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Indigenous employment programs

We are looking for Indigenous Australians interested in helping us achieve our goal - a just and secure society for all.

We support the recruitment and career development of Indigenous Australians in the Australian Public Service through:

  • traineeships
  • cadetships
  • graduate positions
  • Indigenous awards and prizes
  • mentoring
  • networks
  • career and skills development programs.

You will need to apply for trainee, cadet and graduate positions online through the Australian Public Service Commission website.

But first, find out more below about what we offer at the Attorney-General’s Department:

  • the Indigenous Traineeship Program
  • cadetships
  • graduate recruitment
  • workplace support
  • other development opportunities

Indigenous Traineeship Program

The department participates in the Indigenous Entry Level Recruitment Program (IELRP) coordinated by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC). The Program is a twelve-month traineeship that is designed to recruit applicants with limited experience in government into ongoing employment in the APS. 

Employees undertake a combination of on-the-job and formal training that will result in a Certificate III in Government or a Certificate IV in Government qualification. Details on the program can be found on the Australian Public Service Commission website.

Through a twelve-month traineeship, we offer:

  • combined practical work and structured training
  • a Certificate III or Certificate IV in Government
  • training and development opportunities
  • flexible working conditions
  • ongoing employment
  • APS 1–2 level salary. (If you’re under twenty-one, age rates apply.)

You may have the opportunity to work on a range of areas including:

  • civil justice and legal services
  • national security and criminal justice
  • information and knowledge services
  • corporate services
  • financial services.

To be selected for a traineeship, you need to be motivated, enthusiastic, have integrity, and have good communication, interpersonal, analytical and research skills.

If you complete the traineeship successfully, you will become an ongoing employee of the department.

To find out more about the program and how to apply:

Indigenous Cadetships Program

We run APS Indigenous cadetships in conjunction with the Indigenous Cadetship Support Program of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The program provides you, as a cadet, with practical work placements to complement your study, as well as financial assistance while you complete your degree.

In each year of study, you undertake twelve weeks of work placements with us. You are paid a wage while you study.

Throughout your cadetship you may have the opportunity to work in a range of areas including:

  • civil justice and legal services
  • national security and criminal justice
  • information and knowledge services
  • corporate services
  • financial services.

To find out more about the program and how to apply:

Indigenous graduate recruitment

If you have done an undergraduate or higher degree within the past five years, you could join our graduate program.

You would apply through the Australian Public Service Commission’s Indigenous Graduate Program, and spend a year with us in our own departmental graduate program.

Over the twelve months of the program, you might work on a range of areas, including:

  • civil justice and legal services
  • national security and criminal justice
  • information and knowledge services
  • corporate services
  • financial services.
To find out more about the program and how to apply:

Workplace support

Our mentor program couples trainees, cadets and graduates with experienced staff to share professional and personal skills and experiences.

The mentoring relationship is based on encouragement, constructive comments, openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share.

Indigenous Australian Public Service Employee Networks (IAPSENs) are forums run by APS Indigenous employees and supported by the department. Indigenous employees support each other, share information and experiences, and promote cultural awareness and respect in the wider APS. Networks exist across Australia.

Other development opportunities

When you join us, we can get you involved in some Australian Public Service Commission development opportunities:

  • free career and skills development programs through Indigenous Career Trek
  • the Indigenous awards and prizes scholarships to further your professional development.

You can access the Attorney-General's Department Enterprise Agreement 2011 on the Careers Page.