Information for job seekers about the Indigenous Employment Programme

The reformed Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) will work with Job Services Australia providers to assist Indigenous Job seekers and Indigenous Australians get a job, stay employed, develop their career or own and operate their own business.

Job Services Australia providers can work with local employers, Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP), IEP providers, community and health services, registered training organisations, state, territory and local government and other organisations. They will know where the jobs are and what they can do to help Indigenous job seekers get one. Indigenous people will have greater access to training, skills development and other flexible assistance at times better suited to their needs. This includes work experience and other programs. Job Services Australia Providers can give more information.


To be eligible for assistance from the reformed IEP, an applicant must:

  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and
  • be accepted as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander by the community in which they live or have lived.

Eligible participants can be employed or unemployed and may also move from casual or part-time work to increased hours, full-time or permanent positions, or accessing training and employment that will improve their skills and ongoing employment prospects. There are specific eligibility requirements for people interested in support while completing tertiary education.

How to get assistance

  • For people not registered with Centrelink: Visit your local Centrelink office who can assess your situation and work out which services apply to you. Some eligible job seekers can register directly with a Job Services Australia provider without going through Centrelink. To find out if you can do this phone 13 17 64.
  • For people already registered with Centrelink: Talk to your Job Services Australia Provider who will work with you to tailor an employment pathway plan which suits your individual needs.
  • For Indigenous people not registered with a Job Services Australia Provider:Call the Indigenous Employment Line on 1802 102.

More Information

More information for Indigenous Job seekers and individuals can be found on the following Fact Sheets: