Defence People Group
Canberra ACT 2605
The STEM Cadetship offers students a head start to a rewarding career in Defence by offering an entry-level employment pathway for high performing tertiary students currently studying a relevant Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) or Photography and Imaging degree.
As a STEM Cadet, you will be employed as an Australian Public Service (APS) employee where you will be provided with real-world, practical and high-quality work in the Department of Defence.
As a STEM Cadet, you will receive:
During the STEM Cadetship, you will be able to apply your discipline, academic knowledge and skills to contribute to Defence’s current projects. Similarly, you will be able to apply the practical skills and knowledge that you learn from Defence back into your studies.
Explore the opportunities below to find out how your university discipline can lead to a rewarding, challenging and meaningful career in Defence. The STEM Cadetship will provide you with excellent learning and career development opportunities to propel you into your future career with confidence.
A science career in Defence offers you unparalleled exposure to innovative scientific expertise, diverse learning opportunities and unique development experiences. During the STEM cadetship you will have access to leading edge technology and you will experience a stimulating and dynamic environment that fosters innovation and creativity. As a STEM Cadet, you will work across a spectrum of Defence projects that will offer exposure to new and exciting challenges including:
Biological / Chemical / Computer / Food / Material / Nuclear / Physics / Psychology / Radiological / Social Science / Spatial Sciences.
As a STEM Cadet you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technologies on challenging projects that will shape future Defence capabilities. You will work with specialised systems created to support our national intelligence capability, protect Australian information systems, and provide imminent support to our military operations.
As a member of the Australian Public Service, you will be working as part of a team to research, design, and build advanced technologies. You will have the opportunity to work on:
Computer Systems / Computing and Cyber Security / Imaging / Information technology / Photography.
As a STEM Cadet, you will support Australian Defence Force operations, advise the Government on Defence acquisitions, apply technologies to sustain current capabilities, and undertake cutting edge research to safeguard Australia against future Defence and national security challenges.
From fighter aircraft, Navy ships and soldier systems, to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies, you will undoubtedly find a career in Defence that gives you exposure to innovative technical expertise, diverse learning opportunities and unique development experiences.
You will have the opportunity to work across a wide spectrum of projects around Australia, such as:
Aeronautical Engineering / Aerospace / Avionics Engineering / Chemical Engineering (including majors in Armament) / Civil / Communications / Construction / Electrical / Electronic Engineering / Marine Engineering / Maritime Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Mechatronic Engineering (including Robotics) / Naval Architecture / Nuclear / Radiological / Software Engineering / Space Engineering / Space Systems / Structural Engineering / Systems Engineering / Telecommunications Engineering.
Are you seeking a career that offers unparalleled exposure to innovative mathematical expertise, diverse learning opportunities and unique development experiences? As a STEM Cadet, you will have the opportunity to work across a spectrum of career opportunities around Australia that will offer constant exposure to new and exciting challenges. You will have the opportunity to work on:
The STEM Cadetship offers positions in the following locations:
Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth (Rockingham) and Sydney.
The STEM Cadetship Program is open to Australian undergraduate university students who have:
As a STEM Cadet, you will have the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge and research skills to contribute to Defence’s research and military capability programs Similarly, you will be able to apply the practical skills and knowledge that you learn from your Defence work placement back to your studies.
Immerse yourself in practical work that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to undertake rewarding, exciting, challenging and meaningful work whilst you continue your studies.
With the STEM Cadetship, you won’t have to wait until the final-year of your degree to start looking for a job. Upon successful completion your Cadetship and relevant degree, you will have guaranteed employment with the Department of Defence in an APS role where you will support the Australian Defence Force and contribute to Defence’s mission of defending Australia and its National interests.
Not only will you be supervised by a senior scientist, engineer, IT professional or mathematician, you will be provided with world class training to help gain and expand your skills. You will work in an integrated team alongside your Australian Defence Force colleagues to achieve Defence’s goals and mission. You will learn from Australia’s brightest and most innovative specialists at the forefront of international Defence capability and research.
During the STEM Cadetship, you will also participate in a mentoring program that will support you to achieve your career aspirations.
