Elizabeth Rhodes, Participant, Certificate II Business, Office of Children and Families.Sophia Mauboy
Graduate Certificate II Business Department of Education

The Aboriginal Employment Program is a pre-employment program specifically designed to attract Aboriginal jobseekers, which may be candidates who wish enter or return to the workforce, or be individuals seeking the opportunity to enter into the Northern Territory Government (NTG).

The Aboriginal Employment Program aims to equip each participate with a foundation of skills relevant to entry level positions, whilst undertaking targeted training that incorporates accredited vocational training.

If successful at the end of the program, participants will receive an employment offer within the NTG or the opportunity to further their study through a NTG traineeship.

Program information

The Aboriginal Employment Program runs for 20 weeks, beginning with an induction week which consists of workshops, training and discussion, this will also provide you with identifying your interests and aspirations.

The induction week establishes a framework that is built upon and enhanced as participant's progress through the program, topics covered include:

  • work readiness
  • self-learning
  • personal and social change
  • employer’s expectations
  • understanding cultural differences
  • work ethics
  • past employment experience
  • personal values
  • developing personal action plans.

Following induction week, participants will then take part in work placement with a NTG department, as well as undertake a Certificate II or III qualification at a Registered Training Provider.

If successful, at the end of the program participants will receive an employment offer with the NTG or the opportunity to further their study through a NTG traineeship.


To be eligible for the Aboriginal Employment Program you must:

  • identify as an Aboriginal Australian residing in the Northern Territory
  • have intermediate computer skills
  • possess sound written and oral communication skills
  • not hold a higher level qualification, or equivalent qualification in a similar discipline​.


Applications can submitted all year round, with intakes across different regions being commenced periodically throughout the year. Applications are refreshed every six months and applicants are notified by email when to re-apply.

The recruitment process comprises of an interview and aptitude session with an Aboriginal Employment Program staff member, with the possibility of additional interviews with government departments to determine placement suitability.

Required information

  • Complete an online application form.
  • An up-to-date resume with a minimum of two referees.
  • Confirmation of Aboriginality from appropriate community organisation.

Apply now

Applications for the Aboriginal Employment Program are now online.

Go the NTG Employment Opportunities Online page and enter ‘Aboriginal Employment Program’ into the keyword search.

When using the system for the first time you will be required to register and will be provided a login. Please keep your login details in a safe place.

You will need to attach an electronic copy of your resume to your application.

Contact information

Aboriginal Employment Program
Department of Corporate and Information Services
GPO Box 2391, Darwin, NT, 0801
Phone: (08) 8999 3749
Email: Aboriginalemployment.DCIS@nt.gov.au



Raquel Peckham-Hunter

Fiona McHugh​

Portrait image of Raquel Peckham-Hunter'The support I have received throughout the program has contributed tremendously towards me being successful in my studies and work placement, completing a Certificate II in Business Administration.’

Portrait image of Fiona McHugh‘Personally I have had everything thrown at me this year, but here I am still standing to the very end and now I have completed my Certificate II in Business.’

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Kane and Madonna Stewart​

Mark Munnich​

Portrait image of Kane and Madonna StewartThis dynamic duo is the first mother and son team to complete the Aboriginal Employment Program together.

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Portrait image of Mark Munnich‘The support given to trainees from mentors, buddies and supervisors was outstanding.’

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