Learning and development

Defence’s experiential learning activities help graduates connect with the Defence mission and the responsibilities of public service. They will also receive training and development specific to their relevant pathway. 

The Defence Graduate Learning Experience framework is designed around foundational, social and experiential learning activities and acknowledges that learners like choice in how they learn, what they learn and when they learn.

In the first year, graduates will learn how to:

  • think strategically
  • improve their ability to influence
  • negotiate and persuade
  • develop their writing skills. 

At the start of the program graduates need to complete a variety of mandatory training and cultural awareness training.

They will have a dedicated Graduate Pathway Manager to help plan their career development during the program.

There are also opportunities for social activities and unique experiences, like:

  • base tours, to experience military-led activities and walk a day in the shoes of ADF
  • Australian War Memorial tour, exploring Defence military history with current and ex-serving members
  • witness the dynamics of Parliament during Question Time
  • attend briefings with Defence senior leaders, including the Chief of the Defence Force and Secretary of Defence.

By the end of the program graduates will develop key skills across a range of development areas, increasing their understanding of Defence purpose and capability and the wider Australian Public Service.