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The Department of Defence is one of Australia’s largest organisations and has a key role as part of the Federal Government. We are seeking graduates from all university disciplines for work across the career spectrum.

 
 

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About the Graduate Program

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The Department of Defence is one of Australia’s largest organisations and has a key role as part of the Federal Government. We are seeking graduates from all university disciplines for work across the career spectrum.

Benefits

As a graduate in the Department of Defence, you will enjoy experiences that, as a civilian, you simply wouldn’t find with any other organisation. You will work with a diverse group of men and women who are dedicated to protecting Australian interests. You will carry out work that has true purpose.

The Department offers Australian Public Service (APS) graduate opportunities across a range of career streams. Each stream is tailored to provide excellent learning and career progression opportunities to propel you into your future career with confidence. If you are seeking a career with purpose, you will find it at Defence. Definitely.

Learning and development opportunities

Defence is committed to lifelong learning. Hear from Defence’s graduates about their most memorable rotation, and find out how the Defence Graduate Program offers a tailored learning and development program that will propel you into your future career with confidence.

STEM Civilian Careers

A Civilian STEM career in Defence offers you unparalleled exposure to technical and scientific expertise, diverse learning opportunities and unique development experiences. You will have access to cutting edge technology and you will experience an inclusive, stimulating and dynamic environment that fosters innovation, creativity and problem solving. Watch now to find out how you can work across a variety internationally significant Defence projects and immerse yourself in new and exciting challenges! Discover your potential at Defence.

Defence – Supporting our graduates

Are you in your final year of university study and are concerned about moving away from home for a graduate program? Are you looking for a challenging and exciting career? Watch this video to find out about the support and relocation assistance offered to Defence Graduate Program employees!

Defence culture and misconceptions about civilian employment

Did you know there are 17,000 civilian employees in the Department of Defence? Watch Defence’s graduates discuss common misconceptions about being a Defence Australian Public Servant and find out how they work with their military colleagues.

The Graduate Program Streams

Defence offers Australian Public Service (APS) graduate opportunities across a number of Pathways and job streams. Each stream is tailored to provide excellent learning, development and career progression opportunities. Each job stream is unique and there are opportunities that suit all degree disciplines.

The career Pathways and job streams available are:

  • Generalist job stream
  • Finance job stream
  • Information and Communication Technology job stream
  • Estate and Infrastructure job stream
  • Human Resources job stream
  • Engineering job stream
  • Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction job stream (Future Submarines and Ships)
  • Commercial job stream
  • Logistics job stream
  • Research and Innovation job stream (Science, Technology and Maths)
  • Defence Policy job stream
  • Defence Intelligence Organisation
  • Australian Geospatial - Intelligence Organisation
  • Australian Signals Directorate

Other Graduate Opportunities

  • Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program (Naval CEDP)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Find Your Stream

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Generalist Job Stream

The Generalist stream gives graduates a thorough understanding of what Defence does, and the opportunities it offers.

  • Tailored suite of training that covers leadership, technical, communication, departmental and general skills, needed in the Australian Public Service
  • On-the-job and off-the-job training along with other development activities
  • Senior Officer Briefing series where you will meet and hear from a range of our Senior Leaders, including the Secretary, Chief of the Defence Force and Service Chiefs (Navy, Air Force and Army)
  • Week-long Study Tour of military establishments and Defence facilities outside of Canberra; and
  • In each rotation you will have real tasks and responsibilities, and be fully integrated into the work team to make sure you contribute to your full potential

Finance Job Stream

Defence Finance Graduates will contribute to decision making and providing advice on significant parts of the Defence Budget.

  • Undertaking a tailored suite of training that covers leadership, technical, operational, departmental and general skills needed in the Australian Public Service.
  • Participating in a three day familiarisation tour of Australian Defence Force establishments across Australia;
  • Undertaking real tasks and responsibilities which are fully integrated into the work team;
  • Participating in networking opportunities; and
  • Contributing to building, developing and sustaining the Australian Defence Organisation’s ‘finance capability’.

Information and Communication Technology Job Stream

The Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG), within the Department of Defence, is responsible for ensuring that Defence has a dependable, secure and integrated Single Information Environment (SIE) to support Defence business and military operations.

  • On-the-job training and mentorship from leading ICT professionals from Australian Public Service, Australian Defence Force and Defence Industry ICT;
  • Three rotations in various ICT areas contributing directly to Defence capability;
  • A familiarisation tour of Australian Defence Force establishments outside of Canberra; and
  • An ongoing position on completion of rotations

Estate and Infrastructure Job Stream

Work in partnership with contracted, specialist providers to deliver essential services to bases and ADF personnel around the nation.

  • Tailored suite of training that covers leadership, technical, departmental and general skills needed in the Australian Public Service
  • On-the-job and off-the-job training, including week-long study tour of Defence facilities outside of Canberra
  • In each rotation you will gain vast exposure to the Defence enterprise through meaningful work, such as engaging and managing contractor teams for projects involving aircraft hangers, ship repair facilities, military training facilities, as well as specialised research and technical facilities
  • Work in partnership with contracted, specialist providers to deliver essential services to bases and ADF personnel around the nation.

Human Resources Job Stream

Human Resources stream graduates contribute to building, developing and sustaining Australian Defence Organisation’s “people capability”.

  • Tailored suite of training that covers leadership, technical, departmental and general skills, needed in the Australian Public Service
  • On-the-job and off-the-job training, including week-long Study Tour of Defence facilities outside of Canberra
  • In each rotation you will have real tasks and responsibilities, and be fully integrated into the work team to make sure you contribute to your full potential.

Engineering Job Stream

Your will work on complex projects that are of national significance and are in direct support of the Australian Defence force.

  • On-the-job and off-the-job learning and development to achieve industry-based professional recognition. This includes supporting you to complete Engineers Australia accreditation competencies.
  • Funded Engineers Australia membership
  • An opportunity to complete an industry graduate rotation external to Defence
  • Opportunity to build on the skills you learned at university
  • Emphasis on work-life balance
  • Your will work on complex projects that are of national significance and are in direct support of the Australian Defence force
  • Advancement to APS 5 level on successful completion of the Capability Pathway
  • Opportunities to become a professional Engineer through certification with an appropriate peak body

Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction job stream (Future Submarines and Ships)

You will work on complex projects that are of national significance and are in direct support of the Australian Navy

  • On-the-job and off-the-job learning and development to achieve industry-based professional recognition. This includes supporting you to complete Engineers Australia accreditation competencies.
  • Funded Engineers Australia membership
  • Opportunities for work in key sites such as Adelaide, Perth and Canberra
  • Opportunity to build on the skills you learned at university
  • Emphasis on work-life balance
  • You will work on complex projects that are of national significance and are in direct support of the Australian Navy
  • Advancement to APS 5 level on successful completion of the Capability Pathway

Commercial Job Stream

Defence undertakes projects of national significance, which are un-paralleled in their size, scope, cost, timescale, risk profile and level of technological complexity.

Commercial Stream Graduates will have opportunities to work on some of Australia’s most complex and challenging commercial activities over three exciting rotations. This will include:

  • Developing and implementing innovative commercial strategies for the acquisition or sustainment of major capital equipment and non-materiel procurements;
  • Liaising and engaging with Defence industry in support of procurement activities;
  • Preparing tender documentation for release to market;
  • Evaluation of tender submissions;
  • Negotiating contracts for simple and complex procurements;
  • Assessing the commercial allocation of liabilities and risks;
  • Support ongoing contract management activities; and
  • Helping to shape commercial procurement policy and contribute to Defence’s commercial framework.

