Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates

The 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.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2018-2020

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 is committed to delivering.

NDIA Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2019 – 2021

In July 2016, the Agency began its reconciliation journey with the launch of a Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan 2016 – 2017 (RAP). The first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) set out the steps to prepare the Agency for reconciliation activities in future RAPs.

In May 2019, the Agency launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan 2019 - 2021, an Innovate RAP.  This RAP is the next step in the Agency’s reconciliation journey. It shows the actions that work towards achieving the Agency’s vision for reconciliation. 

The RAP helps to build good relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.

Download the Innovate RAP 2019 – 2021:

Download the RAP for 2016- 2017:

Our Reconciliation Vision

To work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, 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.

The Agency is committed to being an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and continually work on this commitment.

The Agency is very proud of the work achieved so far, but understands that there is still a long way to go. The launch and delivery of this RAP will support the work required to achieve the Agency’s Reconciliation Vision.

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  on the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) website.

On our Careers page you can view current NDIA vacancies for Affirmative Measures positions.

Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)

NDIA participates in the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)

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

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

Graduate Program

Our Graduate Program is an opportunity to be part of an important social transformation, and your chance to make a real difference in the lives of Australians with disability.

Applications for the NDIA’s 2020 Graduate Program are open from 3 June to 1 July, 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 November 2019