Business Administration Traineeship (Identified Role - Indigenous)

Date Posted: 20 Nov 2023

Location: Parkes, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

Child Safety

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs. View our Child Safe Policy.

The Opportunity

  • Do you want to learn while you earn?
  • Gain a national certificate qualification and on the job experience.
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation! 


CSIRO is looking for motivated and driven Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who want to gain a Nationally Accredited Qualification whilst undertaking on-the-job training.


The Business Administration Trainee will receive hands-on training under the supervision of an experienced manager and will have access to additional support through the Indigenous Talent Team. The role will involve routine office duties such as preparing, printing and distributing documents, booking meetings, ordering catering and providing exceptional customer service to visitors and staff.


Over the course of the traineeship, the successful candidate will be provided with adequate time within work hours to complete a Nationally Accredited Qualification relative to the position and encouraged to participate in CSIRO’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network as well as attend business unit specific activities.


Your duties will include:

  • Answering phone and email enquiries from the public, staff and visitors, redirecting where appropriate and distributing messages.

  • Administrative and logistic support for visitors to the sites (travel, accommodation, and safety).

  • Under general supervision, undertake a range of administrative tasks (such as preparation of straightforward reports, entry, maintenance and retrieval of data or general clerical support) in accordance with established procedures and using skills developed through experience and/or training.

  • Respond courteously and efficiently to requests to routine enquiries, keep clients informed about progress and redirect requests to appropriate staff when required.

  • Make Theatre announcements over the microphone.


Location: Parkes, NSW

Salary:   AU$25,268 to AU$27,094 (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Trainees may be eligible for salary increases as they progress through the traineeship

Tenure:   Specified Term of 2 years

Reference: 95139


To be considered you will need:

  • Certificate of high school education and/or relevant work experience in in any field
  • Willingness to develop the skills to undertake a range of administrative tasks and the ability to learn more complex tasks.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Outlook and Excel and an interest in increasing computer skills.
  • Demonstrated sound communication skills, both oral and written


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 


Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 



At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!


How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.


Applications Close

Sunday 17th December 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

11:00 PM

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