Department of Treasury and Finance

About the Graduate Development Program

The GDP is a 12-month structured training program with graduates employed by in finance-related roles across a diverse range of South Australian Public Sector agencies.

Salary and benefits

Graduates commence at the AS02 level, which is a competitive graduate salary in comparison with private sector entities in South Australia. After the graduate year, graduates generally progress to the ASO3 level. Graduates with an Honours degree and at least one year of relevant work experience commence at the AS03 level.

2017 salary

ASO2 – approx. $55,600 (includes superannuation)
ASO3 – approx. $64,800 (includes superannuation)

See the South Australian Public Sector Wages Parity Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2014 for the more information of state government salaries and other entitlements.

Salary sacrifice

Salary sacrifice options are available for superannuation (SuperSA) and other items such as motor vehicles (Maxxia).


State government (employer) contribution of 9.5 per cent through the Triple S scheme.

Some of the benefits of Triple S include low fees, untaxed fund, income protection and an additional employer contribution under certain conditions.

Working hours

Full time is 37.5 hours per week or 7.5 hours per day. Most agencies utilise flexi-time for employees to have flexible working hours, subject to business needs.

This means you accumulate time worked in excess of 37.5 hours per week and use this to balance your work and personal commitments.

Study leave is also available and is subject to your agencies policies.

Professional development and continuing Education

As we aim to attract and retain top graduates and employees, professional training and development is given a high priority in the state government. We support continuing professional development relevant to your position.

This may involve :

  • study towards accreditation from a professional body such as CPA Australia, CA ANZ or CFA Institute
  • further tertiary studies relevant to your role
  • specific development programs in areas such as management, accounting, public sector etc.
  • internal and external training courses in diverse areas, such as advanced Microsoft Excel skills and business case analysis
  • various seminars and conferences relevant to your role such as CPA Congress.

Generally, the cost of training and development is met by the department.

The government also promotes and supports continuing education and professional development by providing paid study leave (subject to approval) for extended study options such as professional body recognition, further tertiary studies or specific development programs. In most cases, the agency will also reimburse (subject to approval) the fees associated with extended study options (in part or in whole).

Continuing education

The government also promotes and supports continuing education by providing paid study leave (subject to approval) which means you can do further tertiary studies.

In most cases the agency will also reimburse a portion of your HECS fee or other tertiary education fees as a statement of commitment to the value of your ongoing development.

Your career progression depends largely on you. As a graduate, you already possess specialist skills and you will be expected and be given every opportunity to use these skills.

Above all you'll have opportunities to realise your own potential. Your career advancement depends on you because promotion in the government is based firmly on individual merit.

Next: Careers for graduates