How the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program works

A pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to start their career in the Australian Public Service (APS).

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

About the program

The Indigenous Apprenticeships Program (IAP) is a 12 month program that offers a:

  • permanent, full-time, entry level job
  • competitive salary
  • nationally recognised certificate or diploma qualification.

We offer different jobs in:

  • administration
  • policy and program development
  • service delivery
  • finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology.

You can also find out more about the IAP at one of our information sessions. We’ll hold these sessions across the country when applications open.

Recruitment level

The APS classifies jobs at different levels.

We recruit at the APS2 and APS3 levels. We’ll consider you for both levels in our recruitment process.

Once you complete the program, you’ll move up to the next APS level at your agency.

Read more about role classifications in the Classifications and work level standards on the Australian Public Service Commission website.

Apprenticeship qualifications

If you're an APS2 apprentice, you'll complete a Certificate IV in Government. You must complete this course to graduate.

If you're an APS3 apprentice, you'll complete a Diploma in Government. You need to complete this course to graduate.

We have a lot of support to make sure you get through your apprenticeship and studies. You’ll get time during your work hours to complete your certificate or diploma.

You’ll be teamed up with a buddy and a mentor. Your buddy will help you fit into your new workplace. Your mentor is a previous Indigenous apprentice. They’ll give you great insight and knowledge about the program to help make your year a good one. They’ve been in your shoes, so they know what it takes.

We also have a great support team running the program. If you need help they are just a phone call away. 

Jobs and placements

You can apply for a role in 1 or more locations. We’ll place you in a job and location based on your preferences and our business needs.

Once you start your placement, you’ll work from that location for the duration of the program.

We’ll consider your application for all participating departments, based on your preferences.

If you’re successful, we may offer you a job in more than 1 department. You can pick which offer best suits you.

Participating departments

The program offers a range of roles across a number of APS departments and agencies.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

AIATSIS is a research, collections and publishing organisation. They affirm and raise awareness of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.

Read more on the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency. They provide data about a range of economic, social, population and environmental matters.

Read more on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and finance services regulator. They protect Australian consumers.

Read more on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission website.

Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

Austrade is Australia’s lead agency for international trade promotion and investment attraction.

Read more on the Australian Trade and Investment Commission website.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

CASA regulates Australian aviation safety. They license pilots, register aircraft and oversee safety.

Read more on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority website.

Comcare

Comcare works with employees and employers to manage risk in the workplace, improve recovery and return to work. They also promote the health benefits of work through good work design.

Read more on the Comcare website.

Defence Housing Australia (DHA)

DHA provides quality housing and related services for Defence Force Personnel and their families.

Read more on the Defence Housing Australia website.

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is responsible for a range of policies and programs. We work to protect Australia’s agriculture, environment, water and heritage.

Read more on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

Department of Defence (DoD)

DoD defends Australia and its national interests. They support the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force personnel to do their job.

Read more on the Department of Defence website.

Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE)

DESE is responsible for programs that help Australians access education and training. These include affordable early child care and childhood education. The department is also responsible for school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

Read more on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

Department of Finance (DoF)

DoF plays an important role in assisting government across a range of policy areas to ensure they meet outcomes.

Read more on the Department of Finance website.

Department of Health (DoH)

DoH develops, implements and oversees policy and programs in the areas of health, aged care and sport.

Read more on the Department of Health website.

Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs)

Home Affairs responds to terrorism, cyber threats and organised crime. They manage migration and humanitarian programs, facilitate trade and travel, and manage responses to natural disasters.

Read more on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Department of Human Services (DHS)

We deliver payments and services on behalf of Centrelink, Child Support and Medicare.

Read more on our About Us page.

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC)

DITRDC is responsible for the Australian Government’s infrastructure, transport and regional development policies and programs. It is also responsible for making digital technologies and communication services better for everyone.

Read more on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.

Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS)

DPS provides services and products to support the running of Australia’s Parliament. DPS is one of 4 departments supporting Parliament.

Read more on the Department of Parliamentary Services website.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)

PM&C’s role is to provide advice regarding issues so that government can implement their policies successfully.

Read more on the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Department of Social Services (DSS)

DSS aims to support and improve the lives and wellbeing of individuals and families in Australia.

Read more on the Department of Social Services website.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)

DVA provides support and services for:

  • war veterans
  • Australian Defence Force personnel
  • war widows and widowers
  • certain members of the Australian Federal Police.

Read more on the Department of Veterans' Affairs website.

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

NDIA is responsible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS supports Australians with a disability and their families and carers.

Read more on the National Disability Insurance Agency website.

More agencies may come on board in the coming months. Bookmark this page and check for updates on the program’s new partner agencies.

Page last updated: 1 February 2020