Thank you for considering a career with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

ACIAR is an Australian Government statutory authority that operates as part of Australia’s Development Assistance Program within the portfolio of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It was established in 1982 to assist and encourage Australia’s agricultural scientists to use their skills for the benefit of developing countries as well as Australia. It contributes to Australia’s Aid Program objectives of advancing Australia’s national interest through poverty alleviation and sustainable development.

Our ACIAR vision looks to a world where poverty has been reduced and the livelihoods of many improved through more productive and sustainable agriculture emerging from collaborative international research.

Current Vacancies

There are currently no vacancies available at this time.
Temporary employment register
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The ACIAR Temporary Employment Register is now open for candidates to register their interest for non-ongoing/casual employment.

Graduate work experience program
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ACIAR seeks to build our future capacity by engaging young Australian agricultural research scientists in a 12 month non-ongoing experiential Graduate Program.

What we offer

ACIAR offers generous working conditions and flexible working arrangements.


Our benefits include:


  • competitive pay
  • access to free onsite parking and a secure bicycle shed
  • salary packaging
  • a high-performance culture that provides learning and development opportunities including access to study assistance
  • generous employer superannuation contributions of 15.4%
  • generous leave provisions and flexible working hours that support work/life balance
  • 18 weeks paid parental leave (primary caregiver)
  • 8 weeks parental leave (secondary caregiver) this will increase in line with our EA to 18 weeks from 28 February 2027
  • paid leave between Christmas and New Year
  • reimbursement of approved healthy lifestyle initiatives up to $500 per financial year
  • access to influenza vaccines
  • opportunities for hybrid working arrangements and part-time employment, where this fits with operational needs
  • free access to our Employee Assistance Program. This program is to help with personal and work-related problems

Diversity and inclusion

People are our most important asset. At ACIAR we pride ourselves on our positive, supportive and inclusive workplace culture that nurtures talent and encourages employees to achieve their full potential. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with disability to apply. We accommodate reasonable adjustments for people with disability under the RecruitAbility scheme. If you have specific requirements to participate in an interview, please let us know.

Submitting an application

To submit an application for a current vacancy, please select the relevant job and click apply to complete the online application form. As part of the application, you will be required to upload the following PDF documents:

  • concise resume
  • A Statement of Claims that addresses why you are the right person, what you can offer, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are relevant to the role, taking the "selection criteria" and word limit identified in the advertisement into account. Please note: You can directly enter your statement of claims in the online application form within the "Covering letter" field or upload a PDF. You are not required to do both.
  • Educational qualifications. Only upload if outlined as a mandatory requirement of the role.

Within the application form, you will need to provide the details of two referees who can attest to and validate your credentials and suitability for the role.

Employment policies

ACIAR is committed to providing an inclusive working environment that values diversity and supports staff to reach their full potential. We encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, and people from other diverse backgrounds. We support flexible work practices and the professional development of our employees.

If you need any assistance applying for a job, using our website or have any feedback please contact us.

Selection process

The agency’s selection processes are governed by the requirements of the Public Service Act 1999 and adhere to the APS valuesAPSC recruitment and selection guidelines. Candidates are judged individually against the relevant selection criteria as well as comparatively against other candidates for the position. The selection committee, usually three members, will determine an applicants’ comparative merit for the position based on their application, performance at interview and comments from referees.

Recruitment process

The below documents will provide you with information about the ACIAR recruitment process and working with us.


Acknowledgement of applications

We do not acknowledge applications as a general rule but we would like to thank you for your interest in ACIAR.


Due to the high number of applications received by ACIAR, the Committee are unable to provide individual feedback to candidates not selected for interview.