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National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA)

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA)

  • Government & Public Service

About us – who we are

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) was established in 2019 to lead and coordinate Commonwealth policy development, program design and implementation and service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We are committed to improving the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and leading Commonwealth activities to promote reconciliation. We partner with Indigenous Australians to coordinate the development and implementation of Australia’s Closing the Gap strategies and targets. 

Opportunities – what we offer graduates

We are one team with a culture that positions us with the right capability, people, passion and pride to make a difference. We are looking for motivated, authentic and resilient graduates who will embody the NIAA shared values and behaviours:

  • We respect multiple perspectives
  • We are authentic
  • We are professional and act with integrity
  • We invest in each other’s success
  • We deliver with purpose.

As an NIAA graduate, you will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of complex, important and fulfilling work at the forefront of Indigenous Affairs such as policy development, program design, implementation and service delivery, and important initiatives such as Australia’s Closing the Gap targets.

NIAA is a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace with attractive remuneration packages including generous employer superannuation contributions. We are responsible for a wide range of important and fulfilling work both in Canberra and across the country.

About the program

  • 12 months duration
  • Based in Canberra with a potential rotation in one of our various metropolitan, regional and remote locations
  • Choose from our Policy & Programs, Operations & Delivery or Corporate Stream
  • Professional and personal development opportunities
  • Contribute to meaningful policies, programs and services
  • Formal pastoral care support program

Policy & Programs / Operations & Delivery Streams

At the NIAA we work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and across the public service to implement policies and programs.

The Policy & Programs and Operations & Delivery streams will allow you to work in various areas of the Agency. These are for Graduates who are inquisitive, flexible and comfortable with change and ambiguity.

Our expertise spans across:

  • Community and economic development housing
  • Land and culture policy
  • Education and youth policy
  • Community safety and health and wellbeing 
  • Recognition 
  • Policy and empowered communities
  • Closing the gap policy and evaluation
  • Legal policy analysis and evaluation
  • Grants and funding.

You will embrace all opportunities as you navigate through the Agency to better understand your strengths, capabilities and interests.

You want to work at the NIAA because you are passionate about improving the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Corporate Stream

For the NIAA to implement policy, programs and services to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples our staff need the best capabilities and support to succeed. Our staff are supported by the Agency’s enabling functions which are integral to the achievement of the NIAA’s key priorities. Our corporate stream has opportunities in:

  • Human resource management
  • Communications and media
  • IT
  • Financial management.

The corporate stream is for individuals who are excited by the opportunity to provide high-quality services to support the work of the Agency.

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Canberra
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
H
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
I
IT & Computer Science
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
M
Medical & Health Sciences
P
Property & Built Environment
S
Sciences
T
Teaching & Education

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
The most surprising part is how much you can learn in a short amount of time, and how much I feel like I’ve made a contribution in the short time I’ve been in the NIAA

Jennifer Li

  • Graduate stories
The most surprising part is how much you can learn in a short amount of time, and how much I feel like I’ve made a contribution in the short time I’ve been in the NIAA

Jennifer Li

  • Graduate stories
Being able to see below the surface, I could see the details of how fundamental Aboriginal culture is too remote communities and the everyday lives and challenges of people living in them.

William Paparo

  • Graduate stories
Being able to see below the surface, I could see the details of how fundamental Aboriginal culture is too remote communities and the everyday lives and challenges of people living in them.

William Paparo

  • Graduate stories
The most surprising part is how much you can learn in a short amount of time, and how much I feel like I’ve made a contribution in the short time I’ve been in the NIAA

Jennifer Li

  • Graduate stories
The most surprising part is how much you can learn in a short amount of time, and how much I feel like I’ve made a contribution in the short time I’ve been in the NIAA

Jennifer Li

  • Graduate stories
Being able to see below the surface, I could see the details of how fundamental Aboriginal culture is too remote communities and the everyday lives and challenges of people living in them.

William Paparo

  • Graduate stories
Being able to see below the surface, I could see the details of how fundamental Aboriginal culture is too remote communities and the everyday lives and challenges of people living in them.

William Paparo


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Stephanie Dakin

Stephanie Dakin studied Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business at The Victoria University and is now a Graduate at the National Indigenous Australians Agency
  • Day in the life

Stephanie Dakin

Stephanie Dakin studied Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business at The Victoria University and is now a Graduate at the National Indigenous Australians Agency
  • Day in the life

Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas studied Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Psychology at The Australian National University, and is now a Graduate at National Indigenous Australians Agency
  • Day in the life

Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas studied Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Psychology at The Australian National University, and is now a Graduate at National Indigenous Australians Agency
  • Day in the life

Stephanie Dakin

Stephanie Dakin studied Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business at The Victoria University and is now a Graduate at the National Indigenous Australians Agency
  • Day in the life

Stephanie Dakin

Stephanie Dakin studied Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business at The Victoria University and is now a Graduate at the National Indigenous Australians Agency
  • Day in the life

Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas studied Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Psychology at The Australian National University, and is now a Graduate at National Indigenous Australians Agency
  • Day in the life

Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas studied Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Psychology at The Australian National University, and is now a Graduate at National Indigenous Australians Agency