Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources benefits from employing a diverse workforce. We recognise the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the unique skills and knowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees bring to our workplace.

Improving the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the Australian Public Service continues to be a focus for our department. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2018-2020 sets out a range of priorities to attract, recruit and provide career development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff across all levels, as well as how we ensure our department is a culturally safe work environment that acknowledges and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

General employment

The department offers exciting employment opportunities across Australia. We are committed to the principles of workplace diversity and encourage applications from all diversity groups.

Search for current job vacancies and submit lodge a job application online.

Join our temporary employment register so we can contact you for suitable short-term contracts.

Graduate Development Program

Our Graduate Development Program Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stream will support you through your transition from university to the workplace. You will be given an insight into the variety of work in the department and how it impacts the country. Participants on the program are supported by an Indigenous champion, mentors and other networks throughout the department. The program runs for 12 months in our Canberra office, where you will participate in three diverse work placements, undertake a suite of training and have the possibility to travel to regional areas.

Entry level employment opportunities

Our department participates in several APS entry level employment Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These opportunities are advertised nationally through the APSjobs website.

Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program (AGIGRP)

We participate in the Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program. This program is held annually and is structured as a bulk recruitment exercise facilitated by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC). Through this process graduates are considered by a number of APS agencies.  If successful and selected by the department you will automatically be placed into our graduate program.

Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)

The department is an active participant of the Indigenous Australian Government Program (IAGDP), an entry-level employment and development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in working in the APS. This 15-month program is facilitated by the Department of Jobs and Small Business and combines ongoing employment with structured learning. The program includes three main components:

  • a Diplo​ma of Government
  • full-time work experience and on-the-job training
  • learning and development opportunities.

Indigenous Apprenticeship Program (IAP)

We also participate in the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program (IAP), this is an entry level and development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. The program is facilitated by the Department of Human Services and provides a tailored approach to learning for 12 months. Participants will have the opportunity to complete either a Certificate IV in Government or a Diploma in Government depending on the engaged classification. During the program, participants get exposure to a variety of work in the department.

Further information

Diversity strategy

The department aims to foster a diverse workforce that encourages and engages in an inclusive workplace that is reflective of the Australian Community. Our Diversity strategy has been developed to set goals to progress diversity issues.

Reconciliation action plan

The department's Reconciliation Action Plan demonstrates our commitment to ensuring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians continue to work together to increase reconciliation. Our Reconciliation action plan aligns with our Diversity strategy and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy, and aims to help us build and maintain beneficial relationships by respecting the contribution of Indigenous Australians and their communities. The Reconciliation Action Plan is supported by our Indigenous Champion and has been developed in consultation with our Indigenous Ambassadors and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Networks.

Cracking the code

The APSC released Cracking the code to help you understand the APS recruitment process and how to apply for jobs.

Questions?

Contact National Recruitment if you have any queries regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

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