First Nations Gap Year Program

2021 program

The department did not host a First Nations Gap Year Program in 2021, however, we will host a program in 2022, for which recruitment will commence shortly. In the meantime, we encourage school leavers to express their interest in the program by emailing

About the program

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The department recognises the importance of providing employment opportunities for First Nations People. The First Nations Gap Year Program provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the opportunity to explore a range of occupations and build their capability and opportunities for employment.

Participants are employed on an 18-month contract and will participate in a structured learning and development program while gaining valuable on-the-job experience.

The program is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who have completed Year 12 in the past three years with a pass in Maths and English. Successful applicants are appointed to an entry-level role in the department.

Learning and development

The development program for participants is conducted in four blocks throughout the 18-month period and is designed to develop participants’ knowledge and experience of workplaces and develop business capabilities. Development workshops include time management, office etiquette, writing skills, introduction to project management, and career planning. These workshops are supplemented by technical and on-the-job training provided by business units.

If you would like more information about the program email