Indigenous APS pathways

Defence has a strong commitment to enhancing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and increasing the cultural capability of Defence’s workforce to create a culturally safe and inclusive workplace for all.

One way Defence is working towards this goal is increasing Indigenous representation in Defence and across the Australian Public Service (APS) through a number of specific employment programs aimed at recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These programs aim to support the development and success of Indigenous employees.

Opportunities are available across Australia, with different career pathways ranging from security and intelligence, information technology, human resources, administration and environmental sciences. Find out more information about career opportunities at Defence.

About Defence

As one of Australia’s largest employers, Defence has more than 100,000 employees, including approximately 19,000 public servants. A career in Defence has a range of benefits including a variety of career pathways in different locations across Australia, flexible work arrangements, mentoring and network support, and ongoing professional development opportunities.

The APS Defence workforce

Our Defence APS workforce are employed in a range of critical positions around Australia. Our APS workforce is a key enabler directly supporting Australian Defence Force (ADF) capability - Navy, Army and Air Force.

Defence has significantly increased the intakes for Indigenous programs to support operational and corporate needs. The Indigenous programs Defence participates in include the Indigenous Graduate Pathway and Indigenous Entry Level Programs.

How to apply

You can check out what jobs are available and apply online through our Jobs & Careers website.

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