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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.
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
Queensland Police Service Indigenous Police Cadetship
Who can apply: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have completed Year 12 OR have worked full time for at least 3 years (or part-time equivalent). You also need a drivers' licence.
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 undergratuate degree course at an Australian university. The job is based in Dutton Park, Brisbane.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- The Aboriginal Employment Strategy is an Indigenous recruitment company that has an online job-seeking service.
- Indigenous Employment Australia can connect you with employers through their online job-seeking service.
- The Australian Public Service Commission recruit Indigenous staff for more than 40 Australian government areas.
- The Australian Indigenous Health Info Net lists jobs across Australia that are related to Indigenous health.
- Defence Jobs information about defence careers and education opportunities.
- Indigenous Business Australia employs more than 200 people from different cultural backgrounds. They are focused on creating financial independence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Indigenous employment and jobs on the Australian Government portal has links to a range of job opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, including cadetships.
- Queensland Police Service offers cadetships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in preparation for direct entry into the Recruit Training Program.
Other useful job search sites
- Australian Government jobs
- Australian JobSearch database
- Queensland Government jobs
- Queensland Government Graduate Portal has information for students and graduates about cadetships and scholarships, work experience, vacation employment and industry placements
Preparing your application
There are a number of online and face-to-face services to help you prepare for a job.
- Job interview tips help explain the type of information you need to include in your resume, cover letter, selection criteria and during the job interview.
- How to apply for Queensland government jobs shows you how to apply for Queensland government jobs online.
- How to write a resume.
- 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 Job Services Australia 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.