University Vacation Employment Program (UVEP)

​​​​Applications for the 2018 UVEP are now open
Applications close 2 November 2017.

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 2017
  • employment at the APS Level 1 (currently $48 029), 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 2018 and ten projects are located in Canberra.

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.

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

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 2018 projects here PDF [763 KB, 22 pages] Word [125 KB, 22 pages]


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2018 University Vacation Employment Program Project Plans PDF PDF Icon22 763 KB
2018 University Vacation Employment Program Project Plans DOCX Word Icon22133 KB

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

Applications will close on 2 November 2017.


If you have any queries, please contact Entry Level Programs.