Indigenous Apprenticeships Program – Logan, an Arrernte man from Alice Springs heads to the capital to serve the Minister at the Department of Health

I’m Logan and I work for the Department of Health.

I applied for the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program (IAP) in 2016 after my mum told me about it. I also talked to my brother-in-law about it as he also completed the program. My heritage is the Arrernte People from Alice Springs.

I’m very passionate about AFL and always aspired to play at the highest level. I’ve played since I was very young, but I knew I needed to find a life-long career.

The IAP was a great pathway for me to enter the Australian Public Service. Now I'm a Parliamentary Officer for the Department of Health in Canberra.

My current role is to process and quality assure parliamentary documents to the Minister’s Offices. My goal is to further develop in my role and improve my current skills.

The apprenticeship was very rewarding. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to work at Parliament House to assist the Department Liaison Officers.

Completing the Diploma in Government while working full time was challenging as I have never worked and studied at the same time before. From day 1, my supervisor and team made me feel welcome. I had no problems with asking questions, as everyone was so friendly and approachable. This made the transition a lot easier.

I’ve had opportunities I would have never had in other work environments. I encourage all Indigenous people to give it a go and apply. 

Page last updated: 1 February 2020