Logistics Job Stream

Unique opportunities to work on some of the largest and most challenging acquisition projects and sustainment activities in Australia

  • Unique opportunities to work on some of the largest and most challenging acquisition projects and sustainment activities in Australia
  • Enjoy a wide-range of roles that equip and sustain our Defence assets
  • On-the-job and off-the-job learning and development
  • Opportunities for work in key sites such as Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Newcastle
  • Opportunity to build on the skills you learned at university
  • Emphasis on work-life balance
  • You will work on complex projects that are of national significance
  • Advancement to APS 5 level on successful completion of the Capability Pathway

Research and Innovation Job Stream (Science, Technology and Maths)

Experience applying your research skills to complex research problems that will contribute to Australia’s Defence and National Security

  • Tailored suite of learning and development opportunities to assist each individual developed their professional, technical, research and personal skills
  • Rotation specific training to provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake rewarding, exciting and challenging work
  • Participation in DST Group’s mentoring program to help you expand your skills and knowledge from senior research staff
  • Experience applying your research skills to complex research problems that will contribute to Australia’s Defence and National Security
  • A three day familiarisation tour where you will visit Navy, Army and Air Force bases to meet Australian Defence Force members and interact with military equipment.
  • Permanent position in Defence on successful completion of the program
  • Generous assistance with relocation to your new locality
  • Further personal and professional career development including a DST sponsored PhD.
  • Meetings with the Graduate Management Team and your experience supervisor to discuss your learning and development needs, career aspirations and performance feedback.
  • A dedicated Graduate Management Team that will guide and advise you throughout your program

Defence Policy Job Stream

The Defence Policy Stream offers training and development opportunities to offer you a solid foundation for a fulfilling career in Defence’s Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group.

Work undertaken by Defence Policy Officers includes contribution to:

  • Policy development, strategic planning and advice to Government;
  • Development of strategic guidance for Defence, and to major reviews of defence policy and planning and military strategy;
  • Analysis and assessment of capability development proposals;
  • Defence industry engagement and innovation, including policy development and advice to Government on options for building Australia's defence industrial capability;
  • Development and maintenance of Defence's international relationships with allies and partners, including through facilitating senior international visits and managing Defence’s representation overseas; and
  • Informing Defence's participation in and contribution to whole-of-Government national security deliberations and decisions.

Defence Intelligence Organisation

Inform decision-making at the highest levels of Government, Make a real contribution to the ongoing security of Australia, and Influence strategic policy guidance for Defence and the ADF.

  • Become tomorrow’s leader and shape the future for a more secure Australia;
  • A five day familiarisation tour where you will visit Navy, Army and Air Force bases to meet Australian Defence Force members and interact with military equipment;
  • Senior Officer Briefs where you will meet Defence’s senior leaders, including the Chief of the Defence Force and Secretary of Defence, to discuss Defence’s strategic objectives, career management and the senior officer’s personal insights;
  • Rotation-specific training to provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake rewarding, exciting and challenging work;
  • A dedicated Graduate Management Team that will guide and advise you throughout your program; and
  • An ongoing position at the completion of the Defence Graduate Program

Australian Geospatial - Intelligence Organisation

AGO’s intelligence officers research, analyse and report on a country or region or a specific thematic international issue to meet the requirements of customers ranging from government leaders to tactical users.

  • Inform decision-making at the highest levels of Government;
  • Make a real contribution to the ongoing security of Australia;
  • Influence strategic policy guidance for Defence and the ADF;
  • Become tomorrow’s leader and shape the future for a more secure Australia.
  • A familiarisation tour where you will visit Navy, Army and Air Force bases to meet with Australian Defence Force members and interact with military equipment;
  • Senior Officer Briefs where you will meet Defence’s senior leaders, including the Chief of the Defence Force and Secretary of Defence, to discuss Defence’s strategic objectives, career management and the senior officer’s personal insights;
  • Rotation specific training to provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake rewarding, exciting and challenging work;
  • A dedicated Graduate Management Team that will guide and advise you throughout your program; and
  • An ongoing position at the completion of the Defence Graduate Program

Australian Signals Directorate

Unique, challenging and rewarding work that contributes to maintaining Australia’s national security.

  • Unique, challenging and rewarding work that contributes to maintaining Australia’s national security;
  • Develop and expand your skills with dedicated training, mentoring and development opportunities; and
  • Diverse career paths with a great salary and benefits package including study assistance, generous leave and flexible working arrangements.

Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program

The Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program (CEDP) offers a challenging, inspiring and unique work environment. The program ensures you receive a holistic development program, giving you the opportunity to strive both personally and professionally.

  • Opportunities to be part of weapons testing, ship building and ground breaking maritime developments.Industry rotation that will give a practical element to your career development and assist you in understanding the role of system suppliers in the production and support of naval ships.
  • Research projects to develop your analysis and research skills.
  • Mentoring to develop your technical skills as well as the fundamental skills to become a future leader.
  • Site visits to give you an appreciation of ship manufacturing processes and maintenance procedures.
  • Networking opportunities to develop your relationship building skills.
  • 'Sea riding' to give you personal experience of life on-board naval ships, and let you see first-hand the effect design decisions made during ship construction have on the ship and its crew.
  • Permanent placement and advancement into an APS 6 position in Defence on successful completion of the program. Generous assistance with relocation to Canberra
 
 
 

Science

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Are you seeking a career that offers unparalleled exposure to innovative scientific expertise, diverse learning opportunities and unique development experiences? Regardless of your specialisation, Defence needs science graduates to work across a wide spectrum of career opportunities around Australia that will offer constant exposure to new and exciting challenges.

When applying to work as a graduate in Defence, you can choose from the following development programs, designed to prepare you for an exciting and diverse career in Defence

Which graduate development Stream is right for you?

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Estate and Infrastructure Stream

The per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Investigation and Management (PFASIM) Branch leads Defence’s response on a high-profile emerging contaminant issue. Since the 1950s, PFAS chemicals have been used widely to make household and industrial products that resist heat, stains, grease and water. Defence has been proactive in initiating an environmental investigation program into the nature and extent of PFAS contamination on, and in the vicinity of, Defence sites as a result of the historical use of legacy firefighting foam.

PFASIM Branch offers diverse opportunities, with staff delivering technical, project management and policy outcomes, and collaborating to provide innovative solutions to the PFAS contamination issue.

In PFASIM Branch, you will use your skills to help develop response and management solutions to PFAS contamination on, and in the vicinity of, Defence bases. You will also collaborate on the development of forward-thinking policy and practice that enables practical outcomes for people living in affected communities, by providing evidence-based advice that informs sound decision- making. Your understanding of earth sciences, environmental science or statistics will be vital in contributing to site investigations and coordinating with experts within the Investigations team. Alternatively, developing future management strategies with the Technical Policy team provides the opportunity to utilise your chemistry and engineering skills. Our understanding of PFAS continues to evolve, and Defence must remain equipped with critical thinking and technical literacy to offer effective and efficient response options.

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Research and Innovation Stream

Computer sciences and related disciplines are a high priority for DST with opportunities available across most of DST’s research areas. Candidates with a computer science background can apply their degree and contribute to research areas including cyber security, communications and networks research, machine learning and data mining, artificial intelligence, big data analysis, cryptology, natural language processing, autonomous systems just to name a few.

Biology, Chemistry, Radiological or related degrees will see you to work in world-class laboratories, contribute to research that informs, safeguards and mitigates risks posed by chemical, biological, and radiological threats.

Human, Social and Health Sciences is all about people. Apply your psychology degree to enhance the selection and training of Australia’s warfighters; research human / machine interactions in DST’s Human Factors groups to improve functionality; or using your sociology degree, identify and analyse current and potential conflicts and emerging contingencies. But it’s not only about the mind. DST drives food and nutrition innovation and manages the quality assurance of combat ration foods, develops novel techniques in stabilisation of probiotics and vitamins, and develops prototype food products to ensure that the ADF personnel’s nutritional health is looked after during training and deployment.

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 Intelligence and Cyber Stream

Our Intelligence agencies possess an insatiable demand for science specialists. Your work will directly support national intelligence priorities of Government and to support our military operations regionally and beyond.

