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Indigenous employment programs

We participate in the following Indigenous employment programs coordinated within the Australian Public Service (APS):

Indigenous Australian Government Development Program

The Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP) is a 15 month program, designed to improve employment opportunities and experiences within the APS for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Participants undertake a combination of on the job and formal training resulting in a nationally recognised diploma-level qualification, specialising in human resources, procurement or project management.

We offer participants:

  • combined practical work and structured training
  • a nationally recognised diploma level qualification
  • training and development opportunities
  • flexible working conditions
  • ongoing employment
  • APS 3 level salary.

After successfully completing the program, participants continue to work in a permanent full-time position within the department and may be advanced to a higher classification level.

We are looking for participants who are motivated, enthusiastic, and have strong communication and interpersonal skills. Participants must provide evidence of their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage and meet APS requirements, including security and character clearances.

To find out more, visit the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program page on the Department of Jobs and Small Business website.

Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program

This program provides a pathway to APS employment and promotes the APS as an employer of choice among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary graduates. Through hands-on experience, graduates develop a strong professional grounding and exposure to public governance in a range of business areas.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary graduates join the department’s Graduate Program and participate in a 12 month, structured and comprehensive learning and development program, and participate in work rotations across various areas of the department. Graduates receive extensive support including mentoring, access to learning and development activities and exciting ongoing career opportunities at the end of the program.

Our graduates work at the forefront of program delivery, legal services and policy development.

We offer graduates:

  • work rotations providing practical experience
  • a comprehensive induction program plus training and development activities throughout the year
  • a competitive starting salary
  • mentoring opportunities
  • relocation assistance from interstate to Canberra
  • study assistance
  • flexible working conditions.

After successfully completing the program, graduates continue to work in a permanent full-time position within the department and may be advanced to a higher classification level.

We are looking for graduates who are motivated, enthusiastic, and have strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Graduates must provide evidence of their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage, meet APS requirements, including security and character clearances. They must hold, as a minimum, a qualification equivalent to a three year Australian undergraduate degree and have completed a degree or post-graduate qualification no more than four years prior to the commencement of the program.

To find out more, including how to apply, visit the Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program page on the indigenousecareers.gov.au website.

For further information about our Indigenous employment programs, email us at HR.Assist@ag.gov.au or call 02 6141 6111 (option #2).