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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.

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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.

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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.


  • 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


  • 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)



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