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The application process

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2023 Graduate Program

Applications for 2023 program open March 2022

The application process

To apply for a role in the NIAA Graduate Program, just fill in an application form and attach your resume.

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

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:

  • You will have completed at least a three-year undergraduate bachelor degree with a credit average within the last eight years. All degrees must be completed by 31 December 2022 and be recognised in Australia.
  • You will be able to obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance at the Baseline level (the security clearance application process will be arranged by the NIAA for NIAA Graduates)
  • You are an Australian citizen by 30 June 2022. You will need to provide evidence to verify pending citizenship.
  • As all positions are located in Canberra, relocation to Canberra is required for participation in the program.

Assessment process

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

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

Offers are made shortly after the Assessment Centre, with commencement in February 2023. If you are rated suitable but 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.

Other Graduate Programs

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

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

RecuitAbility scheme

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 through to the next stage in the recruitment process.


At the NIAA, we respect multiple perspectives and actively build a workplace that shares skills, opinions and experiences from people of all backgrounds. We are committed to creating a work environment that supports all employees to confidently bring their whole selves to work.

We have six networks to support staff inclusion and diversity in our workplaces:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Network
  • Disability Network
  • Pride Network
  • Wellbeing Network
  • Women's Network

A common purpose across all networks is to foster an inclusive workplace by:

  • Providing a safe space for staff from diverse backgrounds to come together and make connections
  • Supporting the Agency to acknowledge days of significance
  • Raising awareness and understanding of issues relevant to a particular Network

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