High-performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander senior students from across Australia have come to Canberra to learn more about careers in the Australian Public Service.
The 70 students are in the nation’s capital as part of the Australian Government’s Work Exposure in Government (WEX) programme.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, hosted the students at a breakfast at Parliament House and spoke of the importance of contributing to the future of Australia through public service.
“There are so many great job opportunities available with the Australian Government. I think sometimes the public service has a reputation for being a little boring for young people as a career pathway – but it is far from it,” Minister Scullion said.
“During WEX each year, I meet amazingly talented young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and to hear the stories of what they go on to achieve is humbling. Many have joined the Indigenous Australian Government Development Programme or the Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme and have worked all over Australia, including in regional and remote locations – directly with the people they are passionate about helping.
“You never know where a career in the public service might take you. WEX participants could go on to be Indigenous Rangers, work on overseas postings, in the heart of Sydney CBD or up at Parliament House.
“The WEX programme gives young people career advice on the opportunities available to them as a government employee and showcases the magnificent Canberra cultural institutions and exciting places to work – such as the Australian Federal Police and ADFA.
“The public service needs hard-working and smart Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in its ranks now, more than ever,” Minister Scullion said today.
Keep an eye on www.pmc.gov.au/wex for information about future WEX opportunities.