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STEM Cadetship 2022

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. You will be employed in a Defence Group or Service relevant to your tertiary STEM studies. 

As a STEM Cadet, you will receive: 

  • guaranteed ongoing permanent employment with Defence;
  • 60 days (minimum) Defence work placements per year;
  • a minimum starting annual salary of $50,608 pro-rata plus 15.4% superannuation;
  • reimbursement of compulsory STEM-related university fees upon successful completion;
  • reimbursement of costs incurred for books/resources for STEM units up to a maximum of $500 per semester;
  • maximum $3,000 subsidy payment per year; and
  • Upon successful completion of the Cadetship Program, full-time employment with an annual salary of $69 811.

The STEM Cadetship will provide you with excellent learning and career development opportunities to propel you into your future career with confidence. As a STEM Cadet, you will work across a vast spectrum of Defence projects that will offer exposure to new and exciting challenges.

Why choose the STEM Cadetship Program? 

  • Get a head start in your research career 
  • Learn from the best 
  • Work Content. More than π in the sky 
  • Discover how your university discipline can lead to a rewarding, challenging and meaningful career in Defence.

To be eligible, applicants must complete their tertiary studies (including Honours/Masters/Postgraduate) between the end of Semester Two 2022 and the end of Semester Two 2024. 

Be enrolled in a relevant STEM undergraduate (with Honours/Masters/Postgraduate) degree or are eligible and agree to undertake a Honours/Masters degree as part of the STEM Cadetship if required. 

Applicants must have a credit average (GPA ≥ 5 on a seven point scale) when applying for the STEM Cadetship and must maintain a credit average for the duration of the Cadetship.

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  • Job type:Cadetships
  • Disciplines:

    Computer Science, Cyber Security, Data Science

  • Work rights:

    Australian Citizen

  • Locations:

    Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane,

  • Salary

    $50,608 + 15.4% superannuation



  • Program Duration

    1 to 3 Years

  • Closing Date:14th Apr 2021, 1:30 pm


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