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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


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2022 Graduate Program

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The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) was established in 2019 to lead and coordinate Commonwealth policy development, program design and implementation and service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We are committed to improving the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and leading Commonwealth activities to promote reconciliation. We partner with Indigenous Australians to coordinate the development and implementation of Australia’s Closing the Gap strategies and targets. 

Who are we?

Our work is as unique as the communities we work with. Our team includes people across Australia who work closely with communities to make sure policies, programs and services address the individual needs of each community.

We liaise closely with state and territory governments, Indigenous peak bodies, stakeholders and service providers to ensure that Indigenous programs and services are delivering for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as intended.

We are an inclusive agency and welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates, especially those who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. 

What work will you do?

Working in a collaborative environment, you will have the opportunity to provide meaningful contribution to the advice provided to the Minister for Indigenous Australians, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP on priority issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

As an NIAA graduate, you will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of complex, important and fulfilling work at the forefront of Indigenous Affairs such as policy development, program design, implementation and service delivery, and important initiatives such as Australia’s Closing the Gap targets.

Working at the NIAA will give you the opportunity to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the Government’s key priorities and initiatives relating to Indigenous Affairs. We are a unique agency in that our responsibilities include the development of policy and programs through to the service delivery of the projects and programs. As such, you will work across a wide range of functions and areas, gaining valuable experience in both development and implementation.

Professional development

Using our shared values and behaviours as the foundation, we strive to be one team looking to the future. As an important part of this team, you will be exposed to a range of professional and personal development opportunities to launch your APS career, develop your capabilities and work to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

A large component of the NIAA Graduate Program is professional development which includes but is not limited to, writing for APS, resilience, Indigenous Affairs policy, stakeholder management, economics for non-economists and problem-solving.

Throughout the program we want you to develop key capabilities that will contribute to the rest of your career.

What we offer

NIAA is a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace with attractive remuneration packages including generous employer superannuation contributions. We are responsible for a wide range of important and fulfilling work both in Canberra and across the country.

Our graduates start as full-time, permanent employees at the APS 3 level. After 6 months you may be eligible to advance to the APS 4 level, and on successful completion of the Program, you will be assessed for advancement to the APS 5/6 level.

The NIAA also offers relocation assistance to successful candidates.

Classification Pay point Salary from 2 February 2021
APS5 APS5.4 $82,468
APS5.3 $80,625
APS5.2 $78,783
APS5.1 $77,139
APS4 APS4.4 $74,718
APS4.3 $73,103
APS4.2 $71,814
APS4.1 $69,865
APS3 APS3.3 $66,898
APS3.2 $65,803
APS3.1 $64,226

*Correct as at February 2021 under the National Indigenous Australians Agency Determination 2019/001 (Non-SES Employees) pursuant to Section 24(1)