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What we offer

What we offer

The work is rewarding and has real purpose. Our diverse and committed team works on a wide range of complex, important and fulfilling issues at the forefront of Indigenous affairs. 


  • 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.
  • Career opportunities range 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. We offer 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. We have 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.


Employment conditions

NIAA offers a variety of benefits and conditions which are outlined in our Enterprise Agreement and remuneration and allowance tables for non-SES employment and individual determination for SES employment. These include:

  • Remuneration package: salary scales at the higher end of the public service, with a generous 15.4% employer superannuation contribution with access to the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme.
  • Leave provisions: full-time employees accrue 20 days of paid annual leave and 18 days of paid personal/careers leave for each year worked. Leave provisions are applied on a pro-rata basis for part-time employees.
  • Allowances: higher duties, travel assistance, retirement financial assistance, language proficiency, corporate responsibility allowance (First Aid Officers, Fire Wardens, Health and Safety Representatives and Harassment Contact Officers).
  • Flexible work arrangements: employees may request flexible working arrangements such as working from home, working part time, compressed hours or job sharing to enable them to balance their work and personal lives.
  • Professional development: an excellent work environment with strong technology support and opportunities to grow your capability with our leadership programs, coaching and mentoring, study assistance, professional skills training, seminars and cultural learning programs.


Our goal is to provide an engaging, supportive and safe work environment for all staff. The NIAA is committed to a shared vision of a healthy workplace and workforce, one where employees feel empowered and supported to look after themselves and each other. We have a range of resources, policies and programs to help, including:

  • employee assistance program  
  • annual flu vaccination program
  • bullying and harassment policy  
  • harassment contact officers
  • domestic and family violence policy
  • guidance and assessments to set up work stations correctly
  • support for reasonable work adjustments that eliminate or reduce barriers so you can perform the key requirements of the job.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by TELUS Health, is a free, professional support service available 24 hours, 365 days. It provides staff and their immediate family with confidential help for any work, health or life concern – whether personal or professional. The EAP also offers a dedicated support line for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff and immediate family to connect with a clinician who identifies as First Nations or a non-indigenous clinician who has lots of experience working with mob.

Where we work

At the NIAA, one of our most valuable assets is our regional presence and large national footprint. Our 1,600 employees work in urban, regional and remote locations across Australia. Our approach to work allows us to value-add in place.

'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. We work closely and respectfully with First Nations communities, organisations, peak bodies and all levels of government.

Our broad, on-the-ground presence supports active engagement with communities and stakeholders to:

  • value-add in place, including in response to emerging priorities and natural disasters
  • co-design and deliver policies and programs that reflect the uniqueness of each community and their changing priorities
  • explain government policies and implement the government's priorities.

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*

NSWBatemans Bay, Broken Hill, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Lismore, Newcastle, Nowra, Parramatta, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga
NTAlice Springs, Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek
QLDBrisbane, Cairns, Mt Isa, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville 
VICMelbourne, Mildura, Shepparton
WABroome, Derby, Geraldton, Halls Creek, Kalgoorlie, Kununurra, Perth, South Hedland 
SAAdelaide, Ceduna, Port Augusta

 * We also have a presence in other remote locations in Australia.



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