Programs, initiatives and services

Australian Public Service Indigenous Traineeship Program

The Australian public service (APS) Indigenous Traineeship Program provides a pathway to employment for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders who may not have a working background relevant to current employment in the APS, but have the capability to do so. The program provides trainees with a training wage, as well as the opportunity to learn new skills and undertake a structured training program leading to a permanent job in the APS on successful completion. The program generally comprises a traineeship of up to 12 months, awarding a nationally recognised qualification upon completion.

Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership program

The Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership program is a six-day residential program that provides an exciting opportunity for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders (18–25 years) to develop leadership skills and learn about our democratic processes.

Anzac Indigenous Cultural Study tour

The Anzac Indigenous Cultural Study Tour is open to eligible Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students in Years 9-12 (in 2017) who are participating in the Solid Pathways Program or the Indigenous Student Ambassador Network. Five successful students will have the opportunity to travel to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and to visit numerous Anzac sites in New Zealand in September 2017 to learn about the Anzac experience and tradition first hand. The tour aims to celebrate and value the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the context of their contribution and sacrifice in Australia’s involvement in wars and conflicts. The tour of New Zealand also gives the students an opportunity to learn about the customs, traditions and history of another Indigenous culture, that of the Māori people of New Zealand (Aotearoa).

Entries for this study tour have now closed.

TAFE Indigenous student support officers

Indigenous student support officers are located at each TAFE institute to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a range of study related enquiries.

Indigenous higher education units

Indigenous education units​ are located in universities around Australia. These units provide support to Indigenous students, further Indigenous academic studies, create a network of Indigenous students and academics and provide an Indigenous presence on university campuses. 

Queensland Skills Gateway

The Queensland Skills Gateway​ helps to connect individuals with training courses and providers, and check eligibility for subsidised training.

​Certificate 3 Guarantee

Certificate 3 Guarantee includes free or low cost training to help you achieve a qualification up to the Certificate III level.  

Remote Area Teacher Education Program

The Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP) is a highly awarded employment program that aims to increase the pool of registered Indigenous teachers and paraprofessionals in Queensland. It is a community-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher education program which includes Indigenous communities across remote, rural and urban areas in Queensland. RATEP is a joint partnership between the Department of Education and Training, TAFE Queensland North and James Cook University in partnership with Indigenous community representatives, i.e. Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee and Torres Strait Islanders' Regional Education Council.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Last reviewed
19 July 2017
Last updated
19 July 2017