The Australian Research Council is an independent body which advises the government of the day on research matters and administers the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP). The ARC is also responsible for administering Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), Australia’s national research evaluation framework, as well as the assessment of the Engagement and Impact (EI) of funded research.

We are a complementary mix of public servants and highly esteemed academics drawn from the higher education and research sectors. 

It is important to note we do not actually conduct any research here at the ARC. We leave that up to the talented researchers and research training bodies we support through our grant funding process.  

We are a proud agency of the Australian Public Service. Our employees are employed under our Enterprise Agreement and the Public Service Act 1999.   

Current Vacancies 

Who are we looking for?

We are interested in people who share our values of Genuine, Empowering, Fair, Kind, and Trusting.

We are seeking a broad range of diverse candidates who can assist us to grow knowledge and innovation for the benefit of the Australian community.

We are interested in people who have a desire to serve our Australian community and support research and industry stakeholders to achieve excellence in their relative research fields.

We are interested in people who are genuine team collaborators, who leave their personal agendas at the door, and who understand we can achieve so much more as a cohesive group than what we could individually.


To be eligible for employment with the ARC, you must meet the eligibility criteria:

  • You must be an Australian Citizen
  • You must be prepared to undergo an ID verification process prior to engagement
  • You must hold, or be able to obtain and maintain, a security clearance at the level required for the vacancy 
  • Specific qualifications or professional memberships (where required)

Salary Arrangements 

The ARC offers a generous remuneration and superannuation package. Our pay scales and conditions can be viewed in detail in our ARC Enterprise Agreement and ARC Determination (signed 3 March 2020). As per government directions, salary increases scheduled for 2021 and 2022 have been deferred

We offer a range of benefits which include:

  • An ARC Day—one additional leave day per calendar year
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Flexible and generous leave arrangements
  • Healthy Lifestyle Allowance
  • Generous training and development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Program

How to apply 

Our recruitment process is all about getting the right people into the right jobs. We are looking for motivated, agile, and resilient people from a variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines who want to help make our agency a better place. 

You must carefully read the information for applicants before submitting your application. We recommend contacting the vacancy’s Contact Officer to understand the role, the recruitment process and required information before submitting your application. 

Please ensure the following documents are included as part of your application:

  • Application Cover Form  – PDF Format (213KB) – Word Format (37KB).
  • Your Response (Minimum Font: 10pt - Maximum Words: will vary—please check selection documentation)  – PDF Format (100KB) – Word Format (57KB).
  • Resume

All applications are to be submitted to before the closing date.