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Why work for the Australian Public Service?

Wherever you work in the Australian Public Service you will find opportunities to undertake a wide range of exciting and engaging work to make your contribution to Australian society. As one of Australia's largest employers, we offer:

  • Diverse, flexible and inclusive workplaces
  • Varied work across a range of fields, with learning opportunities and networking available for career development
  • Supportive working conditions, with attractive remuneration and employer superannuation contributions
  • An opportunity to apply your professional expertise and progress your career while contributing to the Australian community.

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How is NextStep different form other APS Traineeships?

NextStep is an entry-level Traineeship program into the Australian Public Service (APS). NextStep provides the opportunity for talented individuals with disability to enter the APS and develop the necessary skills to succeed in the workforce. This program offers applicants with disability a single recruitment and assessment process to apply for employment with multiple APS agencies.

If an agency recruits you through NextStep, you will be employed on an ongoing basis within that agency.

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Who will I be employed by?

If you are successful, you will commence with your employing agency in November 2018.

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Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the 2018 intake, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • have successfully obtained a year 12 certificate or higher:
    • You must have completed qualifications equivalent to a year 12 certificate or higher in the last 5 years.
  • Have a disability: 
    • If you are offered and accept a position you will be required to provide documented evidence of disability.
  • Meet the conditions of engagement relevant to the employing agency.

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Do I have a disability for the purposes of NextStep?

Take a look at this page which outlines the definition of disability for recruitment and employment purposes in the APS.

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What evidence of disability is required? When will I be required to provide evidence?

If you are offered and accept a position, you will need to provide evidence of your disability to your employing agency. The evidence of disability you provide does not need to include information about the type of disability.

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • Letter from a General Practitioner
  • Letter from a Disability Employment Services or jobactive provider
  • Letter from a secondary or tertiary institution disability services unit
  • Statutory declaration

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If I am employed through NextStep will I be identified as having disability?

The NextStep privacy collection notice outlines information on how your information will be collected and for what purpose it will be utilised. Under the NextStep program due to the limited number of positions available trainees maybe identifiable. The NextStep team will abide by the Australian Privacy Principles – and the Privacy Act 1988. 

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I am having problems completing the application, what should I do?

If you have any difficulties or require an alternative method to complete the application please contact us.

Please note that late applications will not be accepted. Contact us before applications close if you are having any problems getting your application completed.

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How else can I gain employment in the APS?


All vacancies in the Australian Public Service (APS) for a period of more than 18 months are advertised online at APSjobs. Vacancies can also be advertised on individual agency websites and jobseeker sites. The APS encourages people with disability to apply for any position.

If you meet the definition of disability you can apply for jobs advertised under the RecruitAbility scheme or the Affirmative measure – disability employment. For more information about these see:


If you have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate degree or higher within the last five years and meet the eligibility criteria for NextStep you are also eligible to apply for GradAccess. GradAccess is a centralised recruitment stream into APS graduate programs for people with disability. GradAccess gives you the opportunity to gain a graduate role in one of 11 APS agencies through one centralised recruitment process.

You can apply for both NextStep and GradAccess at the same time through the same recruitment process. More information about GradAccess is available online here.

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

If you have any questions or concerns during the process, please contact us.

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