How the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program works

A pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to start their career in the Australian Public Service (APS).

Applications are open. Applications close 11.59 pm AEST Tuesday 7 May 2019.

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About the program

The Indigenous Apprenticeships Program (IAP) is a 12 month program that offers a:

  • permanent, full-time, entry level job
  • competitive salary
  • nationally recognised certificate or diploma qualification.

We offer different jobs in:

  • administration
  • policy and program development
  • service delivery
  • finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology.

You can also find out more about the IAP at one of our information sessions.

Recruitment level

The APS classifies jobs at different levels.

We recruit at the APS2 and APS3 levels. We’ll consider you for both levels in our recruitment process.

Once you complete the program, you’ll move up to the next APS level at your agency.

Read more about role classifications in the Classifications and work level standards on the Australian Public Service Commission website.

Apprenticeship qualifications

If you're an APS2 apprentice, you'll complete a Certificate IV.

If you're an APS3 apprentice, you'll complete a Diploma in Government.

Jobs and placements

You can apply for a role in one or more locations. We’ll place you in a job and location based on your preferences and our business needs.

We’ll consider your application for all participating departments, based on your preferences.

If you’re successful, we may offer you a job in more than one department. You can pick which best suits you.

Once you start your placement, you’ll be expected to work from that location for the duration of the program.

Participating departments

The program offers a range of roles across a number of APS departments.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

AIATSIS is a research, collections and publishing organisation. They affirm and raise awareness of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.

Read more on the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency. They provide data about a range of economic, social, population and environmental matters.

Read more on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and finance services regulator. They protect Australian consumers.

Read more on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission website.

Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

Austrade is Australia’s lead agency for international trade promotion and investment attraction.

Read more on the Australian Trade and Investment Commission website.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

CASA regulates Australian aviation safety. They license pilots, register aircraft and oversee safety.

Read more on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority website.

Comcare

Comcare works with employees and employers to manage risk in the workplace, improve recovery and return to work. They also promote the health benefits of work through good work design.

Read more on the Comcare website.

Defence Housing Australia (DHA)

DHA provides quality housing and related services for Defence Force Personnel and their families.

Read more on the Defence Housing Australia website.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR)

DAWR develops and implements policies and programs to ensure Australia’s agriculture, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive and sustainable.

Read more on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.

Department of Communications and the Arts

The Department of Communications and the Arts aims to make digital technologies, communication services and cultural experiences better for everyone.

Read more on the Department of Communications and the Arts website.

Department of Defence (DoD)

DoD defends Australia and its national interests. They support the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force personnel to do their job.

Read more on the Department of Defence website.

Department of Education and Training (DET)

DET is responsible for programs that help Australians access education and training. These include affordable early child care and childhood education. DET are also responsible for school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

Read more on the Department of Education and Training website.

Department of Finance (DoF)

DoF plays an important role in assisting government across a range of policy areas to ensure they meet outcomes.

Read more on the Department of Finance website.

Department of Health (DoH)

DoH develops, implements and oversees policy and programs in the areas of health, aged care and sport.

Read more on the Department of Health website.

Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs)

Home Affairs responds to terrorism, cyber threats and organised crime. They manage migration and humanitarian programs, facilitate trade and travel, and manage responses to natural disasters.

Read more on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Department of Human Services (DHS)

We deliver payments and services on behalf of Centrelink, Child Support and Medicare.

Read more on our About Us page.

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (DIRDC)

DIRDC is responsible for the Australian Government’s infrastructure, transport and regional development policies and programs.

Read more on the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities website.

Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS)

DPS provides services and products to support the running of Australia’s Parliament. DPS is one of four departments supporting Parliament.

Read more on the Department of Parliamentary Services website.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)

PM&C’s role is to provide advice regarding issues so that government can implement their policies successfully.

Read more on the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Department of Social Services (DSS)

DSS aims to support and improve the lives and wellbeing of individuals and families in Australia.

Read more on the Department of Social Services website.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)

DVA provides support and services for:

  • war veterans
  • Australian Defence Force personnel
  • war widows and widowers
  • certain members of the Australian Federal Police.

Read more on the Department of Veterans' Affairs website.

Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO)

The FWO is an independent statutory office. It serves as a point of contact for free advice and information about national workplace relations.

Read more on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

NDIA is responsible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS supports Australians with a disability and their families and carers.

Read more on the National Disability Insurance Agency website.

More agencies may come on board in the coming months. Bookmark this page and check for updates on the program’s new partner agencies.

Information sessions

We’re hosting information sessions to help you learn more about the IAP. We’ll update this list regularly. Keep an eye out for upcoming sessions in your local area.

