Registration of Interest Indigenous Cadetships - Data61


  • Improve your professional employment prospects
  • Combine study with a paid work placement in your relevant field
  • Be a part of Australia’s leading science and research organisation


The Indigenous Cadetship Program is an initiative of the CSIRO Indigenous Engagement Strategy which seeks to significantly increase Indigenous employment nationally within CSIRO. Through this strategy, CSIRO aims to enhance the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
CSIRO Data61 is seeking expressions of interest from students of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who are enrolled full time in an undergraduate degree course in Mathematics, Mathematical Science, Statistics, Computer Science and Technology, Information Technology or Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics or Software). Cadets will work with research scientists and engineers to develop innovative solutions to enhance Data61’s current projects.
Our cadetships offer a combination of full time study and work placements within CSIRO (usually completed during the university breaks) and provide:

  • A study allowance of $300 per week during periods of full-time study (40 weeks)
  • Financial assistance of $500 per semester to assist with study costs
  • 12 weeks of paid work placement during each year of the cadetship (starting at $600 per week before tax)
  • Payment of HECS fees by CSIRO on successful completion of study.

Locations: Various – CSIRO’s Data61 has sites located in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth and Adelaide
Duration: Up to 4 years (depending on current year of study)
Reference No: 65587

Indigenous Cadetships are open to students who are:

  • of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • currently enrolled for full-time study in their first undergraduate degree course at an Australian university.

Interested candidates will be required to provide a cover letter and CV, academic transcripts (or confirmation of enrolment if not yet started) and  Confirmation of Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander descent.. CSIRO will contact you if any suitable cadetships fitting your profile become available.

If you require assistance applying online call 1300 984 220 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 

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Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance.


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

CSIRO’s Data61 is Australia’s leading data innovation network and our mission is to create Australia’s data-driven future and build a better world for future generations. Data61 are world leaders in data science research and engineering and trusted advisers to government, business and academia. Check out some of our current projects on roboticscyber-security and AI and machine learning. View our website for more information.

Please click here to register your interest.