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Our Commitment to Increasing Indigenous Representation in the APS

We are currently offering a number of positions, through several programs, as part of a strong commitment to increasing indigenous representation in our Australian Public Service (APS) workforce.

The Affirmative Measures program is an employment initiative built to ensure that Indigenous Australians who have the work experience and the right skills that Defence needs, have the opportunity to compete for APS 2 to EL2 level positions across the organisation.

Based at various locations throughout Australia, the positions reflect the diversity of public service career options in Defence, ranging from security and information technology to human resources, administration and environmental sciences.

In 2015, Defence will employ an additional 135 Indigenous Australians positions under the Affirmative Measures Program.

So what is the Australian Public Service's role in Defence ?

Our APS workforce supports the men and women of the Navy, Army and Air Force - the three services that make up the Australian Defence Force (ADF). APS members work alongside members of the ADF and are involved in almost all Defence activities.

The APS don't have the requirement of military life such as uniforms, and physical fitness.

Defence has significantly increased the intakes for existing departmental Traineeship Programs, alongside the Pathways Indigenous Graduate Program, which is open to those who have completed an undergraduate degree within the last five years.

How to apply

Defence recruits all of its personnel based on merit to ensure we select the best person for the job. To do this, applicants' skills, experience and abilities are assessed. This may be achieved through various methods, including written applications, interviews and/or work-sample tests.

You can check out what jobs are available and apply online through our Defence APS Careers web site.

Never applied for an APS position before? Check out this helpful guide: Cracking the Code.

Peggy - Indigenous Cadetship

Testimony - Peggy

Name: Peggy
From: I am a Torres Strait Islander woman from Saibai Koedal Awgadhalgal, Torres Strait, QLD
Current location: Cairns, QLD
Job: Finance and administrative officer

What do you enjoy the most about being a member of the Defence community?

I thoroughly enjoy being a Defence APS employee. We have a fair Collective Agreement which allows for flexibility, stability, career progression, work supported study and generous superannuation benefits. It is important for me to have flexible work conditions, allowing me to travel home to the Torres Strait when required. .Such a large organisation presents opportunities for work transfers to other locations and there are also opportunities to perform in temporary positions, obtaining worthwhile experience for career development.

How is the Department of Defence different from other jobs you have had?

Being a part of the total Defence workforce, we play a role in the defence of Australia and its national interests. Even though the majority of my job is administrative, I don't always work from the office chair! I go on board ships, watch parades, participate in team sport and go to military events such as air shows. Working on board a Naval Base has many perks as well; we have access to the gym, heated pool and sporting facilities and it's a beautiful place to work!

I plan to remain a long-time employee of the Department of Defence and am currently utilising the study assistance program to further my career within Defence APS.