Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)

Indigenous Australian Government Development Program

An 15 month entry-level employment and development program open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Participants work in selected agencies in the Australian Public Service.

The Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP) is an 15 month entry-level employment and development program open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in working in the Australian Public Service (APS).

The aim of the program is to significantly contribute to improving employment opportunities, experiences and outcomes for Indigenous Australians in the Australian Public Service. We value and draw on the skills, capability and unique life experiences that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees can bring and are committed to developing a talented and versatile workforce. Applications open in April/May each year, for roles commencing the following February.

Positions may be available in Canberra, some capital cities and large regional centres.

All APS agencies are encouraged to host program participants. Past participating agencies include:

  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)
  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)
  • Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Communications and the Arts
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Department of Parliamentary Services
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)
  • National Disability Insurance Agency
  • The Attorney General’s Department

Benefits of the program

The Indigenous Australian Government Development Program will offer you a program of structured learning and development to help you build a career in the Australian Public Service and support you to undertake study at the Diploma level in a range of specialisations.

Other benefits include:

  • A permanent full-time position after completed the program
  • Study assistance (with course fees paid by your employer)
  • Peer support, mentoring and coaching
  • Competitive salary, superannuation and employment conditions 

How does the IAGDP program work?

  • Interested people can apply for the program online between 10 April – 19 May 2019. The application process involves a written application and interview and successful applicants can expect to be contacted in September 2019;
  • Successful applicants commence work in February 2020 in an APS agency and undertake duties at the APS 3 level (or equivalent);
  • IAGDP participants must undertake three program components including: a diploma-level qualification, full-time work experience and on-the-job-training and access to career relevant learning and development;
  • After the initial 15 month period, IAGDP participants continue to work in a permanent full-time position in the host APS agency and may be advanced to the APS 4 level (or equivalent) which attracts a higher salary;
  • IAGDP participants must abide by the IAGDP Guidelines and behave in a way that upholds the APS Values.

What sort of work will I be doing?

The type of work you do will vary according to the agency you are working in, but your work could 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.

How to Apply

The 2020 Indigenous Government Development Program will commence in February 2020.

Applications are now closed. 

Want to know more?


The following is a list of all the videos that are associated with Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP).

  • Shelby’s Story

    Watch Shelby’s Story
    Shelby had a light bulb moment just after she graduated from the program when she realised just how influential her role in the public service is.
  • Haydn’s Story

    Watch Haydn’s Story
    Haydn was pleased to learn that his skills from previous work as a butcher and in retail transferred across to the work he was doing in the public service.
  • Michael’s Story

    Watch Michael’s Story
    With each rotation that Michael did during the IAGDP he learned new skills and experience.
  • Lauchlan’s Story

    Watch Lauchlan’s Story
    Lauchlan owned his own business before becoming an IAGDP participant. See why Lauchlan decided it was time to learn new skills.