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Are you interested in joining the Australian Public Service but not sure where to start?

Defence offers a range of APS traineeships to Indigenous Australians who wish to become a public servant and are looking for a unique career. Our traineeships combine full-time work with a structured study component.

Trainees receive individual support from their supervisors, mentors and training providers to complete their course of study and to become part of the large Defence community. Training is delivered online and through face-to-face sessions during the 12 month program.

What's on offer

  • Full-time employment and salary
  • Certificate IV in Government
  • Various areas of study
  • On the job training relevant to study
  • Advancement to higher level upon completion
  • Access to mentors
  • Opportunity to join Defence's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network (DATSIN)
  • Professional development opportunities

How to apply

Traineeship recruitment is managed through the Australian Public Service Commission's Pathways Program and includes written assessment and interviews.

Visit the APSC Pathways Progam website for more detail . When you apply online through the Pathways Program, select Defence as your preferred agency.

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

Keep an eye on this website for updated details on Defence Traineeships that might suit you.

Jordan - Indigenous Cadetship

Testimony - Jordan

Name: Jordan
From: Wauchope, NSW
Current location: Canberra, ACT
Job: Administration Assistant Ministerial and Co-ordination - Corporate Management Branch, Joint Logistics Command
Studying: Certificate IV in Government

What made you choose Defence as an employer?

I chose Defence because there are so many different career opportunities that you are exposed to in the Department.

What do you like best about the traineeship?

What I liked best about the traineeship was that you got the first-hand experience of what happens within Defence. The people that surround you while studying are very helpful and knowledgeable, which helps with the development and understanding of Defence.

Another reason why I liked the traineeship was the flexibility while I was studying. This made the experience much more enjoyable.