The Indigenous Apprenticeships Program (IAP) is an entry level program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to join the Australian Public Service (APS). The IAP plays a pivotal role in increasing Indigenous employment opportunities across the APS.
Since its inception the IAP has provided over 1200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people opportunities to start a career in the APS. These are people with diverse backgrounds including school leavers, people finishing study and people looking for a new career. This is a great way for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to join the APS and contribute to making a difference in the lives of all Australians.
Study and Work
The IAP is an exciting opportunity for people new to the APS who are wanting to learn new skills, gain valuable workplace experience and a formal qualification. As part of the IAP, apprentices work full-time in a participating Australian Government agency and complete a nationally recognised certificate IV or diploma qualification in Government.
Positions are available in a range of locations across all states and territories. Applicants will have the ability to apply for multiple locations in the one application.
To apply for the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program, you must:
- be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australian descent and
- be an Australian citizen
You will be required to provide Confirmation of Heritage and proof of citizenship as part of your application.
The IAP is intended for new ongoing entrants to the Australian Public Service and would not ordinarily suit candidates who are already ongoing employees in the APS.
Applicants will undergo a pre-employment screening process. This process includes a police history check, a past employment check, a referee check and where relevant a working with children and vulnerable people check and a health clearance. Applicants must also be willing and eligible to undergo and maintain an Australian government security clearance to the appropriate level if applicable to the position they are offered.
Applicants should be aware that IAP participants may be required to undergo ongoing suitability assessment as part of their employment.
To apply, use the link below to complete the online application. The application requires a short written response on why you want to join the program. Online applications are preferred, however if you are unable to complete an online application and require a different option, please contact the team using the details below.
The merit pool created from this process will be utilised by multiple agencies to place candidates into roles as part of the IAP. Information provided in your application will be provided to these agencies for the purpose of matching candidates to certain roles.
The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people. RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job.
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