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There are a number of Traineeship or Apprenticeship programs available across the Australian Public Service, which provide Indigenous Australians with the necessary skills, knowledge and a pathway to a career. On completion, you will generally receive a nationally recognised Certificate-level qualification, a permanent position and a pay rise.

Evergreen Program

This program is run by the Australian Taxation Office, offering employment in various locations across Australia. The program runs for 18 months, aiming at building your workplace skills through on the job training and work rotations. You will be initially employed as an APS 2, with the potential to be progressed to an APS 3 upon traineeship completion. Applications generally open mid-year, around NAIDOC Week.

Indigenous Apprenticeships Program (IAP) 

This whole-of-government program is facilitated by the Department of Human Services, with positions in all major cities as well as some regional and remote locations across Australia. As an Entry Level Program, apprentices begin at the APS2 or APS3 classification level. The program is full-time and runs over 12 months with on the job training, while working towards a nationally recongnised certificate IV or diploma qualification. Apprentices are provided with a number of support mechanisms throughout the program including an Indigenous buddy and mentor. Upon successful completion of the program apprentices will advance to the APS3 or APS4 classification level.

Applications are generally open March/April each year.

Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)

This program is facilitated by the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, and is an 18 month program that provides employment opportunities across the APS. You will complete a Diploma in Government and be provided with work to apply what you are learning. You will commence at the APS 3 level (or equivalent), and advanced to the APS 4 level (or equivalent) upon successful completion of the program. Applications generally open in January/February each year.