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The APS Indigenous Graduate and Cadetship Employment Program

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Your gateway to a rewarding career with the Australian Government. One application connects you with over 120 jobs in more than 30 agencies

  • Great pay, conditions and work/life balance
  • On the job and structured training to help you succeed
  • A huge range and variety of opportunities

About the Australian Public Service

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In Australia, the public sector includes local, state and territory and federal government agencies. The APS is the federal public service and consists of a large number of organisations, each focusing on specific areas like communication, defence, finance, environment, education and training, health and community services, employment, immigration, infrastructure and so on. In addition, there are also a range of statutory and executive agencies which work on issues at the national level.

Wherever you work in the APS you will find opportunities to undertake a wide range of challenging work and to make a major contribution to the Australian public. Our workplaces are characterised by high motivation, professionalism and diversity, with excellent rewards, learning opportunities and career prospects, and family-friendly cultures committed to work-life balance.

Australian Public Service Indigenous Graduate Program - 2017 Intake

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The Indigenous Graduate Program (Graduate Program) is your gateway to a rewarding career with the Australian Government. In an increasingly challenging environment, the Australian Public Service (APS) needs innovative, strategically-focused graduates from diverse backgrounds with good academic and interpersonal skills.

We are seeking Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander graduates from a range of disciplines who are motivated to further their careers while contributing to the Australian community. We want your ideas, fresh thinking, energy and perspectives.

We offer great pay and conditions, and we’re committed to providing our employees with work/life balance. As a graduate, we promise to challenge you and to give you the skills, experience and opportunities to succeed, no matter where your career takes you.

Typically, APS Graduates undertake a structured program which comprises:

  • work rotations designed to increase your understanding of the overall business of the employing agency
  • on the job and structured training designed to help you establish and build a fulfilling career
  • networking opportunities with former graduates, Indigenous employees and senior leaders from the outset to build personal and professional networks

Over 120 positions are available in more than 30 APS agencies for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who have, or will have, completed an undergraduate degree by January 2017. You can access these opportunities by completing a single application.

While the majority of positions are located in Canberra, agencies may provide assistance to help you move. 

Former Indigenous Graduate Program participant reflections

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Casey Millward, Australian Taxation Office

Casey feels the benefit of participating in a number of development programs early in her career, including the predecessor to the IAGDP, the cadetship program, and also the APS Indigenous Graduate Program. 'These all provided a great platform for a career in the APS. During these programs you receive experience and training and development to help you get started in your career. You get to participate in networking opportunities you would not otherwise undertake,' said Casey

'I am particularly glad of the support I have received to further my education. Since joining the APS I have gained qualifications including two Diplomas, a Business Degree, and I am now undertaking a Masters of Business Administration,' said Casey.

The experience and skills I have gained in the APS have set me up for a longer term career. If I remain in the APS or move through the private or not-for-profit sectors the skills I have gained are transferable.  Working in the APS, particularly working in a number of different agencies, the Department of Finance (a central agency), the Department of Education (a policy agency) and the Australian Taxation Office (a service delivery agency) has given me a greater understanding of how and why Government works. This has also given me a greater understanding how Government interacts with Business and Community.

Margaret Blackman, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Margaret says 'There's great pay, flexibility and experience. You can travel all around the country and be able to see first hand what the issues are in communities, which will help when making any decision on community matters'.

Margaret currently works in the G20 Policy Branch as a Policy Advisor, supporting the Prime Minister to maximise our influence in the forum and advance Australia's national interests. She enjoys working with a great team. She also has the opportunity to engage with internal and external stakeholders to ensure a whole-of-government approach to the G20 (an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies).

'I want to be able to create innovative economic development and infrastructure in remote and regional areas. I want to observe how successful mainstream and other international economies operate.  I can use these frameworks in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander regional areas, which will give an opportunity for our people to add to the Australian economy' says Margaret.

How to apply

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Visit indigenouscareers.gov.au for all program information including employing agencies and frequently asked questions.

Seeking

We are seeking Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander graduates from a range of disciplines who are motivated to further their careers while contributing to the Australian community. We want your ideas, fresh thinking, energy and perspectives.

We offer great pay and conditions, and we're committed to providing our employees with work/life balance. As a graduate, we promise to challenge you and to give you the skills, experience and opportunities to succeed, no matter where your career takes you.

While the majority of positions are located in Canberra, agencies may provide assistance to help you move. There are some positions available in State capitals and regional centres as well.

Wherever you work in the APS you will find opportunities to undertake a wide range of challenging work and to make a major contribution to the Australian public. Our workplaces are characterised by high motivation, professionalism and diversity, with excellent rewards, learning opportunities and career prospects, and family-friendly cultures committed to work-life balance.

And there isn't any of that complicated selection criteria ...

In line with the move towards modernising APS selection practices, we've streamlined the application process. You only need to submit a 2 page statement telling us who you are, your qualifications and strengths, and why you'd like to work in the APS.

Degree/Disciplines

We recruit graduates from all disciplines. This role is suitable for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians who have, or will have, completed an undergraduate degree between January 2012 and January 2017.

Position locations

ACT, NSW, QLD, WA, TAS, VIC, SA

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