Indigenous programs

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to ensuring that the department has an inclusive workplace culture that is supported by best-practice corporate policies and processes. Recognising the unique position of Indigenous Australians as the first peoples of Australia, and the Australian Government’s commitment to reconciliation and closing the gap on Indigenous Australian disadvantage, DFAT operates targeted strategies and programs to support reconciliation with Indigenous Australians and to support the recruitment, retention and career development of Indigenous Australian employees in the department.

DFAT applies Affirmative Measures (Indigenous) to all our bulk recruitment processes. We encourage suitably qualified Indigenous Australians to apply for vacancies, which are advertised on our website, via APS Jobs and in the National Indigenous Times and the Koori Mail.

We also offer a number of other employment pathways for Indigenous Australians. You must meet DFAT's eligibility requirements to apply for these programs.

Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program

Each year, a number of Indigenous graduates join the DFAT graduate program through the Australian Public Service Commission’s centralised recruitment process for Indigenous graduates, the Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program. Applications for this program are open between January and March each year. Graduate positions with DFAT are based in Canberra.

Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme

DFAT is also one of a number of agencies participating in the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program, which is run by the Department of Human Services. The program runs for 18 months during which time you will be exposed to a range of work and undertake a Certificate IV or Diploma-level qualification. You will commence as an APS 3, to work in a job which could be located in Canberra or in one of our state or territory capital cities. Applications generally open in February/March each year.

Indigenous Australian Government Development Program

DFAT participates in the 15-month Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP), which is run by the Department of Employment. IAGDP participants complete a Diploma-level qualification in Government (with a specialist stream which may include Project Management, HR Management, or Procurement and Contract Management), while working in relevant areas of DFAT. You commence at the APS 3 level, and advance to the APS 4 level upon successful completion of the program. Applications generally open in January/February each year. IAGDP participants will have the opportunity to apply for a finance extension program, the Finance Indigenous Professional Program, which aims to train staff to professional accreditation with an Australian accounting body.

Meet some of our Indigenous program participants

Last Updated: 19 December 2018