How to apply for the Aboriginal Cadetship Program

Applying for a cadetship

If you are interested in applying for the Cadetship program there are two easy steps.

  1. Register with the Indigenous Cadetship Support (external site) 
  2. Send an email to 
      • outlining why you would like to be considered for a cadetship 
      • attach a current resume which includes the name of a person who can provide either a work or character reference for you
      • attach a copy of proof of full-time enrolment and academic results from your university course.

Please note: successful cadets will be required to show proof of Aboriginality with a letter, signed by an authorised representative of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander incorporated organisation (on letterhead or under a common seal).

Who should apply for the program?

We are looking for:

  • students with good communication and interpersonal skills who have shown commitment and application to their studies
  • motivated achievers who are interested in improving their job prospects and growing a future career in health
  • students from a range of disciplines including the social sciences, health sciences, business and information technology.

You must be:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student
  • enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course at a recognised university; and have completed at least one semester but require two or more semesters to complete it.

Indigenous Cadetship Support Requirements

The Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) program is supported by the Australian Department through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. You will need to register online (external site) with ICS before or after you submit your cadetship application.

What happens once I apply for the cadetship?

The recruitment process consists of a number of stages including:

  • a review of the information provided by the panel
  • successful applicants will be short-listed and invited to an interview
  • selection will be based on both written applications, interviews and referee reports.

All applicants will be notified in writing and feedback is available on request.

If you are successful, what happens next?

In addition to completing 60 days (12 weeks) paid work placement each calendar year you will need to provide:

  • evidence of your full-time enrolment
  • an official statement of academic record at the commencement and conclusion of each semester.

You will also be required to meet the requirements of your WA Health contract

What if I defer my studies?

You must notify WA Health immediately as this will affect your participation in the cadetship program. Your payments may also be affected.

More information

For further information on Aboriginal cadetships, contact:

Melanie Robinson
Aboriginal Health Policy Directorate, Department of Health
Phone: 9222 2478

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