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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Graduate and Entry Level Pathway Careers

Are you interested in making a positive difference in the lives of First Nations people? At NIAA, you can follow your passion, shape your career, and make a real difference. Find an entry-level pathway available to suit you.


The Australian Government has an ambitious agenda to support and enable the self-determination and aspirations of First Nations Peoples, and the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) is a key partner in fulfilling the commitments to elevate First Nation's voices, and ensure First Nations people have a say in the decisions that affect them.

We are committed to implementing the Government's policies and programs to provide the greatest benefit to all First Nations peoples. Our priorities are informed by the Government's commitment to work in genuine partnership with First Nations peoples for better outcomes.

We support the Minister and Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians, as well as the Special Envoy for Reconciliation and the Implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

We have a large national footprint with approximately 1,400 passionate employees spread across offices in remote, regional and urban locations. This enables us to work closely and respectfully with First Nations communities, organisations, peak bodies, all levels of government and other parties to support the design and delivery of policies and programs that reflect the uniqueness of each community and their changing priorities. Our work allows us to value-add in place, including in response to emerging priorities, pandemics, and natural disasters.

NIAA Graduate Program

The NIAA Graduate Program runs for 12 months, commencing at the APS 4 classification with opportunity for advancement to the APS 5 and APS 6 at completion of the program. It consists of three rotations through various work areas including policy, programs, engagement, grants administration, corporate and enabling services.

Participants can be based in Canberra, Brisbane, Darwin and Perth with a potential rotation in one of our metropolitan, regional or remote locations. Graduates will have access to professional and personal development opportunities as well as a dedicated Graduate pastoral care and support program.

Find out more about the NIAA Graduate Program.

The NIAA also participants in a number of Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP) professional streams. For more information or to apply, please follow the links below:

Indigenous Apprenticeship Program

‘I chose the NIAA because it's an Indigenous orientated organisation, they offer great support and benefits for our mob and myself. So far, NIAA has encouraged and inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and gain self-confidence, and also the opportunity to build a career.’
Zipporah, 2023 IAP participant.

A pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to start their careers in the Australian Public Service (APS).

The NIAA participates in the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program (IAP), we offer placements across Australia. Providing participants with the opportunity to contribute to our Agency's vision and make a real difference in their community. Apprentices commence at APS2 or APS3 in an ongoing role and are supported to obtain a formal qualification. They also receive pastoral care including a buddy and mentor and the opportunity to undertake on the job training during the 12 month program.

If this program sounds like something you would be interested in applying for visit Services Australia Careers or contact

Australian Government School Leaver Program

‘The best feature of the NIAA is the team culture and the opportunities and support the Agency provides for School Leavers. Everyone is passionate in achieving and contributing to the Agency’s goals and vision as we continue to work towards closing the gap.’
Amelia, 2023 Career Starter.

Entry level pathway program for candidates that have completed a Year 12 certificate (or equivalent) in the previous two years.

The NIAA participates in the Australian Government School Leaver Program (AGSLP), with placements in Canberra and potentially other advertised locations. Providing participants an opportunity to grow and develop their skills in a supportive and flexible environment, while receiving pastoral care including a buddy and mentor. Commencing at APS 1 in an ongoing role with opportunities to advance to APS 2 at completion of the program, and support to study a Certificate IV in Government or Human Resources.

For more information visit the Autralian Government School Leaver Program or contact

Abilities Program

The Abilities Program is designed to create pathways for people with disability into ongoing employment within the Agency and the broader Australian Public Service (APS) and act as a stepping stone towards a participant’s long-term career aspirations.

The NIAA participates in the Abilities Program, with placements in Canberra and potentially other advertised locations, the 12 month program commences at the APS 3 with an opportunity to advance to APS 4 at completion of the program. Participants receive pastoral care including a buddy and mentor, and are supported to complete study options as part of the program.

To find more information on the AAP visit DSS Ability Apprenticeship Program or contact

Digital Traineeship Program

The Digital Traineeship Program (DTP) aims to increase digital employment opportunities in the APS.

The NIAA intends to participate in this new program, with opportunities across Australia at the APS 5 and APS 6 classifications for a 12 month program in an ongoing role. Participants are supported to complete a Certificate IV or Diploma (or equivalent) in a digital or ICT discipline.

For more information visit the DTP page on APS Jobs or contact