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The Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway will provide you the real opportunity to influence strategic policy and the ongoing security of Australia.


  • Inform advice for decision making at the highest levels of Government
  • Make a real contribution to the ongoing security of Australia
  • Influence strategic policy guidance for Defence and the ADF
  • Enjoy working with some of Australia’s brightest and most enthusiastic professionals
  • Become tomorrow’s leader and shape the future for a more secure Australia


The Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathways is seeking high achievers from all disciplines to contribute to work undertaken in the strategic centre of the Defence organisation.

Just as important as your qualifications are the personal qualities you can bring to the role – particularly integrity, curiosity, objectivity and your ability to think critically – because, at the end of the day, it’s your judgment that will inform decisions or deliver outcomes for the future of Australia’s security environment.

Within the Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway, you will undertake a 12-month development program comprising three rotations, specialised training and on the job experiences focusing on issues critical to Australia’s security. Through either the Defence Policy Stream or one of the Defence Intelligence and Cyber streams, you may inform: decision making on international policy; source or analyse intelligence to counter terrorism; or innovate solutions to mitigate the cyber threat as to protect Australia’s national interests.

Defence Policy Stream

In the Defence Policy Stream you will work in the strategic centre of the Defence organisation as part of a strategy-led program of Government and industry engagement and innovation. Defence Policy Officers undertake analysis and assessment of information to provide informed advice, which contributes to policy development, strategic military planning and international capacity building.

Intelligence and Cyber Stream

The Defence Intelligence and Cyber streams are seeking graduates from all disciplines with professional development and rotation placements tailored for roles in one of the Defence Intelligence Agencies. Graduates undertake work that contributes to Australia’s national security from day one with entry through any of the following three graduate training paths Intelligence - AGO, Intelligence - ASD, or Intelligence - DIO. Find out more about the work undertaken in each of the three agencies by clicking on the links below:

Your career with us will expand your understanding of the national security and intelligence environment, and will enable you to answer some of the most complex problems facing Australia today. If you are looking for a career where you are entrusted to influence strategic decision making at the highest level? You will find it at Defence. Definitely.

Quick Details

  • Degree types: All degrees; see streams within the Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway for more details
  • Salary: $65,133 pa + 15.4% super
  • Program:
    • 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake: February (AGO/ASD/DIO); June (AGO / ASD)
  • Location: Canberra
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
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