For more information about a career as an intelligence analyst, visit Intelligence and Cyber Graduate opportunities

Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO)

The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) is Australia’s lead geospatial and imagery intelligence organisation.

AGO’s Intelligence Officers also undertake work with a distinct scientific focus. As the exploitation of imagery is a key AGO activity, we place great importance on maintaining and developing our capability to use new technologies in areas such as remote sensing. In doing this, AGO liaises closely with Defence Science and Technology Group, national research organisations, academia and industry to help AGO make the most of emerging technologies to meet our intelligence mission.

AGO’s Intelligence Officers have a wide variety of specialist skills and knowledge including: Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing in several disciplines including radar and spectral and infrared. AGO’s Intelligence Officers research and apply advanced techniques, and develop and transition valuable technology into operational applications or provide high end technical support to analysts.

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The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is a vital member of Australia’s national intelligence community. Our motto, Reveal their secrets. Protect our own, summarises our roles: we collect foreign intelligence by interception; we provide advice and assistance on cyber security; and we conduct offensive cyber operations.

ASD finds that its best teams work with a variety of skills and specialities, and that the diversity in those teams really helps to deliver innovative results. Many of our analysts come from scientific backgrounds, as their critical thinking skills are a vital asset in our work. ASD analysts work on a broad range of tasks which include investigating large and complex data sets, developing new methods of analysing data for intelligence or cyber security purposes, and solving cryptological problems using advanced mathematical concepts.

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Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO)

Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) analyses information from a range of national and international sources and creates insightful, reliable and incisive assessments that help defend Australia and protect its interests. Our mission is to provide the best intelligence possible to the intelligence consumer. To achieve this mission, DIO requires scientific analysts from a broad range of disciplines, including: chemistry, biology, physics, mechanical and chemical engineering, and medical sciences.

A scientific analyst within DIO conducts unique specialist all-source analysis focusing on specific areas of military interest, including nuclear, chemical and biological proliferation; strategic health issues; emerging technologies; and Weapons of Mass Destruction-related weapons systems.

This analysis informs whole-of-government consideration of major development projects and policy objectives regarding WMD and strategic health issues. It also supports Australian Defence Force personnel deployed on operations around the world, by identifying vulnerabilities and potential countermeasures to mitigate against risk.

DIO’s scientific intelligence analysts are encouraged to maintain and broaden their scientific skills, receive extensive training in the tradecraft of intelligence, and travel internationally to share ideas with a network of scientific and technical experts on advances in science.

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Quick Details

Degree types: Tertiary scientific qualifications (Chemistry; Physics; Medical Science; Physical Science; Human, Social and Health Science)

Salary: APS 4: $67,100 pa + 15.4% super. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to APS 5: $73,256 pa + 15.4% super.

Program:

  • Estate and Infrastructure Stream - 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)
  • Research and Innovation Stream – 12 months – 2 x 6 month rotations
  • Australian Signals Directorate – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (some variations for to accommodate training)
  • Defence Intelligence Organisation – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (some variations for to accommodate training)
  • Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (some variations for to accommodate training)

Eligibility: Australian Citizens only

Intake:

  • Estate and Infrastructure Stream – February
  • Research and Innovation Stream – February
  • ASD, DIO, AGO - February (all), July (ASD only)

Location:

  • Estate and Infrastructure – Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)
  • Research and Innovation Stream - Various Australia wide (Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Tasmania)
  • ASD, DIO, AGO – Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)
 
 
 

STEM Cadetship

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The STEM Cadetship offers students a head start to a rewarding career in Defence by offering an entry-level employment pathway for high performing tertiary students currently studying a relevant STEM degree.

As a STEM Cadet, you will be employed as an Australian Public Service (APS) employee where you will be provided with real-world, practical and high-quality work in the Department of Defence.

During the STEM Cadetship, you will be able to apply your discipline, academic knowledge and skills to contribute to Defence’s current projects. Similarly, you will be able to apply the practical skills and knowledge that you learn from Defence back into your studies.

Find out how your university discipline can lead to a rewarding, challenging and meaningful career in Defence. The STEM Cadetship will provide you with excellent learning and career development opportunities to propel you into your future career with confidence.

What's in it for you?

  • Ongoing (permanent) employment with a minimum salary of $49,616 pa (plus 15.4% superannuation) during your cadetship;
  • Payment of compulsory university fees (i.e. course fees) during your Cadetship;
  • $500 per semester book/resources allowance;
  • 60-days (minimum) work placements per annum in Defence; and
  • Guaranteed employment with Defence upon successful completion of the Cadetship.

Eligibility

  • Australian citizenship; and
  • A credit average (GPA ≥ 5 on a seven point scale); and
  • Will complete their tertiary studies (including Honours/Masters) between the end of Semester Two 2021 and the end of Semester Two 2023; and
  • Are currently enrolled in a relevant STEM undergraduate (with Honours/Masters) degree or are eligible and agree to undertake an Honours/Masters degree as part of the STEM Cadetship if required.

Please see the website below for a list of relevant STEM degrees.

Applications for the 2021 intake close 18 April 2020!

For more information about the STEM Cadetship visit http://www.defence.gov.au/APSCareers/stem-cadetship.asp


A Civilian STEM career in Defence offers you unparalleled exposure to technical and scientific expertise, diverse learning opportunities and unique development experiences. You will have access to cutting edge technology and you will experience an inclusive, stimulating and dynamic environment that fosters innovation, creativity and problem solving. Watch now to find out how you can work across a variety internationally significant Defence projects and immerse yourself in new and exciting challenges! Discover your potential at Defence.

 
 

Technology

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Do you want to work with cutting-edge technologies in challenging projects that will shape the Defence capabilities of the future? Perhaps you are keen to work with specialised systems created to support our national intelligence capability, protect Australian information systems or provide imminent support to our military operations?

When applying to work as a graduate in Defence, you can choose from the following development programs, designed to prepare you for an exciting and diverse career in Defence. Which graduate development Stream is right for you?

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Information and Communication Technology

Defence relies on secure and world-class information management systems. This means we are looking for strategic thinkers who will use their initiative to tackle the challenges that fast-changing technology can impose on our business, and tailor solutions that meet these head on.

Click here to view more information about the Information and Communication Technology Stream

Research and Innovation Stream

The Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) has been supporting the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for more than 100 years with innovative technology solutions that deliver a capability edge.  Our technical specialists collaborate with the ADF, academia, and industry to solve the most difficult and valued research challenges. With the rapid growth and evolution of highly complex technology systems, there has never been a more exciting time to apply your technology skills and contribute to the creation of research knowledge and solutions within one of DST’s Major Science & Technology Capability research area.

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Intelligence and Cyber Stream

Our Intelligence agencies possess an insatiable demand for IT specialists. We employ specialist in traditional ICT fields as well as many positions that require application of specialist computer knowledge and / or abilities. Regardless of the area of work, our IT specialists enjoy some of the most challenging and technically difficult tasks available.

Your work will directly support national intelligence priorities of Government and to support our military operations regionally and beyond.

To view more information visit Defence Intelligence and Cyber Stream opportunities

Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation

The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) is Australia’s lead geospatial and imagery intelligence organisation.

AGO’s Intelligence Officers undertake work with a distinct technical focus. As the exploitation of imagery is a key AGO activity, we place great importance on maintaining and developing our capability to use new technologies in areas such as remote sensing. In doing this, AGO liaises closely with Defence Science and Technology Group, national research organisations, academia and industry to help AGO make the most of emerging technologies to meet our intelligence mission.

AGO’s Intelligence Officers have a wide variety of specialist skills and knowledge including: ICT; scripting and applications development, web services; design and functionality; database management; and analysis. AGO’s Intelligence Officers research and apply advanced techniques, and develop and transition valuable technology into operational applications or provide high end technical support to analysts.

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Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is a vital member of Australia’s national intelligence community. Our motto, Reveal their secrets. Protect our own, summarises our roles: we collect foreign intelligence by interception; we provide advice and assistance on cyber security; and we conduct offensive cyber operations. ASD finds that its best teams work with a variety of skills and specialities, and that the diversity in those teams really helps to deliver innovative results.

