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About us – who we are

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) is committed to implementing the Government’s policies and programs to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The NIAA liaise closely with State and Territory governments, Indigenous peak bodies, stakeholders and service providers to ensure that Indigenous programs and services are delivering for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as intended.

Opportunities – what we offer graduates

We are one team with a culture that positions us with the right capability, people, passion and pride to make a difference. We are looking for motivated, authentic and resilient graduates who will embody the NIAA shared values and behaviors:

  • We respect multiple perspectives
  • We are authentic
  • We are professional and act with integrity
  • We invest in each other's success
  • We deliver with purpose

The NIAA leads and coordinates Commonwealth policy development, program design, implementation and service delivery, and important initiatives such as Australia’s Closing the Gap targets. As an NIAA graduate, you will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of complex, important and fulfilling work at the forefront of Indigenous Affairs.

We offer a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace with attractive remuneration packages including generous employer superannuation contributions.

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ONE TEAM - Endless Opportunities

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra

Program Duration

12 Months

Salary

$62,967

Remote friendly

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Past National Indigenous Australians Agency Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at National Indigenous Australians Agency, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when National Indigenous Australians Agency hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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  • Graduate Jobs (100%),

Disciplines

  • Accounting (80%),

  • Administration (20%),

  • Agriculture (20%),

  • Architecture (20%),

  • Actuary (20%),

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Locations

  • Canberra (100%),

Work rights

  • Australian Citizen (100%),

Past National Indigenous Australians Agency Graduate Programs

Check out some of National Indigenous Australians Agency's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


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ONE TEAM - Endless Opportunities

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra

Program Duration

12 Months

Salary range

62,967

Position start date

14/02/2022

Is this a generalist role?

Yes

Accepts International

No

Remote friendly (Work from home)

Blended

National Indigenous Australians Agency

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Passionate about Indigenous Affairs? Apply for the 2021 National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) Graduate Program where you will contribute to Government’s policies and programs to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Closed a year ago

Passionate about Indigenous Affairs? Apply for the 2021 National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) Graduate Program where you will contribute to Government’s policies and programs to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Closed a year ago

Passionate about Indigenous Affairs? Apply for the 2021 National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) Graduate Program where you will contribute to Government’s policies and programs to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Closed a year ago

Passionate about Indigenous Affairs? Apply for the 2021 National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) Graduate Program where you will contribute to Government’s policies and programs to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra

About Us

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The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) is committed to implementing the Government’s policies and programs to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The NIAA liaise closely with State and Territory governments, Indigenous peak bodies, stakeholders and service providers to ensure that Indigenous programs and services are delivering for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as intended.

We are one team with a culture that positions us with the right capability, people, passion and pride to make a difference. We are looking for motivated, authentic and resilient graduates who will embody the NIAA shared values and behaviours:

  • We respect multiple perspectives
  • We are authentic
  • We are professional and act with integrity
  • We invest in each other's success
  • We deliver with purpose

The NIAA leads and coordinates Commonwealth policy development, program design, implementation and service delivery, and important initiatives such as Australia’s Closing the Gap targets. As an NIAA graduate, you will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of complex, important and fulfilling work at the forefront of Indigenous Affairs.

We offer a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace with attractive remuneration packages including generous employer superannuation contributions.

Why Join Us?

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The NIAA leads and coordinates Commonwealth policy development, program design, implementation and service delivery, and important initiatives such as Australia’s Closing the Gap targets, the Voice to Parliament and constitutional recognition.  NIAA Graduates, will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of complex, important and fulfilling work at the forefront of Indigenous Affairs.

Working at the NIAA will give Graduates the opportunity to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the Government’s key priorities and initiatives relating to Indigenous Affairs. Their responsibilities span policy, programs and service delivery. As such Graduates will work across a wide range of functions and areas, gaining valuable experience in both development and implementation.

During their graduate year, Graduates will have the opportunity to undertake a regional rotation to gain exposure to the work NIAA are undertaking with communities to ensure fit for purpose programs and policies.

Graduates will contribute to advice to be provided to the Minister for Indigenous Australians, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP on priority issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

As part of the NIAA team you will have the opportunity to build partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in communities across Australia.

Graduate Program

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About the Graduate Program: 

  • 12 months duration
  • Based in Canberra with a potential rotation in one of our various metropolitan, regional and remote locations
  • Choose from our Generalist or Corporate Stream
  • Professional and personal development opportunities
  • Contribute to meaningful policies, programs and services

Policy & Programs / Operations & Delivery Streams

At the NIAA we work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and across the public service to implement policies and programs.

