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Pathways into public service



Previous APS Indigenous Pathways participants (top l-r) Matthew James, Sam Richards and Ricky Macourt (front l-r) Maiala Waters, Kawatag Doyle, Anthony Rummery and Nadine Highfield.

Have you completed your degree or looking for a career change?

The Australian Public Service Commission is calling for applications for the 2015 Australian Public Service (APS) Indigenous Pathways Programs for Indigenous Graduates and Trainees.

An initiative of the APS Indigenous Employment Strategy, the Australian Public Service Commission works in partnership with several APS agencies to provide employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The aim of the program is to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the right skills and knowledge to begin a career in Government, whether you are looking to transition your studies into a career or looking to combine paid work with a structured training and development program.

Working for the Australian Government is proving to be the right career choice for former graduate program participant, Wongatha woman Nadine Highfield and former trainee program participant Wongaibon man Sam Richards.

Nadine, a former Pathways graduate with the Australian Government Solicitor believes that working within the APS has provided her with a strong foundation for her career.

“The professional experience I have gained will help me develop leadership skills to become a role model to other Indigenous people,” she says.

“Through my studies, I discovered that the best way to achieve this was to work within the APS. The APS not only encourages ongoing learning opportunities throughout your career (both formal study and on-the-job training), but it also provides you with challenging and satisfying work,” Nadine says.

For Sam, a former Pathways trainee at the Department of Defence, there were many aspects of working in the APS that drove him to apply for a traineeship.

“Working for the APS provides you with a secure full time job and once you’re in the APS you have endless opportunities to further your career. When I applied to join the APS I was only 16 years old and didn’t know what to do for a career, so when I got the position I was relieved to know that I had something to kick start my working career,” Sam says.

Applications for the 2015 intake of the APS Indigenous Pathways Programs for Indigenous Graduates, Cadets and Trainees are now open. By lodging a single application Indigenous applicants have the opportunity to be considered for employment in a number of Australian Government agencies. To apply, or find out more, follow the link.




  1. Tanya Biondi

    I would like to find out more so I can apply for a traineeship.

    • Jacob Barton

      Hello Tanya,

      Please follow this link to find out more about the Graduate and Traineeship Programs. You can also apply through the link I have provided.

      Best of luck.