What we are looking for

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We are seeking graduates that will promote and uphold the Australian Public Service (APS) Values, Employment Principles and Code of Conduct.

Further to help us achieve our goals and foster our positive workplace culture we are seeking graduates with the following characteristics:

  • aspiring leaders – you willingly tackle important issues
  • creative minds – you are open to doing things differently to achieve success
  • future thinkers – you anticipate and adapt to new situations
  • compassionate – you are mindful of the impact you have on others
  • responsive and collaborative individuals – you make things happen and build on partnerships to succeed.

To complement these characteristics we are also seeking candidates with the following skills and attributes:

  • high motivation
  • well developed written and oral communication skills
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • the ability to work well in a team
  • well developed critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • the ability to use initiative and to be a flexible team member.

The Degrees/ Disciplines we are seeking

Given the diversity of the department’s work, we recruit from a broad range of academic disciplines. These include, but are not limited to:

Science (including environmental, rural, plant, animal, marine, veterinary and social sciences), entomology, ecology, biology, environmental studies, agriculture, food technology, natural resource management, economics, statistics, law, business/commerce, human resource management, communications, arts, finance and accounting, information and communications technology (ICT), intelligence and analytics and audit.

For the Department of Agriculture Generalist stream you must have completed your degree in the last three years, (2012-2014) and have achieved a credit average.

For the Department of Agriculture ICT stream, there is not a timeframe as to when you completed your degree. Although a minimum academic standard will not be set, grades will be taken into consideration as part of the assessment process.

If you think you have the characteristics, skills, attributes and qualifications we are looking for, we encourage you to apply for the department's Graduate Development Program. 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.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is the research arm of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture. ABARES run the Department of Agriculture ABARES Entry Level Professional Program (ELPP) for graduates, for further information including eligibility and to apply for this program please visit the ABARES Careers webpage.