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The NIAA Graduate Program

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2023 Graduate Program

Applications for 2023 program open March 2022

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

While working across the NIAA in our Graduate Program, you will develop knowledge and understanding of the Agency’s key priorities.

Some key facts about the program:

  • The NIAA Graduate program runs for 12 months.
  • It consists of rotations through various work areas including policy, program delivery and enabling services.
  • You will be based in Canberra, with a potential rotation in one of our metropolitan, regional or remote locations.
  • You will have access to professional and personal development opportunities as well as a dedicated Graduate pastoral care and support program.

Graduate Case Study: Regional Rotation

A NIAA Graduate Program participant in the Hobart office

Undertaking a rotation in the NIAA Hobart office has been an unbelievable experience.

I’ve been exposed to a wide variety of work and many learning opportunities as part of my time in Hobart. The opportunity to venture into Community and engage with Indigenous Australians was a definite standout.

In the first week of my rotation, my supervisor and I drove to Huonville to meet with an Aboriginal community organisation seeking to help re-connect Elders with young people after impacts of COVID-19. This involved us learning more about their organisation, their purpose and what the NIAA could do to assist.

We listened to a first-hand account of what life can be like for Indigenous Australians in Tasmania, where the demographics are quite different to the mainland. We also learned about the history of Aboriginal Tasmanians and the Huon area.

The staff were incredibly welcoming and being able to meet with these stakeholders was truly eye-opening. Being on-the-ground and outside of the office to go to meetings such as these provided a new perspective to the work the NIAA undertakes.

This opportunity was not a one-off – I have also been able to meet with stakeholders in Launceston and Burnie throughout my rotation as well as government agencies and peak bodies.

My experience working in Hobart has left me with skills and knowledge that I couldn’t have learnt anywhere else. I would wholeheartedly recommend a rotation in any Regional Office.

Possible rotations

As a graduate, you will have the opportunity to work on some of our key priorities, including:

  • working within the Empowerment and Recognition Branch on an Indigenous Voice, Constitutional Recognition or Empowered Committees
  • contributing to important policy and programs in areas such as employment, education and youth, health and wellbeing, housing, business and economics
  • analysing the Closing the Gap targets and working on important implementation plans
  • working in the Legal Services Branch making a difference on Land and Public Law (this may contribute to your PLT requirements)
  • determining eligibility for various government grants in the dynamic Grants Management Unit
  • collating data to support the evaluation of high profile initiatives such as the Indigenous Rangers and Protected Areas programs, the Indigenous Cadetship Program, the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing or the Employment Parity Initiative.
  • working in our enabling functions such as Corporate or Organisational Performance and Change Group in areas such as finance, human resources, communications, governance, compliance and fraud control and cultural change.