Timely, concise and accurate intelligence
  • The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. - Thomas Berger
  • Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are. - George Santayana
  • You have never really lived until you've done something for someone who can never repay you. - Unknown
  • There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he's absolutely free to choose. - Bern Williams
  • What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? - George Eliot
  • It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. - Rene Descartes

Graduate Opportunities

  • Can you make a contribution to Australia's understanding of the strategic and national security environment?
  • Do you want to advise Australia's most senior decision-makers and Defence planners?
  • Do you want a career that will use and develop your analytical skills?
  • Do you want the opportunity to represent Australia internationally?
  • Are you interested in joining a successful, vibrant and collaborative workforce?

DIO is seeking high-achieving graduates that can apply their knowledge of international relations, politics, history, economics, social sciences, language, science, engineering or mathematics to make a vital contribution to the security of our nation.

What do we do at DIO?

What do we do at DIO?

DIO analyses information from a range of national and international sources and creates insightful, reliable and incisive assessments that help defend Australia and protect its interests. DIO is at the forefront of world-altering events - as they happen and sometimes before they happen.

What we do

What can you do at DIO?

Your mission will be to provide timely and relevant intelligence to the Defence Minister, Chief of the Defence Force, government policy-maker or battlefield commander. Your assessments and advice will help the Australian Government and the Australian Defence Force understand international developments and how they affect Australia's security, on critical issues such as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, regional security, foreign military capabilities and weapons systems, cyber threats and defence-related technologies.

What can you do?


Politics, international relations, economics, history, social sciences, language, science, engineering, mathematics
Program deadlines
Applications open 27 Feb–4 Apr 2020 for 2021 intake
Citizenship requirements
Australian citizens ONLY
Additional eligibility requirements
Applicants must have a checkable background and be willing to undergo a security assessment covering the past 10 years or from your 16th birthday, whichever is greater.
Must have attained a minimum of Credit average.
Canberra, ACT
Salary range
An APS4 salary plus 15.4% superannuation. In addition, employees receive great training and development opportunities, a family-friendly and flexible working environment, and relocation benefits (if required).
Further information
Defence Graduate Opportunities or email HR Business Partner
Apply now via Defence Graduate Opportunities