Careers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the Bureau

The Bureau of Meteorology is committed to increasing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and supports the Government's target for Indigenous employment by 2018.

We aim to attract, retain and develop high potential employees and we offer a diverse range of career opportunities and employment programs including:

  • Graduate opportunities
  • APS entry level employment program
  • Specifically identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander positions

In an organisation as diverse as the Bureau there are excellent prospects for building a rewarding career and you will enjoy the support of a great team of people, with a genuine passion for their work.

We have career opportunities across a diverse range of areas including:

  • Accounting and finance – accountant, accounts payable, supply officer, auditor;
  • Climatology, meteorology, science – climatologist, meteorologist, weather forecaster, oceanographer, environmental advisor;
  • Engineering and technical – civil engineer, technical officers, drafting, project manager;
  • Corporate support – administration officer, business manager, HR business partner; payroll officer, recruitment manager, legal advisor, librarian, procurement, communications officer, work health and safety advisor;
  • Hydrology and water careers – flood forecaster, surface water hydrologist, water accountant; and
  • IT and telecommunications – high-performance and scientific computing, analyst/programmer, web developer/designer, telecommunications systems specialist.

Working at the Bureau is a great opportunity to provide vital services to the Australian community and to build a career of which you can be proud.

Our Career opportunities:

Indigenous Graduate Program

You've worked hard for your tertiary qualification. Now it's time to take all that knowledge put it into practice and kick-start a career you'll be proud of.

We offer graduate opportunities through the Australian Public Service (APS) Indigenous Graduate Pathways program.

Our APS graduate program is designed to give graduates exposure to different areas across the organisation. It is a 12 month comprehensive program comprising three to four work rotations.

Upon starting with the Bureau, our HR team will liaise with you to design a 12 month rotational program that aligns with your preferences, qualifications, skills and work interests.

Graduates commence on an APS 3 level salary and after successfully completing of the 12 month rotational program, graduates advance to an APS 4 classification level and are placed permanently in a work area that matches their skills and interest. Upon meeting specific requirements employees are eligible to advance within a broadband to an APS 5 level position.

APS entry level employment program

The Bureau participates in the Indigenous Australian Government Development Programme, which is a program for people seeking to start a career in the Australian Public Service.

This 15 month programme includes support to complete a diploma level qualification, full-time on the job experience and on-the-job-training and other learning and development opportunities.

Diploma streams can change from year to year, but typically you can study a diploma in areas such as project management; HR; frontline management; procurement and statistics.

The programme provides a competitive remuneration package, with participants commencing at the APS 3 level and advancing to an APS 4 level upon successful completion of the 15 month programme.

Specifically identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander positions

We offer identified and targeted positions which are specifically developed where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity, cultural knowledge or connections are a genuine aspect of the role such as an Indigenous Liaison Officer.

What we offer

Our career and employment programs offer:

  • the support of a dedicated team to assist with the transition into the Bureau and provide ongoing support;
  • a senior mentor to assist with career guidance;
  • a flexible and supportive work environment;
  • opportunities for working directly with Indigenous stakeholders, such as our Indigenous Weather Knowledge project;
  • an Indigenous employee network within the Bureau and across Government;
  • competitive terms and conditions;
  • commitment of a Reconciliation Action Plan to promote respectful and supportive relationships and an inclusive working environment.

Our commitment

The Bureau of Meteorology provides the opportunity to grow, to learn, to innovate, to succeed and to build a stimulating and rewarding career.

We aim to attract talented people who strive to be the best at what they do and are passionate about providing world-class services to the Australian community. Whether you are a graduate who wants to forge a successful career, or a senior industry professional with the desire to make a major contribution, the Bureau is the ideal place to pursue your career aspirations.

To discuss your career options at the Bureau, contact our Recruitment Team on 03 9669 4401 or email

Contact Details
Recruitment Manager
Bureau of Meteorology
GPO Box 1289
Melbourne, Victoria, 3001 Australia
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