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Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP)

Please note applications for the 201718  program have closed.

As a Commonwealth government agency, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission participates in the IAGDP—an entry-level employment and development program designed for Indigenous Australians in the Australian Public Service (APS).

The Department of Jobs and Small Business runs the IAGDP.


The IAGDP's main objectives are to:

  • increase Indigenous Australian employment within the APS by equipping participants with crucial skills to undertake a sustainable career.
  • increase the capability of APS agencies to effectively deliver their relevant government policies and programs to Indigenous Australians and communities
  • increase the capacity of APS employees to respond effectively to Indigenous Australians and communities.


To be eligible to participate in the IAGDP, you must be able to confirm you are an Indigenous Australian, by the providing supporting documentation.

What to expect as an IAGDP participant in our agency

The 15-month program aims to enhance your capability to undertake a career in the APS. 

You are offered and ongoing employment with the agency and receive professional and personal development opportunities during the course of the program to:

  • gain a formal Diploma of Government qualification (core units plus electives from the specialisation)
  • gain practical on-the-job work experience for 15 months that complements your studies
  • expand your personal capabilities and confidence
  • broaden your future employment and academic opportunities
  • attend your Graduation ceremony

During Orientation week, you participate in formal induction activities in Canberra, including a day with us to learn more about our agency and meet the people you will be working with. You will be assigned a previous IAGDP participant as a 'buddy' as well as a senior mentor in your office.

During the course of the program:

  • our IAGDP Coordinator will provide you will relevant information and help you organise your travel and training
  • you will be required to participate in our agency’s performance management process and to successfully complete a six month probation period
  • you will have access to at least three hours study leave per week in order to complete your Diploma of Government qualification
  • you are expected to demonstrate commitment to the program by attending and participating in each learning and development element of the Diploma of Government qualification and additional learning and development activities.

What previous and current participants say

‘The IAGDP provided me with a great opportunity to develop new skills and network with a large group of Indigenous people. The IAGDP course structure is well designed and comfortably paced which allowed me to effectively return to work duties after each training block in Canberra. The IAGDP course facilitators were knowledgeable and supportive which was most helpful when completing course work.

The IAGDP also provided me with a unique opportunity to work within the agency. The agency has been supportive throughout my IAGDP experience and has continued to support my career development within its organisation.’  2012-2014 participant, Brisbane

‘IADGP is a great initiative to obtain a formal qualification and entry into the APS. I commenced the program in 2012 with the agency located in Brisbane. Working in the operational space was a great opportunity to learn all aspects of the agency, and it complimented my IADGP course of Project Management.  I found the agency to be supportive, culturally sensitive, and proactive with my progression through the program, with help from team members through to SES level.  Not only has the agency offered me this opportunity it continues offer support in my APS career, with strategies and opportunities to progress to the EL levels.  I am thankful to be a participant of the IAGDP, working for the agency and I look forward to seeing more IADGP participants within our agency.’ 2012-2014 participant, Brisbane

‘The programme is a well thought through benefit to upgrading skills but also integrating ATSI with a great department. The IAGDP creates a good support network with the ones who have been chosen to do this programme and who are working from different departments with Government.

In my experience so far is that I have enjoyed the support from different angles that is shaping my career which are the IAGDP coordinators and peers, buddies within the agency, my mentor and all staff members as well.

I would encourage anyone who does this programme to ask questions and guidance in their work, test their abilities and skills within their role as this will assist towards shaping their career within the Australian Public Service.’ Current participant, Sydney

‘The IAGDP is a great initiative. The opportunity to further my qualifications and work for an interesting agency was too good to pass up. I genuinely feel taking up the IAGDP has been the best move for my career. I'm learning so much and supported by interesting and intellectual people. I strongly endorse this program to future and existing Indigenous APS. ‘ Current participant, Sydney

Last updated
12 July 2018