First Nations Digital Careers Program

Queensland Government and Microsoft are pleased to announce that applications for the 2023 intake of the First Nations Digital Careers Program are now open.

About the program

The Queensland Government and Microsoft have partnered to deliver the First Nations Digital Careers Program. The program is aimed at First Nations people of all age groups who are interested in kickstarting or transitioning to a digital career.

The program offers up to 100 placements per year across Queensland. First Nations people with varying levels of digital skills and experience can apply for the program. Participants can study a range of courses and be placed into jobs either within Queensland Government, Microsoft, or one of their partner employers. The program has been developed to meet the needs of First Nations people.

The program pilot began in August 2022 and trainees recently completed a 12-week pre-employment bootcamp with the program’s Indigenous partner organisation, Goanna solutions.

What the program offers

Successful applicants receive:

  • a paid job in the digital field with flexible work and leave arrangements
  • salaries that are above award wages
  • a 12-week training bootcamp to learn the skills needed to move into the workplace
  • an opportunity to work with leading employers both within Government and the private sector
  • a Certificate III or IV in Information Technology (IT) upon completion of their studies
  • on-the-job training, experience and learning
  • mentoring, assistance and pastoral care
  • continued job opportunities at the end of their traineeship.

Cultural safety is at the core of the program, with trainees placed into jobs with employers who demonstrate culturally safe practices.

Why choose a career in digital?

There is a shortage of digital skills across both government and business. The digital industry is experiencing huge growth globally—it is now the fastest growing job market in the world.

The Queensland digital industry needs 10,000 additional professionals by 2024, and the Australian digital industry needs 250,000 additional digital professionals.

See more reasons to choose a digital career.

Who can apply?

To apply you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, of any age group
  • Willingness to learn and an interest in digital (experience in IT or digital roles is not necessary)
  • Be available to start the program prior to June 2023 – multiple intakes will occur until June 2023
  • Attend studies and a workplace in the nominated location (Queensland-wide roles available)
  • Commitment to finishing the program
  • Submit the required application documentation.

Jobs available

We currently have over 40 job opportunities available across both Queensland Government, Microsoft and digital industry partner organisations:

  • Location: Queensland wide. Please indicate your location when submitting your application:
    • 20 positions are available with a Certificate III in Information Technology (IT)
  • Location: Queensland wide: Please indicate your location when submitting your application
    • 20 positions are available with a Certificate IV in Information Technology (IT)

Application process

We have partnered with Goanna Education, an Indigenous Registered Training Organisation, to assist with the recruitment process.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to discuss their goals, and what they’re looking for in a career and employer. They will then be matched to potential employers based on selection criteria.

We are committed to open communication throughout the process to ensure both an applicant’s and employer’s needs are closely matched.

How to apply

You'll need to submit the following with your application:

  • resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • short paragraph on why you are interested in the program and this opportunity.

Support is available to help you write your resume.

Submit your application by completing the online application form.

Applications close on 5 February 2023.

For further information applicants can contact Goanna Solutions on 1300 998 232.

Prospective host employers

If you would like to become a host employer in the First Nations Digital Careers Program, email: firstnationsdigitalcareers@chde.qld.gov.au.