In the Northern Territory Public Sector (NTPS) we value the unique skills and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and we are committed to providing you with equal access to public sector employment. We understand that the public sector plays an important role in the employment prospects of Indigenous people in the Northern Territory (NT), and are very much aware of the need to ensure that future planning addresses the issue of low representation of Indigenous people in the workforce.

We actively pursue an Indigenous Employment and Career Development Strategy (IECDS), which aims to improve our ability to attract and retain Indigenous employees through leadership, effective recruitment, career development, and engendering cultural respect. We work on these issues in a collaborative way to build culturally appropriate education, training and employment systems.

We also run an Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) program, which offers cadetships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is a career development program that targets Indigenous students who are undertaking a diploma, advanced diploma or undergraduate degree. The ICS can help you gain the professional qualifications and work experience you need for a job in the NTPS.

If you become a cadet you will continue your full-time studies, but during the major semester breaks you will work in one of our agencies and gain valuable on-the-job experience. We will also provide you with a mentor who will guide and support you throughout your cadetship.

Finally, we recognise that all employees have the right to expect to be treated equally in all aspects of their involvement in the workforce. If you think you are being treated unfairly and unlawfully, we encourage you to take your case to the NT Anti-Discrimination Commission, which is an independent and impartial body that investigates and helps to resolve complaints about discrimination and harassment.

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