As a technologist, you can work in areas as diverse as offensive cyber operations, software development, reverse engineering, forensic analysis and intrusion detection through to system administration, system design, architecture, testing and maintenance. You could have the opportunity to build and maintain secure workstations through to high-end supercomputers.

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Quick Details

Degree types:

All Information Technology, including software engineering, and other technical degrees Salary: APS 4; $67,100 pa + 15.4% super Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to $73,256 + 15.4% super.

Program:

  • Information and Communication Technology Stream - 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)
  • Research and Innovation Stream – 12 months – 2 x 6 month rotations
  • Australian Signals Directorate – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (some variations for to accommodate training)
  • Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (some variations for to accommodate training) 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations

Eligibility: Australian Citizens only

Intake:

  • Information and Communication Technology Stream – February
  • Research and Innovation Stream – February
  • ASD,AGO - February (both), July (ASD only)

Location: Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)

 
 

Our Offer and Applying

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A graduate career in Defence could take you places you never imagined..

The Department of Defence is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage all Australian citizens with relevant skills and qualifications to apply for our graduate opportunities.

We offer a generous commencing salary and employment conditions that will help you to enjoy a happy work-life balance. We give our people support to grow in a dynamic, challenging and flexible work environment.

Applications for all streams of the Defence graduate program open on 27 February 2020 and close on 3 April 2020.

Selection Process

All Streams Offer:

Benefits

As well as

  • Commencing salary for all Defence Graduate Programs of $67,100 per annum (equiv. to APS Level 4) plus a generous 15.4% employer superannuation contribution. Depending on the Pathway or Program that is successfully completed, graduates will advance to $73,256- $80,699 pa + 15.4% superannuation.
  • 1 week familiarisation tour of interstate Defence establishments (for Generalist, Finance, ICT, Estate and Infrastructure, HR, Engineering, Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction, Commercial and Logistics streams).
  • Flexible working conditions.
  • Free access to gyms at most locations.
  • 4 weeks Annual Leave per year.
  • 3 weeks Personal Leave per year.

Who we are looking for

The Department of Defence is an exciting and challenging place to work offering outstanding and diverse career opportunities for dedicated professionals.

We are looking for graduates who are interested in contributing to the Defence mission to protect Australia and our national interests, while building their career. Our graduates are people who have high level communication and interpersonal skills, strong technical and analytical skills; and the ability to thrive in a dynamic and diverse organisation.

Our successful candidates are professional, self-aware team players, and adapt easily to change. You will be committed to learning and development and share Defence values and vision for the future.

Eligibility (including degree requirements)

Australian citizenship is a mandatory requirement for employment in the Department of Defence. If you have recently applied for citizenship, you must acquire citizenship prior to commencing employment.

All Department of Defence graduate opportunities require, at minimum, the completion of a three year Bachelor Degree, recognised in Australia. You will also be required to obtain a security clearance (Negative Vet Level 1 as a minimum) and undertake a medical examination to determine fitness for duty.

Other key eligibility requirements specific to some Defence programs include:

For the below streams you must be willing to undertake one 6-month rotation within Canberra, and one outside Canberra:

  • Engineering Stream
  • Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction Stream
  • Commercial Stream
  • Logistics Stream

The following agencies and career streams all require that you have completed your degree having achieved a credit average:

  • Defence Intelligence Organisation;
  • Generalist stream;
  • Estate and Infrastructure stream;
  • Human Resources stream;
  • Defence Policy stream; and
  • Commercial stream

The Research and Innovation stream requires that you have completed a relevant Honours degree within the last 2-years.

The Defence Intelligence Organisation, Australian Signals Directorate and Australian Geospatial- Intelligence Organisation all require a Top Secret Positive Vet (TSPV) security clearance. You must be willing to undertake a stringent security clearance process and have 10 year’s checkable background. Visit our website for more detailed information.

How to Apply

To apply online and to find out more about Defence graduate program opportunities, please visit www.defence.gov.au/graduates.

For additional information, you may also e-mail us at [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you.

 
 
 
 

Graduate Stories

Department of Defence


Kirsten

Kirsten

Technical Analyst (Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway)

I completed the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) graduate program in 2014. Before starting at DIO, I completed a degree in biology and then a PhD in science and, while I knew I wanted to pursue a career outside the fields of academia and research, I wasn’t sure what options were available. I wanted to remain in a scientific or technical area and continue doing the things I love about research: in-depth analysis and problem-solving. I found all of this in my role at DIO, where my work is unique – and I love the feeling that I’m making a difference.

Throughout the graduate program, I completed rotations in diverse areas that exposed me to the breadth of work DIO does and let me work with a range of high-calibre professionals who specialise in fields from international politics to chemistry and physics. The program introduced me to different teams and allowed me to develop networks that I now draw on, including for career advice. I found each area fascinating, and the support and training I received enabled me to complete projects on topics I hadn’t previously studied. The DIO graduate program includes extensive learning and development opportunities, with courses focusing on a range of subjects from analytical skills to strategic policy. The practical skills I learnt during the program will be invaluable in any future career path I might take.

One of my favourite things about the program was the friendships I formed with other graduates. Most of the graduates were new to Canberra an, as we were all in the same situation, we quickly became friends. There was never a shortage of social grad events during the year, ranging from dinners to team sports and snow trips. My graduate network is already proving valuable to me at work, and I have no doubt the friendships we made will be long-lasting.


Belinda

Belinda

DEFENCE POLICY AND INTELLIGENCE PATHWAY - INTELLIGENCE ANALYST (AUSTRALIAN GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE ORGANISATION)

“After completing a Communications and International Studies degree, I was fortunate enough to be offered a position in the AGO Graduate Program.”

The graduate program provided me with the opportunity to learn a whole new skill set and to further develop the analytical and communication skills that I had attained during university. The training prepared me well for my current rotation where I am part of a dynamic and supportive team, with colleagues who are eager to help me find my feet and share their knowledge.

The graduate program also allowed me to make friends with a fantastic group of people, both from the graduate intake and the wider organisation. Working with a diverse group of people from a wide range of backgrounds is also definitely a highlight.

The move to Canberra was a little daunting but I already knew a few people that lived here and loved it. I think the benefit of the grad community/program is that you instantly meet like-minded people who have all moved for similar reasons and don't have firmly established social circles. This means everyone is really social, warm and eager to make new friends. It's also really convenient to get around; it's close to the coast and the slopes and has a bunch of activities throughout the year (Balloon festival, Floriade, film festivals, jazz nights). Plus restaurants and bars are pretty good and better ones are popping up all the time.

I am constantly learning new skills on the job and expanding my knowledge, which keeps the work interesting and challenging. Further, the work we do as GEOINT Analysts has concrete outcomes, and seeing how this contributes to the intelligence community both in Australia and abroad, is extremely rewarding.


Ethan

Ethan

DEFENCE POLICY AND INTELLIGENCE PATHWAY - CYBER & ¬INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYST (AUSTRALIAN SIGNALS DIRECTORATE)

“I applied for the ASD graduate intake in my final year of a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree (Digital Systems Security). I was drawn in by the allure of "Play the game no-one else can" advertising, and 18 months in, that thrill still hasn't gone away. The ASD graduate program allowed me to 'choose my own development' along the way, in regards to training, the projects I was working on and the teams I joined.”

I started out in a technical programming role, switched over to a non-technical analyst position to see how their side of the business operates, and then settled down into a cyber security position, where I get to deal with an extremely large portion of our organisation on a regular basis.

One of the most beneficial aspects of the graduate rotations for me was the amount of people you gain as contacts, both when rotating teams and through your socialising with your fellow graduates. Even after leaving the grad program, the knowledge of knowing someone in a team you're dealing with, and understanding how they think and operate is a great advantage.

