How to apply for the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program

We have 4 stages in our recruitment process for the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program.

Keep an eye on this page. Applications will open in the next few months.

Stage 1 - apply

To apply, complete the online application. It includes simple multiple choice questions. Your answers tell us how you like to work and your strengths and skills.

There's no written selection criteria and no need to study. The exercise isn't about knowledge. We then shortlist applications based on your answers. If you’re successful you move to stage 2.

You’ll need to confirm your Indigenous heritage for the program.

If you can’t submit an online application, please contact us to discuss how to apply

Stage 2 - online research task

If you’re successful in stage 1, we’ll invite you to complete an online research task. It tests your computer skills and if you can do basic research online. If you’re successful you move to stage 3.

If you can’t complete this task online, please contact us to arrange another option.

Stage 3 - assessment centre

If you’re successful in stage 2, we’ll contact the referees in your application. We’ll ask each referee to complete a report.

We’ll then invite you to an assessment centre. This will be a face to face interview and a few short and simple activities. You don’t need to prepare or study for this.

You must bring 100 points of identification and proof of your Indigenous heritage to the assessment centre.

If you’re successful you move to stage 4. If you can’t attend an assessment centre, please contact us and we’ll discuss other options.

Stage 4 - employment offer

If you’re successful in stage 3 we’ll offer you a position in late 2020. The program will start in January 2021.

We’ll assess you for all jobs available in the locations you applied in. If you’re successful, we may either:

  • offer you 1 job with 1 department or Agency
  • offer you more than 1 job in different departments or Agencies.

If this happens, you can choose which 1 to take.

Before you get a job offer, you must meet all of the pre-employment checks.

The checks may include:

  • National Criminal History Check
  • security clearance
  • Working with Children or Vulnerable People check
  • referee check, which may include checks on misconduct or code of conduct proceedings
  • medical test, to confirm your fitness for duty and identify any support you might need in the workplace
  • HR check for Code of Conduct or performance issues, if you already work for the Australian Public Service (APS).

We’ll arrange for these checks. We’ll let you know what you need to do to complete them.

Merit pool

If you decline our offer, we’ll ask if you want to stay in the merit pool for future vacancies.

We may contact you if there is a job advertised in the APS Employment Gazette. The job must start within 12 months of your placement in the merit pool.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process, please email us via Hudson recruitment.

You can also call us on 1300 856 993. The phone line is open between 9 am to 7 pm AEST Monday to Friday except for public holidays.

For job application tips, read the Australian Public Service Commission’s Cracking the code guide.

Page last updated: 28 January 2020