Indigenous Employment Programs

Many people start their career with the Australian Government through one of our Indigenous employment programmes. The programmes have a slightly different focus, but each will provide you with the skills and experience you need for a rewarding career.

And even better news: a single application for any of these programmes means you can be considered for employment with a large number of agencies.

What are the Indigenous employment programmes?

There are currently four Indigenous employment programmes which are run by four different agencies, each providing employment opportunities with a number of different public service employers.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduate programs are for people who have completed a university bachelor qualification, usually in the past five years. They are designed to support the transition of university students into the Australian Government workforce, where you will be encouraged to explore your potential and build on the skills you already have through:

  • work rotations designed to increase your understanding of the overall business of the employing agency
  • on the job and structured training designed to help you establish and build a fulfilling career
  • exposure to leaders within the Australian Government to guide and mentor you
  • networking opportunities to build personal and professional networks
Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program

The Australian Public Service Commission conducts a centralised recruitment process for Indigenous graduates on behalf of a range of participating Australian Publics Service and Commonwealth agencies. The Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program runs annually, with applications being open between January and March each year. Graduates recruited through this program will join the graduate development programs at their employing agency.

Graduates commence in an ongoing position, with a salary of between $50,000–$70,000. On successful completion after 12 to 24 months, you may be eligible for advancement to an APS 4 or APS 5 or equivalent and receive a pay increase. Most positions are in Canberra, and you will be well supported if you decide to take up a graduate role.

Visit the Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program page to see if this program is right for you. Alternatively, contact the APSC on 1300 656 009 or send us an email at indigenous@apsc.gov.au.

Traineeship and Apprenticeship Programmes

We have a number of Trainee or Apprentice programmes which provide Indigenous Australians with the necessary skills, knowledge and a pathway to a career in the APS.

All Trainee and Apprentice programmes provide a full time entry level position, competitive salaries and you will usually complete a nationally recognised Certificate-level qualification relevant to the business of your agency. On completion, you will generally receive a permanent position and a pay rise.

Our Trainee and Apprentice programmes offer employment across Australia in a wide range of areas including service delivery, call centres, administration and many specialised areas including taxation and Indigenous affairs.

Evergreen Advancement Programme

This programme is run by the Australian Taxation Office, offering employment in various locations across Australia. The programme runs for 18 months and is focussed at building your workplace skills through on the job training and work rotations. You will be initially employed as an APS 2, with the potential to be progressed to an APS 3 if you do well. Applications generally open mid-year.

Visit the Evergreen Advancement Programme page to see if this programme is right for you. Alternatively, contact the Australian Taxation Office by email.

Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme

This programme is run by the Department of Human Services, offering a wide range of employment opportunities across Australia. The programme runs for 18 months during which time you will be exposed to a range of work and undertake a Certificate IV or Diploma level qualification.  You can start the programme as an APS 2 or APS 3, depending on the job on offer. On successful completion of the programme you will be progressed to an APS 3 or APS 4.  Applications are generally open February/March each year.

Visit the Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme page to see if this programme is right for you. Alternatively, contact the Department of Human Services on 1300 193 530 or email.

Indigenous Australian Government Development Programme

This programme is jointly run by the Departments of Employment and Education and Training, and is a 15 month programme which provides employment opportunities across Australia. You will complete a Diploma level qualification in Government (with a specialist stream which may include Project Management, Procurement and Contract Management, Frontline Management, Statistics, Investigations or Community Capacity), and be provided with work to apply what you are learning. You will commence at the APS 3 level (or equivalent), and advanced to the APS 4 level (or equivalent) upon successful completion of the programme. Applications generally open in January/February each year.

Visit the Indigenous Australian Government Development Programme page to see if this programme is right for you. Alternatively, contact the programme team on 02 6240 3737 or email.

Not sure which programme best suits you or after some advice about demonstrating your skills? Contact the Indigenous Employment Hotline on 1300 656 009 or email us.

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