Indigenous Australians

There are thousands of job opportunities for Indigenous Australians seeking a career in the Queensland energy and telecommunications industries. Many employers have employment and training programs for Indigenous candidates as part of their recruitment process.

Skilled Indigenous workers are in high demand in the Coal Seam Gas Drilling Skills Program.

Information on Training and Employment Opportunities in Energy and Telecommunications Industries

Training and Employment Opportunities

Indigenous Employment and Training Support Officers Program (IETSOs)

These support officers help Indigenous apprentices, trainees, or vocational students finish their qualification and increase their chances for long-term employment.

The IETSOs aim to maximise the employment opportunities for local Indigenous people by:

  • Providing local and cultural-appropriate mentoring and support for Indigenous apprentices, trainees and vocational students
  • Provide support to improve planning, relevant training services, local decision-making and effectiveness of training delivery
  • Support young Indigenous people who are seeking opportunities for re-engagement in education and/or training

In addition, the IETSOs help Indigenous candidates who have completed training and employment programs to maintain their skills through the provision of employment and training opportunities.

Find an IETSO in your local area or phone 1300 369 925 (toll free)

Indigenous Cadetship Support Program

The Australian Government has developed an Indigenous Cadetship Support Program that links full-time Indigenous students who are undertaking a diploma, an advanced diploma or their first undergraduate degree with employers who are providing Indigenous students with placements and ongoing employment once they have finished their studies.

Cadetship employers provide Indigenous students with:

  • Paid work placement of 12 weeks for each year of the cadetship
  • Professional guidance and mentorship throughout a cadets' study and work placements
  • Offer of ongoing employment once cadets successfully complete their cadetship
  • Financial assistance

The Indigenous Cadetship Support Program provides the employer with financial assistance to support cadets with a living allowance, study-related costs and offset employer administration costs.

Information on the Indigenous Cadetship Support Program

There are also a number of scholarships available to assist Indigenous students meet their education and accommodation costs, including the following programs:

Endeavour Research Fellowship Program

The Endeavour Research Fellowship program provides financial support for Indigenous postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to enable them to undertake short-term research, in any field of study, in participating outgoing countries.

Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship

Indigenous students may face particular challenges in meeting their education costs. The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships provide such students with a scholarship amount that is indexed annually for up to four years to assist with education costs.

Alternatively, an enabling scholarship provides Indigenous students with financial assistance that is indexed annually per year, up to one year, to assist with education costs when undertaking an eligible course.

Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS)

This scholarship offers financial assistance to Indigenous students who need to move away from home in regional and remote areas to commence higher education. The ICAS provides selected students from low socio-economic backgrounds in regional and remote areas with a scholarship amount (indexed annually) per year for up to four years to assist students with accommodation costs when they move to undertake higher education.

Alternatively, an enabling scholarship provides financial assistance to Indigenous students with an annual payment indexed annually, for up to one year, to help with accommodation costs when undertaking an eligible enabling course.

Further information on Commonwealth Scholarships