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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Reasons to work at NIAA

NIAA’s vision is to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are heard, recognised and empowered.

We are looking for dedicated, collaborative and resilient people who want to work on complex matters to make a real difference to First Nations Peoples. If this sounds like you, then come join us!

The NIAA experience and our unique employment offering includes:


  • We're all about supporting the self-determination and aspirations of First Nations Peoples – it's our driving force and inspiration.
  • Valuing and sustaining the world's oldest living cultures strengthens the whole nation.
  • We offer lots of career opportunities in a wide range of positions, from developing policy to enabling service delivery on-the-ground throughout Australia.
  • At the NIAA, our work is transformational – you can follow your passion, shape your career and make a difference.


  • We value our people – they're at the heart of everything we do.
  • Our leaders inspire a sense of purpose and are accessible and supportive.
  • Our working style is collaborative and agile.
  • We invest in each other's success and share fundamental values. A driven, diverse and inclusive workplace is very important to us, so we champion multiple perspectives and encourage continuous cultural learning and professional development.
  • We have generous remuneration and employment conditions, including flexibility so you can balance work with other commitments.


  • Our work relies on strong and trusted relationships – supporting the aspirations of First Nations Peoples can't be done in isolation.
  • We build partnerships by being authentic, sharing information and giving honest feedback.
  • A key strength is our national footprint. With offices across remote, regional and urban Australia, we're on-the-ground, actively partnering with First Nations communities and all levels of government to co-design policies, deliver programs and influence change.
  • We hold ourselves, and our partners, accountable to achieve positive outcomes.

'I am proud to work for NIAA because we are working together for a greater future'– NIAA Staff Member

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, removing barriers to full participation in our national life and closing the gap.

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. Our priorities are set out in our Corporate Plan

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

At the NIAA, one of our most valuable assets is our regional presence and large national footprint with approximately 1,300 passionate employees working closely with communities in our urban, regional and remote 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.

"Policy is where the influence is - it has a real impact on the programs we deliver to people on the ground" - Angela Wood (NIAA employee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network member and Wagjigany woman). 

Our national footprint with office locations right across Australia also allows greater reach and influence in partnering with stakeholders including individual communities to ensure co-design of our policies and programs.

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

Office Locations (Canberra, Regional and Sub Regional Offices)*




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


Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek


Brisbane, Cairns, Mt Isa, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville 


Melbourne, Mildura, Shepparton


Broome, Derby, Geraldton, Halls Creek, Kalgoorlie, Kununurra, Perth, South Hedland 


Adelaide, Ceduna, Port Augusta



* Please note, the NIAA also has additional remote office and/or community presences in a range of remote locations throughout Australia.