Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment

Further information

This is our land - these are our people

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The Department of Agriculture recognises the benefits of employing a diverse workforce.

We recognise the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the unique skills and knowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees bring to our workplace. The Department of Agriculture 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.

Check out what some of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees have to say about working at the Department of Agriculture:

There are various ways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to join the Department of Agriculture which include:


General employment

The Department of Agriculture offers exciting employment opportunities in a range of fields and locations. We are committed to the principles of workplace diversity and encourage applications from all diversity groups.
You can find vacant positions advertised on the Jobs section of the Department of Agriculture website.  

The Department of Agriculture also has a Temporary Employment Register for people to register their interest in working at the department. Completing an application allows the Department of Agriculture to contact you when relevant temporary contract positions arise.

Graduate Development Program

The Department of Agriculture 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 10 months, and you will enjoy a busy year of 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.

Further Information

Reconciliation Action Plan

The Department of Agriculture has a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians continue to work together to increase reconciliation. Our RAP aligns with our Diversity Strategy and Action Plan, and aims to help us build and maintain beneficial relationships by respecting the contribution of Indigenous Australians and their communities. Our RAP is supported by our Indigenous Champion and has been developed in consultation with our Indigenous Ambassadors, Indigenous Employee Network and Indigenous Working Group.

Diversity Strategy and Action Plan

The Department of Agriculture aims to foster a diverse workforce that encourages and engages in an inclusive workplace that is reflective of the Australian Community.

To achieve this, a Diversity Strategy and Action Plan has been developed to set goals to progress diversity issues.

Cracking the code (APSC - 2012)

This guide will help you find out about the APS and how to apply for jobs.

If you have any further queries regarding Indigenous Employment at Department of Agriculture, please email Indigenous Employment.