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Australian Studies

Careers in Australian Studies

As a graduate of Arts in Australian Studies, your understanding of Australia's history, culture and society in an international context and appreciation of social, class, ethnic, cultural and gender differences will benefit you in roles in the public and private sectors.

Your ability to critically analyse the major debates in Australian society will enable you to work as an analyst for the Australian Government, for advocacy groups (e.g. in indigenous or multicultural affairs) or a social research institute.

Your cultural awareness would also benefit you in tourism, management roles, the arts, education, media and communications, museums and in community development roles.

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Skills and attributes

Australian studies graduates need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

  • Highly developed interpretive and analytical skills
  • Research skills
  • An ability to reconstruct/explain social, political and cultural events
  • An ability to evaluate media coverage of current political debates such as those over citizenship/identity and Indigenous issues
  • Excellent communication skills

Related roles include:

  • Museum curator, archivist or cultural officer
  • Tourism officer
  • Policy adviser
  • Media commentator
  • Research assistant or information officer
  • Teacher
  • Journalist
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about salaries and job outcomes for graduates of Australian studies at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

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