Your challenging and fulfilling career in government starts here!

Christopher showing a clown fish in a landing netChristopher McCarthy-Wood – Aquaculture Trainee in the NTPS

The Northern Territory Government (NTG) offers exciting and challenging traineeship opportunities in remote, regional and urban locations.

Traineeships combine employment with structured learning to develop workplace skills and provide a nationally recognised qualification at the certificate II, III, IV or diploma level.

Study anything from Business, Information Technology, Aquaculture, Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management... the list goes on!


To apply for the Northern Territory Government (NTG) Traineeship and Indigenous Traineeship Program, applicants must:

  • have successfully completed year 10 (for applicants under the age of 21);
  • be able to provide most recent school results; (for applicants under the age of 21);
  • provide and up-to-date resume with two (2) current referee contacts;
  • not hold a higher level qualification, or equivalent qualification in a similar discipline;
  • be an Australian citizen or hold permanent resident status; OR
  • if you are not an Australian citizen, hold a relevant Working Visa;
  • if applying for the Indigenous Traineeship Program, be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent;
  • complete the application form in full; and
  • provide all supporting documentation.

Salary conditions

Trainees are employed on a temporary basis for one to four years, dependent on their qualification. Salaries range from $15,394 - $32,526 per annum for the first year of the traineeship dependent on the highest school level completed, year of completion, level of qualification being undertaken and age. Designations and salary scales are provided in Determination 4 of 2015.

Types of jobs available

There are traineeship opportunities in a range of fields from Aquaculture, to Information Technology, to Tourism and to Business. Traineeship opportunities exist in remote, regional and urban locations.

On-and-off the job training

Trainees are employed by a hosting agency within the NTG. Hosting agencies provide relevant on-the-job training for the length of the traineeship.

Trainees also receive structured off-the-job training through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The qualification undertaken and the location of the traineeship determine the method of training provided, but could include workbooks, assignments, block training and local or interstate delivery.

How to apply

Traineeships are advertised in approximately July of each year in newspapers, online and on the NTG Jobs Website with successful applicants commencing the program in the following February.

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

  • evidence of having successfully completed year 10 (for applicants under the age of 21);
  • provide most recent school results (for applicants under the age of 21);
  • provide an up-to-date resume with two (2) current referee contacts;
  • provide confirmation of aboriginality, if currently available (for applicants applying for the Indigenous Traineeship Program);
  • visa details outlining working conditions (if applicable);
  • complete the application form in full; and
  • attach all supporting documentation.

Only applications submitted in full will be accepted.

More information will become available closer to the intake period.

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

  • Full name
  • Date of birth (to determine your eligibility)
  • Contact number
  • Email address
  • Postcode
  • Interested field(s) of study and employment

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

Where can the traineeship take me?

The Northern Territory Government is the largest employer in the Territory and offers a diverse range of employment opportunities on completion of a traineeship.

Trainees are employed on a fixed term (temporary) basis for the duration of their traineeship and have a distinct advantage of applying for on-going (permanent) government jobs, having gained relevant hands-on experience. Trainees also have access to employment programs that will prepare them for future employment opportunities in government.

Trainees are encouraged to actively plan their own career path using the skills, knowledge and experience gained through their traineeship.

On successful completion trainees may also have the opportunity to further their studies in their chosen field at a higher level.


Success Story

Bradley Malby | Previous NTPS Business Administration Trainee | DCISBradley Malby - Previous NTPS Business Administration Trainee, DCIS

In February 2013, Brad commenced a Business Administration traineeship with the People and Development Unit within the Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS).

Brad completed his traineeship a year later and was successfully appointed to the HR Administrator position within the People and Development Unit. Brad is now supervising his own trainee, who is also completing a Business Administration traineeship.

In March 2014, Brad was nominated by his Supervisor for Trainee of the Year in the Northern Territory (NT) Training Awards. He was also nominated for Trainee of the Year in the GTNT Training Awards.

Brad’s efforts lead him to become a finalist in the GTNT Training Awards. In September 2014, Brad went on to take out the NT Training Awards as Trainee of the Year! Brad also represented the NT at the 2014 Australian Training Awards in Adelaide.

DCIS and the Employment Programs Team are very proud of Brad’s achievements and look forward to working with him as he continues his career within DCIS and the Northern Territory Public Sector.


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More information

Employment Programs Unit 
Department of Corporate and Information Services
GPO Box 2391
Darwin NT 0801