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Indigenous Employment and Careers


The employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can bring to the workplace diverse skills, knowledge, and cultural and social experience that enriches the context of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It can improve the cultural security of services and sensitivity of staff, improve access and trust and promote improved quality of services.

Improving both Aboriginal representation in the health workforce and ensuring that they have access to career and development opportunities is an essential component of building a different and better functioning Department. The Department is creating a workforce that is affirming of Aboriginal culture and values and which seeks to create targeted and general employment and career opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Indigenous Cadetship

The Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) program initiative is aimed at improving the professional employment prospects of Indigenous Australians.

The Department has utilised the program to recruit and develop Indigenous people into current skill shortages in the health and community services professions.

Below are some of the skills areas that the Department can support under the ICS program:

  • Medical Practitioner
  • Dentist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Physiotherapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Sonographer
  • Financial management
  • Human Resource Management

Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) program contact

For more information on the Department's ICS program contact:

Australian Government

For more information on ICS funding and guidelines for student eligibility go to the Department of Education, Employment and Workspace Relations website.

Applying for a cadetship in the Northern Territory Government

The Department of Business & Employment (DBE) administers the Northern Territory Government's ICS. For more information on how and when to apply for the ICS go to the NTG Indigenous Employment website.