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Affirmative Measures – Indigenous (Policy and Program Stream)

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The Policy and Program Stream (Affirmative Measures – Indigenous) is open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons only.

In addition to the essential requirements of the Policy and Program Stream, you will be need to provide evidence that you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. Suitable evidence may include:

  • letter signed by the Chairperson of an incorporated Indigenous organisation confirming that the applicant is recognised as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or
  • confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent document executed by an Indigenous organisation.

Further information is available on the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website to assist you.

As a policy and program graduate, you can expect to work on a variety of thought-provoking work, including: 

  • contributing to the development and implementation of legislation, policies or programs
  • undertaking analysis, research and critical thinking
  • collaborating with the private sector, states and territories and international partners to improve employment standards, community safety and national security.
  • managing events including ministerial and council meetings.
  • preparing written briefs, submissions, reports and ministerial correspondence.

You will participate in rotations across the department, working on policy and programs in areas that may include: 

  • civil justice
  • family law and legal assistance
  • criminal justice 
  • law enforcement
  • crime prevention
  • national and protective security 
  • international law
  • human rights
  • native title 
  • constitutional law
  • protective security and integrity
  • Industrial relations programmes 
  • Industrial relations policy

You may also rotate through the department’s corporate areas including human resources, strategy and governance and finance. You may also have the opportunity to experience a rotation in one of our portfolio agencies.

During the graduate program you will participate in development activities including a major project, where you will have an opportunity to present to the department, including our senior executives. You will also contribute to a range of cultural and social activities, including a high profile speaker series and fundraising initiatives. You will receive support from supervisors and access to learning and development activities, including the opportunity to complete further study.


We respect and acknowledge your privacy. There is ordinarily no obligation for an employee to share information about their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status. However, for the purpose of this affirmative measure process, you will be required to confirm that you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian in order to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility requirements.

Information collected about your racial or ethnic origin is regarded as 'sensitive information' for the purposes of the Privacy Act 1988 and your consent is required for this information to be collected or shared.



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