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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.


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)


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