The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources develops and implements policies and programmes to ensure Australia’s agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable. We also support the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources.
We have more than 5000 staff working in offices, airports, mail centres, shipping ports, laboratories and abattoirs. We’re located in regional centres, rural communities and capital cities.
Each year we employ graduates from a broad range of disciplines, across areas of science, economics, forecasting, programme and policy implementation.
We are looking for enthusiastic graduates who have a passion for exciting and challenging work, are results oriented and understand the importance of what the department does.
In 2018, help us make a difference and become part of our story
At the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources we value diversity, recognising that people of different backgrounds, work styles and cultures, all combine to give the department an advantage in meeting stakeholder needs.
Our graduates come to the department from all across Australia and have a broad range of academic qualifications, work and life experiences. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability are encouraged to apply.
To be eligible for a graduate entry level position with the department you must be an Australian Citizen. The online application form, including opening and closing dates, can be accessed here for Graduate Programs and here for Career Opportunities. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability are encouraged to apply.
Open: 7:00am 8 March 2017
Close: 2:00pm 12 April 2017
Australian citizens ONLY
Work with the best and become part of our story
As a graduate you will receive support to assist in your transition to the department and life in Canberra. This includes support from the Graduate Development Programme managers, trained supervisors, experienced training facilitators and a network of current and previous graduates. Throughout the year you will have numerous opportunities to give and receive feedback on your individual progress.
Our department proudly supports the many diversity networks, which you can become a part of when joining the department. The networks host regular meetings and celebrate flagship events.
Social Network of Graduates
The Social Network of Graduates is a network made up of graduates from numerous public and private sector organisations and offers a variety of social activities and events for its members throughout the graduate year.
It is a great way to meet other graduates and provides valuable support to those who have recently moved to Canberra. Should you choose to become a member, the department will cover the cost of your membership fee throughout your graduate year.
To help us achieve our goals and foster our positive workplace culture we are seeking graduates with the following characteristics:
To complement these characteristics, you will also have the following skills and attributes:
Applications for the 2018 Graduate Development Programme open on 7:00am (EDST) Wedndesday 8 March 2017 and close 2:00pm (ESDT) Wednesday 12 April 2017. You need to submit your application through our online application process.
You will have to respond to three set questions with a specified word limit. You will also be required to upload a copy of your CV and academic transcript.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ABARES Entry Level Professional Programme (ELPP) for graduates has its own application process. For information on eligibility and how to apply for this programme go to the ABARES Careers webpage.
If you need any equipment or assistance to participate in our selection process, let us know during the application process.
The recruitment process involves several assessment tasks. Each task is designed to assess your ability to demonstrate that you possess, or have the real potential to develop, the required skills, knowledge and qualifications to perform the graduate role.
The process can take several months with successful applicants likely to be notified in September/October 2017 and start the program in February 2018.
To be eligible for the 2018 Graduate Development Programme you must be an Australian citizen or become a citizen by the start of the Programme in early 2018.
You must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or higher qualification) by the programme’s commencement in February 2018. There is no timeframe as to when you completed your degree. A minimum academic standard will not be set, although grades will be taken into consideration as part of the assessment process.
If you received your degree overseas, you will need to have it recognised by the office of International Education at the Department of Education and Training. If you have any questions in relation to your overseas qualification, contact International Education on 1300 615 2262 or visit International Education’s website.
Security clearance and medical examination
You must complete these processes if you are successful in being offered a position with the department.
You will need to undergo a security clearance to the Negative Vetting Level 1 which involves a police records check and by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA).
You will need to undergo a medical examination by the department’s external health provider to determine if you are medically fit to undertake an APS position.
Failure to undertake these processes or achieve the appropriate clearance may jeopardise your employment