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The Chief Information Officer Group leads the integrated design, cost effective delivery, and sustained operation of the Defence Information Environment. We need strategic thinkers with initiative who are interested in careers in Project Management, Business Analysis, Architecture, Service Delivery Management and Cyber Security.


  • On-the-job and off-the-job training in leadership, departmental and general skills as needed in the Australian Public Service
  • A week-long study tour of Defence establishments outside of Canberra
  • In each rotation you will be part of a team working on ICT related projects and issues

The Defence Corporate Pathway is a key enabler of Defence’s mission and provides future leaders across the Department and recruits high-calibre university graduates from all disciplines to five job streams: Generalist; Human Resources: Information and Computer Technology; Estate and Infrastructure; and Finance.

We can offer graduates meaningful and challenging work from day one. Those who are successful in joining us will undertake a wide range of management, administrative, finance, personnel and policy roles throughout the Department of Defence. Graduates join a network of people all dedicated to working on issues that impact the well-being of all Australians.

The Information and Communication Technology Stream takes twelve months to complete and comprises three information technology rotations of four months each. The first of these is undertaken in Canberra with the possibility of a rotation in a regional area for those looking for a further challenge. This Pathway is open to graduates with tertiary qualifications in ICT.

In each rotation you will have real tasks and responsibilities, and be fully integrated into the work team to ensure you reach your full potential.

We are looking for graduates with the following skills and abilities to:

  • communicate clearly;
  • be enthusiastic and willing to have a go at new things;
  • be intuitive with technology or have an interest in building Information and Communication Technology (ICT) knowledge,
  • build stakeholder relationships;
  • work in a team environment;
  • look for different ICT solutions;
  • assist with development and management of ICT projects; and
  • assist with supporting ICT security.

Our professions include (but not limited to):

  • IT Vendor Management
  • IT Project Support and Management
  • IT Security (cyber, incident response)
  • Business Analyst
  • Architecture (Enterprise and Solutions)

Our Environment

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. Defence has the third largest information and communications network in Australia and we conduct around $1.3 billion worth of business in support of Defence operations around the world.

Next steps

Ready to apply? Find out more about applying at the How to Apply page.

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Quick Details

  • Degree types: All IT related, inc. Business related IT degrees
  • Salary: $65,133 pa + 15.4% super
  • Program:
    • 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake: February
  • Location: Canberra
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
“My graduate year in Defence was fast paced and challenging. I had the opportunity to work with an experienced and diverse group of people.”


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