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									   NSW PUBLIC SECTOR
   INDIGENOUS CADETSHIP
   PROGRAM


   Information for Cadets


                                                                                           March 2008




This Program is supported by:



              NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
              and participating NSW Government Agencies
                                                          and funding from the National Indigenous Cadetship Project



              Macquarie University                                          Indigenous Employment Policy
WHAT IS A CADETSHIP?
The NSW Public Sector Indigenous Cadetship Program provides an exciting
opportunity for Indigenous students to combine university study with part time
employment in a NSW Government agency.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?
Financial Assistance:

•     A Study Allowance of $600 (before tax) per fortnight
•     Up to $500 (before tax) per semester for books etc.
•     A salary for 12 weeks fulltime work per year
•     A permanent job at the end upon successful completion of the cadetship and
      workplace components.

Additional Financial Assistance:

•     You may also be entitled to travel and accommodation assistance
•     Macquarie University supports the NSW Indigenous Cadetship Program with
      an additional scholarship program for Macquarie University students. For more
      information contact the Indigenous Centre at Macquarie University.

Work Placements:

•     Generally undertaken during the long break (December to February), however
      different work schedules can be negotiated.
•     Involve meaningful work, appropriate to your level of study and are an
      important part of the cadetship
•     Provide an excellent opportunity for you to develop your skills and knowledge
•     Develop professional and personal self confidence
•     Gain a good understanding about the range of work and opportunities within
      the agency employing you.

Mentor:

During your work placements you will be provided with a mentor to help you achieve
successful work placements.

At the end:

Upon successful completion of the cadetship study and work place components,
cadets will be offered a permanent job by the agency.




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WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
You are eligible to apply for a cadetship if you:
•     are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, and
•     identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and
•     are accepted as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in the
      community in you live or have lived, and
•     are enrolled full time in an approved course of study at a NSW or ACT
      university, TAFE college (enrolled in a vocational diploma or advanced
      diploma), or other registered training organisation providing vocational
      qualifications, and
•     are enrolled for your first undergraduate degree course or a vocational diploma
      or advanced diploma, and
•     are an Australian resident.


A person is also eligible for a cadetship if they satisfy the criteria above and are:
•     in Year 12 at the time of application for a cadetship, intending to enrol in
      University or TAFE (to complete a vocational diploma or advanced diploma).
      Commencing as a cadet would be subject to actual enrolment.
•     undertaking a combined undergraduate degree course (eg: Bachelor of
      Arts/Law or Bachelor of Science/Economics)
•     undertaking an Honours year as part of their undergraduate degree.


WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE?
A person is generally not eligible for a cadetship if they:
•     have previously completed a cadetship
•     had a previous cadetship terminated
•     resigned from a previous cadetship
•     are studying part-time, unless this is because of access and equity issues (eg
      disability or other significant access and equity issue)
•     are studying for one semester only
•     are studying a foundation or bridging course
•     are undertaking a second degree
•     are undertaking post graduate studies
•     are undertaking long-distance study
•     are undertaking study overseas
•     are proposing to take longer to complete a degree than normal, or
•     are studying under a block release arrangement where they attend intensive
      coursework over a shorter period of time.


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HOW DOES A CADETSHIP WORK?
During the academic year, cadets undertake their 40 weeks annual tertiary study
on a full time basis. Whilst studying cadets will receive a study allowance of $600
per fortnight (before tax), paid by the employer, plus up to $500 (before tax) per
semester for books etc, the cadet may also be eligible to receive travel and
accommodation assistance. When undertaking their work placement the cadet is
paid a salary.

Work placements involve meaningful work, appropriate to the cadet’s stage of
study, and are an important part of the cadetship. They provide an excellent
opportunity to develop skills and knowledge, develop professional and personal self
confidence, and to gain a good understanding about the range of work and
opportunities within the employing agency.

Placements are generally undertaken during the long break (December to February)
when cadets work 12 weeks full-time. During this time a cadet is classified as a
temporary employee. If this is not the best time for either the employer or cadet,
different work schedules can be negotiated (eg 4 weeks at mid year break and 8
weeks during the long break) to take account of business requirements or the
cadet’s personal circumstances and to ensure optimal work experiences for both the
cadet and employer.

