About the Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme

A pathway for Indigenous Australians to start their career in the Australian Public Service.

Developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, our Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme (IAP) provides a tailored approach to learning, based on academic and cultural requirements.

The IAP is for 12 months and provides a full time entry level position, competitive salaries and a nationally recognised certificate or diploma qualification at the end.

Enthusiastic, motivated Indigenous Australians with an interest in contributing to the Australian Public Service should apply.

Recruitment level

There are two recruitment levels for the IAP. One starting at an APS2 level advancing to the APS3 level and the other recruiting at the APS3 level advancing to the APS4 level. You will be assessed against both levels and you must successfully complete a number of mandatory requirements to progress to the next level.

Apprenticeship pathways

There are two levels available to apprentices, either a certificate IV or Diploma. All applicants will be assessed at both levels and if successful may be offered roles dependent on location, performance and suitability.

A part of the IAP gives you formal qualifications of either a nationally recognised certificate or diploma on completion. Based on business need, there are a range of areas of study.

Certificate IV

Over the 12 month IAP you will achieve a qualification in one of the following areas of study:

  • government
  1. project management
  2. service delivery


Over the 12 month IAP you will achieve a qualification in one of the following areas of study:

  • government
  1. project management
  2. community engagement

Positions and placements

Your application for the IAP will be based on your location preference rather than department preference. You can apply for a role in 1 or more locations.

In some locations we have several departments that offer apprenticeships. In that case, your application will automatically go to all the departments recruiting in this location. You will be assessed and if successful, could be offered positions in more than 1 department.

You will be given an opportunity later in the recruitment process to indicate preferences for which agencies you would like to work for.

An apprenticeship may be offered in the fields of:

  • policy and program development
  • service delivery
  • administration

Participating agencies

This year’s IAP offers apprentices a wide range of opportunities with roles offered with our department and with partner agencies, including:

Read more about the IAP recruitment process and find out who we’re looking for.

Page last updated: 13 July 2016

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