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Applications open on Monday 20 February 2017 and close on Monday 27 March 2017.

To help us find graduates who are best suited to working within the Department, we use a combination of selection techniques.

Please note: you will receive system generated emails throughout the application process, it is important that you check your spam/junk mail email folders regularly.

Stage 1 – Application Part 1

Upon registering your details through Defence’s online recruitment portal you will be asked to complete personal information and asked questions which relate to eligibility for the program such as citizenship and completion of degree prior to program commencement. Please complete all questions; these will be verified at a later stage.

At this time you will be requested to upload a copy of your resume, academic transcript and citizenship certificate, or proof of citizenship application.

If you do not meet one or more of the eligibility requirements your application will not be progressed further.

Applications (Part 1) must be submitted by Monday 27 March 2017.

Stage 2 – Online Testing

Once your Application Part 1 is successfully submitted you will be invited to complete an online test, which will be utilised to assess both cognitive and analytical ability.

Results against online testing and responses to eligibility questions will be used to determine the streams you are able to apply for. The Graduate Office will advise applicants of this.

Please note: If you have undertaken Revelian OCAT testing in the last 12 months your previous results will be used; you will be asked to release these results by following the instructions of the email, even if another employer invites you to complete the test. If you choose not to release previous results your application will not be progressed.

Applicants will have two days to complete the online test.

Stage 3 – Application Part 2

If invited to submit your application, you will have until Monday 3 April 2017 to complete responses to selection criteria and submit your application. In addition to selecting stream preferences and responding to selection criteria, you will also be asked to enter your degree results (i.e. each subject (Australian degrees only)) and list work experience / employment details.

Results against cognitive testing, and then responses to short list questions, will be used to determine suitability for progression for further screening and attendance at Assessment Centres across all career streams.

Candidates identifying any stream preferences which require a credit average or ‘Bachelor Honours’ degree should ensure they do meet this eligibility requirement. If a successful offer is made, qualification results will be verified. Please ensure you check the eligibility requirements for streams you are interested in applying for.

To ensure your application reaches the best possible standard, it is recommended that applicants read the Hints and Tips for Writing your Application before applying.

Stage 4 – Screening and Assessment

Applicants who are found to be competitive on the basis on their online testing and written application will be invited to attend further screening and assessment processes. Assessment processes will vary depending upon the career stream you have applied and are being assessed against. Screening and Assessment Centres are held in each state capital city and will be conducted during May, June and July. Please refer to Key Dates for details.

If selected to attend an Assessment Centre, you will be invited to spend the day with assessors from Defence. We use a range of activities and exercises to assess competency for a graduate position with the Department.

You must personally attend additional screening and or Assessment Centres to be considered further in the Graduate selection process.

Prior to attending the Assessment Centre you will be asked to complete an online written task. You must complete this task within the time period allocated in order for your application and place at an Assessment Centre to be confirmed.

You will be asked to bring two written referee reports to the Assessment Centre. The Graduate Office will provide applicants with a template for completion.

  • It is strongly recommended that applicants read What to Expect at an Assessment Centre before they attend. Further information and the assessment centre schedule will be forwarded to successful candidates
  • Be engaging, show you can work in a team and demonstrate your strengths!

Stage 5 – Final Selection

If successful, a member of the Defence Graduate Office team will make contact via telephone with an offer of employment between July and September, depending upon the stream for which you are being offered employment. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised via e-mail before the end of September.

Program Commencement

Candidates who accept employment offers will commence in September 2017 (Capability Pathway only), February 2018 or June 2018 depending upon the stream commencement date.