University cadetships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

The Public Sector Commission is committed to achieving greater representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people in the WA public sector. The Commission’s employment strategy for Aboriginal people will focus on a number of initiatives to advance and retain the careers in the public sector of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.  

The Public Sector Commission has an inclusive approach to diversity in the workplace. We believe that workplaces representative of the wider community, where varied viewpoints are welcomed and encouraged, achieve the best outcomes. Funded university cadetships for ATSI people is part of our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive public sector.

The Commission is offering eight cadetship opportunities for ATSI students who are completing their final year of an undergraduate degree, and gives students valuable work experience that is necessary for a successful career in the public sector.

In this program high-calibre students are matched with public sector agencies who provide them with a 60-day paid work placement that complements their degree.

Completed over a 12 month period, the cadetship incorporates flexible working arrangements and mentoring support to assist students in balancing both their studies and work placement.

This program is supported by funding from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet through the Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) program


Joining the public sector as a cadet will enable students to:

  • gain valuable hands-on work experience
  • expand their professional goals and work on challenging projects while on work placement
  • build personal and professional networks while enhancing their understanding of government processes
  • consider pathways to public sector employment, including graduate programs.

Agencies provide cadets with a detailed outline of their organisation’s project that includes the scope, intended timeframe and outcomes. Cadets are provided with a workstation, telephone, computer with relevant software and all required project resources.

Projects undertaken during placements may include, but are not limited to research and data collection and analysis, strategic development, website and graphic design, or reviews of existing policies or practices.

Salary and conditions

The work placement attracts a salary at PSGOGA Level 1 (between $127.05 - $177.69 gross per day depending on age).

In addition, students will also receive a study allowance of $12 000 per annum (equating to $600 gross per fortnight during semesters 1 and 2).

Please note cadets are not eligible for Abstudy while on the cadetship program. If unsure of responsibilities under the tax legislation, or if clarification is required we encourage students to seek advice from the Australian Tax Office, Centrelink or a qualified tax professional on the taxation implications of payments made under this cadetship arrangement.


To be eligible for this program students must: 

  • be of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • be an Australian resident
  • be enrolled for full time study and in their final year of their first undergraduate degree in 2017
  • be registered with the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Cadetship Support program by submitting an online registration.

How to apply for the cadetship

Students are asked to submit the following documentation.

A one-page letter describing:

  • their career aspirations
  • what motivates them to work in the public sector
  • what broad skills and abilities they can bring to a professional setting.

In addition, students are required to submit the following documentation to support their application:

  • a completed expression of interest form
  • a copy of a current resume
  • confirmation of enrollment, and
  • their most recent academic transcript 

Submissions are to be made via email (preferred) to:

Or by post to:  

Program Manager

University Cadetships

Public Sector Renewal

Public Sector Commission

Locked Bag 3002


More information

For further information about the program please contact Dwayne Hayden on 6552 8805 or email

Page last updated 7 March 2017