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The FRDC employs staff based upon their suitability for a position and organisational fit. It promotes a work environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual preference, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin, or on the basis that an individual either is, or is not, a member of a union of employees or of a particular union of employees.

Current Vacancies

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Other avenues for employment 

Universities

Most Australian Universities offer either degrees in marine science or related disciplines (e.g. aquaculture), or marine science courses within their science degrees. The specific training available at these institutions is continually changing and developing; therefore it would be most beneficial to the reader to browse particular university websites. All Australian universities are listed at the following link, by state and territory.

Marine Education Society of Australia

The Marine Education Society of Australia website contains several links to organisations and institutions that offer training and career options in marine science. MESA is a national organisation that aims to bring together people interested in the study and enjoyment of coastal and marine environments. 

Australian Marine Sciences Association

The Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) is a national non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting marine science and coordinating discussion and debate of marine issues in Australia. It provides a page of links to additional resources. 

Australian Society for Fish Biology

The Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB)  promotes research, education and management of fish and fisheries in Australia and provides a forum for the exchange of information.

Government organisations

There are a number of Federal and State and Territory departments that have science career options linked to fisheries, natural resources, parks and wildlife, water management, conservation and environment protection.

Museums

Several state museums conduct collaborative research and education work in relation to marine science. A list of Australian museums can be found at – https://www.museumsaustralia.org.au/  

Private Industry

Private industry contributes towards research and development within Australia, a number of companies offer employment opportunities to marine scientists. This is an ever-changing scene. Some relevant industry sectors are listed below: 

  • National Aquaculture Council
  • National Seafood Industry Alliance (commercial fishing)
  • marine engineering
  • marine planning consultants
  • marine tourism
  • offshore petroleum exploration shipping infrastructure.

Seafood Industry training

The new and revised qualifications and skills standards for all sectors are published on the training.gov.au website. For more on seafood industry training packages see: