How to Get a Job With an Australian Embassy Overseas


Start your diplomatic career in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade by working for an overseas Australian High Commission or Consular office. The Australian Government's Foreign Affairs and Trade website notes that about 520 of the department's employees are engaged overseas at any given time, so while jobs are not abundant, it is certainly possible to obtain one.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Australian citizenship
  • Check the Australian Public Service Commission website and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade "vacancies" page for job postings. These are the only two sources to check for positions for Australian citizens, and all prospective employees must apply online for specific posted positions. For local staff in foreign outposts, visit the Locally Engaged Staff (LES) Recruitment page of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This is where you can find positions for people already living in a foreign locale.

  • Review the qualifications for the position you wish to apply for and decide if you fit the bill. Some overseas jobs allow for relocation help, while others are hired out locally, at the appropriate embassy's website.

  • Select the Graduate Recruitment Program, Indigenous Cadet Program or the general application.

  • Fill out the online application with supporting recommendations and work experience.

  • Check the status of applications on the Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to start at a low-level job to get you into the system, start by moving to the location in which you want to work and acquiring the proper paperwork. Then apply as a "Locally Engaged Staff" employee. Great places to apply for this type of experience are countries that are not popular tourist destinations or ex-pat locations.

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