The Australian Government, private industry and business offer cadetships and traineeships that improve the professional employment prospects of Indigenous Australians. They link Indigenous tertiary students with employers in a cadetship arrangement involving benefits such as: paying HECS fees, providing text book allowances, full paid work during semester breaks, reduced rates of pay during study and on-the-job training.



NSW Public Sector - Indigenous Cadetship Program

The Indigenous Cadetship Program provides Indigenous students with the opportunity to combine full time university study with part time employment in a NSW Government agency.

Benefits include:

  • a study allowance of $600 per fortnight paid by the agency
  • up to $500 per semester for books and resources
  • a salary for 12 weeks full time work per year
  • the possibility of a permanent job at the end.

Interested in applying?

Check out information provided by the Commonwealth government at Indigenous Cadetship Support or contact the national Indigenous Employment Line on 1802 102 (toll free) or

National Indigenous Cadetship Project (NICP)
  • Up to $15,400 per annum in financial assistance
  • 12 week paid work placement

Application required. Please contact CentreLink or Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) on:

 1802 102 (toll free) or (02) 6155 1158



Centrelink Indigenous Cadetship Program (CICP)
  • Cadets will be paid a book and compulsory equipment allowance
  • Centrelink will pay HECS fees on completion of successful results for each semester the cadet is on the program.

Further information can be obtained from:  

Centrelink Indigenous Cadet & Scholarship Program
People Development & Training
PO Box 7788
Canberra BC ACT 2610

Tel: (02) 61551158


NSW Health Indigenous Nursing and Midwifery Cadetships
  • A study Allowance of $600 per fortnight
  • Employment for 12 weeks in your local hospital
  • Support from a mentor and Program Co-ordinator
  • On-going employment offered once graduated  

Further information can be obtained from:

Nursing and Midwifery Office, NSW Health

Tel: (02) 9391 9607 or 1800 330 933