The Policy & Programs and Operations & Delivery streams will allow you to work in various areas of the Agency. These are for Graduates who are inquisitive, flexible and comfortable with change and ambiguity.

Our expertise spans across:

  • Community and economic development housing
  • Land and culture policy
  • Education and youth policy
  • Community safety and health and wellbeing 
  • Recognition 
  • Policy and empowered communities
  • Closing the gap policy and evaluation
  • Legal policy analysis and evaluation
  • Grants and funding.

You will embrace all opportunities as you navigate through the Agency to better understand your strengths, capabilities and interests.

You want to work at the NIAA because you are passionate about improving the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Corporate Stream

For the NIAA to implement policy, programs and services to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples our staff need the best capabilities and support to succeed. Our staff are supported by the Agency’s enabling functions which are integral to the achievement of the NIAA’s key priorities. Our corporate stream has opportunities in:

  • Human resource management
  • Communications and media
  • IT
  • Financial management.

The corporate stream is for individuals who are excited by the opportunity to provide high-quality services to support the work of the Agency.

What we offer

Our graduates start as full-time, permanent employees at the APS3 level. After six (6) months you may be eligible to advance to the APS4 level, and on successful completion of the Program, you will be assessed for advancement to the APS5 or APS6 level.

Relocation Assistance

We know that starting a new job, let alone in a new city can be daunting, challenging and exciting all at once. We'll take care of the logistics, so that you can focus on the latter. The Department offers relocation assistance to successful candidates to ensure a seamless introduction to living in Canberra. This includes (if applicable) relocation assistance for dependents and in some cases your beloved furry friends.

Application Process

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We know applying for a Graduate Program can seem like an overwhelming feat – especially when you’ve got exams, study, a social life and work. The good news is we’ve made the process simple. All we need for you to get started is key information about you and an updated resume!

IMPORTANT: Before applying, please read our eligibility section below. If you are Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander or living with Disability please ensure to read our diversity section detailing additional ways to apply via our affirmative measures process, recruitability scheme and more.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Have completed at least a three-year undergraduate bachelor degree obtaining a credit average within the last eight years. All degrees must be complete by 31 December 2021 and be recognised in Australia.
  • Be able to obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance to a minimum of Baseline level.
  • Be an Australian citizen by 30 June 2021. You will need to provide evidence to verify impending citizenship.
  • As all positions are located in Canberra, you must also be willing to relocate to participate in the program.

Day in the life

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William

On the Job with William from the Department of PM&C

William Paparo is an adviser at the National Indigenous Australians Agency. After joining as a graduate in 2019, he undertook a four-month rotation to the Arnhem Land and Groote Eylandt regional office in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2017 and Master of International Relations in 2018, both from The University of Western Australia.

Why the NIAA Regional Network?

The NIAA Regional Network undertakes quite different work to the National Office in Canberra. While the National Office focuses on policy and program development, in the regional network we focus on the delivery and evaluation of programs. It gave me a 360-degree view of the policymaking process from the conceptual stage through to the evaluation stage after a program has been completed. It also provides an appreciation for the power of good policy – you can see the difference first hand in the communities we are here to serve.

How does the regional rotation work?

I am based in Nhulunbuy working in the East and Central Arnhem Land engagement team. We are responsible for engaging stakeholders and community members across diverse range of remote Aboriginal communities and homelands across an area roughly the size of Switzerland.

Throughout my rotation, my team have given me the opportunity to see every aspect of the team’s work. I have been doing a varied range of work from work in communities to undertake research projects, assisting in the management of grant funding and travelling with visiting delegations as they undertake their work across Arnhem Land.

I have also had the opportunity to work with my colleagues in the West Arnhem team based in Darwin and our Government Engagement Coordinators and Indigenous Engagement Officers based in community. Some of the best experiences I have had in this rotation have been working on the ground with our in-community colleagues who are familiar with the people, places and cultural traditions of the community they live in.

Best aspects of the regional rotation thus far?

I had the opportunity to spend almost a fortnight in a community called Maningrida. While I had been to communities before Maningrida, it made a difference being able to spend a longer period there building relationships and getting a deeper understanding of the community. Being able to see below the surface, I could see the details of how fundamental Aboriginal culture is to remote communities and the everyday lives and challenges of people living in them.

What has been most challenging?

Living in a remote area has its challenges. Nhulunbuy is physically isolated. We are about 14 hours’ drive from Darwin and that road is impassable for a few months a year. In reality, flying is the only way in or out.

Things like easy access to shops and speciality foods that we take for granted in cities are hard to get out here and expensive if you can get them. I have found you also have to put in more effort to build a support network than you would in a city though it is a great way to meet people in your new temporary home.

