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The Australian Public Service Commission (the Commission) is responsible for implementing the APS Indigenous Employment Strategy (the Strategy). It includes a range of initiatives to support the recruitment, development and career progression of Indigenous Australians in the APS. Click here to see the Strategy in full or you can read information about some of the current initiatives.

What's New

2016 APS Indigenous Pathways Programme - Applications now open for Traineeships

The Commission works in partnership with a number of APS agencies to offer graduate and trainee employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

The APS is about providing advice to government and implementing policies and services. The APS is at the forefront of shaping the future for Australia and you can be part of it.

We offer generous salary and leave provisions and the opportunity to work in fields such as Indigenous affairs, communications, defence, finance, environment, education and training, health and community services, workplace relations, immigration, science, tourism, and transport.

By lodging a single application, you have the opportunity to be considered for graduate and trainee positions in a wide range of Australian Government agencies.

Find out more about the Graduate positions

Find out more about the Trainee positions

Stories from Indigenous employees

Many Indigenous employees have generously agreed to share their APS journey. These stories provide some insights into the opportunities available in the APS, the support available and how you can contribute to shaping the future of Australia.

Stories from previous Graduates, Cadets and Trainees

Stories from other Indigenous APS emloyees from around Australia


APS Indigenous Careers Facebook Site launched

The Commission has launched a Facebook page to keep people informed about opportunities and events happening in the APS to support Indigenous employment. Connect with the page and stay up to date with the latest news:

Indigenous Australian Public Service Careers

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Support for Indigenous Employment HR Managers

Are you responsible for improving Indigenous employment in your agency?

The Commission coordinates quarterly forums of HR managers responsible for Indigenous employment for their agency. The forum is a key platform to share what works and explore emerging issues and trends affecting Indigenous employment in the APS.

Forums are held every few months in Canberra – March, June, September, November/December with the following dates confirmed:

  • Thursday 5 March 2015
  • Thursday 11 June 2015
  • Thursday 3 September 2015
  • Thursday 26 November 2015

Support for Indigenous Employees

The APSC will be running the 2015 series of Indigenous employee forums across Australia from the very end of March to May.

These forums will be a follow on from the 2014 forums that brought APS Indigenous employees together to explore issues affecting Indigenous employees in the workplace and also gave the participants the opportunity and time to discuss the establishment of local Indigenous Employee Networks. The 2015 forums will again be challenging Indigenous employees to contribute ideas and strategies to reduce high separation rates and to discuss career progression strategies.

These forums proved to be successful last year and we are hoping that we will have even more participation this year.

The forum details are as follow:

2015 Indigenous employee forums
DateLocationRSVP date
30 MarchTownsville21 March 2015
31 MarchBrisbane25 March 2015
20 AprilSydney13 April 2015
30 AprilAdelaide23 April 2015
4 MayPerth28 April 2015
11 MayTasmania4 May 2015
18 MayCanberra11 May 2015
22 MayMelbourne15 May 2015
26 MayDarwin19 May 2015
28 MayAlice Springs21 May 2015

Entry and Exit survey

Just started your new job in the APS or about to finish up?

Ask your HR team about completing the entry and exit survey. The surveys collect APS-wide benchmarking data that will enable the Commission to identify what attracts Indigenous employees to the APS, the employment value proposition the APS can offer, and the factors that influence Indigenous employees to leave significantly earlier in their APS careers.


Support for Indigenous Employment HR Managers

Are you responsible for improving Indigenous employment in your agency?

The Commission coordinates quarterly forums of HR managers responsible for Indigenous employment for their agency. The forum is a key platform to share what works and explore emerging issues and trends affecting Indigenous employment in the APS.

Forums are held every few months in Canberra – March, June, September, November/December. As dates are finalised they will be included here.

Coming soon - APS Indigenous Cultural Capability Framework

The cultural capability framework will be a strategic, whole-of-APS benchmark of cultural capability and understanding for APS agencies, leaders and employees.

Further information

Find out more by contacting the Indigenous Liaison Officer: indigenousliaisonofficer@apsc.gov.au

The Indigenous Liaison Officer has a multi-faceted role to support and engage with APS agencies, support Indigenous employees and promote the APS as an employer to the Indigenous community more broadly.

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