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The Estate & Infrastructure stream is seeking professional and innovative team-players to help design, manage, maintain and develop one of Australia’s largest and most diverse real estate portfolios to keep pace with Defence’s changing capabilities.


  • Tailored suite of training that covers leadership, technical, departmental and general skills, needed in the Australian Public Service
  • On-the-job and off-the-job training, including week-long Study Tour of Defence facilities outside of Canberra
  • In each rotation you will gain vast exposure to the Defence enterprise through meaningful work, such as engaging and managing contractor teams for projects involving aircraft hangers, ship repair facilities, military training facilities, as well as specialised research and technical facilities
  • Master planning of major Defence establishments an developing policy to protect Defence from external land use conflict


As part of the Defence Support and Reform Group (DSRG), Infrastructure Division (ID) manages the development, strategic management, sustainment and disposal of the Defence estate: one of the largest real estate portfolios in Australia. ID provides facilities and infrastructure in support of the activities of personnel across Australia and overseas. The estate consists of approximately 394 properties (including 72 significant bases) and millions of hectares of land including five world heritage areas.

Estate Planning (EP) Branch

EP Branch has responsibility for planning that shapes a strategically aligned, sustainable and affordable estate that supports Defence capability. This includes: strategic planning to address long term challenges for the estate; ensuring that facilities and training area requirements are scoped and costed in Defence capability projects; managing the estate investment program which includes capital facilities works, maintenance and leasing; base development planning and project development; development of policy for managing the Defence estate and managing external land use matters such as urban encroachment and assessing development applications.

Environment and Engineering (EE) Branch

EE Branch is responsible for the development of environment and heritage policies, and the management of associated programs and estate engineering and maintenance policies. EE Branch also develops and maintains the Defence Environmental Management System, facilitates the ongoing development of the Infrastructure Division Technical Regulatory System and manages issues associated with unexploded ordinance.

Capital Facilities and Infrastructure (CFI) Branch

CFI Branch supports ID, DSRG and Government by managing the development and delivery of facilities and infrastructure to enable Australian Defence capability, including the approval processes of Major Works through the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works. The capital facilities and infrastructure portfolio includes new major and medium projects, facility upgrades and redevelopments.

The Branch is responsible for delivering two key programs:

  • Major Capital Facilities Program for capital facilities and infrastructure projects relating to the Defence estate, and
  • Facilities and infrastructure elements of projects in the Defence Capability Plan

Property Management (PM) Branch

The PM Branch is responsible for the management of Defence’s real estate transactions including property acquisitions, disposals and the leasing program. The Single Living Environment and Accommodation Precinct Program (Single LEAP), ACT Office Accommodation, indigenous land matters, and mining on the Defence estate are also managed by the branch.

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Quick Details

  • Degree types: Civil Engineering, Town and Urban Planning, Environmental Sciences, Management, Construction & Building Management, including Architecture; Planning, Property and Law
  • 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
“Thanks to the graduate program, I have a close circle of friends in Canberra who help me make the most of my new hometown.”


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