straightforward to answer as a lot of it depends on what’s importa…

Career stories

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Government and public services career stories


Bex Dunn
  • Day in the life

Bex Dunn

Bex Dunn graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Naval Architecture) from the University of New South Wales and Bachelor of Marine Science (Physical Oceanography) from University of Tasmania.
  • Day in the life

Bex Dunn

Bex Dunn graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Naval Architecture) from the University of New South Wales and Bachelor of Marine Science (Physical Oceanography) from University of Tasmania.
Attorney-General's Department (AGD) Graduate - Young female lawyer
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Rosie Cham

Rosie Cham graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor at The University of Melbourne in 2018 and is now working as a Lawyer at Attorney-General's Department (AGD).
  • Day in the life

Rosie Cham

Rosie Cham graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor at The University of Melbourne in 2018 and is now working as a Lawyer at Attorney-General's Department (AGD).
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  • Day in the life

Lakshmi Logathassan

Lakshmi Logathassan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies (International Relations and Asian Studies) from the Western Sydney University in 2018 and is now a Graduate Policy Officer at NSW Government.
  • Day in the life

Lakshmi Logathassan

Lakshmi Logathassan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies (International Relations and Asian Studies) from the Western Sydney University in 2018 and is now a Graduate Policy Officer at NSW Government.
Bex Dunn
  • Day in the life

Bex Dunn

Bex Dunn graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Naval Architecture) from the University of New South Wales and Bachelor of Marine Science (Physical Oceanography) from University of Tasmania.
  • Day in the life

Bex Dunn

Bex Dunn graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Naval Architecture) from the University of New South Wales and Bachelor of Marine Science (Physical Oceanography) from University of Tasmania.
Attorney-General's Department (AGD) Graduate - Young female lawyer
  • Day in the life

Rosie Cham

Rosie Cham graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor at The University of Melbourne in 2018 and is now working as a Lawyer at Attorney-General's Department (AGD).
  • Day in the life

Rosie Cham

Rosie Cham graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor at The University of Melbourne in 2018 and is now working as a Lawyer at Attorney-General's Department (AGD).
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  • Day in the life

Lakshmi Logathassan

Lakshmi Logathassan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies (International Relations and Asian Studies) from the Western Sydney University in 2018 and is now a Graduate Policy Officer at NSW Government.
  • Day in the life

Lakshmi Logathassan

Lakshmi Logathassan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies (International Relations and Asian Studies) from the Western Sydney University in 2018 and is now a Graduate Policy Officer at NSW Government.

Free short course trials

Before you decide on next steps, jump in and test the waters with these free short courses

Ever wondered what it's like to study government & public services? Now's your chance to find out! Jump in and learn key concepts from leading course providers.


This four-week, four-module course explores selective aspects of the Australian economy, with emphasis on macroeconomic and financial policies.
Learn about the evolution and architecture of international law and policy to combat climate change. Take a close look at the 2015 Paris Agreement (UNFCCC) from both a legal and economic perspective.

Career pathways

This is where the rubber hits the road! Check out if you're inspired by these career pathways in government and public services?

Some of them are even recruiting students straight out of secondary school. If you like what you see, why not get in touch to learn more!? These employers would love to hear from you!

Related degrees

So you've decided you might like to pursue government and public services further? Check out these related courses!

While further study is no longer always a prerequisite for a career in government and public services, some courses can help launch your career to new levels!


Bachelor

This exciting double degree course gives you the opportunity to explore global cultures, learn the intricacies of global economies, develop your leadership skills and combine your studies with overseas travel.

Bachelor

Gain an understanding of governments and political systems in Australia and internationally and the values and ideologies that have motivated political action in modern society.

Bachelor (Honours)

The Bachelor of Public Policy (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Public Policy, it gives you high-level preparation for professional life or a higher degree by research through the...