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Indigenous Graduate Pathway

Applications for the 2022 Indigenous Graduate Program are open and will close on 23 April 2021.

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One application – many opportunities

The Indigenous Graduate Pathway provides a rewarding career in the Australian Public Service. One application connects you with a wide range of opportunities across the Australian Government.

We are seeking graduates from all degrees, we want deadly ideas, fresh thinking and perspectives from all disciplines. Whatever your area of tertiary study is, there is an opportunity for you.

A career in the Australian Public Service, regardless of which Department or Agency you work in gives you the opportunity to contribute to Australia’s future.

Each Agency is responsible for a different aspect of Australian life, from education, health and community services to immigration, defence and infrastructure.

How it works

Our program is a pathway for Indigenous graduates to enter the Australian Government. We recruit on behalf of a large number of Australian Government Departments and Agencies. You apply once through our system and your application is assessed for all of the participating areas.

Successful candidates undertake placements that will provide the opportunity to undertake challenging work and make a meaningful contribution to the Australian community.

With years of professional expertise and experience in providing excellent advice and guidance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, our team will support you every step of the way.

What you get during the program

As a graduate in the Australian Government, you will get hands-on experience along with formal development opportunities tailored to build your skills. This will give you a professional advantage in the increasingly competitive workforce, wherever your career may take you.

Typically, graduates undertake a structured program  which comprises of:

  • work rotations designed to expose you to business areas across the agency;
  • opportunities to undertake a diverse range of real work;
  • on the job and formal training to help you establish your professional grounding; and
  • opportunities to build professional networks
  • 12-24 months program suration depending on hiring Agency.

Who we are looking for

If you are looking for a great start to your career and can see yourself contributing to the work of the Australian Government, this program is a great match for you. You need to have completed your degree between January 2017 and January 2022 to be eligible to apply.

We are looking for great communicators who are motivated to contribute their skills and knowledge to the work the Australian Government does. For all roles, you will need to have demonstrated capabilities in the following areas:

  • working with others;
  • conceptual and analytical thinking;
  • aspiration and engagement; and
  • communication.

We welcome graduates from any discipline. You will need to have a strong interest in the work of the Australian Government and be ready to apply your knowledge, experience and qualifications to that work. Before applying you are encouraged to find out more about the employing Agencies.

We strongly encourage applications from people with disability and offer practical support such as making reasonable adjustments to ensure that you are able to participate equally in the recruitment process.

We are here to support you

Our team has years of experience coordinating programs for Indigenous Australians and are committed to supporting candidates through every step of the process. If you have any questions, something isn’t working or making sense, we’re here to help. We’re always happy to have a yarn.

Please contact the Indigenous Graduate Pathway team via Indigenous.graduates@defence.gov.au or on 1800-344-011.