Stepping Into Program

2023 Stepping Into Program

Applications for the Winter 2024 Stepping Into Program are now closed. Applications for the 2025 Program will open in March 2025.

The Stepping Into Program is a nationwide initiative facilitated by the Australian Disability Network, offering invaluable paid work experience to university students with disabilities who may encounter substantial obstacles in securing employment. This program is a collaborative platform connecting employers with skilled and talented students, actively fostering diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

Welcome to the department

Our department, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications, and the Arts, prides itself on being an inclusive environment that values diversity. Completing your Stepping Into internship with us means contributing to work that profoundly impacts the lives of all Australians, forming the foundation of our economy and society. Whether you're involved in planning for the global digital economy, designing future-facing cities, or shaping the transport and telecommunications systems of tomorrow, your efforts will make a significant impact. Our extensive range of projects offers unparalleled opportunities to apply your expertise while exploring diverse interests across our portfolio.

At our department, we prioritise supporting your working style. With a dedicated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team and a staff-led Disability, Neurodiversity, and Allies network, we aim to make you feel at home, allowing you to perform at your best.

About the Stepping Into Program

The Stepping Into Program offers placements for a minimum of 152 hours (4–5 weeks) as an APS Level 2 employee, available for both full-time and part-time equivalents. Expressions of interest will be accepted in February 2024 for the Winter program starting in July 2024.

The Australian Disability Network carefully assesses candidates based on their area of study, work history, and career goals. Candidates are shortlisted, matched to available positions, and provided with any necessary adjustments. Your disability information is handled with utmost confidentiality, and the Australian Disability Network removes any disability-specific details before sharing the application with the Entry Level Programs team.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Stepping Into Program, you must:

  • be a university student in your final or penultimate year
  • have a disability and be registered with disability services at your university, or provide a note from an allied health practitioner, social worker, psychologist, or medical professional
  • commit to the entire program
  • meet the department's security requirements
  • be an Australian citizen.

Application process

To apply, you will need to complete an application, including your resume, academic transcript, and relevant disability information. Additionally, an interview with the Australian Disability Network will be conducted to assess your suitability based on your area of study, work history, and career goals. Applications will need to be submitted directly to the Australian Disability Network, who will share their list of suitable candidates with our department.

Key dates

Applications open for Winter23 February 2024
Applications close for Winter31 March 2024
Process finalised—offers made for WinterJune 2024
Program commencement for WinterJuly 2024

If you have any questions about our department's supportive and inclusive environment, please email our friendly team at

For inquiries regarding the program or application process, reach out to our Entry Level Programs team at We are here to assist and ensure you have an enriching and rewarding experience.

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