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Career opportunities for Indigenous Australians

We are committed to the attraction, recruitment and retention of Indigenous Australians. With more than 60 office locations, both nationally and internationally, working for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is a fantastic opportunity for all Indigenous Australians.

We offer a dynamic working environment with diverse career opportunities from managing Australia's borders to client service, program or policy areas.

We provide a variety of career paths for Indigenous Australians within our department including cadetship, trainee programs and graduate positions. We recruit through the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) Indigenous Pathways program and advertise all vacancies through APS Gazette and on our website.

We are committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining of Indigenous Australians and acknowledge Indigenous Australians as the traditional owners of this land as well as recognising their position in Australian culture and history. We are committed to creating a workplace which is culturally aware and to providing support to our Indigenous staff to maximise their potential.

We value diversity and the unique contribution that Indigenous Australians bring to the department. The department provides the following support mechanisms for our Indigenous employees:

  • an Indigenous Employee Network which provides an opportunity to discuss issues and plan future goals for Indigenous employees within the department
  • a Reconciliation Action Plan as part of the government-wide agenda of 'Closing the Gap', which aims to create respectful and supportive relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians
    See: Reconciliation Action Plan

We are currently developing the new Indigenous Employment Strategy due to be finalised in December 2012. The strategy will include Indigenous recruitment, support mechanisms and learning and development opportunities for Indigenous employees.

More information and details about how to apply are available at the Australian Public Service Commission website.
See: Australian Public Service Commission

Read about the experiences of Indigenous staff working in the department:
See: Profiles of Indigenous staff (451KB PDF file)

View some of our Indigenous employees 'career journey's'


Rachielle is an Assistant Director in the Darwin State Office and has worked as Deputy Regional Manager in Thursday Island Office on Torres Strait. Rachielle commenced in the department under the Indigenous Cadetship program and has paved a career here at the department.


Jacinta is an APS 2 who commenced with the department on a non-ongoing contract. Jacinta has just been successful in gaining a permanent position in the Darwin state office.


Ann-Maree is originally from the Torres Straits with over 20 years experience with the department in this region. She joined the department initially on a non-ongoing basis and throughout her career has developed to the team leader level.


Peta commenced in the department as an Indigenous Graduate and after undertaking her graduate year, Peta took up the opportunity to become a Airport Inspector at the Cairns Airport.


After serving in the Queensland Ambulance Service, Reggie commenced an Indigenous traineeship as a mature age employee. Reggie is working in the Brisbane state office and thoroughly enjoying the career opportunities the department can offer him.


Justine commenced with the department as an Indigenous Graduate. Justine is based in the Brisbane state office and is thoroughly enjoying her graduate year learning different roles within the state office.


Naurelle commenced in the department as an Indigenous cadet and has made a career pathway in the Brisbane state office now as a Team Leader and mentor to other Indigenous employees.


Jeremy commenced in the department as an Indigenous trainee. Jeremy has completed a Certificate IV in Government and works in the Identity Resolution Centre and is excited about the career opportunities the traineeship will create for him.

Last reviewed Tuesday 19 November 2013

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