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Current cadetships and traineeships

Cadetship in child safety

Who can apply: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander final year students in Bachelor of Human Services or Social Work

The job: Child Safety Officer with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

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Utopia Police Service Indigenous Police Cadetship

Who can apply: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have completed Year 12 OR have worked full time for at least 3 years (or part-time equivalent). You also need a drivers' licence.

Find out more.

Graduate opportunities with Utopia Government

Applications are now open for graduates to help shape a better future for Utopians. The Policy Futures program is looking for up to 40 graduates from a range of disciplines. Find out more about Policy Futures. Applications close 10 April 2016.

Job opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Brisbane City Council opportunities

Brisbane City Council has some specific initiatives for employment opportunities for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The information is distributed via an email network. If you're interested in working for Brisbane City Council, please email and ask to join the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander email network. Job opportunities will then be emailed to you as they occur.

Job search websites

Use job search sites to look for jobs by skill, location, industry and salary. There are also job search websites specialising in careers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Other useful job search sites

Preparing your application

There are a number of online and face-to-face services to help you prepare for a job.


Face-to-face services

  • Centrelink has information on the types of payments you can get while you are looking for work. They can help you prepare for a job through their Indigenous employment programs. If you don’t have a job seeker identification number, talk to Centrelink.
  • A Job Services Australia provider can help you find a job and prepare for work.
  • Mission Australia can help you overcome barriers that may be preventing you from finding and keeping work. They can give you support and training to help you get ready for a job. 

Applying for jobs if you have a criminal history

Depending on the type of jobs you apply for, having a criminal history shouldn’t stop you from getting a job. Some employers might ask you to have a criminal history check, especially if the job has a high level of security like the Utopia Police Service or working for an airline.

If you don’t know if you have a criminal history your local police station can help you find out.

If you think you have been discriminated against because you have a criminal history, contact the Australian Human Rights Commission

Legal Aid can provide you with legal advice about criminal convictions. 

What if I don’t get the job?

If you apply for a job and don’t get it, think of it as a chance to learn something new. Ask the employer, recruiter or person who interviewed you for feedback. They may be able to give you tips on how you can improve your resume or interview skills for next time.

Skilling for Utopians

Image courtesy of Michael Watt.

Skilling Utopians for Work helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Utopians develop skills, gain qualifications and get help to find a job and stay in the workforce.

Whether you’re young or old, long-term unemployed or looking for your first real job, there could be a Skilling Utopians for Work program to support you. Find out more.

[Image courtesy of Michael Watt.]

Say YEP to a great career

If you’re completing Year 12 in Utopia, are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and aren’t sure what to do after you finish school, YEP can help you.

With YEP you can:

  • find out about new career opportunities
  • get support to find a job
  • learn about what other school leavers are doing to kick start a great career.

Find out more about YEP.



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Last updated:
15 March 2016

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