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Army Indigenous Strategy

Army supports the Australian Government’s Closing the Gap commitment made in 2008 to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians. The Army Indigenous Strategy, which was originally authorised in November 2008, is updated biennially with the latest review released in September 2016.

The Army Indigenous Strategy (AIS) was first released in November 2008, and reflects Army’s commitment to the whole of government approach to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Army is fully committed to improving Indigenous participation rates as part of Army’s broader plan to enhance Army capability.

The current AIS is an Annex to the Army Diversity and Inclusion Framework 2016-2020 that was released in September 2016. The AIS aligns with the three key elements of the Defence Reconciliation Action Plan (D-RAP) (hyperlink to public copy): relationships, respect and opportunities.

To achieve the AIS outcomes Army supports:

  • Indigenous pathways program which include the:
    • Army Indigenous Development Program (AIDP) - a 5 month program for those that do not currently meet the General Entry standards and need to develop education, aptitude, fitness and resilience skills before commencing recruit training
    • Indigenous Pre Recruit Program (IPRP) - – a 6 week program for those who meet General Entry standards but need  to develop confidence, resilience and fitness standards before commencing recruit training
  • Eight Indigenous recruiting officers at Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) to mentor and support Indigenous candidates;
  • Two Indigenous mentors at Kapooka to support Indigenous recruits complete recruit training;
  • A Regional Indigenous Liaison Officer (RILO) Network to focus on community engagement and provide support to local commanders; and
  • The Army Indigenous Cultural Advisory Board (AICAB) which provides cultural advice to Chief of Army on the implementation of the Army Indigenous Strategy.
For further information on the Army Indigenous Strategy, please send an email to the Army Indigenous Strategy Team on army.indigenous [at]
Last updated
31 August 2017
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