One of the more surprising things I found about working at ASD is you very quickly become the 'go-to' person for your area of work. There was no hint of pay-grade superiority as staff with decades more experience will ask even fresh new grads for advice on their area of expertise.

It's a great feeling knowing that the work you do day in and day out is not only exceedingly enjoyable, but goes towards keeping our country safe and informing our government.


Natasha

Procurement and Contracting Job Stream (Defence Capability Pathway)

I completed a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts (International Relations) at the Australian National University. I have discovered that a graduate placement within the Department of Defence has allowed me to incorporate my interests and skills in both of these areas, experiencing three diverse rotations around Australia.

As a Procurement and Contracting graduate, I remained in Canberra for my first rotation within the Commercial Division of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) where I gained a valuable insight into the unique complexities surrounding military capability procurement and worked on contracts ranging from acquiring ammunition to multi-million dollar aircraft.

My second rotation took me to Melbourne where I worked with the Financial Investigation Service. Here I was exposed to engaging with Defence Industry and ensuring that pricing was fair and reasonable which is a key part of acquisition within Defence. I met wonderful people and was able to experience business from a regional perspective.

For my third rotation, I worked in a project supporting a critical military capability in Sydney. Here I was kept challenged and gained valuable experience in meeting the operational demands of a large Navy capability. The team is an innovative blend of military personnel, public service civilians and industry personnel and this allowed me to engage with the core essence of how the Department of Defence does business. Being able to directly see the ships I was supporting cemented the value of being a graduate in this Department.

My overall experience has been exceptional allowing me not only to travel and live in three different cities over 18 months, but also to experience three very different areas of a huge, nationwide organisation. As a graduate, I have been welcomed into an engaging atmosphere and have received opportunities to engage with all parts of the organisation from briefings with senior leadership to hands on tours to the regional bases.  I also gained access to a national network of other graduates and have made amazing new friends.


Sarah

A call for ‘Early Career Researchers’ was the most compelling advert/headline I had seen on job vacancy boards in months. I had been searching for the opportunity to pursue a career in research after completing post-graduate study and the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) provided the perfect platform. Since joining DST, I have experienced the diversity and excitement in my professional life that I have always sought.

Working in DST has involved me in the development of capstone concepts for the Australian defence Force (ADF). It has given me the opportunity to apply my analytical skills in new ways as well as contribute a scientific perspective. Being at the forefront of moulding the role of science in the emerging Force Design field has been an exciting challenge and far exceeds the influence I expected to have in my first six months in DST. My role has also taken me to Enoggera Barracks in support of major Army experimentation activities. Staying on base and exploring practical issues faced by the Joint Force has given me a new perspective and greater appreciation for the accomplishments of the ADF. On the lighter side, I was also fortunate to be invited to participate in Weapons Training Simulation which allowed a group of Australian Public Service to fire a simulated weapon.

One of the best aspects of my work has been my colleagues. I’ve felt incredibly welcome within the organisation and there is a collegiate and community spirit that makes work truly enjoyable. People are always willing to help out and their willingness to impart knowledge has been an invaluable part of orienting myself within Defence. Senior leaders have also taken a personal interest in my development and have identified and encouraged many learning and development opportunities for me. In my short time in DST I have attended several courses and seminars, including the advanced ‘Apollo Course in Future War Analysis’ at the Australian Defence College.

DST Group has become more than a platform for my career; it is the expression of my career and goals. Feeling as successful as I do now, I can only imagine how I’ll feel in years to come!


Ami Page

Finance Job Stream (Defence Corporate Pathway)

I clearly remember the phone call from Defence offering me a position on the 2016 Graduate Program. I was elated. Since then I have grown so much and been exposed to many incredible opportunities that only an organisation such as Defence is capable of offering.

Making the move from Perth to Canberra was incredibly daunting. However, with a graduate cohort in the same position as myself, I felt instantly welcome and had a valuable network of people.

I studied a Double Bachelors Degree of Economics and Science (Genetics) at the University of Western Australia. Defence has provided unique experiences and it was the most challenging year of my life, but the most rewarding at the same time.

As a finance graduate, I worked in Treasury and Banking, a central Chief Finance Officer function. Here I prepared daily bank reconciliations and daily cash forecasts. My second rotation was a highlight of my graduate year. I worked with Navy Finance Teams at Garden Island in Sydney while living on base. I was lucky enough to have a tour of the Dry Dock at Garden Island and stand underneath HMAS Choules. My third rotation was out of Stream. I worked in Estate and Infrastructure Group in a team that managed Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Projects in South Australia. This allowed me to gain an even better overview of Defence operations. I was lucky enough to visit Cultana and Woomera, two very unique and important Defence training facilities.

Working in three different teams over a year can be overwhelming, but at the end of the program I finally began to see how all areas of Defence are connected to reach one goal, protecting Australia.

Recently I had an interview within Defence, and the broad networks the graduate program provided, enabled me to reach out and ask questions to prepare myself for the interview. This kind of insight is priceless and without a doubt one of the most valuable aspects of the graduate program. Not only do I have a great professional network, I also have life long friends.


Ruob

Generalist Job Stream (Defence Corporate Pathway)

After completing a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Languages at the University of Melbourne and commencing a Master of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University, I was thrilled to be offered a place as a Generalist graduate at the Department of Defence. I had an incredibly diverse graduate year, rotating through three very different areas in Defence.

I started in a corporate performance management role in Estate & Infrastructure Group, before moving to International Policy Division to work on Defence’s policy on the Middle East, and then a public affairs and communication role at Air Force Headquarters. Throughout this time I travelled to multiple Defence bases across Australia, attended various training around Canberra including at Parliament House, formed relationships around the Department, and was even one of the first civilians to fly on a RAAF C-27J Spartan aircraft.

Following the graduate program, I continued my professional development in a role liaising between Defence and Parliament House, before moving into Strategic Policy Division to work on Defence’s space and missile defence policy. I’ve also continued to balance work with part-time study and Army Reserve service, of which Defence has been very accommodating and supportive.

Defence is a truly unique place to work. The sheer size of the Department offers endlessly diverse career opportunities. The graduate program prepares you for this by giving you the ability to experience a wide breadth of the work that occurs in the Department, while setting you up with a network of fellow graduates and mentors who will support you throughout your career.

If you’re from interstate and apprehensive about moving to Canberra, don’t be. As a big-city Melburnian who was initially uneasy about living in Canberra, I’ve found it to be a convenient and surprisingly vibrant place to live and work. The food, drink and cultural scene has been booming in recent years, it’s surrounded by great spots for outdoor activities, and a 20 minute stress-free commute to work is a welcome change from 1.5 hour commutes in Melbourne!


Rachel

Logistics Job Stream (Defence Capability Pathway)

Prior to joining the Defence Graduate Program I completed a Bachelor of Business Management at Queensland University of Technology. When I was offered a place on the graduate program, I accepted the opportunity as a good career change. After over ten years working in small business management, and having been unsuccessful in ADF recruitment, I embraced the move to Melbourne as a Public Servant with enthusiasm.

My graduate program placements have been with Land Systems Division (supporting the Army) in both sustainment management, acquisition projects, and Strategic Management of Mobility Systems in Army Headquarters. I had various opportunities to get out of the office and witness Army soldiers and officers in their day-to- day activities.

My first rotation was with Personal and Aerial Delivery equipment (jokingly named tents, pegs and Page 7 of 40 parachutes). Their work is comparable to running a large Bunnings Store. I was able to visit the aerial equipment warehouse, and parachute training school; where I met Special Forces and Red Beret students for one-on- one conversations, as well as walked through the aircraft.

I then moved to the acquisition project of the HAWKEI (army protected troop carrier). This rotation was jammed packed; meetings with large Industry suppliers, endless opportunities to see and drive in the prototype vehicles, see the vehicle being driven into a C-130 and components airlifted by Chinook rigs. After a busy 12 months in Melbourne it was time to move to Canberra.

