Who we’re looking for - Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme

We’re looking for enthusiastic, motivated Indigenous Australians with an interest in contributing to the Australian Public Service.

Applicant details

We are looking for:

  • people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian
  • school leavers, mature age candidates and people with disability
  • people with strong initiative and willingness to learn
  • people interested in contributing to services offered to Australians
  • applicants with an interest in working in the Australian Public Service

Some of the duties you will do may include:

  • drafting correspondence
  • assisting with administrative tasks
  • travel management
  • reporting
  • responding to customer queries
  • research
  • drafting documents


To apply for an apprenticeship you must:

  • provide evidence of your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian heritage
  • be an Australian citizen at time of application

There are no minimum qualifications required – but a year 10 certificate would be preferred.

You cannot apply if:

  • you don’t identify as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian
  • you have received a redundancy benefit or incentive to retire payment from an Australian Public Service (APS) agency or the Australian Parliamentary Service unless you have served the applicable redundancy benefit restriction period
  • you do not have Australian citizenship at the time of application

Meet current apprentices

There are apprentices throughout the government working in a range of areas. In 2015, over 200 Indigenous apprentices commenced the Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme (IAP).

Read more about the IAP and the recruitment process.

Page last updated: 20 June 2016

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