Careers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Indigenous Careers

The Bureau of Meteorology is committed to increasing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The Australian Public Service (APS) Indigenous Cadetship Recruitment Program is a terrific way to do just that.

APS Indigenous Cadetship Program


The Bureau recruits Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Cadets through the APS Indigenous Cadetship Recruitment Program.
The APS Commission usually advertises this recruitment campaign in February or March each year.
You are eligible to apply for the Cadetships if you:
  • are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
  • are accepted as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which you live or have lived;
  • are enrolled in an approved course of study at an Australian tertiary institution; and
  • are studying a course aligned with a career/careers in the Bureau.

If your application is successful, you will join the Bureau team as a Cadet, while studying full-time towards your first undergraduate degree at an Australian university.

Cadetships are available in a variety of locations in which the Bureau has offices, including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. In your application to the APS Commission for a Cadetship, do include the Bureau as your preferred employer.

For further information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples employment in the APS, log on to:

Major areas of study include:

  • Accounting/Commerce
  • Business
  • Climate Science
  • Communications/Media
  • Computer Science
  • Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Environmental Science
  • Human Resources
  • Hydrology
  • Information Technology
  • Science, including GIS, Physics & Space
  • Science - Meteorology

What the Cadetship provides

At the beginning of each university year, you will be paid an allowance for books, equipment and, where appropriate, fares.

During the study period, you will be paid at the Cadet APS (Full-time Study) rate. During the semester break, you will attend work placement in a Bureau workplace and be paid at the Cadet APS (Work Placement) rate. Please note: age rates apply for people under 21 years of age.

A 15.4% employer superannuation contribution will be made to your SuperChoice approved fund.

Full-time study

To continue to be eligible for your Cadetship, you need to achieve satisfactory academic results. For this reason, academic progress is reviewed at the end of each semester.

Work placement

Cadets must work at the Bureau during mid-year and end-of-year university breaks, for a total of 12 weeks per year. The duties are as closely matched to your course of study and career aspirations as possible.


You will be matched to a mentor in your field of study. During semesters, you can get in touch with your mentor via phone and email. Ideally, we'd like you to meet with your mentor during work placements.

How to apply for a Cadetship

If you are interested in an APS Indigenous Cadetship with the Bureau of Meteorology, simply contact our Recruitment Unit on 03 9669 4401 or email We'll be happy to talk with you about your studies and help you decide on the best way to reach your goals.

The next step will be to apply for an APS Indigenous Cadetship when the APS Commission advertises the positions.

Contact Details
Recruitment Manager
Bureau of Meteorology
GPO Box 1289
Melbourne, Victoria, 3001 Australia


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