The employer provides a mentor to assist the cadet achieve successful work
placements.

Cadets are expected to perform to a satisfactory standard during the work
placement and the cadet’s supervisor completes progress reports for the agency
and NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

On successful completion of the cadetship study and workplace components,
cadets will be offered a permanent job by the agency.

WHEN ARE POSITIONS ADVERTISED?
Cadetship positions may be advertised at various times throughout the year in:
•     the Koori Mail
•     the National Indigenous Times
•     other newspapers such as the Sydney Morning Herald or local papers
•     Aboriginal education centres within NSW and ACT universities
•     the internet at www.jobs.nsw.gov.au
Advertisements will generally list the types of tertiary qualifications required.

Multiple cadetships may be offered through the one advertisement.




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HOW DO I APPLY?
To apply for a cadetship, obtain an electronic information package from the contact
person in the advertisement, then:
•     complete the Cadetship Application Form electronically (located at the back of
      this booklet).
•     provide a copy of your Confirmation of Enrolment statement from your tertiary
      institution
•     provide a copy of your most recent academic results
•     provide additional information if requested by the employing agency – You can
      find out what additional information is required by each agency log on to
      www.jobs.nsw.gov.au and looking at the agency advertisement
•     provide a copy of your resume
•     send the application form along with electronic versions of the above to the
      employing agency (check out the advertisement to find out where to send your
      completed application form).
If it is not possible to send your complete application electronically, email the
application form and advise the other documents are being sent by mail (You must
include a copy of the emailed application form with your mailed application).

If you are interested in applying for cadetships in multiple agencies, you will need to
send a separate application for each position. If you apply for multiple positions in
the same agency, one application is sufficient.

Applications should be received by the employing agency no later than the closing
date stated in the advertisement

ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO:
•     The contact person in the advertisement – for all enquiries about the
      government agency, their role, the type of work undertaken by cadets, your
      application and the selection process.
•     The NSW Indigenous Cadetship Program Coordinator at the NSW Department
      of Premier and Cabinet for general program enquiries:
      indigenousprograms@dpc.nsw.gov.au

HOW ARE CADETS SELECTED?
For each cadetship position:
•     the agency will prepare a short-list after considering all applications
•     short-listed applicants will be asked to attend an interview
•     the agency will contact the successful applicant by phone to offer a cadetship
•     unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing.

Each cadetship position has its own selection process. If you are not successful

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with your first application, this will not affect how you are assessed for other
cadetships. You should apply for all cadetships that match your career goals.


The cadetship formally commences once an Employer and Cadet Agreement has
been signed and forwarded to the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet by the
employer.

RESPONSIBILITIES AS A CADET
Cadets are responsible for:
•     advising Centrelink about the proposed cadetship commencement date if
      receiving any Centrelink payments, including ABSTUDY.
•     ensuring they are enrolled at their educational institution, in a full-time capacity,
      before the commencement of each semester; attending all compulsory
      lectures and arranged tutorials.
•     achieving satisfactory academic results in accordance with course
      requirements (cadets are expected to pass all subjects at the first attempt).
•     ensuring all compulsory fees are paid prior to the end of each semester to
      ensure the release of academic exam results.
•     providing the employer with copies of their academic records and evidence of
      full time enrolment each semester, within two weeks of them becoming
      available.
•     attending work placements and achieving a satisfactory standard of work
      performance.
•     notifying their employer immediately of any changes in their circumstances
      including change of personal details (eg home address, phone number, email
      address), changes in course enrolment or pass rates, changes likely to affect
      work placements.
•     responding promptly to employer initiated contacts such as telephone calls,
      emails and letters.
•     maintaining contact with their workplace supervisor or mentor throughout the
      academic year.
•     payment of any HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP liability (unless their employer has
      agreed to cover HECS costs).

COMMUNICATION AND NETWORKING
Cadets are given access to an email forum. The email forum facilitates
communication and networking across the sector and amongst cadets.

