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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander careers

We're committed to improving employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and we encourage you to apply for a role with the Qantas Group at any stage of your career. 

We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work, live and fly. We pay respect to Elders past and present.

Career pathways

Sustainable, meaningful careers are critical to our vision for reconciliation. We aim to build on our long, proud history of engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by providing First Nations employment opportunities to unlock our people's potential to contribute meaningfully within their communities and in the workplace. We encourage you to apply for jobs at the Qantas Group at any stage of your career. 

If you're just starting out in your career or are an experienced job seeker, we offer many different pathways across our corporate and operational business areas. 

Explore our pathways below, and bring your spirit to ours.

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School-Based Traineeships

We offer two-year school-based traineeships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students in years 11 and 12 across Australia. Traineeships help gain work experience along with an opportunity to complete a nationally accredited qualification.

Trainees work in a range of business areas including corporate administration, customer service, engineering, ground operations, freight, and regional airlines.

While completing year 11 and 12 studies, trainees will:

  • work one day a week with Qantas (additional days in the school holidays),
  • receive an income while learning new skills,
  • achieve a nationally recognised qualification - Certificate II/III qualification (in a relevant discipline), and
  • be supported by their Qantas supervisor, colleagues, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs team.
Register for School Based Traineeships
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University Internships

Are you studying an undergraduate degree at University? Would you like to gain some real experience working for Qantas while getting paid?

Our interns work across Australia in a range of business areas including operations, human resources, engineering, sales, finance, and regional airlines. These internships are supported through our Partnership with CareerTrackers.

While studying, interns will:

  • receive an income whilst completing work projects and gaining valuable on-the-job experience,
  • be eligible for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) university credits, and
  • be supported by their Qantas supervisor, colleagues, and the First Nations Engagement team.



Register here for University Internships
More information on how to apply Apprenticeships at QantasLink

Apprenticeship Programs

Our engineering apprenticeships offer an exciting opportunity to become a qualified and highly trained tradesperson, specialising in aircraft maintenance and other trades.

With a number of apprenticeships at our Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth airport maintenance facilities, our apprentices have the chance to train and gain experience in a world class organisation with first class facilities.





More information on how to apply
To search for opportunities, visit Qantas Careers Direct entry crew outside airport departures.

Direct employment

At Qantas we value our people’s diverse lived experience and believe that our inclusive culture has contributed to our strength and success.

We have a range of opportunities for experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers in the Qantas Group both in corporate and operational areas. 

  • Operational - cabin crew, pilots, engineers and customer service agents.
  • Corporate - sales and marketing, human resources, information technology, finance, property, procurement, aircraft fleet and route network planning, security, health and safety, environment, and legal.
To search for opportunities, visit Qantas Careers

Graduate Program

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The Qantas Graduate Program offers a unique, two-year accelerated career start and development path for recent university graduates. 

To join us you‘ll have a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, a credit average in a general or specialist degree, and a demonstrated commitment to extracurricular activities. To succeed, you’ll be resilient with strong communication and analytical skills and be able to establish good working relationships.

The Qantas Graduate Program integrates on-the-job experience, coaching, formal classroom learning, performance planning, and feedback.

There are two intakes per year, one in August and one in February. Check our latest advertisements for the most up-to-date information on start dates and times.

Read more about the Qantas Graduate Program

The Daramu Network

The Daramu network is for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and their allies across the Qantas Group. Through a focus on people, Daramu is here to create a safe community for First Nations people and allies to grow, connect, yarn, learn and celebrate First Nations culture across the Qantas Group.

The Daramu Employee Network support engagements across the Qantas Group, including:

  • An annual employee conference,
  • Cultural immersions and learning,
  • Networking activities,
  • Daramu newsletter, and
  • Internal communication to share news and updates.

All employees are encouraged to sign up and participate in the Daramu Employee Network to continue to celebrate and share First Nations history, culture and rights across the Qantas Group. 

Employee support and benefits

There are many different opportunities across the Qantas Group, which means you’ll be able to grow both personally and professionally in your career with us. 

Qantas Group benefits

We love to travel: Enjoy heavily discounted air travel within Australia and across the globe, both for you and your family and friends, as well as exclusive deals on accommodation and holidays.

We have flexible leave options: Make use of leave and flexible working opportunities including 18 weeks paid parental leave and the option to purchase additional paid leave for eligible employees.

We’ll give you access to thousands of rewards: Through our partnerships, we can offer you discounts across shopping, food and wine, insurance, health and wellbeing, leisure, cultural immersions and entertainment. You can also take advantage of our salary packaging program including motor vehicles, eligible portable electronic devices and professional memberships.

We’ll support your wellbeing: Whether it’s learning to better support your own and others’ mental health, our interactive wellbeing app or your very own tailored nutrition plan.

Your development is a priority for us – so that you can maintain the high standards our customers have come to expect and can continue to develop over time. You’ll be supported from day one with on-the-job training as well as our formal training opportunities. While you may start in one role, we’ve got a great track record of supporting our people to take their career in so many different directions; the destinations are endless and can be explored further by getting in touch with the First Nations Engagement Team once you join us. 

Hear more about a day in the life of our Qantas Group First Nations employees

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Qantas Group First Nations Employment Strategy

At Qantas, we strive to reflect the Spirit of Australia.

A spirit that’s over 60,000 years old, that celebrates the knowledge and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our vision for reconciliation is a shared national identity that will be achieved through the social, economic and cultural inclusion of all First Nations Peoples.

By increasing First Nations representation and providing cultural immersions, development, and engagement opportunities, we aim to provide you with a meaningful and sustainable career with us at the Qantas Group.  

Read more about our Qantas Group First Nations Employment Strategy (PDF) Read more about Reconciliation at Qantas
First Nations Employment Strategy

Meet our First Nations Engagement Team

The First Nations Engagement Team focuses on providing meaningful careers to our First Nations employees through a focus on cultural learning, development, and leadership opportunities. The First Nation Engagement Team is responsible for delivering the Qantas Group First Nations Employment Strategy. We embed the voices of our First Nations Employees and develop Cultural Capability across the Qantas Group workforce by fostering awareness, understanding and appreciation of First Nations knowledge, cultures, histories and rights.  

Renee Wootton

My name is Renee Wootton. I’m a Tharawal woman, currently working as the Group Manager of First Nations Engagement on Gadigal Country. I love working in this team as I am able to share my culture with our people and customers and amplify the voices of our First Nations employees across the Qantas Group to inform our strategy and make the Qantas Group a more inclusive place to work.

Kingsley Dennison

My name is Kingsley Dennison. I’m a Gamilaroi man, currently employed as a Senior Consultant, First Nations working on Gadigal Country. I love my role at Qantas as I am able to work closely with our people to develop and implement programs to attract and retain the strong First Nations talent across the Qantas Group.

Ebony Williams

My name is Ebony Williams. I am a Proud Wiradjuri woman, currently working as a Senior Consultant with Qantas Group. I am proud of my role at Qantas because it allows me to connect with the community to ensure authentic cultural understanding and participation with the Group. Ultimately through my role, I would love to see more mob employed and participating in Qantas’ growing First Nations work.