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Graduate Program

Have you recently completed an undergraduate degree?

Defence will consider:

  • Accounting
  • Environment and Heritage
  • Management
  • Arts/Humanities
  • Food Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Asian Studies
  • Health and Allied Services
  • Physics
  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • Project Management
  • Commerce
  • International Relations
  • Research
  • Computer Science
  • Land Management
  • Science
  • Contract Management
  • Law
  • Social Work
  • Economics
  • Linguistics
  • Strategic Studies
  • Engineering

What's on offer

How to apply

Graduate recruitment in Defence is managed through several methods. Each includes written assessment, interviews and assessment centres.

You can apply directly through the Defence Graduate Program (GDP) web site, or via the APSC Pathways Progam. When you apply online through the Pathways Program, select Defence as your preferred agency.

Never applied for an APS position before? Check out this helpful guide: Cracking the Code.

Joshua - Indigenous Graduate Program

Testimony - Joshua

Name: Joshua
From: I am a Birri Gubba man – Bowne, Ayr, Proserpine and Whitsunday region, QLD
Current location: Canberra, ACT
Job: Project Officer
Degree: Bachelor of Arts: Japanese and Political Science undertaken at James Cook University

What do you value the most as a graduate?

The Defence Graduate Program is the perfect transition to the Public Service. Defence caters for various careers, manages comparably higher budgets and challenging global and domestic issues. Through three unique rotations, I gained a comprehensive understanding of what Defence has to offer. Additionally, graduates are equipped with further training and skills before finishing the program with the flexibility to successfully transition through the levels. Importantly, most employers value the quality of our program allowing further opportunities on completing the program.

What has been the most enjoyable aspect of your Defence career so far?

I enjoyed having the capacity to work closely with senior level staff, which strengthened my confidence and made me feel like a key player in the organisation. Additionally, the Pathways and Defence Graduate Program provide a great network that can help graduates adjust to a new location, and the APS. This transition has been a very rewarding experience and I look forward to the next chapter in my career.