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The application process

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2022 Graduate Program

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The application process

To apply for a role in the NIAA Graduate program is simple. All we need from you is to fill in a simple application form and attach your resume.

If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander graduate or a graduate with a disability, we invite you to apply through our affirmative measure process.

NIAA Graduate Applications

"Being a graduate can be an exciting yet stressful moment in one's life. I came into the graduate program with the NIAA and being an Indigenous female who relocated from Cairns, Far North Queensland. The process, learning, development and engagement I've had so far has been an experience that I encourage others to take on board. It is a life changing opportunity and can teach you a lot about yourself and others who you could potentially be lifetime friends with." – Sariba, 2021 NIAA Graduate


To be considered for the NIAA Graduate program the following eligibility requirements apply:

  • Completed at least a three-year undergraduate bachelor degree obtaining a credit average within the last eight years. All degrees must be complete by 31 December 2021 and be recognised in Australia.
  • Be able to obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance at the Baseline level.
  • Be an Australian citizen by 30 June 2021. You will need to provide evidence to verify impending citizenship.

As all positions are located in Canberra, relocation to Canberra is integral to your participation in the program.

Assessment process

The assessment process for applying for a Graduate position at the NIAA will comprise of the following:

  • Online application, including your resume with referees and academic transcript
  • Online behavioural and cognitive ability testing
  • Online video interview
  • Assessment Centre

Offers are made shortly after the Assessment Centre, with commencement in February 2022. If you are rated suitable but unfortunately do not receive an offer for the Graduate Program, you may be considered by specific areas of the NIAA to join their team directly as an APS 3 employee.

You can also join us through the following whole-of-government graduate programs:

  • Australian Government Graduate Program (Generalist stream) – for graduates who wish to work in a number of different streams which could include policy, program delivery, community engagement.
  • APS Indigenous Graduate Program – for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are also encouraged to apply directly to the NIAA’s program.
  • APS Human Resources (HR) Graduate Program – for Human Resources graduates, facilitated in conjunction with the Australian Taxation Office.

If you are a person with disability, you can opt in to the APSC’s RecuitAbility scheme. If you choose to opt in and meet the minimum assessment requirements, you will go straight to the next stage in the recruitment process.


At the NIAA we respect multiple perspectives and actively build a workplace that promotes the sharing of skills, opinions and experiences from people of all backgrounds.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people; those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature age people and people with disability.