Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Program


From the Djab wurrung people
of Victoria.

The Warumilang Program is our dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program to assist First Nations peoples with tailored employment and training pathways that aim to provide opportunities for First Nations peoples to thrive and be successful.


It is our vision that through strong partnerships, Warumilang is able to continue to provide progressive opportunities across a range of industries to support First Nations peoples starting their careers with dynamic skills, qualifications, and experience.

We have kick-started the careers of over 3,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees since 2000

AFL SportsReady acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original custodians of this land and pays its respects to all First Nations peoples. We acknowledge the spiritual, physical and cultural connection First Nations peoples have with country as the first people of the land.

  • plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch. Traineeships

    Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander high school student or recent school leaver aged between 16-21 years old?  An AFL SportsReady traineeship may be the opportunity you’re looking for to start your education, employment or training career!

    Warumilang traineeships support First Nations peoples to identifying meaningful employment opportunities that create rewarding experiences and support First Nations peoples to thrive in their careers by bringing new perspectives, values and capabilities to the workforce.

    We are committed to ‘closing the gap’ by offering a number of jobs/traineeships specifically for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our 12-month traineeships are ‘apprenticeships for the office’, combining full-time work with study. It’s the ideal mix of:

    • Practical experience in the workplace
    • Formal qualification (Certificate II, III, IV and Diploma level)

    However, we acknowledge that First Nation Australians can face many challenges at the beginning and throughout their career journey. To help mitigate these difficulties, we provide all our First Nation trainees with a personal ‘support team’, which includes.

    • AN EXCLUSIVE FIRST NATIONS MENTOR provides personal, cultural and career pathway support.
    • A DEDICATED FIELD OFFICER to assist the work placement and ensure success.
    • AN EDUCATOR / TEACHER provides the education component of the traineeship
    Our trainees and partners are supported every step of the way, which creates a productive working environment.
  • plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch. Direct Employment

    Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person looking for a foot in the door to long-term employment?

    The Warumilang Direct Employment pathway empowers First Nations peoples to build the necessary job readiness with dedicated support and connects potential applicants with jobs in a range of industries to gain real-world experience.

    We help First Nations candidates by providing the following:

    • Support to find a job
    • Resume writing and help in preparing for interviews
    • Pre-employment training
    • Workplace support and First Nation mentoring for up to 6 months
    • Access to networking activities with other First Nation employees

    Previous First Nations people who have been successful through the Direct Employment pathway have worked with our employment partners in:

    • Sport and Recreation
    • Business and Administration
    • State and Local Government
    • Arts and Creative Industries
    • Banking and Finance
    • Information Technology
    • Horticulture
    • Hospitality
    • Retail

    If you are a First Nations person interested in learning more about our Direct Employment, please contact us via email at [email protected]

  • plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch. Cadetships

    Are you an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander university student studying full-time and looking for an opportunity to gain industry experience in your study field? The First Nations Cadetship program may be the opportunity for you!

    The First Nations Cadetship program aims to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students with paid employment in a role that relates to their field of study for 10 weeks per year, for up to three years. Our programs are run year-round, meaning we can flexibly fit in during your semester to ensure your cadetship is the right fit for you.

    The 10-week program enables students to gain a professional industry experience alongside their studies while providing the employer with enthusiastic young professionals looking to make an impact in the workplace.

    Eligible students will receive a Study Allowance of up to $12,000 per year (GST exclusive) and a Book and Equipment Allowance of up to $1,000 (GST exclusive) per year.

    During the program, cadets are supported by AFL SportsReady First Nations mentors who provide cultural, personal and career support when required.

    To learn more about becoming a cadet or employing a cadet, click below:


  • plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch. Partnering with us

    At the core, Warumilang prides itself on creating strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and communities, our host organisations and embedding cultural competency and respect in all aspects of our work.

    We support our partners with identifying meaningful employment opportunities that can introduce employers to future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent and support building their own talent pipeline. Our services include:

    • Attracting First Nations applicants using culturally safe recruitment practices
    • Screening and matching First Nations candidates to the opportunity
    • Supporting and mentoring successful candidates in their employment journey.

    Through consultation with our business development team, we can tailor an employment model to support your business goals and provide an opportunity to our First Nations young people.

    If you’d like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact us at: [email protected]

    Alternatively, you can find out more by clicking the button below:




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