Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources benefits from 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 demonstrates its commitment to the improvement of social and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by providing employment and development opportunities in a range of fields and locations.

General employment

The department offers exciting employment opportunities across Australia. We are committed to the principles of workplace diversity and encourage applications from all diversity groups.

Search for current job vacancies  and submit lodge a job application online.

Join our temporary employment register so we can contact you for suitable short-term contracts.

Graduate Development Programme

Our Graduate Development Programme is designed to provide you with a solid foundation to commence your career with the department and the Australian Public Service (APS). Over 10 months, our graduates enjoy a busy year of training and development through three diverse workplace rotations in the Canberra office.

Entry level employment opportunities

Our department participates in several APS entry level employment programmes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These opportunities are advertised nationally through the APSjobs website.

APS Indigenous Pathways Programme

We participate in the APS Indigenous Pathways programme, an annual bulk recruitment exercise facilitated by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC). To be considered by a number of APS agencies, you can submit one application to:

  • APS Indigenous Graduate Programme—supports transition from university into the workforce and encourages you to explore your potential through work placements and ongoing professional development
  • APS Indigenous Traineeship Programme—provides a structured introduction to the skills and knowledge necessary to commence a rewarding career in the APS.

Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)

We participate in the Indigenous Australian Government Program (IAGDP), an entry-level employment and development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in working in the APS. This 15-month program, facilitated by the Department of Employment, combines ongoing employment with structured learning and aims to increase the representation of Indigenous Australians working in the Australian Government. The program includes three main components:

  • a Diploma of Government
  • full-time work experience and on-the-job training
  • learning and development opportunities.

Further information

Diversity strategy

The department aims to foster a diverse workforce that encourages and engages in an inclusive workplace that is reflective of the Australian Community. Our Diversity strategy has been developed to set goals to progress diversity issues.

Reconciliation action plan

The department's Reconciliation action plan demonstrates our commitment to ensuring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians continue to work together to increase reconciliation. Our Reconciliation action plan aligns with our Diversity strategy, and aims to help us build and maintain beneficial relationships by respecting the contribution of Indigenous Australians and their communities. The Reconciliation action plan is supported by our Indigenous Champion and has been developed in consultation with our Indigenous Ambassadors, Indigenous Employee Network and Indigenous Working Group.

Cracking the code

The APSC released Cracking the code to help you understand the APS recruitment process and how to apply for jobs.


Contact People Programs if you have any queries regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.