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Attracting and Recruiting a Diverse Workforce

The Department is committed to attracting and recruiting employees from diverse backgrounds. Several strategies are in place to support this goal.


The RecruitAbility scheme supports people with disability applying for jobs in the Department by offering the opportunity to compete in further assessment, provided some conditions are met. To participate, the applicant must declare they have a disability, opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy. The Department currently employs the RecruitAbility scheme for the Graduate Development Program.

Reasonable Adjustment

The Department supports reasonable adjustment requests in any stage of the assessment process to remove barriers and to facilitate full participation in all aspects of employment for staff with disability.

Entry-level Programmes

The Department has a range of entry-level programmes designed specifically for people from diverse backgrounds, including internships, traineeships, and the Indigenous Graduate Program.

Stepping Into… Internships

‘Stepping Into…’ is an internship programme run by the Australian Network on Disability. The programme matches university students with disability with organisations (such as the Department) for paid work placements during university holidays.

Photo of Aiden, Stepping Into … Intern “The Stepping Into… Programme has been one of the best experiences of my life. The support received and the opportunities that have been afforded to me have really helped me commence my career on the right foot.”—Aiden, Stepping Into… Intern


The Department participates in the Indigenous Australian Government Development Programme (IAGDP) Traineeship. Traineeships are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and include the completion of a Diploma in Government while simultaneously working at the Department.

Photo of Tenee, Trainee “My experience in the Traineeship Programme has been a key turning point in my life and the most positive thing I have ever chosen to do. Before commencing my Traineeship I was unaware of what career choices were available to me but since entering the Department I have been given many amazing opportunities for both professional development and career progression and now I even have my first qualification; a Certificate IV in Government.”—Tenee, Trainee

Graduate Development Program

The Department participates in the APS Indigenous Graduate Programme. The recruitment process for this programme is managed by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC).

The Department also encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for Graduate Development Program through Special Measures. For more information, please see the Graduate Development Program page.

Special Measures is a legislative initiative to identify particular job opportunities as open only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. Special Measures is a strategy to increase the representation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian Public Service to address inequitable employment outcomes experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Last Updated: 23 March, 2020

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