What are Special Measures and Identified positions?

The APS advertises some jobs as Special Measures and/or Identified positions. The two classifications are similar but serve very different purposes.

Special Measures positions

Most jobs in the APS are open to all Australian citizens. There are some jobs, though, that are open only to specific members of the Australian population. This practice is known as a Special Measure, and is a targeted strategy to ensure the diversity of the APS workforce reflects the diversity of the Australian population.

Any job can be restricted to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people only, and it doesn't necessarily have to involve working on Indigenous issues. If a position has been advertised as a Special Measure, it will be clearly marked as 'Special Measure – Indigenous', and listed on this website.

If you are applying for a Special Measures position, you will need to provide documentation to confirm your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage. There are no standard requirements, but generally the following will be sufficient:

  • A letter signed by the Chairperson of an incorporated Indigenous organisation confirming that you are recognised as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or
  • A confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent document executed by an Indigenous organisation.

There are resources on the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website that can assist you.

If you are having any difficulty getting hold of your documentation, you should contact the agency advertising the job to discuss your situation and agree on a way forward.

Identified positions

Identified Positions are jobs that require people to have an understanding of the issues affecting Indigenous Australians and a proven ability to communicate with them. These requirements are generally for jobs that involve providing services or developing policies for Indigenous Australians, and/or direct interaction with Indigenous communities.

Identified positions are crucial in ensuring that the APS has the right people working on initiatives to improve the delivery of services and close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and are open to all Australian citizens.