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  • Inform decision-making at the highest levels of Government;
  • Make a real contribution to the ongoing security of Australia;
  • Influence strategic policy guidance for Defence and the ADF;
  • Become tomorrow’s leader and shape the future for a more secure Australia.
  • A familiarisation tour where you will visit Navy, Army and Air Force bases to meet with Australian Defence Force members and interact with military equipment;
  • Senior Officer Briefs where you will meet Defence’s senior leaders, including the Chief of the Defence Force and Secretary of Defence, to discuss Defence’s strategic objectives, career management and the senior officer’s personal insights;
  • Rotation specific training to provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake rewarding, exciting and challenging work;
  • A dedicated Graduate Management Team that will guide and advise you throughout your program; and
  • An ongoing position at the completion of the Defence Graduate Program


The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) is the lead provider of geospatial information to the ADF, and the primary provider of geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) to the Australian Government. The geospatial information and intelligence AGO provides helps our customers to protect and advance Australia’s national security.

Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) means the collection, analysis, and dissemination of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities in the air, land, maritime, and space domains. GEOINT is an intelligence discipline that provides Government and decision makers with:

  • Intelligence on the locations, activities and capabilities of our adversaries.
  • Accurate data on geographic features in our areas of interest.
  • Enhanced understanding of global events that are relevant to Australia’s national security.
  • Unique access and insights that contribute to high-level decision-making.

AGO’s intelligence functions are to provide GEOINT to help meet Australia’s foreign intelligence requirements; support ADF operational, targeting, training and exercise requirements; and support the national security functions of the Commonwealth and State authorities.

This puts AGO at the forefront of support to the warfighter and the government’s wider agenda, particularly border protection, national security events, and counter-terrorism efforts.

AGO also has non-intelligence functions. These include the provision of a wide range of unclassified geospatial services such as digital and hardcopy maps, hydrographic and other nautical information and publications, and tailored imagery and other geospatial products.

AGO Graduate Program

AGO is recruiting to graduates in 2022 from diverse backgrounds and skills to assist with our challenging, broad and diverse functions.

If you want to work in a dynamic and cutting edge organisation with like-minded people and enjoy working in multi-disciplinary teams, then we would like to hear from you. AGO is recruiting to the following graduate career profiles.

Analyst Careers

AGO is seeking graduates to undertake detailed and sophisticated analytical intelligence work. We require our graduates to have excellent analytical, problem solving, research and communication skills. Our graduates will research, analyse and report on a country or region or a specific thematic international issue to meet the requirements of customers ranging from Australian Government seniors to tactical users.

To fill these important roles, we require graduates with the following disciplines:

  • Spatial Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Information Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Data Science
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

Skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), coding and scripting, remote sensing, including radar, spectral and infrared are highly desirable.

Technical Careers

AGO is undertaking large scale cutting-edge Defence projects, including planning for the Australian Government’s first sovereign satellite capability. We are seeking graduates with specialised skills to assist us with this work.

Graduates will play a critical role in developing and being part of these cutting edge projects. To fill these important roles, we require graduates with the following disciplines:

  • Space, Software and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Data Science
  • Physics

Corporate Careers

AGO is seeking graduates to undertake a broad range of work in our corporate and capability areas in support of AGO’s mission.

TGraduates will play a critical role in supporting AGO’s leading future capability projects. You will have the opportunity to deliver strategic and operational support across the organisation. To fill these important roles, we require graduates with the following disciplines:

  • Commerce, economics, financial management and accounting
  • Arts
  • Legal
  • Communication
  • Project and Risk Management

All graduates will receive comprehensive and specialised training to assist and develop their skills.

If you are interested in finding out more about AGO including undertaking their photo interpretation challenges, please visit their website at

Next steps

Ready to apply? Find out more about applying at the How to Apply page.

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Quick Details

  • Degree types: All degree disciplines. The following degrees are highly desirable: Sciences (Spatial, Computer, Data, Earth and Environmental), Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Arts (International Relations, Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism).
  • Salary: $67,100 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to APS 4: $76,215 pa + 15.4% superannuation.
  • Program:
    • 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake: AGO only: February, March or June
  • Location: Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
"The work I do at AGO is truly unique and it is great to know that I am making a real difference!"


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