Graduate Meteorologist Program

A world-class meteorology qualification

Our graduate program pays you to study for a Graduate Diploma in Meteorology.

With our training and support, you'll be equipped with the qualification and skills to be part of the next generation of meteorologists at the Bureau.

The course offers Australia's only meteorology qualification that meets the standard of the World Meteorological Organization.

Entering the Graduate Meteorologist Program as a full-time, permanent employee with the Bureau, you'll be paid as you complete the 10-month intensive training course.

At the Bureau Meteorological Training Centre in Melbourne, you'll study:

  • foundations of meteorology
  • synoptic-scale meteorology
  • mesoscale meteorology
  • weather services and procedures.

On successful completion of the training, you will transition into one of our operational centres, developing knowledge as you work with our experts.

Find out more about a day in the life of a graduate meteorologist.

A new outlook for your career

Successful graduates will be placed in a Bureau of Meteorology role servicing a range of industries and sector across the country, these include:

  • forecasting and warnings for emergency services
  • supporting the Australian Defence Force
  • providing services to domestic and international aviation customers
  • supporting Australia's Antarctic operations
  • providing services to the energy and resource sector
  • offering services for the maritime industry
  • decision support services to a variety of specialised agencies

Graduate Meteorologist Program online information session

To find out more about the program you can watch the recording of our 2023 information session.

During the information session you'll learn about:

  • the Graduate Diploma in Meteorology
  • career outcomes for graduates
  • how to apply.

You'll also hear from our meteorologists about what they do, where meteorology has taken them — and where it could take you!

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Eligibility and entry requirements

Australian citizens must have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in science, engineering or other field with studies in physics and mathematics from a recognised university or tertiary institution.

Copies of your academic transcripts, must be submitted as part of your online application.

If you studied overseas, you need to provide evidence that your qualifications are equivalent to these standards and provide this in English. Visit the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition before applying.

Application process

Applications open in mid-2024.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation

We offer affirmative measure positions as part of our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment outcomes. To discuss your options contact us.

Learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusion and opportunities at the Bureau of Meteorology.

Graduate Diploma of Meteorology

In addition to our Graduate Meteorologist Program, we also offer the Graduate Diploma of Meteorology on a fee-paying basis.

This stand-alone course is only available to students employed by a meteorological agency or another organisation (such as the Royal Australian Navy) or international students employed by their country's meteorological agency. Your employer must pay the course costs.

Course overview

You can enrol in either the Graduate Diploma of Meteorology (4 units) or the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists (the first 3 units of the Graduate Diploma).

The Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists includes the WMO-recognised qualification for meteorologists and is required by the International Civil Aviation Organization for aviation meteorologists.

The Graduate Diploma covers the above, but also includes an extra unit about weather services and procedures.

Entry requirements for international students

You must be employed by your country's meteorological agency to be eligible. They must pay your course fees and living expenses.

You also must have minimum results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

  • 550 for a paper-based TOEFL
  • 213 for a computer based TOEFL
  • 6.5 IELTS

CRICOS details

  • CRICOS Provider 02015K
  • Graduate Diploma in Meteorology CRICOS Course Code 033984D

Course costs

Course costs for 2024 are:

  • A$30,320 for the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists
  • A$37,485 for the Graduate Diploma in Meteorology (includes the Basic Instruction Package)

How to apply for the Graduate Diploma of Meteorology

Expressions of interest for the Graduate Diploma of Meteorology can be submitted via email to

More information

  • Find out more about the Graduate Diploma, including campuses, staff, student services, and entry requirements on our Graduate Diploma in Meteorology web page
  • View our current career opportunities on our jobs list
  • Register to receive our Job Alert emails and keep informed of Bureau career opportunities.
Contact Details
Recruitment Manager
Bureau of Meteorology
GPO Box 1289
Melbourne, Victoria, 3001 Australia
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