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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Work Exposure in Government (WEX)

The Work Exposure in Government (WEX) program is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to learn about careers in the Australian Government.

In 2022, two WEX events will be held. WEX Regional in Cairns in July and WEX Canberra in October.

WEX Regional will be held in Cairns from 18 to 22 July 2022. This will be the first WEX Regional event and is a great opportunity to learn about Australian Government careers in regional Australia.

Selected students will travel to Cairns for a five day interactive program. All accommodation, transportation and meals are provided.

Students will be accompanied by teachers and mentors who provide cultural mentoring and leadership guidance.

WEX Regional activities and experiences may include:

  • Meeting Indigenous leaders and getting advice on career planning.
  • Working alongside Indigenous mentors who will help guide your personal leadership journey.
  • Meeting other Indigenous students and future leaders.
  • Visits to Australian Government agencies such as the Australian Defence Force and National Indigenous Australians Agency.
  • 1 on 1 and small group workshops on leadership, mentoring and preparing to complete Year 12.
  • Cultural activities.
  • A Careers Expo, where students can talk to representatives from a range of government agencies.
  • Prizes and Giveaways.

WEX Canberra 2022 will be held in October 2022. A separate application process will take place in mid‑2022.


Applications for WEX Regional have now closed.

Applications for WEX Canberra will open in mid-2022.

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