University Vacation Employment Programme (UVEP)

​​​​​​​​​​​​Applications for the 2017 UVEP are now closed.​

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources develops and implements policies and programmes to ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and fore​stry indust​ries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable, and supports the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources. We have over 4000 staff working in offices, airports, mail centres, shipping ports, laboratories and abattoirs; located in regional centres, rural communities and capital cities. We are looking for clever and enthusiastic students to take the opportunit​y to work in our University Vacation Employment Programme (UVEP) before graduating.

​This programme offers:

  • 6-week work placement in a stimulating and challenging role, from early January to mid February 2017
  • employment at the APS Level 1 (currently $43 606), 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.


The programme is scheduled to run in January/February 2017. Ten projects are located in Canberra, and two projects are located in Mickleham, Victoria.

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


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

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

Successful applicants will be required to undergo an AFP Police Check

You are able to choose up to three projects you would like to work on.  You will need to provide a 300 word response to each project outlining what you can bring to the project and how the project would benefit you. We have provided some tips to assist you in preparing your application​.

To learn more about the projects available, view the 2017 projects PDF icon PDF [745 KB, 21 pages] Word icon Word [132 KB, 21 pages].

To apply for UVEP please visit Jobs List - A.C.T

Applications closed 13th November 2016.


If you have any queries, please contact Entry Level Programmes.​​​