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MDBA Cadetship Program

The Murray–Darling Basin Authority's Cadetship Program offers unique and exciting opportunities. Our cadets will be supported through the final years of their relevant undergraduate studies and use their learning to work on rewarding projects to contribute to sustainable management of water resources across the Murray–Darling Basin.

The program offers participants benefits such as

  • Commencement salary of $24,201 gross pa while undertaking full time study
  • An extra $70 per day when working at the Authority’s office
  • Attractive and competitive leave and superannuation entitlements
  • Financial support for textbooks
  • The opportunity to work at the forefront of integrated water management
  • A minimum block of 12 weeks per year of full time employment
  • Intermittent full time work during semesters and semester breaks
  • Automatic entry to the MDBA Graduate Program on successful completion of your undergraduate degree
  • A dedicated support team (Cadetship Coordinator, Buddy and Mentor)

Applications for the Cadetship Program are currently closed.


The Murray–Darling Basin Authority is seeking applications for the MDBA Cadetship Program from exceptional students who will be undertaking the penultimate or final year of their bachelor degree in 2012.

To be eligible for the program, you will:

  • as a minimum, have completed 12 months of your undergraduate degree with a credit average;
  • be undertaking full time studies towards your first undergraduate degree;
  • be willing and available to undertake a minimum block of 12 weeks per year of full time employment in the Authority in Canberra;
  • be willing and available to undertake intermittent work during semester period and semester breaks in the Authority in Canberra;
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident actively seeking Australian citizenship and be granted citizenship by the commencement of the Program; and
  • satisfy all other Authority engagement requirements and clearances.

Please note that the Authority will not pay relocation costs for undertaking intermittent fulltime work during the academic semester and semester breaks.

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