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The NIAA Graduate Program

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2022 Graduate Program

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The NIAA Graduate Program

NIAA Graduate Program

"So far the graduate program has been a very rewarding experience. Even though it has only been a couple of weeks I already feel like the program has allowed us to form strong connections within our cohort, and that has helped immensely with transitioning into a position in full time work. I am also very impressed with the learning and development opportunities so far, and how supported I feel from the program." – Iva, 2021 NIAA Graduate

Program details

Working across the NIAA our Graduate Program will develop your knowledge and understanding of the Agency’s key priorities. Key facts about the program:

  • 12 months duration
  • Based in Canberra with a potential rotation in one of our various metropolitan, regional and remote locations
  • Choose from our Policy & Programs, Operations & Delivery or Corporate Stream
  • Professional and personal development opportunities
  • Contribute to meaningful policies, programs and services
  • Formal pastoral care and support program

Regional Rotation Case Study

A NIAA Graduate Program participant in the Hobart office

Undertaking a rotation in an NIAA Regional Office has been an unbelievable experience. I have been exposed to a variety of work and many learning opportunities as part of my time in Hobart, however the opportunity to venture into Community and engage with Indigenous peoples is a definite standout.

In my first week of my rotation, my supervisor and I drove to Huonville to meet with an Aboriginal community organisation seeking to re-engage Elders with Youth after the adverse effects on this relationship in the face of COVID-19. This involved us learning more about their organisation, their purpose and what the NIAA can do to assist.

In learning about their organisation, we were able to listen to a first-hand account of life as an Aboriginal in Tasmania, where the demographics are quite different to the mainland. The stakeholders were incredibly welcoming of a Graduate, and provided me with context related to the history of Aboriginals Tasmanians and those in the Huon area.

The ability to meet with these stakeholders was truly eye-opening – being on-the-ground and outside of the office to engage in a meeting such as this allows for a new perspective to the work the NIAA undertakes. This opportunity was not a once-off – I have also been able to engage with stakeholders in Launceston and Burnie throughout my rotation to meet with Government agencies and peak bodies.

This, amongst a range of other work I have undertaken as part of the NIAA’s Hobart Office have left me with skills and knowledge that I could not have learnt anywhere else. I would wholeheartedly recommend a rotation in any Regional Office if they are available!

Policy & Programs / Operations & Delivery Streams

At the NIAA we work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and across the public service to implement policies and programs.

The Policy & Programs and Operations & Delivery streams will allow you to work in various areas of the Agency. These are for Graduates who are inquisitive, flexible and comfortable with change and ambiguity.

Our expertise spans across Community and Economic Development Housing, Land and Culture Policy, Education and Youth Policy, Community Safety and Health and Wellbeing, Recognition,

Policy and Empowered Communities, Closing the Gap Policy and Evaluation, Legal Policy Analysis and Evaluation, Grants and Funding. You will embrace all opportunities as you navigate through the Agency to better understand your strengths, capabilities and interests.

You want to work at the NIAA because you are passionate about improving the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Corporate Stream

For the NIAA to implement policy, programs and services to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples our staff need the best capabilities and support to succeed. Our staff are supported by the Agency’s enabling functions which are integral to the achievement of the NIAA’s key priorities. Our Corporate stream has opportunities in human resource management, communications, legal services, organisational change, security, property management, governance and financial management.

The Corporate stream is for individuals who are excited by the opportunity to provide high quality services to support the work of the Agency.