Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme recruitment process

What to expect once you submit an application for the Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme (IAP).

The recruitment process is completed in 4 stages.

Stage 1 - Applying

To apply, complete the online application. This includes simple multiple choice questions to identify your preferred working style. This will tell us how you prefer to work and what strengths and skills you have.

There is no written selection criteria in the application and no need to study – it is not a knowledge based exercise. We then shortlist applications and if you are successful you move to stage 2.

If you can’t submit an online application please contact the team on the details below to arrange for an alternate option to apply.

Confirm your heritage

Evidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian heritage will be required for the IAP. While this does not have to be provided at the time of application, this is preferred.

To confirm Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian heritage, or both, you must:

  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian descent,
  • identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian or both, and
  • be accepted as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian in your community

Heritage can be confirmed with a letter from an Indigenous organisation, a statutory declaration, a community Elder form or consent statement.

Letter from an Indigenous organisation or community Elder

A letter from an Indigenous organisation is the preferred method to confirm you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, or both. However, you can also approach a Community Elder.

You can use the Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian descent by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, or both Organisation letter to provide confirmation of heritage. This is also known as a Certificate of Aboriginality.

If you approach an organisation, they don’t need to use our standard letter, but their statement must include the same details as we have in our letter. Incorporated Indigenous Corporations who wish to provide their own letter must use their letterhead and include their Indigenous Corporation Number.

If you choose to use our letter, please note:

  • incorporated organisations need to complete all sections except for D
  • unincorporated organisations and community Elders need to complete all sections except for B

Statutory declarations

If you were unable to obtain a letter from an Indigenous organisation, you needed to provide us with 2 statutory declarations confirming your heritage. These include:

These statutory declarations must include a statement confirming that you:

  • are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian descent
  • identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian or both, and
  • are recognised by your community as a person who is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian

Stage 2 - Online Research Task

Your application will be reviewed and if successful you will be invited to complete an online research task. This online research task will test your computer skills and your ability to conduct basic research online.

If you are unable to complete the online research task due to internet restrictions, please contact the team on the below details to arrange an alternate option.

Stage 3 - Assessment centres

If successful, we will check your referees and invite you to an assessment centre. You will participate in a face to face interview and complete a few short and simple activities. These activities will measure verbal, numeric and written skills. Once again, there is no preparation or study required.

If you receive your invitation and can’t attend an assessment centre please contact us. We will work with you on alternate options and this will be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants must bring 100 points of identification and evidence of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian heritage to the assessment centres.

Stage 4 - Employment offer

This year’s IAP will start in October 2016. We will make offers from late August 2016. Candidates will be assessed for all roles available in the locations they choose to apply in. If you are successful and available, you may be offered more than one position across different departments. If you are offered multiple roles you can choose which offer you would like to accept. It is also possible that successful candidates will only be offered one placement opportunity.

Our offers of employment are made subject to you meeting all of the required pre-employment checks. If we receive an unsatisfactory report on any of the checks, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.

You may need to pass all or some of the below character checks:

  • National Criminal History Check (NCHC)
  • security clearance
  • Working with Children or Vulnerable People check
  • referee check, which may include checks on misconduct or code of conduct proceedings
  • pre-employment medical - the medical check confirms your fitness for duty and identifies any reasonable adjustments that might be required in the workplace
  • if you are an existing Commonwealth APS employee, a HR check may be conducted for Code of Conduct or performance issues

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process please email IAP@hudson.com or contact us on 1300 856 993.

Phone calls will be responded to between 9 am and 7 pm AEST, Monday to Friday except for public holidays. If you are unable to contact us during these hours, you can send us an email.

Read more about requirements and who we’re looking for.

Page last updated: 12 May 2016

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