Indigenous Cadetship Support 

Are you Indigenous and studying or planning to study at university?

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The Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) program offers cadetships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The cadetship is part of the Northern Territory Government’s commitment to achieve a greater representation of Indigenous people in the Northern Territory Public Service (NTPS).

The ICS program is a career development program which enables Indigenous students undertaking an undergraduate degree to gain the professional qualifications and work experience needed for a range of jobs in the NTPS.

The cadetship involves students studying full time and working in the respective agencies during the major semester breaks as part of the on-the-job component of the program. Cadets are also provided with a mentor throughout their cadetship.

This program is supported by funding from the Australian Government, which is administered by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.


To be eligible for the ICS program students must:

  • be of Australian Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • identify as an Australian Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander
  • be accepted as an Australian Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which they live or have lived
  • be an Australian resident
  • be enrolled for full time study or be intending to study full time in a degree.

Students are generally not eligible for a cadetship if they:

  • have previously completed a cadetship
  • had a previous cadetship terminated
  • resigned from a previous cadetship
  • are undertaking study overseas.

Salary and conditions

The cadetship offers:

  • study allowance of $12 000 ($600 gross per fortnight) each year while you are studying full time
  • Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) fees paid on passed units
  • 12 weeks work placement each year at the Administration 2 (AO2) level
  • $1000 allowance for text books each year.

*Please note cadets are not eligible for Abstudy while on the cadetship program.


Joining the NTPS as a cadet will enable you to:

  • gain valuable hands on work experience during semester breaks
  • expand your professional goals and work on challenging projects while on work placement
  • build personal and professional networks while enhancing your understanding of government processes.

Advertising and recruitment

Advertising for cadets occurs once a year and is published in the NT News and online at

Once advertised, the applicant must submit their details online including:

  • Northern Territory Public Sector Indigenous Cadetship Support Application Form;
  • Response to the Selection Criteria as set out in the Northern Territory Public Sector Indigenous Cadetship Support Recruitment Information Handbook;
  • Resume;
  • Proof of enrolment in an approved course of study at the degree level (if proof of enrolment is not available at time of application, proof has to be produced as soon as possible)
  • Certified copies of School or University results from the past year
  • Proof of Aboriginality (proof could include a statutory declaration from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Association or an Incorporated Community Organisation)

Only applications submitted in full will be accepted.

More information will become available closer to the intake period.

If you are interested in a cadetship with the NTG, please email the following details to

  • Full name
  • Contact number
  • Email address
  • Postcode
  • Qualification you are undertaking
  • University you are attending
  • Year of Study

Once you register your interest, the Employment Programs Unit (EPU) will provide you with recruitment details and application opening dates.

More information

Employment Programs Unit
Department of Corporate and Information Services
GPO Box 2391
Darwin NT 0801
t: (08) 8999 4164
f: (08) 8999 3755