Location Address Date Time Book
Adelaide Elizabeth Service Centre
10 Langford Drive
17 April 2019 11 am to 12 pm Email to book for Adelaide
Adelaide Marion Service Centre
8 Warracowie Way
17 April 2019 3 pm to 4 pm Email to book for Adelaide
Armidale 246 Beardy Street 26 April 2019 10 am to 11 am Email to book for Armidale
Ballarat 200 Gillies Street 29 April 2019 11 am to 12 pm Email to book for Ballarat
Batemans Bay 3 Flora Crescent 17 April 2019 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Email to book for Batemans Bay
Batemans Bay 3 Flora Crescent 17 April 2019 6 pm to 7 pm Email to book for Batemans Bay
Bathurst 168 Russell Street 26 April 2019 2 pm to 3 pm Email to book for Bathurst
Bendigo 6-14 Saint Andrews Avenue 30 April 2019 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Email to book for Bendigo
Borroloola 337 Robinson Road 17 April 2019 4 pm to 5 pm Email to book for Borroloola
Bourke Centrelink Service Centre
Corner Richard and Mertin Street
24 April 2019 3 pm to 4 pm Email to book for Bourke
Bunbury Lot 5
7 Wellington Street
23 April 2019 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Email to book for Bunbury
Canberra Doris Blackburn Building
18 Canberra Avenue Forrest
18 April 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Email to book for Canberra
Casuarina 50 Bradshaw Terrace 18 April 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Email to book for Casuarina
Derby 44 Clarendon Street 17 April 2019 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Email to book for Derby
Gold Coast 95 Brisbane Road
Biggera Waters
30 April 2019 6 pm to 7 pm Email to book for Gold Coast
Groote Eylandt Lot 403(A)
Angurugu
30 April 2019 2 pm to 4 pm Email to book for Groote Eylandt
Halls Creek 8 Duncan Road 17 April 2019 5 pm to 7 pm Email to book for Halls Creek
Halls Creek 8 Duncan Road 18 April 2019 5 pm to 7 pm Email to book for Halls Creek
Hobart Karadi Aboriginal Corporation
4 Rothesay Circuit
24 April 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Email to book for Hobart
Inala Level 1, 20 Wirraway Parade 30 April 2019 6 pm to 7 pm Email to book for Inala
Ipswich 56 South Street 23 April 2019 6 pm to 7 pm Email to book for Ipswich
Kununurra 77 Konkerberry Drive 17 April 2019 9:30 am to 10:30 am Email to book for Kununurra
Launceston 5 Techno Park Drive 24 April 2019 6 pm to 8 pm Email to book for Launceston
Lithgow 176 Mort Street 26 April 2019 1 pm to 3 pm Email to book for Lithgow
Maningrida Lot 915 Maningrida Community 17 April 2019 10:30 am to 11:30 am Email to book for Maningrida
Morwell Corner Elgin and Chapel Street 30 April 2019 11 am to 12 pm Email to book for Morwell
Nepean Nepean Smart Centre
973 Nepean Highway
Bentleigh
30 April 2019 11 am to 12 pm Email to book for Nepean
Nhulunbuy Chesterfield Circuit 30 April 2019 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Email to book Nhulunbuy
Orange 189-191 Anson Street 26 April 2019 11 am to 12 pm Email to book for Orange
Palmerston 2 Maluka Street 17 April 2019 5:00 pm to 6.30 pm Email to book for Palmerston
Parkes 57 Currajong Street 18 April 2019 11 am to 12 pm Email to book for Parkes
Parkes 57 Currajong Street 18 April 2019 2 pm to 3 pm Email to book for Parkes
Perth Building 2 Koolark Centre
North Metropolitan TAFE Northbridge
30 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
17 April 2019 11 am to 1 pm Email to book for Perth
Port Macquarie 27 Grant Street 24 April 2019 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Email to book for Port Macquarie
Preston 251 Murray Road
Preston
2 May 2019 2 pm to 3 pm Email to book for Preston
Redfern Centrelink Service Centre
140 Redfern Street
1 May 2019 4 pm to 5 pm Email to book for Redfern
Rockhampton 190-194 Musgrave Street 18 April 2019 5 pm to 6 pm Email to book Rockhampton
Tennant Creek 77 Paterson Street 17 April 2019 3 pm to 5 pm Email to book for Tennant Creek
Townsville 307-311 Ross River Road
Aitkenvale
17 April 2019 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Email to book Townsville
Wadeye 62 Perdjert Street
Wadeye Community
23 April 2019 11 am to 1 pm Email to book for Wadeye
Woodbridge 21 Station Road 24 April 2019 6 pm to 7 pm Email to book for Woodbridge

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Page last updated: 18 April 2019