University Vacation Employment Program

Applications have now closed for the 2016/17 University Vacation Employment Program. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

top intern programs 2016 logoThe Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development was recently voted in the Top Intern/Vacation Program Employers of Australia in a survey conducted by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE) and voted for by the 2015/2016 Vacation Students.

Salary: $44,459 per annum (pro rata)
Contact: Recruitment Programs Coordinator on (02) 6274 7859 or

About the Program

Do you want to contribute to the lives of all Australians as a member of our professional team delivering the Government's nation building agenda?

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department) is seeking suitably qualified students for its University Vacation Employment Program (the Program). If you are interested in building your career in areas such as: maritime and aviation; transport security; program management; policy development; national transport systems; finance; communications; human resources; or regional development, then this is the program for you.

If successful, you will be eligible to receive a minimum annual base salary of $44,459 per annum (pro rata). The positions are based in Canberra and any successful interstate candidates will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and associated costs.

The Program allows university students to develop valuable work experience within the Australian Public Service and provides an avenue to encourage students to continue employment with the Department (via the Department's Graduate Development Program) once your studies have been completed.

You can be sure that your work will be contributing to the future productivity, livability and sustainability of Australia.

The program is open to students studying any discipline, however we highly encourage applicants from the following disciplines:

  • Economics;
  • Commerce;
  • Town Planning, Urban Policy;
  • Accounting;
  • Business, Management, HR;
  • Law; or
  • Civil Engineering.

The Benefits

Students benefit by gaining valuable experience in their potential field of work, opportunities to develop networking skills, contacts and social skills associated within the professional environment, as well a chance to showcase their skills and knowledge in the workplace. The experience will equip students with newly obtained skills, knowledge and experience that will serve as a valuable attribute on any future graduate's resume.

The Department will provide training to students on interview tips and guides, professional communication (including writing in the APS) and applying for a graduate program.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the University Vacation Employment Program, you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen;
  • be entering your final year of an undergraduate (minimum) degree or have successfully completed or will complete your degree this year;
  • be available for your placement between November and February;
  • be available for a minimum of 8 weeks and up to 12 weeks;
  • have maintained at least a credit average; and
  • be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance.

For more information please contact the Recruitment Programs Coordinator on (02) 6274 7859 or email

How to Apply

Applications for the 2017–18 University Vacation Employment Program open in July 2017. All applications must be received through the Department's myRecruitment System.

About Our Department

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development contributes to the wellbeing of all Australians by assisting the Government to: promote, evaluate, plan and invest in infrastructure; foster an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system; and ensure a strong and liveable Australia by focusing on effective local government and external territories administration and regional development that enables communities to achieve economic and social dividends. The Department provides policy advice, programmes and regulation across a wide range of areas including:

  • infrastructure planning and coordination
  • transport safety, including investigations
  • land transport
  • civil aviation and airports
  • transport security
  • administration of the Jervis Bay Territory, the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Territory of Christmas Island, the Coral Sea Islands Territory, the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands, and of Commonwealth responsibilities on Norfolk Island
  • constitutional development of the Northern Territory
  • constitutional development of the Australian Capital Territory
  • delivery of regional and territory specific services and programmes

Our Role

The Department provides policy advice to the Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Local Government and Territories, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and the Minister for Urban Infrastructure.

The Department conducts research and analysis; provides safety information and advice; performs regulatory functions and delivers a variety of programmes on behalf of the Australian Government.

The Department has have a strong policy development role, together with programme administration and service delivery responsibilities. We endeavour to involve key partners, stakeholders, clients and customers in all stages of our work.

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Last Updated: 5 April, 2017