Upon moving to Canberra I fell in love with it straight away. It is a small beautiful town, with everything you could ever need. There are endless weekend opportunities, without the hassle of traffic and crowds. As a graduate, I was accepted into a secondment in Army Headquarters. Working on multiple projects and programs. I interacting with officers and soldiers with incredible stories, which has helped me embrace my Department of Defence career. I have gained significant insights and strong networks I can now use throughout my career. My career change is off to a great start and I have now secured a permanent placement promotion in Canberra.


Gethin

Engineering Job Stream (Defence Capability Pathway)

I started my Defence life as part of the Capability Pathway on the Defence Graduate Program after completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) at Charles Darwin University. I was shipped from the oppressive Darwin humidity to the crisp air of Canberra. Our intake was large and despite a plethora of engineers, all of the graduates were friendly, easy-going and most became good mates. The extensive network of graduates in Canberra and the work-life balance made my stint there really enjoyable. What’s not to love about road trips to the beach in summer and the snow in winter?

With no previous exposure to Defence, I was unsure what to expect. I found everyone to be supportive, friendly and knowledgeable. Settling into Canberra was daunting but in the end was relatively smooth, the graduate team and work area providing me with good assistance and advice.

The 18 month program consisted of three 6 month rotations and flexibility with locations. I took the opportunity to see the country with my second rotation as part of the Air Warfare Destroyer program in Adelaide. This culminated in me going on sea trials to conduct noise and vibration testing. Standing on the back of a warship going full steam is an experience I won’t forget. Neither is trying to sleep while they do speed and manoeuvre trials in the middle of the night.

I also had the opportunity to do a rotation external to Defence, which opens up the possibility of working in Defence industry. I continued my nomadic habits and crossed the Nullarbor to Perth for an industry placement with Austal. This gave me an understanding of how industry ticks, exposure to engineering design and the obstacles involved in contracting to Defence. I was given valuable exposure to the operation of a shipyard.

Moving around the country has allowed me to experience so much. From conducting sea trials to shooting a pass score at the Weapon Training Simulation System at ADFA in Canberra, the graduate program has provided me with opportunities to which I would not normally have access.

 
 
 
 

Engineering

Department of Defence


Are you seeking a career that offers unparalleled exposure to innovative technical expertise, diverse learning opportunities and unique development experiences? Regardless of your specialisation, Defence needs engineering graduates to work across a wide spectrum of projects around Australia, and the world that will offer constant exposure to new and exciting challenges.

When applying to work as a graduate in Defence, you can choose from the following development programs, designed to prepare you for an exciting and diverse career in Defence or the wider Australian Public Service.

Which graduate development stream is right for you?

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Engineering Stream

An engineer within The Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) works on complex and nationally significant acquisition and sustainment projects that directly supports Defence capability and the operational success of the Australian Defence Force.

CASG engineers mainly perform and manage systems engineering focused activities and will be involved in planning, facilitation and assuring confidence in the delivery of engineering outcomes for Defence. CASG engineers build and use their knowledge in Defence domains, technology and their technical discipline to effectively translate Defence’s needs into operational capability in partnership with industry.

CASG engineers work with specialised Defence industry partners to deliver and maintain capability outcomes to our Defence domains. This includes definition, development and control of requirements, overview and assurance of design, manufacturing, maintenance and modification of a product.

As an engineer in CASG, you are the technical interface between the military user and Defence industry. You will have the opportunity to liaise with Defence industry organisations and other stakeholders on major acquisition projects worth billions of dollars, such as the Joint Strike Fighter, soldier combat vehicles and protection systems, electronic warfare, communications and surveillance systems and guided weapons.

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Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction (Future Ships and Submarines) Stream

As a maritime engineer you will directly support Australian Navy capability through your work on the future submarine program or acquisition of the new Hunter Class anti-submarine warfare frigates and other shipbuilding programs.

The Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s (CASG) engineers are given opportunities to maintain and broaden their engineering and technical skills and be cross-trained to work in a range of disciplines. Being a part of one of the largest capability delivery organisations in Australia, gives you longer term career options to move into other functions, such as project management, contracting, asset management and logistics as well as build your engineering skills through recognition as a professional engineer through certification with peak engineering bodies.

You will also continually be provided opportunities to work across the lifecycle of managing assets, from being involved in the initiation of projects to disposing of assets when they have reached their end of life.

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Estate and Infrastructure Stream

As an engineer in the Estate and Infrastructure Stream, you will use to technical knowledge to develop engineering policies and standards that support Defence capability and to conduct engineering services master planning to support the development of the Defence estate. You will learn contract and project management skills that will allow you to manage the construction of new facilities to ensure Defences capability requirements are met. You will be involved in the development of wide range of facilities from standard commercial type facilities such office buildings and sleeping accommodation through to complex Defence specific facilities such as wind tunnels, live fire ranges and underwater escape trainers.

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Research and Innovation Stream

Think ships, submarines, Joint Strike Fighter, hypersonics, land vehicles, space systems, radar systems, autonomous vehicles and all the integrated technology and you will only begin to imagine the endless research engineering opportunities at DST. As a research engineer, you will use your degree to conduct research and create knowledge, continuously pushing the boundaries to ensure that Australia’s Defence Capabilities are at the forefront. Whether you have an engineering degree in aerospace, electronics/ electrical, mechanical/ mechatronics, or systems or related disciplines, there is an opportunity for you!

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Intelligence and Cyber Stream

Our Intelligence agencies possess an insatiable demand for engineering specialists. We employ engineering graduates in analyst and technologist roles to undertake the following critical work: To view more information visit Defence Intelligence and Cyber Stream opportunities

Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is a vital member of Australia’s national intelligence community. Our motto, Reveal their secrets. Protect our own, summarises our roles: we collect foreign intelligence by interception; we provide advice and assistance on cyber security; and we conduct offensive cyber operations. ASD finds that its best teams work with a variety of skills and specialities, and that the diversity in those teams really helps to deliver innovative results.

Engineering and technical specialists keep our unique systems on the leading edge, supporting all our work. We need a broad range of hardware and software specialists to develop, build and maintain everything from simple electronics to supercomputers and from small scripts to complex systems. We have roles for software, systems, network and communications engineers.

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Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO)

Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) analyses information from a range of national and international sources and creates insightful, reliable and incisive assessments that help defend Australia and protect its interests. Our mission is to provide the best intelligence possible to the intelligence consumer. To achieve this mission, DIO requires analysts with engineering qualifications including Aeronautical, Aerospace, Nuclear, Space Systems, Electronic, Electrical, Communications, Digital Systems, Systems, Explosive Ordnance, Civil and Mechanical. An analyst within DIO conducts all-source analysis of threat weapons systems, including future threat. They may also conduct complex modelling and simulation activities and work on signatures predictions.

This analysis informs government consideration of major acquisition projects worth billions of dollars, such as the future submarines, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Air Warfare Destroyer. It also supports Australian Defence Force personnel deployed on operations around the world, by identifying vulnerabilities and potential countermeasures to mitigate this risk.

DIO’s technical intelligence analysts are given opportunities to maintain and broaden their technical skills, receive extensive training in the tradecraft of intelligence, and travel internationally to share ideas with a broad network of technical intelligence experts who stay on the cutting edge of advances in military capability.

