Indigenous students encouraged to get their applications in

Release Date: 
16 August 2019
Media release

Applications for Indigenous students from all around Australia to travel to Canberra and see first-hand the opportunities available to them working in Government will be closing in one week.

Up to 70 Indigenous students will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Work Exposure in Government (WEX) program, running between Sunday 20 October to Friday 25 October 2019.

Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, has encouraged Indigenous students to get their applications in, as WEX offers a unique educational tour and showcase of career pathways for Indigenous Australians.

“We want to see more Indigenous Australians working in Government and bringing valuable Indigenous experience into policy making and service delivery across all of our Departments and Agencies,” Minister Wyatt said.

“This program is an excellent way for our students to see what’s possible and available to them should they choose a career in the public sector.”

“The week includes learning how laws are made, how services are delivered, and more importantly, how Indigenous people can be a part of that.

“Working in government offers long-term, stable employment and a wide variety of options for people to make a real difference in their communities and the country as a whole,” Minister Wyatt said.

The program includes meetings with Ministers and a range of Indigenous Australians working in the Australian Government, as well as visits to the Australian Defence Force Academy, Australian Federal Police headquarters, and cultural institutions. The trip also includes a careers expo so participants can see if Government jobs are right for them.

Ms Ashlen Foster-Britton, Wiradjuri woman and previous participant, said WEX helped her work out how she could get involved with Indigenous policy-making at the Federal level.

“When I was a teenager I was interested in contributing to make the lives of Indigenous Australians better, but I wasn’t sure where I could find information on working in the Government,” Ms Foster-Britton said.

“WEX gave me the opportunity and the resources to pursue my passion and was the launching pad to start my career working in Indigenous affairs in the Australian Public Service. It was also a great chance to make some lifelong friends.”

WEX is an annual event and open to Indigenous students in years 10, 11 and 12. Applications are open until Friday 23 August for students as well as teachers and support staff to participate.

More information and application forms are available at www.niaa.gov.au/wex