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Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG)

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People and technology in CIOG

Do you want to work with cutting-edge technologies in challenging projects that will shape the Defence capabilities of the future?

Can your ICT expertise contribute to Australia’s security capabilities, peacekeeping operations and Defence business?

Defence is looking for people with skills in:

  • IT Vendor Management
  • IT Project Management
  • IT Security
  • Business Analysis
  • Commercial Management
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Information Management

The Department of Defence offers a range of options to begin and advance your ICT career, including:

  • The Defence Graduate Development Program
  • ICT Cadetships


  • targeted training to progress your professional development
  • access to study leave and academic financial assistance
  • no-cost study as a civilian studying at ADFA
  • professional recognition and association ICT Cadetship Program.

More information about careers in CIOG can be found in our Entry Level Careers in ICT in Defence (PDF, 1.7 Mb)

Defence Graduate Development Program

An ICT career in Defence offers graduates unique and exciting opportunities. While on the Graduate Development Program you will undertake a 10 month program to introduce you to Defence and, from day one, you will be offered meaningful and challenging work.

The program consists of three varied work rotations, with on and off the job training and other developmental activities. The first rotation is based in Canberra. A regional rotation may be offered later in the program for those looking for a specific challenge.

Graduates are employed as an APS4. On completion of the program they are advanced to an APS4-5.

Interested in applying? Check out the Defence Graduate Opportunities website.

ICT Cadetship Program

The ICT Cadetship Program targets university students who have completed their first year (full-time equivalent) of an undergraduate degree in ICT, or an undergraduate degree with an ICT major. A cadetship is an exciting opportunity for students who are interested in working in ICT to learn technical skills and theories, as well as gain a formal qualification and valuable workplace experience.

Cadets are employed in Defence at the base of the Australian Public Service (APS) 2 level and work a minimum of 2 days per week. The remainder of their time is dedicated towards their university study, which should take a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of 3 years to complete. Cadets also receive a generous study academic allowance to support their University costs.

On completion of the program, cadets are permanently engaged at the APS4-5 level.

For more information or for details on how to apply, check out the Other Entry Options on the Graduates website.

APS Careers in Defence

Being a valued team member in Defence will mean working on leading edge ICT equipment, planning and ICT architecture. Your work will ensure the successful operation of Defence communications networks across Australia and overseas. You will gain exposure to large scale technology transformations. A career in Defence is also very rewarding, knowing your efforts will help support the work undertaken by our military personnel here in Australia and overseas.

Defence offers competitive salaries, flexible working arrangements and generous leave conditions, including: annual leave, Christmas stand down, personal/carers leave, maternity and paternity leave and long service leave.

As an Australian Public Servant you will have access to the Public Sector Superannuation (accumulation plan) scheme administered by ComSuper.

Positions are filled on a merit selection basis. They are advertised in:

As well as having the skills necessary for a position within CIOG, certain eligibility criteria such as eligibility for Australian citizenship as well as security and medical clearances need to be met in order to begin your career.

For information on Defence salary scales, refer to the Defence Enterprise Certified Agreement website.