Opportunities For Aboriginal Graduates

Programs, positions and resources for Aboriginal Graduates


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The Victorian Government currently operates a number of graduate programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates. To be eligible to participate in an Aboriginal graduate program the person must be:

  • of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • be accepted as such within the community in which he or she lives or has lived.

The term Aboriginal is used throughout this site to refer to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is inclusive of people in Victoria who identify as Indigenous Australians, Koori and Koorie.

These programs offer a range of opportunities for Aboriginal graduates of all academic backgrounds.
Programs may be generalist, they may focus on working in Aboriginal communities, or across all Victorian communities.

Victorian Government departments and agencies often have a person appointed to provide information to Aboriginal applicants. For a list of contacts click here.

Get started by checking out some of the opportunities listed below.

Still studying? There are also a number of scholarship opportunities available for Aboriginal students.


Aboriginal Pathway to the VPS Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme

We have developed the Aboriginal Pathway to encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university graduates and final year tertiary students apply for the Victorian Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS).


Koori Graduate Recruitment @ Justice & Regulation

Are you looking for a graduate opportunity to make a difference?

Do you want an opportunity to develop and make the most of your qualification?

Do you want to make a difference in your community?

The Koori Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (KGRADS) is a unique opportunity to learn about the Department of Justice (Justice), the Victorian Public Service (VPS) and have an opportunity to build a successful career.

Justice is the largest department in the VPS employing more than 21,000 staff and supported by approximately 90,000 volunteers statewide.

A graduate position begins with a 12-month graduate specific program providing streamlined professional development including job rotations and training within a graduate cohort. The tailored program will include:

- Information seminars

- Learning workshops

- Training courses

- Mentor program

- Tours of Parliament, Prisons, Courts and other key locations

Upon successful completion of the 12-month program graduates will receive an ongoing VPS Grade 3 role within the department.

Justice has many diverse career paths to choose from and we pride ourselves on working together to make a difference in the community.

Justice has a large Koori Staff Network with over 100 Koories employed across the department and Koori graduates can participate in a range of Koori Staff Network activities.

We are seeking Koori graduates from across the state with a range of disciplines and interests who are motivated and passionate about contributing to Victoria’s future.

To be eligible for a Koori graduate opportunity, you must:

- Be a graduate, or be in the final year of a tertiary qualification (Bachelor degree or equivalent, or post-graduate studies); and

- Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and

- Identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and

- Be accepted as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent within the Community you live or have lived; and

- Provide a copy of your ‘Confirmation of Aboriginality’; and Reside in Victoria.

How to Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply online and applications should include:

1. Resume

2. Completed Application Form

3. Copies of Current Transcripts

4. Confirmation of Aboriginality

You are only required to address the Key Selection Criteria listed in the Application Form.

Individual responses to Key Selection Criteria are not required. Attachments can be uploaded in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Enquiries about this position should be directed to the Koori Employment Team
on 03 8684 1765.

For further information visit the Victorian Government Careers Website.