During the year the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet will facilitate an
informal focus group with cadets. The focus group meeting will serve as a
networking event for cadets as well as providing an opportunity to ask any general
program enquiries.


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long is a cadetship?

The length of a cadetship may range from 1 to 4 years due to different course
lengths and the stage of study when a cadet commences.

A cadetship can commence at any time during the year and at any stage of study.

Can I study part time?

Part time study is not allowed at any time, unless this is because of access and
equity issues (eg disability or other significant access and equity issue).

What support and benefits are available in the workplace?

A work plan will be developed for work placements so cadets are clear about
expectations. Supervisors and other members of a team provide the first line of
workplace support for cadets. Mentors can assist the cadet’s professional growth
and development, provide information about the wider agency and workplace
culture, and provide support focusing on the cadet’s needs. Cadets may find a
range of personal networks in the workplace, including Indigenous staff networks.

Cadets receive the same employment benefits as other temporary full time
employees during the 12 week work placement period, including for example,
recreation and sick leave (calculated on a pro rata basis) and superannuation.

Some program assistance for travel and accommodation costs may be available
when work placements are a long distance from home.

What is an Employer and Cadet Agreement?

The agreement sets out cadet, employer and NSW Department of Premier and
Cabinet obligations so everyone is clear about their program responsibilities.
Cadet’s responsibilities are similar to those listed in this document.

Is it possible to vary the Agreement if circumstances change?

Occasionally the employer or cadet may want to vary the agreement. Any academic
or personal circumstances which may affect your cadetship need to be discussed
with the agency and/or university as soon as possible. Where relevant, the agency
will contact the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Deferral of study: A cadet may need to defer their study for various reasons (eg due
to serious illness) and would therefore require an extension to the cadetship. The
cadet would need to request an extension of the cadetship from their employer if the
extension is endorsed the study allowance ceases during this period.

Resignation of cadetship: a cadet may resign from their cadetship at any time by
submitting their resignation in writing to their employer, together with any supporting
documentation. The employer will forward this information to the NSW Department
of Premier and Cabinet.

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Termination of cadetship: the cadet’s contract may be terminated at any time due to:
•     unsatisfactory academic progress or work performance
•     non-attendance at study or work
•     a change in the course of study so that it no longer suits the employer’s need.

Transfer to another employer: a cadet may seek to transfer their cadetship to
another employer and should discuss this with their existing employer in the first
instance.

What happens if a subject is failed?

Cadets will be placed on probation by their employer if a subject is failed. The
probation period will be reviewed at the end of the following semester.

If a subject needs to be repeated, cadets may be required to undertake this in their
own time and at their own expense.

Aboriginal education centres at universities can assist the cadet with academic
progress.

What support is available at University?

Aboriginal education centres offer support services and may be able to assist with
your studies or other university requirements.




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                            NSW PUBLIC SECTOR
                      INDIGENOUS CADETSHIP PROGRAM

                      CADETSHIP APPLICATION FORM
                 Please read the guidelines carefully before completing this form

                           Complete and submit this form electronically
              (If necessary copies can be obtained from indigenousprograms@dpc.nsw.gov.au)

To apply for a cadetship
    1. Obtain an information package from the employer advertising cadetships
    2. Complete this application form
    3. Provide a copy resumé
    4. Provide a copy of your Confirmation of Enrolment statement from your tertiary institution
    5. Provide a copy of your most recent academic results
    6. Provide additional information if requested by the employing agency
    7. Send the above information to the employing agency electronically.

If it is not possible to send your completed application electronically, email the application form and
advise the other documents are being sent by mail (you must include a copy of the emailed application
form with your mailed application).

                   If you are interested in applying for cadetships in multiple agencies
                      you will need to send a separate application for each position.

Applications should be received by the employing agency no later than the closing date stated in the
advertisement.

Document checklist

The Application Form must be sent to the employing agency electronically but you can advise that
you will be sending other documents by mail. If you are sending some of the documentation
requested below by mail, you will need to include a copy of all paperwork submitted electronically
with the mailed documentation.

Please tick the boxes below to reflect what documents are attached to your email to the employing
agency.

