The Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme (IAP) is a programme that offers opportunities for Indigenous Australians to start their career in the Australian Public Service.
We are recruiting enthusiastic and self-motivated candidates who want to learn new skills. You will gain a nationally recognised certificate IV or diploma and valuable workplace experience.
Study and work:
Apprentices work full-time in a participating Australian Government department or agency while earning a good salary.
Depending on the classification level and agency you are placed you will either complete a Certificate IV or Diploma.
You can see our IAP partners here:
Positions are available in a range of locations across all states and territories. You can apply for multiple locations in the one application.
To apply, you must:
- be of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian descent, and
- be an Australian citizen.
The filling of this employment opportunity is intended to constitute an Affirmative Measure - Indigenous under section 8 (1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and is open to only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
You can read more about Indigenous Australians – Special Measures on the Australian Public Service Commission website here:
Evidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage will be required. For details on how to identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian and how to get your Confirmation of Heritage documentation, go to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website here:
The first stage of the recruitment process is an online application form. This includes simple multiple choice questions that will tell us how you prefer to work and what strengths and skills you have.
There is no written selection criteria and no need to study. The exercise is not about knowledge. We then shortlist applications and if you are successful you move to the next stage of the recruitment process.
You will be informed of the other stages in the recruitment process if you progress. Online applications are preferred, however if you can’t submit an online application, please contact the Support Team on the details below.
Please make sure you have the following information and documents before you start your application:
- Your personal contact details such as email, phone number and physical address. Please make sure the email address you use is correct. We will contact and identify you with it.
- A final version of your CV or resume.
- Your Confirmation of Heritage documentation. Please attach these documents to your application. If you do not currently have the documents available, please continue with your online application and provide the documents later during the recruitment process.
- A 100-200 word response explaining why you want to join the IAP.
If you want to keep a record of your answers, please copy and paste them into another document as you cannot return to the application page after you click submit.
After you submit your application we’ll send you a confirmation email. If you don’t receive this email, please contact us on the details below.
If you are offered a role in the IAP you may need to pass all or some of the below character checks:
- National Criminal History Check (NCHC)
- security clearance
- Working with Children or Vulnerable People check
- referee check, which may include checks on misconduct or code of conduct proceedings
- pre-employment medical – this check confirms your fitness for duty and if any reasonable adjustments might be required in the workplace
- if you are an existing Commonwealth APS employee, a we may do an HR for Code of Conduct or performance issues.
We will ask you if you want to stay in the merit pool for any future vacancies if you decline our offer. If you agree, then you may be contacted if a role comes up within 12 months from the date the IAP advertisement is published in the APS Employment Gazette.
RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. This means you can be invited to participate in further assessments for the vacancy if you:
- choose to apply under the scheme
- declare you have a disability, and
- meet the minimum requirements for the position.
For more information see: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/careers/workplace-diversity-and-inclusion/recruitabilityhuman-services
We wish you the best of luck with the application process, and are here to help. Please call or email the IAP Applicant Support team if you have any questions.
Phone: 1300 856 993
We will respond to phone calls between 9 am and 7 pm AEST, Monday to Friday except for public holidays. If you can’t contact us during these hours, you can send us an email or leave us a voice message.