Work with us

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Choose work that matters

At UNSW Canberra, we believe what makes our people different is our desire to ‘make it matter’. This means different things depending on the role you have.

In one sense it’s about the big picture work we do here. The research and innovation that literally goes out into the world and makes a tangible difference in people’s lives. Evidenced by the fact that we’re Australia’s #1 university for impact with globally recognised academics. 

But ‘making it matter’ isn’t limited to our high-profile work. It can be as simple as taking the initiative to help a student settle into uni life. Or doing your job so carefully and competently that the people who rely on you can get on with their jobs. 

Because at the end of the day, we believe every single role has a ripple effect that contributes to something bigger. That’s what makes working here so meaningful, and why we’re one of the top 20 employers in Australia. 

We genuinely believe flexibility is an important part of supporting and building long and rewarding careers. We offer a range of support from flexible work arrangements to generous entitlements like full gym facilities on campus.  

We’re the official education provider for the Australian Defence Force and are committed to furthering the intellectual edge of our defence force. Working with us means you will play an important role in this goal. With a new city campus to host a Defence and Security Innovation Precinct you can work at a university that is doing cutting-edge research with a real-world impact. 

If you want a career where you can thrive, be challenged and be part of a nurturing work environment—explore our current vacancies to see what career opportunities are available to you.


Employee support & entitlements

People are our most valuable asset. Find out more about how we can look after you, both at and outside of work.

Benefits of working with us

Discover our staff benefits and discounts, as well as on-site perks including free parking and gym membership.

Equity & Diversity

We are fully committed to equal opportunities for all. We also foster a healthy work, life and family balance.

Enterprise agreements

Browse our UNSW academic and professional staff enterprise agreements.

Living in Canberra

UNSW Canberra isn’t like other places you’ve worked. Yes, it’s an exceptionally well-connected institution, with a diverse and talented community; a community doing extraordinary things. We’re very proud of our boutique campus setting and our military heritage, having worked with the Australian Defence Force for the past 50 years! But what makes us different isn’t just what we do, it’s how we do it. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical and purposeful in all we do. 

Our unique campus is set amongst bushland, only a five-minute drive from the heart of our nation’s capital. The name of our modern city hails from the local Aboriginal word Kamberra meaning 'Meeting Place' 

Ranked as the world’s most liveable city, Canberra offers the ultimate work-life balance with access to world-class facilities, stunning natural surrounds, great schools and great career opportunities.  

Big things happen here in science, research, health, business, politics and the arts. As the nation’s capital, Canberra is home to the Federal Government and the public service. Located within a few hours’ drive of both the beach and Australia’s best ski fields, there is an almost endless range of things to see and do here.   

If you want more information on living and working in Canberra, visit Live | Canberra