Opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The 2022 Indigenous Graduate Pathway applications have now opened.

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For more information, visit the Indigenous Careers Pathway website.

The department strives to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the Australian community and recognises the important knowledge and skills Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples bring to the work we do.

The Indigenous Graduate Pathway offers an Indigenous Affirmative Measure recruitment process which provides a valuable opportunity to engage the cultural strengths that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to the workplace.

By embracing these strengths we help create culturally responsive environments where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are empowered to achieve their full potential in the workplace.

The department promotes a culture where Indigenous business is everyone’s business ― across its work practices, values and business. Employees are also supported through the provision of a number of learning opportunities to build their cultural capability. 

We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature-age people and people with disability, regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity.

Indigenous Career Pathway

The Indigenous Graduate Pathway is coordinated by the Australian Public Service Commission in partnership with participating Commonwealth Government agencies, including DESE. 

Graduates who come through this pathway are offered generalist career opportunities working on national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.

What our Indigenous pathway graduates do

As an Indigenous graduate, you will find yourself working in various roles that may include policy development and advice, project and contract management, program implementation, governance and communications.

Some of DESE’s strategic priorities, which you may work on, include:

  • improving learning outcomes by enabling quality, affordable and accessible early education and care for families
  • improving schooling outcomes for our children
  • equipping the workforce of the future through globally competitive tertiary education, training and research sectors
  • helping people find and keep a job, create their own job, change jobs, reskill and enjoy fulfilling careers
  • developing a strong evidence base for effective policy that reflects and understands the varied needs of the Australian population, business and industry.

Please see our website for further information on the department’s ongoing programs and initiatives.

Who we are looking for

  • Tertiary qualifications in any discipline
  • strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively, problem solve and work as part of a team
  • well-developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to actively engage with co-workers and stakeholders
  • enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and an attitude open to learning and innovation.

Supporting your career

‘I have been lucky enough to join the department through an entry level program and have now been with the department for almost six years.

The culture at the department values difference and culture and always strives to be all-inclusive. As such, we are looking for people that are dynamic, agile, inclusive and be willing to share their unique life experience.

The department has a number of support mechanisms in place for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees such as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee network, Indigenous Champions, a Yarning Room and myself as the Indigenous Liaison Officer.

I would encourage anyone to apply for a position in the Department that is looking to create a fulfilling career that also gives back to the community.’ - Leanne of the Wiradjuri Community, DESE Indigenous Liaison Officer

2022 recruitment

The Australian Government offers graduate job opportunities across multiple disciplines.

This year DESE will access the whole of government Indigenous Career Pathway program being managed by the Australian Public Service Commission to recruit 2022 graduates. The 2022 Indigenous Graduate Pathway applications have now opened.

To apply, visit the Indigenous Careers Pathway website.

In addition to the Indigenous Career Pathway, we are also participating in the following Australian Government Graduate Program streams:

Applying for one of these speciality streams means you only have to go through the application and selection process once for your selected speciality stream to be considered for a range of roles in Australian Government agencies. Visit APSJobs to find out more.

We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in all degree disciplines through the Indigenous Graduate Pathway. Learn more about the DESE Graduate Program.

Wherever you start your public service career as a graduate, you’ll do meaningful work from day one. You will be asked to contribute, share your perspectives, and make a difference to the Australian community we serve.

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