Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)

Launch yourself into new career opportunities in the Australian Government, through the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP).

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Indigenous Australian Government Diploma Program

The IAGDP is looking to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are keen to make a difference to their communities and contribute their unique life experiences and perspectives to the Australian Public Service (APS).

This entry-level employment program is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with an interest in working for the APS.

The 12-month program will offer participants learning and development opportunities, and the opportunity to expand their personal and professional capabilities, while building confidence in their careers within the APS.

Participants in the program are supported every step of the way with opportunities to learn and grow on the job, while completing a Diploma of Government — a formal and recognised qualification.

This is a great opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to bring their perspectives and experience to the APS and gain relevant skills and qualifications to open a wide range of career pathways in the Australian Government.

 

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are keen to make a difference and to contribute their unique life experiences, perspectives, and capability to the Australian Public Service. We want to hear from individuals who are:

  • Passionate about working for the community
  • Interested in the workings of Government and the public service
  • Eager to take on new challenges and learn new things.

We’re looking for people with the best potential, not necessarily the most experience – so don’t be afraid to apply.

Why you should apply

Successful candidates will experience various benefits, including:

  • a competitive starting salary at the APS3 level plus superannuation
  • a permanent, full-time position at the end of the program
  • structured learning opportunities to help build your career
  • gain a nationally recognised Diploma of Government, with a specialist stream focus, qualification
  • flexible arrangements to help you balance study and work
  • access to peer support, mentoring and coaching.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Be an Australian Citizen
  • Be able to obtain a security clearance
  • Be prepared to study a Diploma-level qualification
  • Be willing and prepared to relocate if required– with potential for relocation assistance

How to apply

To apply for the program:

  1. Review the Position Description and Candidate Briefing Pack
  2. Check the eligibility criteria
  3. Submit an application

Applications for the 2022-23 Indigenous Australian Government Development Program have closed.

An Expression of Interest for future programs is coming soon.

How does the recruitment process work?

Candidates will first submit an application, which will include a range of questions, uploading a resume and a confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage. From there candidates will be invited to complete online chat style behavioural interview questions at their own pace, in their own time. Based on your answers you may be invited to continue through the process at this stage to complete a psychometric testing assessment. Successful short-listed candidates will be invited to participate or complete further assessment activities including virtual panel interviews, and virtual Agency ‘meet and greet’ sessions. Throughout the recruitment process we have an Indigenous Candidate Care Coordinator (contact details below) to assist and support you at every stage. We will also have Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples on the assessment teams and panels. 

If your application is successful, you will start work on (approximately) 31 October 2022 at an APS3 level (or equivalent) in one of the participating APS agencies. At the successful completion of the program, you will continue to work in your host agency, with a promotion to the APS4 level (or equivalent).

Key Dates

Applications open 4 April 2022
Applications close 29 April 2022 - 5:00pm (AEST)
Virtual interviews and reference checks Mid May - End May 2022
Matching and virtual Agency meet and greets Late May – Mid June
Offers made From Mid-June 2022
Employment paperwork including security clearance process June-October 2022
Program commencement 31 October 2022

For more information about and assistance with the recruitment process contact our recruitment services provider for this year’s program:

Scaleup by Hudson
Email: DESErecruitment@hudson.com
Phone: 02 5111 1211

Scaleup by Hudson have a dedicated Indigenous Senior Candidate Care Coordinator who is available to assist you at every step of the recruitment process. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them with any questions or support you might need.

The work

Where will I be working?

You will be asked to nominate your preferred APS agencies, or you can confirm that you’re open to working for any agency, and we’ll be able to confirm once matching is completed and meet and greets have occurred. The number of positions vary each year and are dependent on the number of agencies participating in the program. The list of participating agencies are profiled in the IAGDP Candidate Briefing Pack along with the potential location options for each agency.

Placements for the 2022-23 program will vary based where the participating agency is located. You may be placed in a role in Canberra, another capital city or a large regional centre. This year a key focus will be on regional placement opportunities and we hope to have more opportunities outside of Canberra than previous years.

While location preferences will be taken into consideration you must be willing and prepared to relocate if required with potential for relocation assistance. Positions and locations are subject to change as we move throughout the recruitment process.

What work will I be doing?

Your work could involve answering enquiries from the public, records management, IT, data, data entry, human resources management, communications, project management, program management, policy,  contract management, procurement, and other general administrative, clerical, operational or systems support. Each Agency has a different area of responsibility so the opportunities are endless with what you might be doing. Rest assured more information will be provided specific to you, and you’ll be able to ask lots of questions when you attend the Agency meet and greet(s).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Australian Public Service?  

The Australian Public Service (APS) is one of Australia’s largest employers. The APS encompasses all people who support the delivery of public administration, public policy, and public services for the Australian Commonwealth Government. All employees of Government departments and statutory agencies are part of the APS.

I missed out last year – can I apply again?

Yes! But you will need to go through the recruitment process again.

Do I have to show my connection to Country?

Yes, Confirmation of Heritage is a requirement of participation and employment through IAGDP.

You need to provide confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage. If you do not have this at the application stage, a statutory declaration will be accepted until confirmation documentation can be provided.

Please note, you must provide Confirmation documentation before you are officially offered a position in the program.

If you need information or have any concerns about how to obtain Confirmation of Heritage you can find further details on the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website.

Do I need to be a certain age to apply?  

Yes, all candidates must be over the age of 18 at the time of commencement in the program. Applications are welcome from all age groups over 18.

Do I need to travel to attend an interview?

All selection process activities are planned to be done virtually. While potential travel may be required during the selection process the department is continuously monitoring the impacts of the COVID-19 environment. The department will endeavour to advise at the earliest opportunity whether travel to participate in any stage of the selection process will be required.

What if I have preference for a certain city or position? 

We’ll take your preferences into consideration during the matching process and our best efforts will be made to match you with your agency (Host).

While location preferences will be taken into consideration you must be willing and prepared to relocate if required with potential for relocation assistance. Positions and locations are subject to change as we move throughout the recruitment process.

I’m already studying my Diploma – is that a problem? 

No, your current studies may contribute to your Diploma, this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Contact us

For information about and assistance with the recruitment process contact our recruitment services provider for this year’s program:

Scaleup by Hudson
Email: DESErecruitment@hudson.com
Phone: 02 5111 1211

For further information about the program contact us via email entrylevel@dese.gov.au

Applications for the 2022-23 Indigenous Australian Government Development Program have closed.

An Expression of Interest for future programs is coming soon.