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From day one, the Defence Corporate Pathway will offer you diverse and challenging work. It will give you a solid platform to build your career and help you develop a network of contacts within Defence and the private sector, as well as life long friends.


  • A leadership development pathway that can take you to the top offering a specifically designed suite of training courses
  • Week-long tour of Defence establishments outside of Canberra
  • Permanent position in Defence on completion of the program
  • Generous assistance with relocation to Canberra
  • Mentoring program
  • Further personal and professional career development


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.

Our 12-month Pathway includes three work rotations consisting of four months each at various locations in Australia. The first must be taken in Canberra, with the opportunity for regional rotations offered later in the Program. In previous years, graduates have completed rotations at Defence establishments in Sydney, Darwin, Perth, Nowra, Williamtown, Townsville and Amberley.

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.

Rotations may include:

  • Working on directional, operational or strategic-­level policy
  • Event or media coordination
  • Analysis of military capability and force requirements and structure
  • Intelligence assessment
  • Personnel planning and research
  • Involvement in high­-level budgeting and submissions to Cabinet
  • Project management


The Defence Corporate Pathway offers the following job streams:

Quick Details

  • Degree types: All degree types - see Job Streams for detail
  • 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
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