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Do you have qualifications in Engineering?

Are you seeking a career that offers unparalleled exposure to innovative technical expertise, diverse learning opportunities and unique development experiences? Regardless of your specialisation, Defence needs engineering graduates to work across a wide spectrum of projects around Australia, and the world that will offer constant exposure to new and exciting challenges.

When applying to work as a graduate in Defence, you can choose from the following development programs, designed to prepare you for an exciting and diverse career in Defence or the wider APS.

Which development stream is right for you?

Defence Capability Pathway - Engineering and Naval Architecture

From working on the Joint Strike Fighter, Navy ships or soldier protection systems, our Engineering Pathway will see you involved in cutting edge projects supporting the Australian Defence Force that are of national importance. This Pathway is professionally recognised by Engineers Australia.

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The Estate and 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.

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The Intelligence and Cyber streams have almost insatiable demand for technical specialists to keep our unique systems on the cutting edge. As a graduate in the Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway, your work will directly support national intelligence priorities of Government and support our military operations regionally and beyond. We are looking for people with strong people skills and expertise from a range of engineering disciplines to work in the following pathways:

The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group provides specialist scientific advice and innovative technology solutions to create and maintain Australia’s defence and national security capability edge.

Quick Details

  • Degree types: Most Engineering disciplines
  • Salary: $65,133 pa + 15.4% Super
  • Program:
    • Defence Corporate Pathway – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations
    • Defence Capability Pathway – 18 months – 3 x 6 month rotations (one in Canberra)
    • Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (some variations for to accommodate training)
    • Defence Science and Technology Pathway – 12 months – 2 x 6 month rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake:
    • Estate and Infrastructure – February
    • Capability Engineering and Naval Architecture Stream – February or September
    • Intelligence and Cyber ­Stream - February (all), July (ASD only)
    • Research and Innovation Stream - February
  • Location:
    • All streams - Canberra
    • Capability Engineering ­- Various Australia wide (Can, Melb, Syd, Adel, Bris, Perth, Newcastle)
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
  • Other Engineering Graduate Entry Options: Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program
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