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The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is an independent agency whose aim is to achieve a healthy, working Basin for the benefit of all Australians. 

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About Us

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is an independent agency whose aim is to achieve a healthy, working Basin for the benefit of all Australians. Our dedicated team of 300 experts work across 8 locations and partner with local government and communities on water management in the Basin.  

Why Join Us?

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

A career with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority means caring for and making a difference in our regional communities and environment. The work you’ll do is also in the national interest and at the forefront of water resource management. You will play a critical role in helping us manage the impact that population changes, agricultural growth, and climate change have on a water system that delivers drinking water to more than 3 million people.   

Graduate Program

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Over the course of our 11-month program you will get to experience working in three different teams and learn the ropes through on-the-job training. You will also have the chance to take part in training that will give you the foundational skills to become a future manager and leader in the Australian Public Service (APS).  

Before the end of the program, you’ll plan and attend a week-long road trip that will help you learn how we manage the Basin and its complex systems and resources. It will also give you an insight into how federal, state and local governments and other stakeholders interact with each other.  

Suitable candidates have outstanding academic results, are ready to learn, have strong communication, leadership and critical thinking skills. Ideally, they will have studied one of the following fields:  

  • policy 
  • engineering 
  • environmental science 
  • hydrology 
  • economics 
  • social science, focusing on socio-economic planning 
  • law 
  • Indigenous studies 

Graduate positions can be based Adelaide, Canberra, Goondiwindi, Griffith, Mildura, Murray Bridge, Toowoomba and Wodonga. Specific locations will be discussed at the time of offer.  


  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident actively seeking citizenship. Please note: citizenship must be granted by commencement of the program  
  • Completed an undergraduate degree in the last three years that is recognised in Australia 
  • Achieved at least 65% average for completed units  
  • Met all other MDBA requirements, including character and health clearance 

Application Process

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  • Online application - you will be asked to submit your academic results and address the selection criteria outlined in the application form. 
  • Video interview  
  • Cognitive testing  

Corporate Responsibility

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

The very nature of our work at MBDA means our communities at the heart of everything we do. From proving water rights information to sustainable use of water resources to monitoring water quality.  

Perks & Benefits

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

We offer a range of benefits to support your work-life balance and career development. Benefits include; health and wellbeing programs, flexible working, study assistance and leadership programs.  

Diversity & Inclusion

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Murray-Darling Basin Authority

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority welcomes and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds and experiences. We’re committed to providing a safe work environment that’s free from discrimination and harassment. 


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