About the program

The Vacation Employment Program provides students currently undertaking full-time degree studies, for the first time, at an Australian recognized university with the opportunity to gain valuable learning opportunities and paid workplace experience in the Northern Territory Public Sector (NTPS).

Employment opportunities are restricted to the major university vacation periods.

The Vacation Employment Program provides paid short-term employment within NTPS agencies, starting at the AO1 level. The positions range from administrative to fieldwork, with the opportunity to gain a range of skills that may include database maintenance, communications, research, working with legislation and event coordination.

Advertising and recruitment

Advertising for Vacation Employment occurs twice a year and is published online at http://www.nt.gov.au/jobs
Once advertised, the applicant must submit their details online including:

  • Northern Territory Public Sector Vacation Employment Application Form;
  • Up-to-date Resume;
  • Certified copies of Academic Transcripts or proof of enrolment if you are in your 1st semester of your 1st year in University;
  • Certified copy of your valid visa documentation detailing work conditions (where applicable).

Please note that a certified copy is a copy (often a photocopy) of an original document that has been a true copy after the original document has been sighted by an authorized person or a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner of Oaths.  Please find the link below which will direct you to the database for the Justice of the Peace and / or Commissioner of Oaths in the Darwin and Rural Regions: http://www.nt.gov.au/justice/database.shtml

Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

More information will become available closer to the intake period.

If you are interested in a vacation employment with the NTG, please email the following details to employmentprograms@nt.gov.au  

  • Full name
  • Contact number
  • Email address
  • Postcode
  • Qualification you are undertaking
  • University you are attending
  • Year of Study
  • Are you a NTG Scholarship Holder?

Once you register your interest, the Employment Programs Unit (EPU) will provide you with recruitment details and application opening dates.


Whilst preference is given to Northern Territory Government Higher Education Scholarship holders, the number of positions is limited and there is considerable competition for available placements. Accordingly, not all scholarship holders are guaranteed a position.

Visit the Northern Territory Government Higher Education Scholarships website for more information.

More information

Employment Programs Unit
Department of Corporate and Information Services
GPO Box 2391
Darwin NT 0801
t: (08) 8999 4164
f: (08) 8999 3755
e: employmentprograms@nt.gov.au
w: http://www.employmentprograms.nt.gov.au