Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)

The Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP) is an entry-level employment and development program open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in working in the Australian Public Service (APS).

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The aim of the program is to significantly contribute to improving employment opportunities, experiences and outcomes for Indigenous Australians in the Australian Public Service. We value and draw on the skills, capability and unique life experiences that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees can bring and are committed to developing a talented and versatile workforce. Applications open each year, for roles commencing the following February.

Positions may be available in Canberra, some capital cities and large regional centres.

All APS agencies are encouraged to host program participants. Past participating agencies include:

  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)
  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)
  • Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Communications and the Arts
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Department of Parliamentary Services
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)
  • National Disability Insurance Agency
  • The Attorney General’s Department
  • Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Benefits of the program

The Indigenous Australian Government Development Program will offer you a program of structured learning and development to help you build a career in the Australian Public Service and support you to undertake study at the Diploma level in a range of specialisations.

Other benefits include:

  • A permanent full-time position after completion of the program
  • Study assistance (with course fees paid by your employer)
  • Peer support, mentoring and coaching
  • Competitive salary, superannuation and employment conditions.

How does the IAGDP program work?

  • The application process involves a written application and interview
  • Successful applicants commence work in early 2021 in an APS agency and undertake duties at the APS 3 level (or equivalent)
  • IAGDP participants must undertake three program components including: a diploma-level qualification, full-time work experience and on-the-job-training and access to career relevant learning and development
  • After the initial program period, IAGDP participants continue to work in a permanent full-time position in the host APS agency and may be advanced to the APS 4 level (or equivalent) which attracts a higher salary
  • IAGDP participants must abide by the IAGDP Guidelines and behave in a way that upholds the APS Values.

What sort of work will I be doing?

The type of work you do will vary according to the agency you are working in, but your work could involve answering enquiries from the public, records management, data entry, human resources management, communications, project management, contract management, procurement, and other general administrative, clerical, operational or systems support.

How to apply

Due to COVID-19, recruitment dates for 2021 commencement in the program are currently under review.

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