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Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program

The Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program (CEDP) is a Canberra based program placed within the Naval Technical Bureau (NTB), Navy Engineering Division. As an engineer in the Naval Civilian Development Program, you will use your engineering knowledge to assist in the delivery of technical requirements, specifications, tender evaluations and have the opportunity to participate in tests and trials. This work includes the analysis of failures and recommending solutions. The ships and submarines of the Royal Australian Navy are unique and challenging platforms that combine the systems for delivering mission effect integration with the crews’ work place, recreation and accommodation in a single environment

Quick Details

  • Degree types: Most Engineering disciplines
  • Salary:
    • Engineering, Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction, Estate and Infrastructure, Research and Innovation, ASD, DIO: APS 4: $67,100 pa + 15.4% super. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to APS 5: $73,636 pa + 15.4% super.
    • Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program: APS 4: $67,100 pa + 15.4% super. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to APS 6: $80,669 pa + 15.4% super.
  • Program:
    • Engineering Stream – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations 
    • Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction Stream – 18 months – 3 x 6 month rotations (one in Canberra)
    • Research and Innovation Stream – 12 months – 2 x 6 month rotations
    • ASD, DIO – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (some variations for to accommodate tradecraft specific training)
    • Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program - 36 months – 6 x 6 month rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake:
    • Engineering, Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction, Estate and Infrastructure, Research and Innovation – February
    • ASD, DIO - February (all), July (ASD only)
  • Location:
    • Estate and Infrastructure, Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction - Various Australia wide (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle)
    • Engineering, ASD, DIO – Canberra 
    • Research and Innovation Stream – Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Tasmania 
    • Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program - Canberra
 
 
 
 
 

Key Dates

Department of Defence


In response to COVID-19, the Department of Defence is amending our 2021 Graduate Program recruitment schedule. The health and safety of Defence employees and our applicants is our priority. We also recognise that your focus, priorities and individual circumstances may have changed over recent weeks. Defence has extended our applications for a fortnight and we hope this extension will give you the extra time you need to submit your application. Applications for the 2021 Defence Graduate Program will now close at 11:30pm (AEST) on 18 April 2020.

Key Application Dates

APPLICATIONS

Applications for the next available intake of the Defence Graduate Program will open on 27 February 2020 and close on the 18 April 2020.

SCREENING

Screening - Intelligence streams only

LocationDate
 Screening Sessions held in Capital Cities (one day only required) In quarter three 2020 – Dates to be confirmed

 

Travel assistance may be provided if you reside in a regional area further than 150km from the venue.

Please note: if you are currently living overseas, regrettably you will not be eligible for any travel assistance.

ASSESSMENT CENTRES

Assessment Centres for recruitment of graduates to the following streams will be held on the dates listed below. Invitations to assessment Centres will be released progressively.

Assessment Centres for Naval Civilian Engineers (CEDP) will be held in ACT only.

Streams

  • Defence Policy
  • Engineering (Defence Capability)
  • Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction
  • Estate & Infrastructure
  • Finance
  • Generalist
  • Human Resources
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Logistics
  • Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program (ACT Only)
  • Procurement and Contracting
  • Research & Innovation

ASSESSMENT CENTRE LOCATIONS

ASSESSMENT CENTRES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE WEEKS OUTLINED BELOW IN EACH STATE, EXACT DATES WILL BE CONFIRMED AFTER APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED.

LocationStateDate
 Canberra ACT June and July 2020 – Dates to be confirmed
 Sydney NSW June and July 2020 – Dates to be confirmed
 Brisbane QLD June and July 2020 – Dates to be confirmed
 Adelaide SA June and July 2020 – Dates to be confirmed
 Melbourne VIC June and July 2020 – Dates to be confirmed
 Perth WA WA candidates will attend the South Australian Assessment Centre
 June and July 2020 – Dates to be confirmed

 

Travel assistance may be provided if you reside in a regional area further than 150km from the venue.

Please note: if you are currently living overseas, regrettably you will not be eligible for travel assistance.

ASSESSMENT CENTRES - INTELLIGENCE STREAMS

  • Assessment Centres for the Intelligence streams comprising Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO), Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) and Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) will be conducted in the ACT only.

Assessment Centre Locations

If you are invited to attend an Assessment Centre, you will be requested to undertake an online written task. Dates of the online written task are to be confirmed.

 

LocationStateDate
 ASD Assessment Centres ACT In quarter four 2020 – Dates to be confirmed
 AGO/DIO Assessment Centres ACT In quarter four 2020 – Dates to be confirmed

 

Day 1 - Meet & Greet 5.30 - 7pm at The Vibe Hotel Canberra

Day 2 - Assessment Centre (all day)

Day 3 - Psychological Assessment (if required)

For interstate candidates, accommodation will be provided for two nights at The Vibe Hotel, Canberra Airport. Domestic flights or travel assistance will be provided if you reside in a regional area and/or further than 150km out of Canberra.

Please note: if you are currently living overseas, regrettably you will not be eligible for any travel assistance.

OFFERS

Position offers for:

  • Corporate, Capability, Policy, Research and Innovation, and the Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program offers will be made from August 2020 onwards.
  • Intelligence and Cyber Stream offers will be made from the December onwards.
 
 

Why Choose Defence?

Department of Defence


Make a Difference

If you are seeking a career with purpose, you will find it at Defence. Definitely.

Defence is seeking graduates from across all academic disciplines to take up the challenge of working for one of Australia's most dynamic organisations, with a mission of national and international significance.

As a graduate in the Department of Defence, you will enjoy experiences that, as a civilian, you simply wouldn’t find with any other organisation. You will work with a diverse group of men and women who are dedicated to protecting Australian interests. You will carry out work that has true purpose. The Department offers Australian Public Service (APS) graduate opportunities across a range of career streams. Each development pathway is tailored to provide excellent learning and career progression opportunities to propel you into your future career with confidence. We are one of Australia's largest government departments and as such, we are able to offer rewarding careers across the widest possible spectrum of employment categories. You name it, we do it.

What We Offer Our Graduates

Benefits

Wider Defence Benefits

A career in the Defence APS will support you from entry and onward as you professionally develop and progress. Our logic is simple - as you grow and develop your skills and experience, so does the contribution you make to corporate and team goals. You will receive training and development specific to your graduate development pathway. Further study is encouraged once you have completed the development program, with a wide range of post graduate university study supported by Defence. We value our employees and place importance on encouraging further career and knowledge development, training through such programs as Studybank and access to degree programs through the University of NSW ADFA campus.

Salary

Defence APS staff are employed under the Defence Enterprise Collective Agreement. Graduates for all development pathways will commence on a salary of that is equivalent to the bottom of the Defence APS 4: $68,442 pa plus 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the Defence Graduate Program, graduates will advance to a minimum of $75,109 plus 15.4% superannuation.

Leave Entitlements

As full-time Defence employees, graduates are offered generous leave entitlements, including 20 days annual leave per year, public holidays, paid sick leave, paid Christmas stand-down, plus one "unspecified purposes leave day", which we call the DeCA day. It's always nice to have one day up your sleeve when you don't need a reason to have a day off.

Flexible Work Options

Flexible work hours are offered as an alternative to the traditional 9–5 work day and allow staff to vary their daily arrival or departure time to fit within their work area requirements and their lifestyle. Generally, the span of time within which staff can work their required hours on a flexible basis is 7am–7pm, but individual arrangements should be negotiated to fit in with your team and work requirements. Flexible work hours can take a variety of different forms including a ‘compressed working week’, where employees work their standard weekly hours in fewer days than normal. Other flexible work options can be negotiated, such as part-time work or job sharing are also available to assist employees whose lifestyle or personal commitments are incompatible with full-time or standard hours of employment.

Relocation Expenses

Transition from study to career can be a challenging one. For many, it is the also first time they have lived away from home, and most graduates are moving interstate. We work hard to make the whole process as easy as possible for you, and offer a generous financial package to meet the costs involved with relocation.

Department of Defence

A Civilian STEM career in Defence offers you unparalleled exposure to technical and scientific expertise, diverse learning opportunities and unique development experiences. You will have access to cutting edge technology and you will experience an inclusive, stimulating and dynamic environment that fosters innovation, creativity and problem solving. Watch now to find out how you can work across a variety internationally significant Defence projects and immerse yourself in new and exciting challenges! Discover your potential at Defence.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mathematics

Department of Defence


Are you seeking a career that offers unparalleled exposure to innovative mathematical expertise, diverse learning opportunities and unique development experiences? Regardless of your specialisation, Defence needs mathematics graduates to work across a wide spectrum of career opportunities around Australia that will offer constant exposure to new and exciting challenges.

