First listed on: 07 November 2018

Indigenous Cadetships - Data61 Computer Science 

  • Improve your professional employment prospects
  • Combine study with a paid work placement in your relevant field
  • Join CSIRO's Data61 - Australia's largest data innovation group

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 Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who are enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree course in Computer Science and Technology, Information Technology or similar discipline. Cadets will work with research scientists and engineers to develop innovative solutions to enhance Data61’s current projects. This work may involve data entry, data management, statistical analysis, literature searches and the production of reports and other publications.

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: Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, or Hobart
Tenure: Up to 4 years (depending on current year of study)
Reference: 59577

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.


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 an academic transcript (or confirmation of enrolment if not yet started), Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent as well as a resume. CSIRO will contact you if any suitable cadetships fitting your profile become available.

If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 984 220 and someone will be able to assist you. Outside business hours please email:

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. 

About Us

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 business unit is the largest data innovation group in Australia, bringing together approximately 600 research and development staff working in digital technologies to create benefit for Australia. Data61 develops Australia's future leaders with its strong 300+ PhD student program in collaboration with our best universities across Australia.

For selection documentation
and details on how to apply visit or call 1300 984 220

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