As Australia’s national hydrographic authority, the Australian Hydrographic Office (AHO) employs a range of highly skilled and experienced people.

The AHO is made up of both military and civilian personnel working in a variety of technical and administrative fields.

  • ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY: Navy officers and sailors receive specialist training in the surveying ships and units of the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Service.
  • AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC SERVANTS (APS): Commonwealth Public Service are recruited and trained in a range of fields to enable them to compile, maintain, publish  and distribute Australia’s official charts and associated publications.

Current Vacancies

Please visit:,CurBID for detailed information about current Defence vacancies.

Civilian (APS) Careers

There are currently about 115 permanent civilian positions at the Australian Hydrographic Office. These positions are staffed by Commonwealth Public Servants employed under the Public Service Act. They cover a broad range of levels and classifications in the following fields:

  • quality control and management
  • nautical data assessment
  • cartography and GIS
  • product control and distribution
  • governance and risk management
  • information technology
  • financial management
  • licencing
  • contract management
  • nautical research and publications
  • records management
  • oceanography
  • climatology
  • data management
  • graphic design and marketing

Military Careers

To find out more about careers as a Maritime Geospatial Officer – Hydrography (MGO-H) or Maritime Geospatial Officer – Meteorology and Oceanography (MGO-M).

Please contact Defence Jobs:

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