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Great Pay, Great Conditions… Greater Mission

ASD will be recruiting 120 graduates for the 2021 Graduate Program.


  • Unique, challenging and rewarding work that contributes to maintaining Australia’s national security;
  • Develop and expand your skills with dedicated training, mentoring and development opportunities; and
  • Diverse career paths with a great salary and benefits package including study assistance, generous leave and flexible working arrangements.


The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is a vital member of Australia’s national intelligence community. Our motto, Reveal their secrets. Protect our own, summarises our roles: we collect foreign intelligence by interception; we provide advice and assistance on cyber security to make Australia the safest place to connect online; and we conduct offensive cyber operations in support of the Australian Government and Australian Defence Forces (ADF). We are looking for graduates from almost every discipline to work in analyst, technologist or corporate roles.

To achieve its mission, ASD requires people with strong integrity and a mix of specialist skills, adaptability, imagination, resilience and creativity.

These abilities are needed to out-think and out-imagine some of the most testing adversaries and problems imaginable. If you want to work with other smart, skilled people, consider ASD.

You will receive training in our specialised systems and enjoy working in multidisciplinary teams. You may have opportunities to travel domestically and internationally. You will be encouraged and supported to continually develop your skills to keep pace with evolving priorities and technologies. We are committed to the growth of our most important resource – our staff.

Diversity powers ASD’s mission. Our work is challenging, and experience shows that the best teams contain clever people with different life experiences.

All civilian roles in ASD are flexible and accommodate part-time or full-time working arrangements.

We are looking for graduates from almost every discipline to work in analyst, technologist or corporate roles.

As an analyst, you can undertake a diverse range of complex tasks – from foreign language analysis to data analysis. Your role will vary, depending on your skills and the role of your team in supporting either ASD's foreign intelligence, cyber security or offensive cyber operations mission.

As a technologist, you can work in areas as diverse as software development, database administration, system design, architecture, testing and maintenance through to cyber security roles including reverse engineering, forensic analysis and intrusion detection. You could have the opportunity to build and maintain everything from secure workstations to high-end supercomputers or develop innovative tools to enable our offensive cyber operations.

Working in corporate roles, you will have the opportunity to develop and shape ASD’s future. We have roles in business management, communications, governance, finance, people management, policy, security and recruitment just to name a few.

You will have the opportunity to rotate through different roles to find the best fit for you. You can find out more at the ASD Website.

Find out more about working in Cyber and Information Security by visiting the ASD website, then come back here to apply.

Next steps

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

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Quick Details

  • Degree types: Any with strong analytical components, Computer and Information Security, Information Technology, Computer Science
  • Salary: $68,442 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to ASD 4: $76,215 pa + 15.4% superannuation.
  • Program:
    • 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake: ASD only: February or June
  • Location: Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
“The work I do at ASD is truly unique and it is great to know that I am making a real difference!”


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