Traineeships & Apprenticeships

There are a number of Traineeship or Apprenticeship programs available across the Australian Public Service, which provide Indigenous Australians with the necessary skills, knowledge and a pathway to a career. On completion, you will generally receive a nationally recognised Certificate-level qualification, a permanent position and a pay rise.

Evergreen Program

This program is run by the Australian Taxation Office, offering employment in various locations across Australia. The program runs for 18 months, aiming 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 upon traineeship completion. Applications generally open mid-year, around NAIDOC Week.

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

Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme

This whole-of-government programme is facilitated by the Department of Human Services, with positions in all major cities as well as some regional and remote locations across Australia. As an Entry Level Programme, apprentices begin at the APS2 or APS3 classification level. The programme is full-time and runs over 12 months with on the job training, while working towards a nationally recongnised certificate IV or diploma qualification. Apprentices are provided with a number of support mechanisms throughout the programme including an Indigenous buddy and mentor. Upon successful completion of the programme apprentices will advance to the APS3 or APS4 classification level.

Applications are generally open March/April each year.

Visit the Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme page to see if this program is right for you. Alternatively, contact the Department of Human Services on 02 6133 0320 or email

Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)

This program is jointly run by the Department of Employment and Department of Education and Training, and is a 15 month program 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 program. Applications generally open in January/February each year.

Indigenous Cadetship

The Cadetship is an Australian Government initiative that improves the professional employment prospects for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students.  Cadetships enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the opportunity to participate in arrangements that involves full-time study and work placements, upon completion of tertiary qualifications the Cadet is provided an opportunity to gain fulltime ongoing employment. There are a number of federal government agencies that provide Cadetship opportunities; these are listed on our Indigenous Careers portal when recruitment is open.