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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Recruitment and Selection

Who we look for

Are you committed, energetic and resilient? Then you might just be who we are looking for.

We are seeking people who are aware of matters affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and who are motivated to help.

We encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, academic disciplines and industry sectors.

We want people with strong communication and interpersonal skills who can build trusted relationships and work collaboratively.

Sound judgment and problem solving skills are a must, as is the ability to be flexible.

NIAA employees strive to work as one team. Our cohesiveness is underpinned by our shared 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.

Our values and behaviours are incorporated into all aspects of our business to enable a cohesive culture across our workforce, and this represents an extension to the APS Values. Our values and behaviours are supported by the continuing commitment to our Footprints program. Our cross-cultural learning program is designed to strengthen our organisational competency and appreciation for diversity in all aspects of our work.

Our Application and Selection Process

Available roles are advertised on our website and APSJobs (at minimum). Before submitting an application you should determine your eligibility to apply (noting Australian citizenship and security clearance requirements).

Generally, we request a one page pitch and your resume in either a Microsoft Word or PDF format as part of your application. Your application must be submitted online via our Current Opportunities portal. For specific questions relating to the role you are applying for, please contact the listed contact officer stated in the candidate pack.

Each classification level has an APS-wide Work Level Standard, these include an overview of the broad job requirements, key duties and responsibilities, the knowledge and skills expected and describe the effective performance at the advertised classification. Being aware of these standards will assist you with determining the classification level that best aligns with your skills, knowledge and experiences.

Please note, all NIAA positions are classified as Identified positions to signify the strong involvement all roles have relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters. This means that cultural competency is a mandatory selection criteria that will be assessed as part of all formal and informal engagements into the Agency.

An overview of the general NIAA recruitment process is listed below.


Before applying for a job with NIAA, ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria:

  • Australian Citizenship
  • Security clearance (or ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance where required, noted in each vacancy)
  • Qualifications (where required)
  • Identified Roles (open to all Australians but requires candidates to demonstrate cultural competency) – more information on Identified roles can be found here
  • Affirmative Measures - Indigenous (positions only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people) – more information on Affirmative Measure – Indigenous roles can be found here
  • Affirmative Measures – Disability (positions only open to people with disability) – more information on Affirmative Measures – Disability roles can be found here

Thinking about applying

Before deciding to apply, we recommend you review the Candidate Pack (‘Want more information’) to understand the key requirements of the role, selection documentation and consider speaking with the contact officer to clarify any questions you may have about the role.

Application response

Your application will require you to submit a one page pitch (application response). We want to know why you want to work at NIAA, why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role.

Lodging your Application

NIAA uses an online recruitment system for lodgement of job applications, we do not accept emailed responses or unsolicited applications from third parties. Applications must be lodged through the online system as directed, by the nominated closing date.

Create a new account

If this is the first time you have applied for a role with NIAA, you will be required to create an account. This simple step-by-step process will ask you to enter an email address (username) and create a password.

Access existing account

If you wish to apply for a role and have a current account, log into your account and select the vacancy you wish to apply for. If you have forgotten your password or username click on the ‘Forgotten your Password’ link and a reset password link will be sent to your email address.

Problems with accessing online system

If you are unable to submit your application via the online recruitment system, please contact the Recruitment Team on (02) 6271 6000 (select option 2) or email

Selection process

The selection method used will vary depending on the requirements of the role, but will generally include the following:

  • assessment of your cultural capability where you are required to demonstrate your awareness of matters relating to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities
  • shortlisting and review of application response and your CV
  • interview and potentially a work sample test
  • referee checks.

Outcome of the selection process

At the completion of the selection process you will be advised of your outcome. Applicants will be provided with the details of a contact who is able to provide you with feedback.


Your new work area within NIAA will be responsible for organising your onboarding into the Agency, this includes deciding on a proposed start date. Due to the nature of work undertaken by NIAA, you will need to undergo pre-employment screening (security and background checks) prior to being issued with a formal offer of employment. When negotiating a start date the security requirements of the role will be a factor in determining how quickly you can commence in your new role.