Reserve Bank of Australia



The RBA offers graduates and undergraduates from a wide variety of disciplines the opportunity to work in a unique environment with exceptional people.

Our two-year Graduate Development Program offers comprehensive training and development. You will be able to apply knowledge acquired at university to challenging real-world situations and acquire key transferrable skills. The program currently includes:

  • Orientation – including a corporate induction, targeted learning, group activities and events with the RBA’s executives.
  • Business skills training – including a range of specialised training modules as well as business and communication skills to support your professional development. Training modules will target effective business and technical writing, critical thinking, communication and negotiation skills.
  • Technical training – specialist technical training delivered by leading professionals and experts.
  • Rotations – the RBA seeks to offer its graduates diverse careers depending on their interests and skills. Rotations are designed to broaden your knowledge of the various areas within the RBA, and expand your internal and external professional networks.
  • Professional development opportunities – which may include exposure to special projects, conferences, research papers and presentations.

We welcome applications annually from candidates with degrees in business information systems, IT, economics, finance, banking, audit, accounting, facilities management, mathematics, statistics, engineering and science. While graduates with any degree type can apply, honours and higher degrees, including double degrees, masters and PhDs, are highly valued, as is a genuine interest in working for an institution that has an impact on the lives of all Australians.

The RBA Internship Program is an excellent opportunity for students completing their penultimate year to get first-hand experience of working in Australia’s central bank. Initially, we offer successful candidates a paid eight week work placement over the summer. As an intern you will be supported as you undertake project work that culminates in a research paper that is presented to your peers and senior staff.

During your placement, you may also complete notes on data releases, analysis of developments in financial markets, or other work that provides an insight into working at the RBA as a graduate. In addition, you will attend targeted training as well as interactive information sessions designed to provide you with a more comprehensive understanding of the role of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and how you can contribute to the work of Australia’s central bank.

At the end of the eight week placement, interns may be offered a place on the Graduate Development Program, which commences the following year. Interns that accept an offer as a graduate will be provided with financial support during their final year of study.

Applications for the 2017 Graduate Development Program are open from 19 February to 28 March 2016 and Internship Program 2016–17 from 19 February to 4 May 2016.

The RBA was awarded ‘Best Employer of the Year – 2012’, was recognised among the top three vacation work programs in 2013, and among the top ten graduate employers in 2015 by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers.

Applicants must hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency at the time of application. All of our opportunities are located in Sydney. To contact us about our programs email