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Friday, July 21, 2017

Torres Strait Regional Authority Fisheries Indigenous Cadetship Expression of Interest

Position Description: The Torres Strait Regional Authority’s (TSRA) Fisheries Programme is offering an Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) position to support a student through their university study. Relevant fields of study include marine science, natural resource management, fisheries policy or another fisheries management related field.

The Indigenous Cadetship Support Programme is a career development programme, which enables students undertaking an undergraduate degree to gain the professional qualifications and work experience needed for a range of jobs in the Australian Public Service.

This position is open to a full-time student and includes:

  • study allowance of $6,000 each semester (maximum of $12,000 per year)
  • book and equipment allowance of $500 each semester (maximum of $1,000 per year)
  • minimum of 12 weeks paid work experience each year at the APS 1 level at the TSRA main office located on Thursday Island
  • travel and accommodation costs associated with the work experience
  • mentoring for future professional employment in the Australian Public Service
  • opportunity for full-time employment with the TSRA Fisheries Programme on successful completion of your degree and cadetship.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. This vacancy is only available to Torres Strait Islanders and/or Aboriginal people. Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal students from the Torres Strait region who are about to begin study or who have left the region to attend university are encouraged to apply.

The aim of the TSRA’s Fisheries Programme is to enhance the region’s wealth by creating and managing an economically and environmentally sustainable fishing industry and increasing employment opportunities for the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people in the Torres Strait region. The Fisheries Programme outcomes are:

  • Improved wealth of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people in the region.
  • A sustainable fishing industry owned and operated by Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people.
  • Sustainable management of natural resources.

As a member of the Fisheries Programme, you will assist the team to:

  • develop and implement plans to increase the involvement of the traditional inhabitants in the Torres Strait fisheries
  • develop, implement, monitor and report on fisheries capacity building projects
  • implement training programs for Torres Strait Islanders • develop briefing and communication materials
  • liaise with other government agencies involved in the Protected Zone Joint Authority.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this position you must:

  • be of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • be accepted as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in the Torres Strait community in which he/she lives, or has lived
  • be enrolled for full-time study occurring on-campus at a university located in Australia
  • be enrolled in your first undergraduate degree course in a relevant field of study with a minimum of two semesters (12 months) remaining
  • commit to relocate during mid-year and/or end-of-year university breaks for completion of the minimum 12 weeks paid work experience per year
  • maintain satisfactory academic results and satisfactory progress with your course of study and cadetship.

A student may not be eligible for a Cadetship if he or she:

  • has previously completed, resigned from or was terminated from an ICS position
  • is in his or her final year of study at the time of applying for the Cadetship
  • will be seeking to defer any part of his or her study during the Cadetship


Closing date for applications 21 July 2017.

To apply please send the following information to

  • one page outlining your interest in this position and connection to the Torres Strait region
  • an up-to-date resume, including contact details for two character or work referees
  • proof of enrolment in a relevant course of study at the degree level
  • copies of school or university results from the past year
  • confirmation of Aboriginality; a letter, signed by an authorised representative of a Torres Strait Islander and/or Aboriginal incorporated organisation (on letterhead or under a common seal), verifying that the applicant:
    • is of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
    • identifies as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; and
    • is accepted as such by the Torres Strait community in which he or she lives or has lived.

Position Contact Allison Runck, Senior Project Officer, Fisheries Programme (07) 4069 0700.