Policy and corporate pathway

Graduates can bring their unique skills and experiences to make their mark in a world of opportunity at Defence. The Policy and Corporate pathway’s roles work on:

  • program management
  • business management and administration
  • research and analysis
  • personnel
  • policy.

Applicants for the Policy and Corporate pathway need:

  • to be tracking towards a credit average at the time of application
  • to graduate with a minimum of a credit average to be eligible to start the program.


The Policy and Corporate pathway accepts applications from all degree disciplines. It's suited to graduates interested in:

  • arts and humanities
  • business and commerce
  • construction and building management
  • data and cyber security
  • environmental science
  • international and security studies
  • media and communication
  • policy and international relations
  • project management.


All successful candidates start the Graduate Program on a salary of $73,343 plus 15.4% superannuation (increasing to $76,277 upon the Fair Work Commission approval of the Defence Enterprise Collective Agreement – 2024).

Graduates advance to a higher salary after successfully completing the Program. The amount depends on which training pathway completed.

Defence is committed to enabling an enjoyable work-life balance through:

  • generous remuneration package
  • conditions of service
  • flexible work arrangements
  • leave benefits.


Roles in this pathway are based in Canberra with a limited possibility of an interstate rotation placement during the program.


12 months – 3 x 4-month rotations.


Applicants to the Policy and corporate pathway need to nominate one of these role type in the application.

  • Analyst
    • Provide commercial management and procurement advice. This role helps facilitate Defence’s investment to develop innovative technologies. 
    • Advise and influence decision-making and strategy on real-world Defence capability investments. 
  • Corporate
    • Work in communication, finance, marketing and strategic planning. 
    • Support government to develop innovative corporate solutions.
  • Policy
    • Produce and apply strategy to influence the policy frameworks that govern Defence operations and international engagement.
    • Guide industry to deliver capability.
    • Ensure quality outcomes and optimum impact of government investment.
  • Project and program management
    • Work in project planning, procurement, management and contract administration. 
    • Deliver nationally significant infrastructure or environmental projects.