At Defence, you will have access to leading edge technology and experience a stimulating and dynamic environment that fosters innovation and creativity. You will be proud to know that your efforts will contribute to Australia’s future defence and national security capability. In addition, during your 60 days of work placement per annum, the STEM Cadetship offers opportunities across a range of duties including:
Apply now to take up the challenge of working for one of Australia's most dynamic organisations and develop cutting edge technology to protect Australia and our national interests
Yes. Applicants must have a credit average (GPA ≥ 5 on a seven point scale) when applying for the STEM Cadetship and must maintain a credit average for the duration of the Cadetship. Applicants must also:
STEM Cadets are provided with diverse and meaningful work placements for a minimum of 60-days each year whilst completing their relevant tertiary STEM Studies. During the STEM Cadetship, you will be able to apply your discipline, academic knowledge and skills to contribute to Defence’s current projects. Similarly, you will be able to apply the practical skills and knowledge that you learn from Defence back into your studies.The focus is on skills development with variety as the key.
During your 60 days of work placement per annum, the Defence Cadetship offers opportunities across a range of duties including:
Work placements will be arranged depending on your availability, study load and workplace project requirements. Supervisors will negotiate with their Cadets to arrange a suitable work life and study balance to ensure the arrangement is mutually beneficial.
It is likely Cadets will work during their university’s mid semester and Christmas break. It is also possible to complete the work placement on a one day per-week basis during each year on the Cadetship – please note that the Cadet’s work schedule is dependent on the Cadets availability, location of the work placement, work placement deliverables and supervisors availability.
At the completion of a work placement, you will be required to prepare and provide a research report and deliver a presentation on the research project.
The STEM Cadetship offers positions in the following locations:
Adelaide, Brisbane (Amberley), Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth (Rockingham) and Sydney.
Defence will provide relocation assistance for the duration of your work placement if required, in accordance with Defence policy. This includes all travel costs (i.e. flights) and accommodation. If your work placement is not in your home state, it is recommended Cadets arrange with their supervisor to complete their work placement via an intensive method (i.e. during mid-semester break and during the Christmas break).
Defence APS recruitment processes are based on merit which means that we select the best person for the job from a field of applicants. We compare and weigh-up the skills, experience and abilities of each applicant and often use different tools and techniques (such as written applications, interviews and/or work sample tests) to collect the evidence needed to make a merit-based decision.
The STEM Cadetship recruitment process is as follows:
All offers will have been made prior to December and unsuccessful candidates will be notified shortly after.
If successful, initially you will be notified via the telephone to ascertain your continued interest in a position. Upon verbal confirmation, a formal written letter of offer will be sent. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via email.
Yes. Please see below for the eligible STEM Cadetship degree disciplines.
Science - Biological / Chemical / Computer / Food / Material / Psychology / Radiological / Social Science, Physics.
Technology - Computing and Cyber Security, Computer Systems, Information technology, Photography / Imaging.
Engineering - Aerospace / Aeronautical Engineering, Avionics Engineering, Chemical Engineering (including majors in Armament), Civil / Construction / Structural Engineering, Communications / Telecommunications Engineering, Electrical / Electronic Engineering, Maritime Engineering / Marine Engineering / Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering (including Robotics), Software Engineering, Space Engineering / Space Systems, Systems Engineering.
Mathematics - Mathematics
No. All STEM Cadets are selected on their capabilities and demonstrated competence against the selection criteria. Our Cadets come from a wide range of backgrounds, experience and stages of life.
All positions within Defence will require you to obtain some level of security clearance to be eligible for employment, which will include a variety of background checks. Security clearance assessments are undertaken by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA). Before applying you will need to consider whether you are willing to provide personal information in order to meet these requirements. Failure to meet the minimum security requirements of an advertised position will result in your application being unsuccessful. Information, including frequently asked questions, is available from AGSVA Getting a Clearance.
Depending on the level of clearance required for the position, Defence may look into police records, employment history, credit ratings, as well as contact professional and personal referees to provide character references. You must be able to provide background information to AGSVA to cover the relevant period of time in line with the required security clearance. This will include providing Australian Citizens as referees (including any period spent overseas)
Only the candidates who accept a position on a program undergo a security clearance.
To be eligible to work in the Department of Defence, you MUST BE an Australian Citizen (if you are a dual Australian citizen, you are eligible to apply for the STEM Cadetship).
Yes, you are welcome to apply for other Defence roles. Please see Defence APS Careers for a list of available opportunities.
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