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Current cadetships and traineeships

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship - Department of Housing and Public Works

Who can apply: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders aged 16-25 years.

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Cadetship in child safety

Who can apply: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander final year students in Bachelor of Human Services or Social Work

The job: Child Safety Officer with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

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Queensland Police Service Indigenous Recruit Preparation Program

Who can apply: To be eligible you must successfully satisfy the requirements of all three stages of the Indigenous Recruit Preparation Program selection process.

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Indigenous cadetship - Organisational Development and Change, CSIRO

Who can apply: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are currently enrolled full-time for their first undergraduate degree course at an Australian university. The job is based in Dutton Park, Brisbane.

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Graduate opportunities

Queensland Government

The Queensland Government is looking for graduates to help shape a better future for Queenslanders. The Policy Futures program is looking for up to 40 graduates from a range of disciplines. Find out more about Policy Futures.

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

Indigenous Business Australia is offering opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university graduates who are interested in a career in Indigenous affairs.

Job opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Brisbane City Council opportunities

Brisbane City Council has some specific initiatives for employment opportunities for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The information is distributed via an email network. If you're interested in working for Brisbane City Council, please email and ask to join the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander email network. Job opportunities will then be emailed to you as they occur.

University of Queensland opportunities

UQ Indigenous Australian Temps provides employment opportunities of up to 11 months duration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The opportunities can be full-time, part-time, fixed term or casual. Find out more about job opportunities at UQ.

Job search websites

Use job search sites to look for jobs by skill, location, industry and salary. There are also job search websites specialising in careers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Other useful job search sites

Preparing your application

There are a number of online and face-to-face services to help you prepare for a job.


Face-to-face services

  • Centrelink has information on the types of payments you can get while you are looking for work. They can help you prepare for a job through their Indigenous employment programs. If you don’t have a job seeker identification number, talk to Centrelink.
  • A jobactive provider can help you find a job and prepare for work.
  • Mission Australia can help you overcome barriers that may be preventing you from finding and keeping work. They can give you support and training to help you get ready for a job.

Applying for jobs if you have a criminal history

Depending on the type of jobs you apply for, having a criminal history shouldn’t stop you from getting a job. Some employers might ask you to have a criminal history check, especially if the job has a high level of security like the Queensland Police Service or working for an airline.

If you don’t know if you have a criminal history your local police station can help you find out.

If you think you have been discriminated against because you have a criminal history, contact the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Legal Aid can provide you with legal advice about criminal convictions.

What if I don’t get the job?

If you apply for a job and don’t get it, think of it as a chance to learn something new. Ask the employer, recruiter or person who interviewed you for feedback. They may be able to give you tips on how you can improve your resume or interview skills for next time.