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.

Indigenous Graduate Pathway

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 Indigenous Graduate Pathway.

Applications for this program are open between January and April 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 12 months during which time you will be exposed to a range of work and undertake a Certificate IV if employed at the APS2 level or a Diploma-level qualification if employed at the APS3 level. These positions could be located in Canberra or in one of our state or territory capital cities.

Applications generally open in February/March each year with placement and commencement to follow in November/December.

Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)

DFAT participates in the 15-month Indigenous Australian Government Development Program , 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. To build a broad understanding of DFAT’s core business, IAGDP participants are provided with three rotations during the program within a range of business areas.

Applications generally open in 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: 6 November 2019