Indigenous Cadetship Support

On 18 September 2013, responsibility for this Programme was transferred from the Department of Employment to the Indigenous Affairs Group, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. On 1 July 2014, it was included under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) also administered by the Department.

The Indigenous Cadetship Support Programme aims to improve the professional employment prospects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The Programme links full-time students undertaking their first undergraduate degree with employers who provide work placements and ongoing employment when they graduate.

Cadetship employers:

  • provide paid work placements of 12 weeks for each year of the cadetship

  • support the cadet through their study and work placements, giving professional guidance and mentorship

  • intend to offer ongoing employment to the cadet once they successfully complete their cadetship.

As at 31 December 2015, there were 690 cadets with 148 employers.

Available funding

The Indigenous Cadetship Support program provides employers up to $7050 per semester to support cadets with a living allowance and study-related costs and to offset employer administration costs.

For more information 

To register as a cadet or employer please visit and click “Register” in the top right hand corner.

If you have any queries please call the ICS team 02 6228 6785 or email

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