                Cadetship Application Form
                Current resumé / CV
                Copy of your Confirmation of Enrolment at a university or other tertiary institute
                Copy of most recent academic results


                                          Privacy Statement
     The information contained in this form is used by NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
          for program administration, research, evaluation and monitoring purposes only.

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1.    PERSONAL DETAILS
        Title:
        Last Name:
        First Names:
        Postal Address:
        Postcode:
        Home Phone:
        Work Phone:
        Mobile:
        Email:
        Male/Female:
        Date of Birth: (dd/mm/yy)


2.    ELIGIBILITY
      Please mark the box below to confirm you meet the eligibility criteria listed below.
      If you do not satisfy the criteria, please leave the box un-marked.

                                                                                                   Tick
                                                                                                  Box to
                                                                                                 confirm
        I am enrolled in my first undergraduate degree or a vocational diploma or advanced
        diploma

        I am enrolled for full-time study at a NSW or ACT university , NSW TAFE college
        or other registered training organisation (RTO)

        I identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

        I am of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent

        I am accepted as such by the community in which I live or have lived

        Please advise the community you identify with:

        If you have not ticked all of the boxes in this section, you are not eligible to apply for a NSW Public
        Sector Indigenous Cadetship.

3.    CADETSHIP POSITION/S APPLIED FOR
        Agency:
        Position/s applied for:
        Position Number/s
        (if listed):
        Location preference/s
        (if offered):




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4.    ACADEMIC DETAILS
        Name of university or other tertiary institution:
        Course type (eg Bachelor, Diploma):
        Course (eg Nursing, Archaeology, IT):
        Length of course (how many years):
        What is the first year of your course? (eg YYYY)
        What year will you complete your course? (eg YYYY)
        My current year of study is (eg 1st, 3rd):


5.    ACADEMIC RESULTS
      Please provide results for all tertiary subjects you have undertaken OR write below that a full transcript
      is attached. (You will be required to bring transcripts of your academic results if you are selected for an
      interview).

        Name of Subject                                                                 Result Level
                                                                                        as a percentage (eg 75%)
                                                                                        or grade (eg pass, credit)




        Comments
        If the above subjects do not reflect the direction in which your course is taking you, please describe the
        final aim of the course (e.g. I am currently completing a Bachelor of Arts and will be majoring in
        sociology).




6.    SECONDARY EDUCATION
      This section is to be completed only if you are currently in your final year of secondary
      school (see page three of the above guidelines for further information).

        What School Year are you currently completing?
        What year will you be enrolling at university or
        TAFE?

        Academic results from your most recent year of study

        Name of subject                                                                 Result level
                                                                                        (percentage or grade)




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7.    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
      Please provide brief details of any employment history and attach a more detailed resumé.

        Employer                                 Period of Employment      Position/Title




8.    EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
      Please provide details regarding any community activities you are involved in and/or what sports and
      interests you have (maximum of five to be listed).

        1
        2
        3
        4
        5


9.    WHAT CAN YOU BRING TO OUR AGENCY?
        What skills do you have (eg communication skills)? Which of these is your greatest strength? Can you
        provide examples of where you have demonstrated these/this skill/s either in the workplace, during
        your studies or your extra-curricular activities? (Maximum of ½ a page)




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10. WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO STUDY/WORK IN THIS FIELD?
        Why have you chosen this course at university? Why do you want to work in this field? Why would
        you like a cadetship? (Maximum of ½ a page)




11. REFEREES
        Please nominate two referees who may be contacted on your behalf. Your referees should be able to
        comment on your work and/or academic study.

        1st Referee
        Full Name:
        Relationship to applicant:
        Contact Number:
        Email:

        2nd Referee
        Full Name:
        Relationship to applicant:
        Contact Number:
        Email:


12. DECLARATION OF APPLICANT
        I have read and understood the requirements of the Indigenous Cadetship Program set out in the
        information booklet.

        Name:
        Date: (dd/mm/yy)




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13. AGENCY SPECIFIC CRITERIA
        If an agency has asked for additional information list your response here.

        Information sought by agency:
        Your response:



        Information sought by agency:
        Your response:




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