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Indigenous Trainee Program

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20 February 2018

The Clean Energy Regulator Indigenous Trainee Program provides you with the opportunity to develop a well-rounded knowledge of the work of the agency, gain experience in the public sector and develop a deep understanding of Australia’s biggest policy developments. Participants of the Indigenous Trainee Program will experience:

  • The rotation system to gain experience across the agency
  • An intensive and engaging development program, and
  • A mentor and buddy program to help develop new skills and help you align your experience and knowledge with the agency.


During the program, you will work in three areas of our agency. The rotation structure allows us to give our trainees a wide range of experiences. By working across business areas, trainees develop an understanding of the agency’s work in the administration of climate change policies and regulation of carbon and renewable energy markets.

Rotations provide opportunities to network and learn from different experts across the agency and Australian Public Service to help inform your future career decisions.

Training and career development

Throughout the program, you will be provided with the necessary training and development required to be effective in your role and to provide you with the foundation skills required to launch your APS career. Through participation in the program, trainees will gain relevant knowledge and skills in government administration by completing a Certificate 3 in Government.

Organisational support

In addition to support from the agency and the Human Resources team, you will also receive individual support from buddies (former trainees) and mentors. As a trainee, you will also have the opportunity to be involved in events across the agency as part of the agency's Social Club.

What we are looking for in an Indigenous Trainee

We are looking for trainees from varied backgrounds who are practical, results-oriented people who are able to work under pressure, occasionally in difficult environments, meet tight deadlines and who are pro-active in getting out and about and making contacts.


To be eligible for this program, you will need to:

  • have completed year 12, or be completed by December prior to commencing
  • be an Australian citizen or receive Australian citizenship status prior to the program commencing
  • suitable evidence of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status such as:
    • a letter signed by the Chairperson of an incorporated Indigenous organisation confirming that the applicant is recognised as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or
    • a confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent document executed by an Indigenous organisation.
  • be willing to relocate to Canberra (relocation assistance will be offered to the successful applicants), and​
  • be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance to a minimum of Baseline level.

For more information, please contact us or see f​urther information on the APSC website​.

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