Pre-employment programs for Aboriginal jobseekers

Aboriginal jobseekers looking for work can apply for the Aboriginal Employment Program.

Two programs are run across the Northern Territory (NT) throughout the year including Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.

Opportunities may be available across a range of NT Government departments.

Who can apply

You can apply if you:

  • are an Aboriginal Australian living in the NT
  • have basic computer skills
  • have good written and verbal communication skills.

What the program includes

The program runs for 20 weeks and includes:

  • structured work placements in NT Government departments
  • a nationally recognised qualification
  • a range of skill and personal development workshops.

You may be eligible for an allowance during the program.

After you finish the program

You will get a certificate II in workplace skills if you successfully finish. Some programs may offer different qualifications if they are tailored to particular government agency needs.

Program graduates may be offered an employment contract and an opportunity to advance their career in government through a:

  • traineeship or
  • fixed term employment contract.

How to apply

Applications open several months before the planned commencement date of a program.

To apply, go to the Northern Territory Government jobs website. You can find the program details by searching for 'Aboriginal Employment Program'.

You will need to attach:

  • a resume with two referees
  • your most recent school results (if under 21)
  • any previous qualifications you have completed
  • confirmation of Aboriginality from an appropriate community organisation (or provide proof of application before you start the program).
To get notified when applications are open in your area, you can ask to be added to the register of interest.

You can do this using the contact details below.


Call 08 8999 4164 or email

Last updated: 22 February 2022

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