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Sustainability Officer

Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites

Sustainability officers work to create enduring communities that have a positive environmental, economical and social impact.

Sustainability officers may work indoors, or visit sites relevant to an environmental management programme.


    Sustainability officers may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare grants and partnership proposals
  • assess a city or business's programmes to determine their environmental impact, and make recommendations to avoid or lessen impacts
  • investigate, recommend and implement renewable energy, water conservation, waste and recycling and other environmental management programmes
  • provide information to the public about environmentally sustainable methods and projects
  • represent organisations in public forums
  • strategically advocate for sustainable approaches to projects
  • develop sustainability programmes


  • strong organisational and project management skills
  • able to work well in a team
  • able to think strategically
  • interested in the environment and communities
  • good communication skills

Interest Area

Clerical/Administrative Figures/Computational Literary


Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites

You can become a sustainability officer by studying sustainability, environmental science or environmental science and management at university. Alternatively, you can complete a degree in a relevant field, followed by a postgraduate qualification in sustainability or environmental management. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your HSC/ACT Year 12. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required.

Most universities in Australia offer these degrees. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree.

Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.


Opportunities exist within state and federal government departments, city councils, universities and private organisations.

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