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Defence Corporate Pathway

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From day one, the Defence Corporate Pathway will offer you diverse and challenging work. It will give you a solid platform to build your career and help you develop a network of contacts within Defence and the private sector, as well as lifelong friends.


  • A leadership development pathway that can take you to the top offering a specifically designed suite of training courses;
  • A three day tour of Australian Defence Force establishments outside of Canberra;
  • Permanent position in Defence on successful completion of the program;
  • Generous assistance with relocation to Canberra; and
  • Further personal and professional career development.


The Defence Corporate Pathway is a key enabler of Defence’s mission and provides future leaders across the Department and recruits high-calibre university graduates from all disciplines to five job streams: Generalist, Human Resources, Information and Computer Technology, Estate and Infrastructure, and Finance.

We can offer graduates meaningful and challenging work from day one. Those who are successful in joining us will undertake a wide range of management, administrative, finance, personnel and policy roles throughout the Department of Defence. Graduates join a network of people all dedicated to working on issues that impact the well-­being of all Australians.

Our 12-month Pathway includes three work rotations consisting of four months each at various locations in Australia. The first must be taken in Canberra, with the opportunity for regional rotations offered later in the Program. In previous years, graduates have completed rotations at Defence establishments in Sydney, Darwin, Perth, Nowra, Williamtown, Townsville and Amberley.

In each rotation you will have real tasks and responsibilities, and be fully integrated into the work team to ensure you reach your full potential. The Corporate Pathway includes a comprehensive learning and development program, including:

  • A three day familiarisation tour where you will visit Navy, Army and Air Force bases to meet 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 objective, career management and the senior officer’s personal insights;
  • A visit to Parliament House to view Members of Parliament engage in question time;
  • Rotation specific training to provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake reward, exciting and challenging work;
  • Meetings with the Graduate Management Team and your experience supervisor to discuss your learning and development needs, career aspirations and performance feedback; and
  • A dedicated Graduate Management Team that will guide and advise you throughout your program.

Defence offers a generous remuneration package, conditions of service and leave benefits that will contribute to you enjoying a happy work-life balance. Graduates who complete the program are able to apply for study assistance, including financial reimbursement and study leave, to pursue further studies (i.e. postgraduate programs).

Rotations may include:

  • Working on directional, operational or strategic-­level policy
  • Event or media coordination
  • Analysis of military capability and force requirements and structure
  • Intelligence assessment
  • Personnel planning and research
  • Involvement in high­-level budgeting and submissions to Cabinet
  • Project management


The Defence Corporate Pathway offers the following job streams:

Quick Details

  • Degree types: All degree types - see Job Streams for detail
  • 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: February
  • Location: Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canbera are available)
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
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