Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cadet and Traineeship Programs

APSC Indigenous Cadetships Program

Through the Australian Public Service Commission, together with the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (National Indigenous Cadetship Project (NICP), the ABS is looking for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students working towards an undergraduate degree who are interested in contributing to the ABS and the APS.

A cadetship is a combination of full time study and work placement. Each year cadets undertake 12 weeks of work placement with the ABS. These work placements are normally undertaken during university breaks.

Cadets receive a wage while undertaking work placements, an allowance while studying and financial assistance for text books and university fees. The ABS will provide some assistance towards the HECS payments.

In the ABS, work at this level will require skills and attributes in some or all of the following areas:
• an ability to organise tasks and work effectively in teams and meet deadlines;
• conceptual and analytical skills, including the ability to critically assess information;
• good interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to explain complex ideas to a non-technical audience; and
• knowledge of relevant statistical areas.

For more details about the cadetship program go to http://www.apsc.gov.au/indigenous/indigenous-pathways

APSC Indigenous Traineeships Program

The Indigenous Entry Level Recruitment program is designed to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians employed in the APS. Persons appointed to Trainee APS positions are expected to undertake a prescribed course of training, including both on-the-job and off-the-job components.

Typically, work at this level will require skills and attributes in some or all of the following areas:
  • ability to communicate clearly;
  • work effectively in a team environment;
  • operation of a range of standard office equipment;
  • aptitude for clerical and administrative tasks; and
  • ability to manage own administrative tasks.

For more details about the traineeship program go to http://www.apsc.gov.au/indigenous/indigenous-pathways

Della Mayo
Indigenous Engagement Section
National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Surveys
Northern Territory Office

How did you get started?
“I enjoy being an Indigenous Trainee because working with statistics is rewarding, I’m always learning new things and the staff are friendly and welcoming”