Indigenous employment

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) recognises the benefits of employing a diverse workforce.

DAFF recognises the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the unique skills and knowledge that Indigenous staff bring to our workplace. DAFF demonstrates its commitment to the improvement of social and economic opportunities for Indigenous Australians by providing exciting employment and development opportunities in a range of fields and locations.

There are a number of opportunities available for Indigenous Australians to work within DAFF including through the:


Indigenous Cadetship Support

The Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) is an Australian Government initiative that improves the professional employment prospects of Indigenous Australians.

The program is designed to link full-time Indigenous students undertaking their first undergraduate degree with Australian Government employers who can give them work placements and ongoing employment once they finish their studies.

This is an opportunity for you to gain valuable work experience during your semester break.

For more information or to register you interest in gaining a Cadetship please visit the APSC website

Graduate Development Program

The DAFF Graduate Development Program is designed to provide you with a solid foundation to commence your career with the department and the Australian Public Service. Our Graduate Development Program is delivered over 11 months, and you will enjoy a busy year of structured training and development, and three diverse workplace rotations. All graduate positions are based in the Canberra office.

Indigenous Traineeship Program

This program provides Indigenous Australians with a pathway into APS employment. It is designed for applicants with limited experience in government and who have no formal qualifications. The program provides trainees with a training wage, as well as the opportunity to learn new skills and undertake a structured training program leading to a permanent job in the department on successful completion.

For more information or to register your interest in gaining a Traineeship please visit the APSC website.

General Employment

DAFF offers a range of exciting employment opportunities in a range of fields and locations. We are committed to the principles of workplace diversity and actively encourage applications from all diversity groups.

You can find vacant positions advertised on the Jobs section of the DAFF website.  

DAFF also has a Temporary Employment Register for people to register their interest to work with DAFF. Completing an application allows DAFF to contact you when relevant temporary contract positions arise.

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Further Information

Reconciliation Action Plan

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a tool that helps organisations to build positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.  It provides organisations with a format for exploring how reconciliation can advance their business and organisational objectives.  

Workplace Diversity Strategy

DAFF aims to foster a supportive and understanding environment that promotes our values of respect, integrity, professionalism, openness and fairness, and we strive to assist all individuals to realise their maximum potential, regardless of their differences.  To achieve this, a Workplace Diversity Strategy has been developed to set goals to progress diversity issues.

Our Stories - Career Profiles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Australian Public Service (2002)

  • This document, produced by the Australian Public Service Commission (ASPC), acknowledges the contribution made to the Australian Public Service by Indigenous Australian employees - Our Stories PDF [274 KB]

Getting a job in the Australian Public Service (ASPC - 2006)

  • This booklet aims to help Indigenous Australians apply for and get jobs in the Australian Public Service - Getting a job PDF [558 KB]

Not just a job (APSC - 2006)

  • This booklet explains the variety of jobs available in the Australian Public Service and includes commentary from current Australian Public Service Indigenous employees - Not just a job PDF [2 MB]

If you have any further queries regarding Indigenous Employment at DAFF, please email Indigenous Employment.