University Vacation Employment Program (UVEP)

​​Applications for the 2016 UVEP are now open and will close 6 December 2015

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources provides world-class research, analysis and information to inform government an​d private sector decision-makers on issues affecting Australia's agriculture, fisheries, and forestry industries, including biosecurity and water resource policy. We provide integrated advice and analysis that combines economic, biophysical science and social science elements.

We are looking for clever and enthusiastic students to take the opportunity to work in our University Vacation Employment Program (UVEP) before graduating.

This program offers:

  • 6-week work placement in a stimulating and challenging role, from early January to mid February 2016
  • employment at the APS Level 1 ($43 606 in January 2016), during which time you will be employed under the department’s Enterprise Agreement 2011–14
  • experience working within a large, dynamic government agency
  • opportunity to network with peers, professionals and researchers in your field of interest.

This invaluable experience will give you a better understanding of our department and insight into future career opportunities we offer, including the Graduate Development Programme and the ABARES Entry Level Professional Programme.


The location of projects is specified, with most projects located in Canberra. You will be responsible for your own travel and accommodation arrangements during the 6-week program. No financial assistance for relocation will be provided.


You must be a continuing student and an Australian citizen to participate in the UVEP.

Applications for the 2016 UVEP opened on 19 November 2015, closing on 6 December 2015.

Submit your application through our Positions Vacant application. Please research the 2016 work placements to check your suitability for the projects.

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


If you have any queries, please contact UVEP.​​​
Last reviewed:
25 Nov 2015