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Are you an NIAA Graduate?

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2023 Graduate Program

Applications for the NIAA 2023 Graduate Program have closed.

Are you an NIAA Graduate?

The NIAA Graduate program provides a unique opportunity to be involved in an exciting time in Indigenous affairs, with the NIAA at a pivotal stage of development and an ambitious reform agenda ahead.

2023 NIAA Graduates will have the opportunity to support our delivery of substantial bodies of work as part of the Government’s increased emphasis on Indigenous affairs.

NIAA will play a lead coordination role in the Government’s Implementation Plan for the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, the Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme, and delivering a comprehensive jobs and skills reform program.

Graduates may also have a chance to support the co-design process—having Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people lead the design of policy initiatives that affect them—in action.

NIAA Graduate Program - Tal

‘I’ve learned a lot in the last 12 months at the NIAA. I’ve been in three different rotations. The skills that have best served me, that I brought with me—being a creative problem solver, someone with a really can-do attitude, just being prepared to run with whatever problems you encounter rather than getting absolutely stuck on them.’ - Tal, 2021 NIAA Graduate

Who we are looking for

You are a committed, energetic and curious person who embodies NIAA’s values and behaviours

  • We respect multiple perspectives.
  • We are authentic.
  • We are professional and act with integrity.
  • We invest in each other’s success.
  • We deliver with purpose.

You are motivated to achieve the Agency’s vision and purpose

  • You are committed to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
  • You are a high achiever who wants to make a difference to the future of our country through your contributions in the Australian Public Service.
  • You have awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses and are able to identify opportunities to develop and broaden your skills and knowledge.
  • You have an understanding of the work of the Agency.

You have an awareness of issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • You demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • You are aware of how to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • You are committed to further developing your cultural competency and awareness.
  • You are genuine with a positive approach to diversity and individual differences.

You have strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • You appropriately adapt your communication style to communicate information with influence.
  • You write simply, clearly and concisely in a well-structured and logical way.
  • You have strong relationship management skills and can establish positive rapport with people at all levels, and are able to build, maintain and use networks.
  • You are able to work and achieve outcomes both independently and as part of a team.

You have demonstrated sound judgment and problem solving skills

  • You understand the relationship between issues and how they might connect as part of a larger, complex problem.
  • You can gather and analyse data from multiple sources of information and have the confidence to probe for further information when required to make rational decisions.
  • You actively gather relevant views and consult appropriately.
  • You approach problems with an innovative and creative mindset to find workable solutions.

You are agile and resilient

  • In the face of obstacles, you persevere to achieve personal and professional goals.
  • You work productively in a high pressure environment and adapt and respond well to change and ambiguity, and make the most of the opportunities they present.
  • You know how to use your strengths to get through busy and difficult times in the workplace.
  • You are able to quickly process and understand new information.