First Nations Gap Year Program

2023 program

Application closing date extended!

The Department of Environment and Science are pleased to announce that the 2023 Gap Year Program applications are now open.

To apply, please read the below information and email forms and documents to with “Gap Year Program Application” as the subject line. Applications close 8pm, Sunday 29 January 2023.

About the program

The department recognises the importance of providing employment opportunities for First Nations People. The First Nations Gap Year Program (PDF, 339.6KB) 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.

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.

In the 2023 Gap Year Program intake, there will be up to 13 positions available. Outlined below are position types and potential locations of roles on offer:

Position types Potential locations
Administration Officer Brisbane (CBD and/or Dutton Park)
Program Support Officer Ipswich
Operations Officer Caboolture
Ranger Toowoomba








Blackdown Tableland National Park

Capricorn Coast National Park – Rosslyn Bay

How do I apply?

Send your application to with the subject “Gap Year Program Application” and fill in the details below.

Your application for the program must include:

  • a resume or CV, no more than 3 pages
  • a completed application form (DOCX, 289.0KB) , including responses to questions outlined on Page 1
  • Senior statement (showing results for Maths and English; a copy of this will be fine)
  • confirmation that you are:
    • of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
    • identified as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
    • are accepted as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which you live, or have lived.

Applications close 8pm, Sunday 29 January 2023.

Please get in contact with the team at if you have any questions.