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FAQ: APS Indigenous graduate program

How do I confirm I am of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent?

As per subsection 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 these positions are restricted to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. When completing your application, you must attach evidence to confirm that you are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent otherwise your application will not be accepted.

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • A letter signed by the Chairperson of an incorporated Indigenous organisation confirming that you are recognised as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or
  • A confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent form executed by an Indigenous organisation.

If you do not have the required evidence prior to applications closing please attach a letter or email which outlines the steps you have taken to source your documentation.

There are a number of resources to assist you to confirm your Indigenous heritage:

What are the academic eligibility requirements?

You must have completed, at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree at AQF level 7 or above between January 2011 and January 2016. (Certificates, diplomas or any other non-tertiary courses of study are insufficient).

Can I apply for the APS Indigenous Graduate Programme if I have already applied for an APS agency-specific graduate programme position?

Yes. We strongly encourage all eligible applicants to apply for as many graduate opportunities as possible. Applying for the APS Indigenous Graduate Programme increases your profile, and the likelihood of your application being considered by participating agencies.

Can I apply for the APS Indigenous Graduate Programme if I have applied before?

You can reapply as long as your tertiary qualification is completed between January 2011 and January 2016.

Will late applications be accepted?

Late applications will not generally be accepted. Contact us if you are having any problems getting your application completed.

I have applied for the APS Indigenous Graduate Programme — what is next?

If your application is correctly submitted, you should receive an automatically-generated email to let you know that it has been received.

Once applications have closed, the Australian Public Service Commission will conduct the shortlisting process, where written applications are assessed. You will be sent an email notification within two weeks from the application closing date to advise whether you have been selected to progress to the next stage of assessment.

If your application is shortlisted for further assessment, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre. These details will be confirmed in the invitation.

Who do I contact if I need to withdraw my application?

Please notify a member of the Australian Public Service Commission’s Indigenous Employment Team immediately if you choose to withdraw your application.

What if I have a question that isn't answered here?

If you have any questions or concerns during the process, please phone or email the Australian Public Service Commission’s Indigenous Employment Team:

Phone: 1300 656 009
Email: indigenous@apsc.gov.au

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