When applying to work as a graduate in Defence, you can choose from the following development programs, designed to prepare you for an exciting and diverse career in Defence  Which graduate development Stream is right for you?

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Research and Innovation Stream

Mathematics and Physics are fundamental disciplines with immense research value across all of DST’s research capability areas. For example, apply your physics degree and contribute to start- of-the art Sonar technologies and acoustic signatures research for current future Navy ships and submarines. Or, use your mathematical research methods to analyse data, model and simulate solutions to enhance the ADF’s decision making. When the ADF is calling for urgent answers, you will be integral to the teams that deliver them, and you will also perform research into issues that no-one else is even thinking about yet.

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Intelligence and Cyber Stream

Our Intelligence agencies possess an insatiable demand for mathematics specialists. Your work will directly support national intelligence priorities of Government and to support our military operations regionally and beyond.

For more information about a career as an intelligence analyst, visit Intelligence and Cyber Graduate opportunities

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is a vital member of Australia’s national intelligence community. Our motto, Reveal their secrets. Protect our own, summarises our roles: we collect foreign intelligence by interception; we provide advice and assistance on cyber security; and we conduct offensive cyber operations. ASD finds that its best teams work with a variety of skills and specialities, and that the diversity in those teams really helps to deliver innovative results.

Those with backgrounds in maths, statistics or physics may enjoy the challenges of analysing communications systems, solving cryptological problems, connecting intelligence from multiple sources and developing better analytical techniques. ASD is interested people with skills in number theory, cryptography, statistics, data science, secure systems and vulnerability research.

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Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO)

The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) is Australia’s lead geospatial and imagery intelligence organisation.

AGO’s Intelligence Officers also undertake work with a distinct scientific focus. As the exploitation of imagery is a key AGO activity, we place great importance on maintaining and developing our capability to use new technologies in areas such as remote sensing. In doing this, AGO liaises closely with Defence Science and Technology Group, national research organisations, academia and industry to help AGO make the most of emerging technologies to meet our intelligence mission.

AGO’s Intelligence Officers have a wide variety of specialist skills and knowledge including: Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing in several disciplines including radar and spectral and infrared. AGO’s Intelligence Officers research and apply advanced techniques, and develop and transition valuable technology into operational applications or provide high end technical support to analysts.

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Quick Details

Degree types: Mathematics, Statistics, Physics

Salary: APS 4: $67,100 pa + 15.4% super. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to APS 5: $73,256 pa + 15.4% super.

Program:

  • Australian Signals Directorate – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (some variations for to accommodate training)
  • Defence Intelligence Organisation – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (some variations for to accommodate training)
  • Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (some variations for to accommodate training)
  • Research and Development Stream – 12 months – 2 x 6 month rotations

Eligibility: Australian Citizens only

Intake:

  • ASD, DIO, AGO - February (all), July (ASD only)
  • Research and Innovation Stream - February

Location:

  • Research and Innovation - Various Australia wide (Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Tasmania)
  • ASD, DIO, AGO – Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)
 
 
 

Disability

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Department of Defence


Defence recognises the valuable skills and perspectives people with disability bring to the workforce and strives to enable all personnel to contribute to achieving Defence’s goals. Our recruitment focus will always be geared towards an applicant’s ability as opposed to any perceived or prescribed limitations.

Defence is firmly committed to providing a fair and equitable workplace for all personnel that values and respects the diverse nature of the Australian workforce.

Defence has a range of programs and initiatives to remove real or perceived barriers within the workplace; working across the enterprise and other government departments to reflect best practice in supporting its personnel.

As of 1 January 2020, people who identity as having a disability represent 3.4% of the Defence APS workforce.

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LGBTI

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Defence seeks to create an inclusive workplace by driving long term sustainable Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) awareness and support structures. Defence is committed to building an inclusive workforce that fosters development and progression regardless of sexual orientation, gender or gender identity.

Defence supports its LGBTI personnel and demonstrates its commitment to the community as a founding member of Pride in Diversity. DEFGLIS proudly supports Australian Defence Force (ADF) serving members, ex-service members and veterans of the Australian Defence Force and their families. Defence hosts an annual Military Pride Ball for ADF members to acknowledge the contribution of LGBTI members. ADF members and Australian Public Service (APS) personnel participate in the Mardi Grad parade in Sydney. ADF and APS personnel are encouraged and supported to engage in these activities, as members are similarly free to participate in other cultural activities that align with Defence values.

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Culturally and Linguistically (CALD)

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Defence understands that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds increase capability and deepen our cultural understanding. This helps to build effective relationships with our counterparts and allies. Defence aims to provide an inclusive working environment that respects, values and utilises the contributions of people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

It is recognised that cultural diversity is an asset to an organisation and Defence recognises the opportunity to gain from the diversity of its workforce for operational capability. Defence strives to create a supportive, flexible and fair work environment that embraces cultural and linguistic diversity and commits to establishing a workforce that reflects the Australian community.

As at 1 January 2020, people who identify has having a cultural and linguistic background represent 33.2% of the Defence APS workforce.

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Women

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The equal treatment of women should be at the core of any Australian workplace, regardless of its size, history or purpose. As such, Defence is committed to greater representation within Defence at all levels of the organisation, and is embracing differences and demonstrating fair, respectful and inclusive behaviour.

Defence has a broad range of recruitment programs and pathways to increase the participation of women in both the ADF and Defence Australian Public Service workforce, which include the Defence Graduate Program and the ADF Gap Year Program.

Defence’s ability to embrace a more diverse and inclusive culture is critically important to attract and retain the workforce needed to meet current and future challenges.

As at 1 January 2020, women represented 44.9% of the Defence APS.

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Indigenous

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Indigenous Australians

Key objective: Increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in Defence.

Background:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women have long contributed to the defence of Australia and its national interests during times of peace and war. For over a century, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have provided, and continue to provide, a vital contribution to Defence capability.

Defence contributes to the whole-of-Government Closing the Gap strategy through its Defence Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022, reflecting Defence’s enduring commitment towards Reconciliation.Defence contributes to Closing the Gap primarily through the provision of Indigenous employment pathways and procurement to improve the socio-economic outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Defence has set ambitious Indigenous representation targets of 3.0 per cent for the Defence Australian Public Service workforce by 2022, and 5.0 per cent for the Australian Defence Force by 2025. Defence will continue to prioritise Indigenous employment opportunities through targeted cadetships, traineeships and graduate placements along with specific legislative Indigenous Affirmative Measures recruitment activities. We are always looking to proactively find new and innovate ways of enhancing our employee value proposition to Indigenous Australians. This includes a collaborative partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on an Indigenous Attraction, Recruitment and Retention Project.

In addition to a diverse range of employment opportunities, Defence currently offers support programs and further education opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander personnel. The following specific actions aim to integrate these initiatives into broader strategies to realise Defence’s commitment to being truly representative of the nation we serve.

Themes

Attract

  • Contribute to the whole of Government Closing the Gap strategy and the Defence Reconciliation Action Plan and actions.
  • Build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Recognise and publicly acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ continued connection to Country.
  • Promote Defence as an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Increase cultural awareness in Defence.

Recruit

  • Implement and enhance Defence’s Indigenous employment pathways and initiatives.
  • Increase the profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in both targeted and general recruitment marketing and public affairs.

Develop

  • Recognise and accommodate the cultural needs, responsibilities and roles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander personnel.
  • Mentor and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander personnel and networks.
  • Implement and promote programs to support the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Ensure that Defence provides a flexible and supportive approach to workforce conditions, career management and career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and participate in community assistance and cultural immersion programs.

Retain

  • Enable flexible work practices and policies to accommodate the cultural needs, responsibilities, and roles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander personnel.
  • Increase the knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture across Defence.
  • Ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage is incorporated into appropriate Defence policies and practices.
  • Provide appropriate targeted development, leadership and career management opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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