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Defence Science and Technology Pathway

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Defence Science and Technology (DST) is the Australian Government's lead agency responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests.

Pathway Highlights

  • A dedicated Graduate Management Team who will guide and advise you throughout your program.
  • A three-day familiarisation tour visiting Navy, Army and Air Force bases to meet members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and interact with military equipment.
  • Senior Officer Briefs with Defence senior leaders, including the Chief of the Defence Force and Secretary of Defence, to discuss their personal insights, career management and Defence’s strategic objective.
  • 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 rewarding, 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.


With world-class research facilities across Australia, DST delivers scientific support to Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations, advises government on Defence acquisitions, applies technologies to sustain current capabilities, and undertakes cutting edge research to safeguard Australia against future Defence and national security challenges.

DST has been supporting the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for more than 100 years with innovative technology solutions that deliver a capability edge. Our scientists, engineers and technical specialists collaborate with the ADF, academia, and industry to solve the most difficult and valued research challenges. With the rapid growth and evolution of highly complex technology systems, there has never been a more exciting time to apply your science, technology, engineering or mathematics skills and contribute to the creation of research knowledge and solutions within one of DST’s Major Science & Technology Capability research area.

DST offers a 12-month graduate program consisting of two rotations across Science and Technology capability areas within Defence. Candidates must have completed a minimum of a relevant Honours degree with no more than 2-years relevant experience and want to further develop their research skills through a DST supported PhD in the future.

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 including a PhD).

DST has graduate opportunities available in the following discipline areas:

  • Aerospace/ Aeronautical Engineering, and Naval Architecture
  • Computer Sciences, IT, Software Engineering, Telecommunications
  • Electronic/ Electrical Engineering
  • Psychology and Social Sciences
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (including robotics)
  • Chemical, Radiological, Biological and Food sciences
  • Mathematics and physics


The Defence Science and Technology Pathway offers opportunities in the following job stream:

Quick Details

  • Degree types: Cyber/ Computer Sciences; Electronic/ Electrical Engineering; Mathematics ; Physics; Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering; Naval Architecture; Material Science; Mechatronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering
  • 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 – 1 x 8 month rotation and 1 x 4 month rotation.
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Location: Various across Australia
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
“Since joining DST, I have experienced the diversity and excitement in my professional life that I have always sought.”


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