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BAE Systems is one of Australia’s leading Defence and security businesses. Whilst successful, we must continue to evolve to ensure that we can sustain success in the years and decades ahead.

Part of this evolution will see us further developing the diversity of our workforce. Different types of people possess unique skills, experiences and perspectives and when we put them together, we know we will improve our problem solving, leadership and decision making. But simply recognising that we will benefit from a broader blend of people at BAE Systems isn’t enough. We are acting on it!

We focus on attracting and retaining talented people from diverse backgrounds and helping them to develop their skills and build successful careers. We also work hard to create an inclusive environment in which all employees feel valued and have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and contribute to our business success.

For us it’s about balance; balanced views, balanced teams and balanced employee benefits and business requirements. Our diversity and inclusion strategy is based on five key pillars:

  • Diverse teams 
  • Inclusive leadership 
  • Agile work (flexibility)
  • Advancing the next generation 
  • Indigenous opportunities

While our recruitment process is always merit based, our goal is to achieve a 50/50 gender balanced graduate intake each year. Our commitment to diversity doesn't end there:

On 17th March in 2016 we launched our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) further supporting our diversity and inclusion goals. We are proud to have been the first Defence company in Australia to detail our commitments to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and the wider communities in which we operate in this way. To learn more about our RAP, please visit:

We're also proud in 2018 to announce a 10 year agreement with CareerTrackers. CareerTrackers is a non-profit organisation who create internship opportunities for Indigenous university students. We’re committed to placing 8-10 interns annually and were thrilled in 2019 to have a number of the CareersTrackers interns from 2018 join us in graduate and other full time roles.

In January 2018 we were proud to be recognised as an Endorsed Employer for Women by DCC Jobs. DCC Jobs is Australia’s only jobs board which vets employers before they can advertise jobs. The pre-screening process includes identifying the level of support for flexible working, equal pay, gender neutral paid parental leave, targets for women in leadership, access to mentor programs and much more.

BAE Systems has embarked on a number of initiatives to address gender balance such as annual pay equity reviews, establishment of recruitment targets and policies/processes to support an increase in the number of women hired into the organization, networking groups, mentoring, identification and development of high potential women and support for events such as International Women’s Day and International Women in Engineering Day. We are also committed to retaining our annual accreditation with the Workplace Gender Equity Agency (WGEA). Whilst hiring and promotion decisions are always merit based, we’re committed to addressing gender balanced. Why? Because diversity makes good business sense.

When it comes to flexibility; BAE Systems walks the talk. There is no one size fits all in terms of the way people work the best and working flexibly allows us to find what works for us. We call it agile work. Agile work covers; work practices, workplaces and technology and promoting a work/ life balance. Working flexibly is part of our culture.

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for all of our advertised job opportunities.


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