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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Reasons to work at NIAA

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) has an important purpose – to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We are looking for dedicated, collaborative and resilient people who want to make a real difference to Indigenous individuals and communities. If this sounds like you, then come join us!

We work to the Minister for Indigenous Australians, and across the entire Australian Government, with state and territory counterparts, peak bodies, service providers, and Indigenous communities. We work in partnership with our stakeholders to ensure that Indigenous policies and programs are delivering for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We focus on relationships and our own cultural awareness to ensure we have a strong ‘place-based’ approach that is responsive and respectful to the communities with which we work.

We lead and coordinate Commonwealth policy development, program design, implementation and evaluation. With the recent release of the Commonwealth’s Implementation Plan for the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, there is an increased emphasis on Indigenous affairs and we will be delivering substantial bodies of work over the coming years. Our priorities are set out in our Corporate Plan.

We focus on our people. We offer a space to bring your ideas and enthusiasm to complex issues. We also provide great learning and development opportunities and attractive conditions of employment.

If you want to take the opportunity to work with a diverse and committed team on a wide range of complex, important and fulfilling work at the forefront of Indigenous Affairs, then join us.

Where we work

The NIAA has around 1200 staff dispersed across 70 metropolitan, regional and remote locations.

Our diverse and dedicated teams work closely with the communities they serve. NIAA staff routinely visit over 400 Indigenous communities. Our broad on-the-ground presence supports active engagement with communities and stakeholders to explain government policies and identify and implement tailored local solutions that address the Government’s priorities in Indigenous Affairs.

We currently have offices or an in-community presence in the following locations:

NIAA Regions and Offices, locations listed in table below image





Batemans Bay, Broken Hill, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Lismore, Newcastle, Nowra, Orange, Parramatta, Tamworth,  Wagga Wagga


Acacia, Alice Springs, Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam, Ampilatwatja, Angurugu, Areyonga, Atitjere,  Barunga, Beswick, Borroloola, Bulla, Bullman, Canteen Creek, Darwin, Elliot, Engawala, Finke, Galiwinku, Gapuwiyak, Gunbalanya, Gunyangara, Haasts Bluff, Hermannsburgh (Ntaria), Kalkarindji, kaltukatjara (Docker River) Katherine, Kintore,  Imanpa, Lajamanu, Maningrida, Milikapiti, Milingimbi, Minyerri,  Mt Liebig, Mutitjulu, Nauiyu, Nhulunbuy, Ngukurr,  Numbulwar, Palumpa, Papunya, Peppimenarti, Pirlangimpi, Ramingining, Robinson River, Santa Teresa, Tennant Creek, Ti Tree,  Umbakumba, Wadeye, Wurrumiyanya, Yarralin, Yirrkala, Yuendumu


Aurunkun, Brisbane, Cairns, Doomadgee, Mt Isa, Mornington Island, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville 


Melbourne, Mildura, Shepparton


Ardyaloon, Beagle Bay, Broome, Carnarvon, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Geraldton, Halls Creek, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra, Perth, South Headland 


Adelaide, Amata, Ceduna, Mimili, Port Augusta