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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


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2023 Graduate Program

Applications for 2023 program open March 2022


The National Indigenous Australians Agency is committed to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians.

We are responsible for leading the Commonwealth Government’s approach to uplifting economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples.

We work in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on policies, programs and services that have a real impact on individuals and communities.

We are a relatively new agency, established in 2019, but we have a long history. We’re part of the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio and work to support the Minister for Indigenous Australians, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP.

Our key priorities include:

  • supporting economic recovery post COVID-19 by focussing on supporting Indigenous jobs and businesses
  • implementing the Commonwealth’s commitments as outlined in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap
  • working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to ensure engagement with a wide range of stakeholders
  • progressing an Indigenous Voice to Parliament and Government
  • leading the Indigenous Procurement Policy
  • many other initiatives to improve mental health, youth suicide prevention, community safety, education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our Team

NIAA is very unique. We work end to end, from policy development to delivery.

Our staff are spread across Australia – in urban, regional and remote locations.

We come from a vast array of backgrounds and have a wide variety of skills.

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

The work you will do

As an NIAA Graduate, you will have the opportunity to work across the Agency to build your understanding of the Government’s key priorities relating to Indigenous Affairs.

You will be involved in complex and fulfilling work at the forefront of Indigenous Affairs, including important initiatives such as the Indigenous Voice and the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

You will help develop, implement and evaluate policies and programs while working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, state and territory governments and Indigenous organisations to make sure the policies and programs address the individual needs of each community.

You will provide advice to the Minister for Indigenous Australians on issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Professional development

Professional development is a key feature of the NIAA Graduate Program and throughout the program you will develop capabilities that will contribute to the rest of your career.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a continuous cultural learning journey through NIAA’s Footprints Program to increase your cross-cultural knowledge including continuous learnings in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, peoples and histories.  

There are also many training courses that you can access as an NIAA Graduate including Writing for the Australian Public Service, resilience training, Indigenous Affairs policy, stakeholder management and problem-solving.

What we offer

The NIAA is a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace with attractive remuneration packages, including generous employer superannuation contributions.

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

The NIAA also offers relocation assistance to successful candidates.


Classification Pay point Salary from 2 February 2022
APS5 APS5.4 $83,870
APS5.3 $81,996
APS5.2 $80,122
APS5.1 $78,450
APS4 APS4.4 $75,988
APS4.3 $74,346
APS4.2 $73,035
APS4.1 $71,053
APS3 APS3.3 $68,035
APS3.2 $66,922
APS3.1 $65,318

*Correct as at February 2022 under the National Indigenous Australians Agency Enterprise Agreement 2021-24