Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is committed to achieving a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve, which includes a focus on the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Agency is dedicated to ensuring appropriate employment practices and training are current, engaging and promote longevity of engagement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with the NDIA.

“Increasing the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the NDIA is crucial to our culture, performance and the successful delivery of the Scheme. The more accurately our workforce reflects our society, the more we learn about ourselves, our society and how we can best deliver the NDIS to all communities.”

Rob De Luca CEO

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2018-20

The Agency launched its first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2018–20 on 29 May 2018 at a National Reconciliation Week breakfast.

The Employment Strategy demonstrates our commitment to increasing representation and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the workforce. The Employment Strategy contains actions the NDIA will commit to delivering over the next 2-3 years.

NDIA Reconciliation Action Plan 2016 – 2017

Our Agency is starting along a path of reconciliation and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and is developing strategies to guide our interactions. Our NDIA Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2017 (RAP) was launched in July 2016. NDIA is currently developing our second RAP, an Innovate RAP.

Download the RAP for 2016-17: 

Our Vision

To build and manage a world leading NDIS that provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with culturally-responsible and equitable access to both the Scheme and employment opportunities and provisions within the Agency.

We are invested in being an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and continually work on this commitment.

'In joining the Reconciliation Action Plan program, the NDIA demonstrates its commitment to realising reconciliation through practical actions built on relationships, respect and opportunities.' From Reconciliation Action Plan 2016 – 2017, p. 2.

Recruitment Pathways

Affirmative Measures - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment

Some of the NDIA’s positions are only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This provision is called Affirmative Measures (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) and is a Commonwealth Government initiative to increase employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

If successful in an Affirmative Measures position you will be required to provide proof of Aboriginality from a registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation.

You can read more about Indigenous Australians - Affirmative Measures (external) (External website) on the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) website.

On our Careers page you can view current NDIA vacancies for Affirmative Measures (External website) positions.

Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)

NDIA participates in the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP) (external). (External website)

The IAGDP is a 15 month entry-level program, facilitated by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, combining ongoing employment with structured learning leading to a Diploma of Government. The program offers full time entry level positions commencing at the APS 3 level and advancing to the APS 4 level upon completion of the program.

The program includes three main components:

  • a diploma-level qualification;
  • full-time work experience and on-the-job-training; and
  • other learning and development opportunities.

For more information please visit the Department of Jobs and Small Business website (external). (External website)

Indigenous Apprenticeships Program (IAP)

NDIA also participates in the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program (IAP) to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.

IAP is a 12-month entry level program facilitated by the Department of Human Services. This program provides a tailored approach to learning, based on academic and cultural needs. It offers a full time entry-level position commencing at the APS 3 level and advancing to an APS 4 upon completion of a diploma.

For more information please visit the Department of Human Services website (external). (External website)

Graduate Program

The NDIA’s Graduate entry level program is designed to provide you with a solid foundation to commence your career with the NDIA and the Australian Public Service.

The program covers a variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines and regardless of what you have studied, you will be able to apply and expand your skills through the Graduate Program.

NDIA is not recruiting for the Graduate Program for 2019.

Employee Network

NDIA has an active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Network (ATSIEN). NDIA's ATSIEN enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to connect with each other on a national basis and provide a forum to build our "community" within the Agency.

This page current as of
5 December 2018