The Jawun Secondment Program is an immersive secondment opportunity for South Australian public sector employees (AS06 and above), managers and executives looking to gain valuable experience within an Aboriginal-led community organisation.

The South Australian Government created this program, in partnership with not-for-profit organisation Jawun, to equip leaders with thoughtful understanding of ongoing Indigenous community issues and encourage enriching, practical collaborations with the private sector which benefit the organisations and their communities.

The program is offered as either a six-week residential placement, or a virtual model enabling participation in Aboriginal community projects from their desktop.

A number of steps are involved in placing skilled secondees into Indigenous organisations:

  1. Projects for support are identified
    Indigenous organisations outline their priorities
  2. Skills required are identified
    Jawun helps Indigenous organisations determine the nature of assistance required from secondees
  3. Secondees are matched with projects
    Jawun works with corporate and government partners to identify suitable secondees
  4. Induction and support
    Jawun manages each secondee’s induction into the region and provides ongoing support during their secondment (typically six weeks).

A Jawun six-week residential secondment is both a challenging and rewarding experience. As a live-in residential program, it offers cultural immersion in a new working environment.

Secondees will require the support of their workplace and family in order to leave for the duration of the secondment. At times, there may be opportunities to engage in community activities outside of the normal required working hours.

Accommodation typically involves secondees having their own room in a house shared by one or two other secondees.

All placements will involve a four-day induction program (including camping out and other cultural experiences), a five-week project period and debriefing and evaluation sessions.

The virtual secondment will require a minimum commitment of 100 hours, which equates to approximately two days a week for six weeks.

All placements will involve an induction program, a project brief, co-ordinator check in’s, debriefing and evaluation sessions.

To take a look at the Jawun Virtual Secondment lifecycle, click here.

Opportunities are currently available in supporting organisations in one of the following two regions:

Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong

The Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong region is home to the Ngarrindjeri nation. The Ngarrindjeri’s traditional areas extend one hour south-east of Adelaide from Mannum, and downstream through Murray Bridge and Victor Harbor and along the coast through Goolwa to Cape Jervis, including Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert.  

In this region, there is a growing desire among Ngarrindjeri people to create a future centred on caring for country, which incorporates respect for traditions, cultural responsibility and self-determination. 

Current initiatives are focused on research, land management and developing a sustainable Ngarrindjeri regional economy.

To read the case study: Growing opportunity on Ngarrindjeri lands, click here.


for more information about the Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong region, visit the Jawun website.

Far West Coast

Jawun’s newest region at the Far West Coast has an Aboriginal population of approximately 1,100 people and five smaller Aboriginal communities – Oak Valley, Yalata, Scotdesco, Koonibba, and Ceduna.  

The leaders of key organisations in this region have identified the following areas that need to be addressed:

  • Maintenance, strengthening and promotion of Aboriginal culture
  • Lack of economic and social development opportunities
  • Poor education and consequent lack of real employment opportunities
  • Poor health outcomes
  • Lack of resources and suitably qualified workers in remote communities
  • High cost of delivery of services to remote locations
  • Lack of recreational and other creative alternatives.

For more information about the Far West Coast region, visit the Jawun website.

Program Dates 2023

Round 1

Commences - Monday, 20 February 2023

End - Friday, 31 March 2023

Round 2

Commences - Monday, 1 May 2023

End - Friday, 9 June 2023

Round 3

Commences - Monday, 31 July 2023

End - Friday, 8 September 2023

Round 4

Commences - Monday, 16 October 2023

End - Friday, 24 November 2023

Please click here for more information

If you are interested in applying for the February 23 Jawun Secondment Program please first gain initial approval from your line manager. Be sure to factor in the program costs and six-week time commitment when seeking approval.

Once you have done this, please complete and submit the attached form to by 20 December 2022’

JAWUN will require all participants in a Jawun operated program or event held in-place in an Indigenous organisation or region in which we operate, to be up to date with vaccination requirements (have received a double vaccination & applicable booster requirement).

Jawun COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The Residential Secondment takes place over a six-week period.

It involves a four-day induction program (including camping out and other cultural experiences), a five-week project period and debriefing and evaluation sessions.

The Virtual Secondment will require a minimum commitment of 100 hours, which equates to approximately two days a week for six weeks.

Jawun Residential Secondment

The cost of a Jawun Secondment may vary depending on the secondee group size, the placement region, and whether Jawun need to hire a car for the secondee.

As a guide the costs range from $4,000 – $6,000 per secondee and the total amount is invoiced to the home agency at the completion of the secondment. This includes accommodation for the six-week secondment and Induction week travel, meals, cultural tours and incidentals.

Additional Home Agency costs:

  • Staff wages during secondment (secondees remain employees of their home agency at their existing salary)
  • Applicable staff allowances, i.e. meals and incidentals etc.
  • Car hire and fuel (only if required)
  • Laptop and internet access (only if required)

Jawun Virtual Secondment

The costs may vary depending on the virtual cultural experiences included in the secondment period this will range from $100 to $300.

Sandra Russell

Sandra Russell

Department for Correctional Services

Designing an Atlas of the Ngarrindjeri Nation 
To view case study one, click here.


Mac Bollella

Immacolata ‘Mac’ Bollella

Department of Treasury and Finance

Designing a Marketing and Branding Strategy for the Ngarrindjeri Nation. To view case study two, click here.

For more information, please email

To visit the Jawun website, click here.