Graduate Recruitment

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Applications for the 2016 Graduate Development Programme closed​ on 22 April 2015 at 2.00pm (AEST).

Note: The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is the research arm of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. ABARES run the ​department's​ ABARES Entry Level Professional Programme (ELPP) for graduates, for further information including eligibility and to apply for this programme please visit the ABARES Careers webpage.

Where Graduates Grow​

Top Graduate Employers 2013 For over 100 years we have been helping protect and develop Australia's fut​ure. Throughout this time our department has continued to grow and evolve, from our beginnings as the Federal Quarantine Service in 1908 to the diversity of the department today.

If you’re keen to see Australia's primary industries flourish, and want a career brimming with variety and opportunities, then the Department of Agriculture and Water Resource​s could be the place for you.

You will find plenty of information about our Graduate Development Programme on this website. We also encourage you to like our Graduates facebook page Facebook icon for regular updates.

At the Department of Agriculture and Water Resource​s we value diversity, recognising that people of different backgrounds, work styles and cultures, all combine to give the department an advantage in meeting stakeholder needs. 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.

Visit us at the following careers fairs:

Western Australia

The Big Meet Perth, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Friday 6 March 2015, 11.00am-2.00pm

Australian Capital Territory

Tertiary to Work, National Convention Centre Canberra, Friday 13 March 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm


The Big Meet Brisbane, Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel, Monday 16 March 2015, 11.00am-2.00pm

New South Wales

The Big Meet Sydney, Sydney Town H​all, Friday 20 March 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm


The Big Meet Melbourne, Palladium Room, Crown Casino, Thursday 26 March 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm

Check out our virtual office tour below!

Download the virtual office tour video​ WMV [14MB]

For further information on the 2016 Graduate Development Programme email Effective People​.

Hear what our Grads say!

Click on the people below to watch their video.

Photo of DAFF graduate Anna - click to watch her video Photo of DAFF graduate Lachlan - click to watch his video Photo of DAFF graduate Rob - click to watch her video Photo of DAFF graduate Saphira - click to watch her video Photo of DAFF graduate Zachary - click to watch his video

Last reviewed:
10 Nov 2015