University Vacation Employment Program (UVEP)

​​​​​​Applications for the 2019 UVEP are now closed

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources develops and implements policies and programs 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. 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 2019
  • employment at the APS Level 1 (currently $48,990), during which time you will be employed under the department’s Enterprise Agreement 2017–20
  • 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 Program, and ABARES Entry Level Professional Program.


The program is scheduled to run in January/February 2019 and seven projects are located in Canberra. There is one project available in one of our regional offices (Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin).

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 a continuing university student and an Australian citizen to participate in the UVEP.

Applications for the 2019 UVEP opened on 21 November 2018 and closed on 2December 2018

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 Recruitment Services.