Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme recruitment process

What to expect when you submit your IAP application.

We have 4 stages in our recruitment process.

Stage 1 - Applying

To apply, complete the online application. This includes simple multiple choice questions that 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. The exercise is not about knowledge. We then shortlist applications based on your answers and if you are successful you move to stage 2.

If you can’t submit an online application please contact us on the details below to discuss how to apply.

You will need to confirm your heritage for the IAP. Read more about how you can confirm your heritage.

Stage 2 - Online research task

If your application is successful we will invite you to complete an online research task. This will test your computer skills and if you can do basic research online.

If you can’t complete the task due to internet restrictions, please contact us to arrange another option.

Stage 3 - Assessment centres

If you are successful in stage 2, we will ask for 2 referees to complete referee reports and invite you to an assessment centre. This will be a face to face interview and a few short and simple activities. Once again, you don’t need to prepare or study.

If you can’t attend an assessment centre please contact us. We will discuss other options and consider them 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

We will make offers from late July to early August 2017. The IAP will start from late October 2017.

We will assess you for all roles available in the locations you applied in. If you are successful and available, we may offer you more than one position in different departments. If we offer you multiple roles you can choose which one you accept. It is also possible that successful candidates will only be offered one placement with one department.

Our offers of employment are subject to you meeting 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 If we receive an unsatisfactory report on any of the checks, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.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 – this check confirms your fitness for duty and if any reasonable adjustments might be required in the workplace
  • if you are an existing Commonwealth APS employee, we may do a HR check for Code of Conduct or performance issues

Merit pool

We will ask you if you want to stay in the merit pool for any future vacancies if you decline our offer. If you agree, then you may be contacted if a role commences within 12 months from the date the IAP advertisement is published in the APS Employment Gazette.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process please email or call us on 1300 856 993.

We will respond to phone calls between 9 am and 7 pm AEST, Monday to Friday except for public holidays. If you can’t contact us during these hours, you can send us an email.

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

For more information and job application tips, read the Australian Public Service Commission’s Cracking the code guide or Applying for jobs in the APS.

Page last updated: 14 February 2018