Public service careers for Indigenous Australians

Applications are open for the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme (IAP).

General Manager Hank Jongen said the 12-month programme is developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to start their career in the Australian Public Service.

“Once they’ve graduated, apprentices receive a full-time entry level position, competitive salary and a nationally recognised certificate or diploma,” Mr Jongen said.

“Now in its fourth year, the IAP provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to forge interesting and fulfilling careers in government.”

DHS leads recruitment for the popular entry-level employment and development programme, which also recruited Indigenous apprentices for 12 other government agencies in 2017-18.

Mr Wiggy Solomon, a graduate from the 2015 intake, is now part of the Indigenous Services team in the Child Support programme along with three other Indigenous apprentices.

“In my role I provide support to Indigenous Australians from around the country and even assist some Torres Strait Islanders in their local language, Creole,” Wiggy said.

“Before I joined the department I worked in hospitality but having a young daughter made the irregular hours difficult.

“Completing the IAP gave me the chance for a career change with stable hours, flexible working conditions, a competitive salary and professional qualifications.”

Some 379 apprentices have successfully completed the programme since its inception.

The current 2017-18 programme saw the department reach its Indigenous workforce target of 5 per cent.

“As one of the largest government employers, this is a significant achievement,” Mr Jongen said.

“The department is proud to be a leader in Indigenous employment.”

Applications for the next intake close on 6 May with successful candidates commencing in November 2018.

For more information about the Indigenous Apprenticeship Programme and to apply now visit