Indigenous Cadetship

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Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) aims to improve the professional employment prospects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It links Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students with employers in a cadetship arrangement involving full-time study and work placements.

Cadetships enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to gain the professional qualifications and experience needed for a range of jobs in the private, public and community sectors and assists them to move into employment on completion of their studies.

Indigenous Services is available to assist students with finding a cadetship, and with registering via the Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) — Australian Government website.


Cadetship benefits include:

  • 12 weeks paid work placement per annum
  • A$12,000 taxable study allowance per annum
  • A$500 per semester non-taxable book allowance
  • increased employment opportunities upon graduation

Indigenous Cadetship Support does not cover Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) costs.


To be eligible for a cadetship, a student must:

  • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; be accepted as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which they live, or have lived;
  • be enrolled in their first undergraduate degree course;
  • be enrolled for full-time study at a university located within Australia or other registered training organisation (RTO);
  • not have previously enrolled, completed, resigned from a cadetship; or had a cadetship terminated.

If you don’t meet the eligibility criteria, you can still be considered for a cadetship on a case-by-case basis. However, you are generally not eligible for a cadetship if you are studying: for only one semester; a second degree; for post graduate qualifications; overseas.


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