However, the office here has made me feel very welcome and have done their best to make my transition to Nhulunbuy as smooth as possible. Being a small town, I cannot even go shopping without bumping into a colleague – they are always down for a chat inside or outside work!

The most surprising part?

The diversity of the communities in our region. Each one has different language groups, clans and dynamics. They are certainly not homogenous – each one has their own characteristics and, of course, their own stunning landscape as a backdrop! Over my time here, I have become familiar enough that I can adjust my style to reflect the different nature of each community to build the relationships we need to undertake our work.

Advice to current students?

Be open to new experiences! For someone with an international relations/economics background, working in the remote Northern Territory might not seem like an obvious decision on the surface. However, the experiences of working with people from all walks of life on some critical issues for remote communities has been so eye-opening and beneficial!


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A Day in the life of a graduate

Name: Amy Thomas
Role: Graduate, Ceduna Office, Far West Team, SA Region, NIAA Regional Network
University: The Australian National Univeristy
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (History Honours)/Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

YOUR DAY

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Amy on Maralinga Tjarutja Lands

6am

This morning I’m waking up at Oak Valley, a remote Aboriginal community located on the southern fringe of The Great Victoria Desert, approximately 516kms northwest of Ceduna on Maralinga Tjarutja Lands. We made the 6-hour 4WD trip yesterday, contending with corrugated dirt roads, kangaroos and camels. We’re visiting to check in on the community activities the NIAA funds, and to talk to community members.

I have a quick shower (the community relies on rainwater, so we try and limit our water use as much as possible), and eat breakfast in the camp kitchen with two of my colleagues.

7am

We head out on country with the Indigenous Rangers, and they show us some of their land management activities, including monitoring wildlife, fire management, and the upkeep of cultural sites. The Indigenous Rangers program provides employment to Aboriginal people, and makes use of their traditional knowledge to conserve, protect and manage their lands.

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Out on country with the Rangers

11am

We return to Oak Valley and catch up with the Community Manager about some of the challenges the community is facing, and identify opportunities where the NIAA may be able to help.

12pm

We eat lunch at a community barbecue, where we chat to community members and listen to their concerns. These informal meetings are vital to the NIAA’s work, as they allow us to build relationships, ensure the community’s needs are being met, and determine how we can improve our support.

1.30pm

We head to the Oak Valley Aṉangu School to check on school attendance, which can often be a challenge in remote communities.

2.30pm

We visit the Arts Centre, where we meet with some of the artists and view their works. The women’s art program is a Community Development Program activity, so we chat to the Coordinator about how the program is running, and hear about her plans for displaying the women’s art at exhibitions and galleries in Adelaide.

3.30pm

We catch up with the Business Manager, who gives us an update on the Government-funded activities at Oak Valley. He tells us that Oak Valley has recently employed a new Youth Programme Coordinator. He started last week after a long search (it can be a challenge to find staff willing to relocate to remote communities), and is keen to work with Oak Valley’s young people.

4pm

We set up in the community office to perform some administration tasks, including checking emails and filling out observation reports on today’s activities. A phone tower was recently installed at Oak Valley, so we even have internet access!

5.30pm

We return to our accommodation to make dinner and relax. I head outside to take in the glorious sunset and watch the stars come out.


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On the Job with Jennifer from the National Indigenous Australian’s Agency

Jennifer Li is an adviser at the National Indigenous Australian’s Agency. She joined the Agency in 2019 as a graduate, after completing a Bachelor of Economic/Bachelor of International Relations from the Australian National University and an Honours in Government and International Relations from the University of Sydney.

Why the interest in NIAA?

NIAA works on a broad range of issues that affects First Nations Australians. I was interested in the range of work that the NIAA offers, as well as the opportunity to work in a Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio agency.

How does the grad program work?

The NIAA works on a 12 month graduate program. I commenced on the program working in the Compliance Operations Section, and then completed a regional rotation in the Katherine Office of the Network.

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Best aspects of the program thus far?

Being able to work in the network, seeing real-time impacts that Canberra policies have on lives was challenging, but also extremely eye opening.

NIAA graduates are also highly valued and provided with challenging work. During my time with the Agency thus far, I had worked in multiple different areas, including on the Incoming Government Brief. I have felt valued, challenged, but also supported during each of these roles.

What has been most challenging?

The most challenging part of the year to date has been learning how the Government works and how the work that we do fits into the whole picture. There are so many different areas whose work fits together to create policy.

Deciding where you want to go on your next rotation is also challenging. There are so many interesting areas with different opportunities!

