​Are you looking for a career in science and economics research?. Would you want to be part of a team committed to excellence, innovation and creativity in research, which delivers rigorous, independent, high-quality, accessible scientific and economic analysis and data to inform policy and decision makers in government, industry and the communities we serve?

At ABARES, we look for highly skilled people who are able to work creatively and constructively with stakeholders and clients. The bureau is an ideal workplace for those who want to develop their research and analytical skills, build strong relationships, and work across a range of fields relating to the agriculture, fisheries and forestry portfolio.

We value professionalism, integrity, great minds and practical thinking. We offer rewarding working conditions and excellent remuneration. We encourage continuous learning and provide a wide range of development opportunities.

As a valued member of our team, you'll enjoy a rewarding work program, tailored to suit your skill set and career aspirations while meeting our program delivery needs. Your work will directly contribute to the evidence base for future policy development by the Australian Government.

Positions are advertised on the Department’s jobs centre.

Starting your career with ABARES

Our Entry Level Professional Program  is looking for graduates who want in an organisation which is the first–choice provider of integrated scientific and economic advice on the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors.

We are looking for individuals willing to relocate to Canberra (relocation assistance will be provided if applicable) who are graduates with an honours–level degree in economics or in the science disciplines of statistics, mathematics, modelling, spatial analyses, fisheries, forestry or ecological sciences. Postgraduate qualifications are highly desirable.

Candidates with undergraduate qualifications, combined with relevant experience, and professionals who hold double degrees with strong economic and/or science content would also be well placed in the ABARES entry level program.

At ABARES, your knowledge and skills will be developed as you will be assigned to a team of highly experienced research economists, statisticians, applied mathematicians or scientists.

As a graduate in our Entry Level Professional Program, you will:

  • have a single work placement in an integrated research environment
  • undertake a six week project in another area of the department
  • participate in a range of formal and on the job training activities designed to guide your career and provide you with the tools to develop as and APS officer and as a valuable member of the ABARES team including:
    • Presentation skills workshop
    • ABARES specific seminars and conferences, including National Outlook and Regional Outlook
    • Discussion groups
    • Observing an ABARES farm surveys collection

Applications for the 2018 ABARES Graduate Programme will open in March 2017.  Notifications for the opening and closing of applications will be posted on the ABARES Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Eligibility requirements​ must be first met before lodging an application to be an ABARES Graduate.

Register for temporary employment

If you are interested in working for the bureau on a short-term or casual basis, you can also register your interest on the Department’s temporary employment register.

Last reviewed:
04 Feb 2017