A career protecting Australia’s interests?
Definitely Defence.
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Applications closed on 29 March 2016. Applications open during mid February to late March each year.

As a graduate in the Department of Defence, you will enjoy experiences that, as a civilian, you simply wouldn’t find with any other organisation. You will work with a diverse group of men and women who are dedicated to protecting Australian interests. You will carry out work that has true purpose. The Department offers Australian Public Service (APS) graduate opportunities across a range of career streams. Each development pathway is tailored to provide excellent learning and career progression opportunities to propel you into your future career with confidence. If you are seeking a career with purpose, you will find it at Defence. Definitely.


A career to know the unknown? The Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway offers unique and rewarding work in the strategic centre of the Defence organisation. Whether working in the Defence Policy Stream, or in one of the Defence Intelligence Agencies, your qualifications combined with your experience, aptitude and inquisitive nature can lead to a career at the forefront of Australia's national security environment. Intrigued? You will be.

A career where you contribute to something bigger than profit? The Defence Corporate Pathway will kick off your career with exposure to the whole Defence enterprise, from critical decision making on expenditure, infrastructure and ICT projects to managing one of the largest and most diverse workforces in Government, your development is paramount and the work you do is meaningful from day one.

A career delivering leading edge capability to protect Australian lives? The Defence Capability Pathway offers rewarding careers in one of Australia's largest program management, logistics, and procurement and engineering services. We are seeking graduates from a range of disciplines to help us to equip the Australian Defence Force for the future.



A career at the pinnacle of research and innovation? The Defence Science and Technology Pathway offers training towards a career where you are entrusted to provide impartial scientific advice and innovative technology solutions to create and maintain Australia’s defence and national security capability edge. We are seeking Honours level graduates from a wide range of technical and scientific disciplines to work in some of the most advanced research and development facilities in the world.

Defence offers a range of entry options for civilian students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - including cadetships, internships, TAFE traineeships and sponsorships. Find out more. Applications will open soon for the Naval - Civilian Engineer Development Program offering engineering graduates the chance to start their career with a rewarding, competency-based program, incorporating industry work rotations, broad exposure, and training opportunities.

Defence White Paper Launch

2016 Defence Graduate Program candidates have opportunity to meet the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia (Feb 2016)

Key Dates

Application Open Dates

Applications closed 29 March 2016

Careers Fairs

March 2016

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Why choose a graduate program with Defence?

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What They're Saying

“ The program has also provided numerous opportunities to meet the senior leaders of Defence, which is an invaluable networking opportunity for someone beginning a career in the Australian Public Service.

Jack, GDP - Human Resources

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