About Our Graduate Program

Geoscience Australia is Australia's national agency for geoscience research and geospatial information. We operate as a Prescribed Agency within the Department of Industry External site link. By producing first-class geoscientific information and knowledge, we assist the Australian Government and the community to make informed decisions about the use of resources, management of the environment and the safety and wellbeing of its citizens.

In this dynamic environment you can contribute to:

  • first class geoscientific and geospatial research
  • understanding of the formation of Australia's energy and mineral resources
  • providing spatial information of Australia and jurisdictional boundaries for environmental, economic and social purposes
  • management of natural hazards and the environment
  • the safety of Australia's communities.

We are looking to recruit outstanding, highly motivated graduates, who:

  • can develop into quality scientists
  • possess good communication and interpersonal skills
  • can make a positive contribution as a team player
  • are flexible and adaptable
  • have leadership potential
  • are committed to scientific excellence.

Do you have qualifications in geoscience or a related field? If so, your work in Geoscience Australia could include:

  • enhancing the global attractiveness of Australia's offshore and onshore exploration investment opportunities
  • ensuring the availability and efficient use and protection of energy, water and other resources
  • researching climate change initiatives
  • mitigating the growth in global greenhouse gases
  • creating safer communities and transportation.

Special Requirements

To be considered for Geoscience Australia’s graduate program you must have, or be completing in 2014, a minimum of an Honours degree (or Masters or PhD) in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • geophysics
  • geology
  • geochemistry
  • geomatics
  • geoinformatics
  • surveying
  • any other Earth science-related discipline.

You should also have a keen interest in the economic, social, and environmental outcomes of geoscientific research and information.

Field work and some travel is a requirement of the program.

Citizenship Requirements

Geoscience Australia is covered by the Public Service Act 1999. The Act restricts the employment of non-Australian Citizens. Therefore, only Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply for the graduate program.

Program Structure

The key highlights of the graduate program are:

  • three rotations during the year - you can choose from a selection of key priority areas across the organisation and opportunity also exists to undertake a rotation with a related organisation
  • most rotations involve some fieldwork
  • graduates undertake a group project each year
  • day-to-day supervision is provided by a scientist for each rotation
  • mentoring by a senior level manager
  • guidance and advice provided by Chief Scientist
  • support provided by the Graduate Coordinator
  • building links with previous graduate cohorts through the 'buddy' system.

Learning and Development

During the graduate program, you will undertake a variety of learning and development activities to broaden your professional skills and personal development as an Australian Public Servant in Geoscience Australia. As part of our program, you will complete:

  • a suite of e-learning modules, including:
    • workplace health and safety (WH&S)
    • valuing workplace diversity
    • APS values and code of conduct etc.
  • a wide range of workshops and seminars, including:
    • financial management
    • influencing, communicating and presentation skills
    • project management (PRINCE2)
    • team management profiling
    • strategic thinking
    • science writing
  • optional participation in the whole of APS graduate seminar series
  • other relevant technical courses such as ArcView/GIS run by the Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • attendance at relevant conferences
  • participation in field work.

Further study relevant to your field of work is encouraged once you have completed the graduate program. Many of our scientists take paid study leave to complete a PhD during their employment at Geoscience Australia.

How to apply

  • applications for the 2015 Graduate Program will open at the end of February, refer to our jobs page
  • apply via Geoscience Australia's eRecruitment system
  • when you apply you will be required to address selection criteria and upload the following documents:
    • curriculum vitae/resume
    • official transcript of results
    • details of two referees

When addressing the selection criteria, the Australian Public Service Commission’s “Cracking the Code” External site link may assist.

Relocation, Salary and Conditions

Your transition from study to a career can be challenging, especially with most of our graduates moving from interstate. We want to make the whole process as easy as possible for you. This is accomplished by providing:

  • a generous relocation package to cover your removal and travel costs to Canberra
  • your initial accommodation in Canberra to give you time to find a permanent place to live
  • a starting salary between $60,428-$66,485, plus an additional 15.4% superannuation (APS 4 level)
  • an APS5 level position on successful completion of the Graduate Program – you don’t have to worry about competing for a position at the end of the graduate program
  • access to generous leave and flexible work options - full details are included in our Enterprise Agreement 2011-14.

If you have any questions about your application, the selection process and/or conditions of employment you may email graduate.recruitment@ga.gov.au or phone 02 6249 9111 and ask for the Graduate Coordinator in Human Resources.

Topic contact: recruitment@ga.gov.au Last updated: February 3, 2014