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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.


  • 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


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


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


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