IAGDP Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions for the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program.

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What are the eligibility requirements?

You must be an Australian citizen to be employed in the Australian Public Service and be eligible for the program. You must also be an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

During the application process you will be required to provide proof of your citizenship, as well as provide a Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage document.

What is a ‘confirmation’ document and how do I apply for one?

As per subsection 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 these positions are restricted to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • A letter signed by the Chairperson of an incorporated Indigenous organisation confirming that you are recognised as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or
  • A confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent form executed by an Indigenous organisation.

The following organisations may be able to assist you with obtaining this evidence:

Can I apply for the IAGDP if I have applied before?

If you have applied before and been unsuccessful we encourage you to apply again.

When does the application process close?

Applications close at 11:59pm AEDT on Sunday 19 May 2019.

How many positions are available?

The number of participating agencies and positions available can vary from year to year according to individual agency workforce requirements. We will have a good sense of the number and location of positions during our interview period in June and July 2019.

Where will I be working?

Most of the positions being offered are for roles based in Canberra, but there may be a limited number of positions located in some capital cities and regional centres around Australia. Again, we will have a better sense of where positions will be located during our interview period in June and July 2019.

Will I receive assistance with relocation if I am successful and need to relocate to take up a position?

Most agencies will offer relocation assistance; however the amount of assistance will vary between agencies.

If I am successful, when do I find out where I will be working and when do I start work?

Successful applicants can expect to receive an offer of employment from an agency in September 2019.

Successful participants will attend Orientation during the week of 3 February 2020. It is expected that you will commence your role the following week at your agency (noting some factors might delay this date, such as security clearance or relocation matters).

We expect participants will start work on 3 February 2020 which is day 1 of Orientation week in Canberra. Please be aware that there are sometimes factors which could delay start dates, such as security clearances and/or relocation matters.

What is the starting salary?

IAGDP participants commence at an APS 3 classification salary (or equivalent). The salary is competitive and salaries vary between agencies, however typically most salaries range from between $56,000 and $64,000.

What skills and attributes do I need to have to apply for the IAGDP?

We are looking for keen, motivated and enthusiastic participants who would like the opportunity to gain a permanent position in the Australian Public Service (APS) and contribute to and influence the business outcomes of their agency.

It is not a requirement to have work experience that is directly related to a job in the APS – you just have to demonstrate that you have the capability to perform the duties and to undertake Diploma level study. You can use examples from school or community-based achievements in your application.

We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the Integrated Leadership System (ILS) to assist you in addressing the selection criteria. You can also get valuable information from the Cracking the Code document on the Australian Public Service Website.

To assist you in answering the selection criteria and providing evidence of your skills and attributes, we encourage you to use the STAR method:

  • Situation: What was the situation?
  • Task: What tasks were involved in that situation?
  • Action: What actions did you take?
  • Result: What were the results of those actions?

What if I don’t have any qualifications? Can I still apply?

Of course – you don’t need any formal qualifications or education to apply for the IAGDP.

What sort of work will I be doing?

The type of work you do will vary according to the agency where you are employed, but can involve answering enquiries from the public, records management, data entry, human resources management, communications, project management, contract management, procurement, and other general administrative, clerical, operational or systems support.

What sort of training will I receive?

  • On the job training: You will undertake on-the-job work experience in a government agency which will complement your formal studies. This will assist you to develop an understanding of your agency’s overall business.
  • A nationally recognised qualification: Participants will undertake a Diploma of Government with streams currently being offered in Project Management, Procurement and Contract Management and Human resources. (Please note this offering may change prior to the next program depending on agency requirements). Successful completion of the Diploma training is a mandatory part of the Program.
  • Additional learning and development activities: designed to support your professional and personal development and your understanding of the APS and its processes.

What are my career prospects after the IAGDP?

On successful completion of the 18 month IAGDP program, you will progress from an APS 3 classification salary (or equivalent) to an APS 4 classification salary (or equivalent). You will also be provided with the knowledge and skills to assist you in applying for promotion to another role in your agency or another agency in the APS, so your prospects can be very good if you are prepared to have a go.

Frequently asked Questions about the IAGDP Application Process

I have applied for the IAGDP Program — what happens next?

If your application is submitted correctly using the online application system, you should receive an automatically-generated email to let you know that it has been received. If you do not receive this email please resubmit your application and if you still don’t receive notification please contact the team by email at iagdp@dese.gov.au or call the IAGDP Hotline on (02) 6240 3737 for further assistance.

The IAGDP team will assess the applications for suitability. We will send you an email notification as to whether you have been selected to progress to the next stage of assessment.

If your application is found suitable in the first stage of the process, you will be invited to attend a panel interview. You will be notified of the location for your interview and you will be able to book a time suitable for you during the scheduled interviews in your location.

What happens at the panel interview?

The panel interview will involve answering a series of questions that will assist us to assess your suitability for a position on the program and will complement your written application. You will be provided with a copy of the questions 15 minutes prior to the interview so that you will have an opportunity to think about your responses before the interview. You will also complete two other short assessment tasks after your interview has taken place.

Will I need to travel for my interview?

While interviews will be conducted in all over Australia it may not be in a location in which you reside. In this instance you may request to be interviewed via skype or phone instead.

If you progress beyond the interview stage you will be required to come to Canberra in August to meet agencies representatives so that you can be placed with an agency. At this stage you will be able to select your preferred agency choices, however please note that this does not guarantee that you will be placed within that agency.

When will I know if I am successful in gaining a position on the IAGDP?

Following this, agencies will be provided with a report which details your performance during assessment activities. Agencies will then inform the IAGDP team of their intention to make candidates an offer.

The IAGDP team would then inform successful candidates of their offer of employment. For this reason, it is important that you keep us informed of any changes to your contact details. Note that unsuccessful applicants would also be notified at this time.

For some positions, you may be required to obtain a security clearance prior to commencement. However this information will be specified by the employing agency in their discussions with you during the offer process.

Security clearances can greatly delay your start date so it is essential that, if requested to, you complete the necessary paperwork correctly and in a timely manner to expedite the process.

There is more information on security clearances at the Department of Defence website on the Australian Government Security Vetting page.

Who do I contact if I need to withdraw my application?

Please notify a member of the IAGDP team immediately on (02) 6240 3737 or email the team at iagdp@dese.gov.au if you would like to withdraw your application. You can also withdraw your application via the online recruitment system.

What if I have a question that isn't answered here?

If you have any questions or concerns during the process, please phone the IAGDP Hotline on (02) 6240 3737 or email the team at iagdp@dese.gov.au.