Work during your university break

The vacation program provides paid short-term employment for university students.

Employment is during semester breaks.

You can apply if you are a current student enrolled in an Australian recognised university course either side of the break.

If you are in your final year you can find out about getting work after you graduate.

Some jobs may have special measures plans. This gives priority consideration to Aboriginal applicants if they meet the requirements of the role. 

You can find out more about special measures on the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment website.

What jobs are available

Positions can range from administrative to fieldwork in a range of government departments throughout the Northern Territory.

Wages are at the administrative officer 1 or 2 level.

You will gain skills such as:

  • administration
  • communications
  • database maintenance
  • event coordination
  • project work
  • research
  • working with legislation.

How to apply

Applications open twice a year to correspond with the mid-year and end of year university breaks.

The mid-year intake opens between March and April.

The end-of-year intake opens between August and September.

Apply on the Northern Territory Government jobs website. Find the program details by searching for 'vacation'.

You will need to attach all of the below to your application:

  • a resume with two referees
  • your most recent Australian university results
  • proof of enrolment either side of the semester break
  • any previous qualifications you have completed
  • proof of an appropriate visa if you aren't a permanent resident or Australian citizen
  • a declaration if you are eligible under special measures.


Call 08 8999 4164 or email

Last updated: 22 February 2022

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