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The most surprising part?

The most surprising part is how much you can learn in a short amount of time, and how much I feel like I’ve made a contribution in the short time I’ve been in the NIAA.

What did you do between studying and full-time work?

I completed my thesis in November, and commenced full time work with the NIAA in February the following year. During the three months between university and work, I travelled around Europe.

Advice to current students?

Take opportunities, and believe in yourself. If you’re unsure, just give it a go! You never know where opportunities can take you, and how much you may enjoy something once you’ve tried it!

It’s also very important to believe in yourself, especially if you’re looking to work for the Public Service. It is so easy to think you’re not good enough, but Government looks for a wide variety of different skills – and you might not even know what you have to offer!


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A day in the life of a graduate

Name: Stephanie Dakin

Role: Graduate at the National Indigenous Australians Agency

University: Victoria University

Degree: Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Music Industry)

YOUR DAY

7:00am

Wake up and get ready for work.

8:00am

Leave home and drive to work.

8:40am

I arrive at the office, collect my computer and headset from my locker, and set up my desk for the day.

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9:00am

After checking all my emails I head to the café downstairs with some of my colleagues to grab a coffee.

9:20am

Update the day’s to-do list and continue working on the advice I started the day before.

11:00am

My Principal Lawyer asks me to research some legislation and provide advice on its application for their matter by close of business.

12:30pm

Lunch is the delicious curry my partner made last night. I eat outside in the sunny Woden Town Square with some of my colleagues.

1:30pm

I continue researching and contact a client to ask some clarifying questions about our instructions. I follow up the call with an email confirming what we discussed.

2:30pm

I proof my draft advice from this morning before sending it to the Principal Lawyer for second counselling prior to it being sent to the client. As a Treasurer for the Social Club, I spend some time replying to emails in the Committee inbox and updating our financial spreadsheets.

3:30pm

A Senior Lawyer and I meet with a client to discuss their matter. After the meeting, I decide I need a sugar boost for the afternoon and make a pit stop near our branch EA, where the Chief Lawyer puts out lollies and fruit.

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4:30pm

I email my research to my Principal Lawyer and let them know I have capacity to help further on their matter if needed before moving on to the new matter I was allocated while on lunch.

5:00pm

Drive home.

6:00pm

Dinner. After dinner, I spend time with my partner and two cats. Usually this consists of watching Netflix or playing a video game together.

10:30pm

I read a few chapters of my book then go to bed.

Diversity & Inclusion

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Employee Networks

The NIAA is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce with six active diversity networks. Diversity networks are an informal network of staff who share a common lived experience or background. The networks enable staff to come together and creates a safe space for staff to share their experience, ideas and connect. Each network is Co-Chaired by a Senior Executive and a member nominated by the network. Networks are available to employees who identify as members of the network community and this may be extended to include allies. Allies are individuals who may not identify as being a member of a particular community however are passionate about supporting the community and network.  

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network (ATSIN)

The ATSIN network is open only to employees who identify as Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander and creates a safe space for members to come together and make connections. The network aims to promote opportunities to support the success and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the NIAA. The network is integral to the NIAA’s efforts to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace.  

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Network (CALD)

The CALD network celebrates and values cultural diversity and promotes the value that different perspectives and experiences bring to the NIAA. The Network highlights some of the issues experienced by employees from a CALD background and acknowledges all individuals have their own culture and experiences. The network promotes conversations around different experiences and celebrates CALD days of significance.

Disability Network

The Disability network provides a supportive forum for staff with lived experience of disability to come together to make connections, discuss ideas and celebrate diversity in a supportive and welcoming environment. The network champions issues that impact staff with disability at the NIAA and contributes ideas to inclusion and diversity initiatives at the NIAA.

Pride Network

All staff at the NIAA should be able to bring their whole self to work. The Pride Network promotes a unified and inclusive culture by raising awareness and understanding of issues relevant to LGBTIQA+ staff. The network works to promote LGBTIQA+ days of significance such as IDAHOBIT day or Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Wellbeing Network

The Wellbeing network raises awareness and understanding of wellbeing related issues relevant to employees and supports the Agency’s efforts to acknowledged days of significance such as R U Ok Day and World Mental Health Day. The network aims to promote wellbeing within the workplace, reduce stigma and acknowledge that wellbeing experiences are different for all individual’s.

Women’s Network

The Women’s network provides a way for all individuals who identify as women, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, queer and trans women, women living with a disability and others, to connect in a respectful environment. The network raises awareness and promotes gender equality and contributes to NIAA diversity strategies and initiatives.

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