Bureau of Meteorology
  • Government & public services

Australian communities depend on the Bureau’s essential forecast, warning and information services to protect lives and property, support national security and environmental sustainability, promote industry productivity and enhance societal well-being. Many important, weather-sensitive industries rely on our services for their own effective operation. These include emergency services, defence, aviation, shipping, resources, agriculture and water. We communicate directly with all Australians through various channels such as briefings, our website, social media and mobile platforms—and also through the media.

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Australian communities depend on the Bureau’s essential forecast, warning and information services to protect lives and property, support national security and environmental sustainability, promote industry productivity and enhance societal well-being. Many important, weather-sensitive industries rely on our services for their own effective operation. These include emergency services, defence, aviation, shipping, resources, agriculture and water. We communicate directly with all Australians through various channels such as briefings, our website, social media and mobile platforms—and also through the media.

Graduate roles at the Bureau

We’re looking for graduates who will help us transform the way that we bring environmental information to the Australian community. Do you have a record of strong academic achievement, an interest in working with the latest technology—from supercomputing to ever-evolving modelling software—and a passion for weather, climate, water, ocean and space weather information? If you thrive in an environment where great communication, problem solving, innovation and flexibility are valued, and teams collaborate to achieve the best outcomes, you’ll fit right in at the Bureau.

We offer a wide range of job specialties—it’s not just about forecasting the weather, although that’s an important part of what we do! We encourage applications from all degree streams to join our flexible and diverse workplace, with mentoring support, career development and colleagues who are as passionate as you about making a difference to people’s lives. With offices around Australia and positions in locations as far away as Antarctica, we offer excellent opportunities to build a varied and rewarding career.

Graduate opportunities are available in the following programs:

  • Graduate Diploma in Meteorology
  • ICT Graduate Program
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Program

Graduate Diploma in Meteorology 

Being a meteorologist is about understanding the atmosphere and its effects on the Earth's surface, the oceans and people’s lives and livelihoods. This includes analysing the state of the atmosphere and oceans, and providing forecasts, warnings, information and advice on weather and climate. Communicating weather information effectively is also an area of focus for meteorologists. Graduates may go on to a wide variety of specialisations, such as severe weather, tropical meteorology, thunderstorms, aviation or climate.

You will study the Graduate Diploma in Meteorology in Melbourne. This nationally accredited diploma satisfies the learning outcomes for the Basic Instruction Package for Meteorologists, as governed by the World Meteorological Organization—so it is also internationally recognised.

ICT Graduate Programme 

Do you love information and communications technology (ICT)? The Bureau offers opportunities for participants in the Australian Government ICT Graduate Programme. As part of the Bureau's ICT team you will play a key role in providing information, computing and communications solutions to support weather, climate, ocean and water products and services. ICT specialists at the Bureau:

  • work on new products with emerging technology to help communicate changes to the weather and environment to the community and industry;
  • provide strategic direction for channel capability and services while managing day-to-day digital operations;
  • effectively manage and support the Bureau's portfolio of operational weather, climate, water and environment systems;
  • plan and develop/enhance/acquire systems in alignment with business area and ICT strategies, using a project management and IT capability framework; and
  • undertake environmental information collection, storage, management and provision.

The 12-month programme offers extensive opportunities to develop your capabilities as an ICT professional. You will complete a postgraduate qualification with a public sector ICT focus, including a development opportunity to complete a major ICT project. You will also participate in networking events with ICT professionals and other Australian Government graduates, through which you can develop professional and social networks.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Program

Are you an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander graduate who is motivated to further your career while contributing to the Australian community? We want your ideas, fresh thinking, energy and perspectives! The Bureau offers opportunities through the Australian Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate program. We are committed to increasing employment opportunities and creating career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. People who started their Bureau careers through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Program now work in fields as diverse as meteorology, communication, environmental science, human resources, administration and project management.

We offer:

  • a wide range of job specialties—we encourage applications from all degree streams;
  • a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace;
  • a supportive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander network; and
  • unique career opportunities with excellent prospects for building a rewarding career, alongside great people with a passion for their work.

This 12-month program is designed to give you exposure to different work areas across the Bureau. It offers a career pathway with a broadband classification that allows graduates to advance incrementally each year, starting at the APS 3 level, then advancing to the APS 4 then APS 5 levels upon meeting certain criteria.

What we’re looking for

We are inviting applications from graduates from the following subject areas:

  • Physical sciences
  • Applied mathematics
  • Science and research
  • Information technology and computing
  • All disciplines, through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Programs

Areas of Specialisation

Computer science & IT, Maths, statistics & related, Physics & related

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