Department of Agriculture University Vacation Employment Program (UVEP)

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Agriculture’s UVEP. The department has decided to defer its 2014 UVEP and will therefore not be proceeding with recruitment. It is anticipated that applications for the 2015 UVEP will be open in September 2014.

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The Department of Agriculture UVEP is suitable for all continuing university students and is available to students from all degrees/disciplines.

Our Program

UVEP is a great way for you to gain paid work experience prior to graduating. UVEP offers you the invaluable experience to gain a better understanding of the work of the department. It also provides you with insight into future career opportunities with the department including the Department of Agriculture Graduate Development Program and the Department of Agriculture ABARES Entry Level Professional Program. The program includes:

  • A six week paid work placement where you are employed to complete a specific project for the department relevant to your studies and interests
  • Training and development opportunities
  • The opportunity to network with peers, professionals and researchers in your field of interest.

To learn more about the work you may undertake as a UVEP with the department view the 2013 projects.

Employment status

The program involves six weeks of paid work experience, during which time participants are employed under the Department of Agriculture Enterprise Agreement 2011-14 as a non-ongoing full-time employee at the APS Level 1.

Training and development opportunities

In addition to undertaking a meaningful project relevant to your studies, the program includes a formal induction program with key learning around the department’s structure and internal operations and a workshop on job application and interview skills.


The program is scheduled to run in January/February 2015. The location of most projects is in Canberra. Regional projects may be available depending on local needs. In 2013 there were projects available in Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney.

You will be responsible for your own travel and accommodation arrangements during the six week program. No financial assistance for relocation will be provided.


You must be an Australian citizen to participate in the UVEP. You must also be a continuing student. Applications for the 2015 UVEP are scheduled to open in September 2014.

Please note that interviews may not be conducted for these positions. Candidates may be assessed on the basis of their application (including referees) and their academic record.

We have provided some tips to assist you in preparing your application.

Further contacts

If you require any further information please email UVEP.