What Does Finance Do?

 The Department of Finance is on a journey of internal change that will continue to modernise the way we do business. We are modern, agile and connected to deliver advice and services more responsively and efficiently, and in a more sustainable way. The work we do is varied and interesting, and you’ll have many opportunities to experience a wide variety of work that is critical to the government’s agenda.

The Department of Finance (Finance) is a central agency in the Australian Public Service and plays a significant role in many areas of the government's agenda, to ensure its outcomes are met.

The department is committed to advancing public sector reform and leading the public sector in delivering excellence and value in government business.

One of our key responsibilities is supporting the delivery of the Australian Government Budget, however our work extends well beyond managing government expenditure. Some of the areas we manage and provide advice on include:

  • the government's non-defence domestic property portfolio
  • key asset sales
  • the government's financial framework
  • entitlements for parliamentarians and their employees
  • Government Business Enterprises
  • general insurance services to other government agencies
  • risk management
  • whole-of-government procurement
  • public sector reform


The department is a diverse and inclusive workforce which aims to attract, retain and support employees from all diversity groups. We are of the firm belief that to ensure the department is viable, productive and innovative, we need to utilise the capabilities, skills and experience of people from diverse backgrounds.

Currently we have five diversity related networks which contribute to the positive culture of the department. These networks are the:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network;
  • Diversity Network;
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Plus Network;
  • Women’s Network ; and
  • Young Leader’s Network.

Don't miss your chance to join the Department of Finance. Find out more about how you can be a part of our Graduate Development Program.

Contact for information on this page: L&DEntryLevelPrograms@finance.gov.au

Last updated: 25 July 2016