Technical pathway

Graduates can bring their unique skills and experiences to make their mark in a world of opportunity at Defence. Roles in the Technical pathway work on some of the largest national acquisition and sustainment projects at Defence, like: 

  • fighter aircraft
  • Navy ships
  • soldier systems
  • the nation’s nuclear-powered submarines. 

The Technical pathway gives graduates the experience of working in one of Australia’s largest program management, logistics, procurement and engineering organisations.

The Technical pathway includes support to undertake industry-recognised learning and development opportunities.


The Technical pathway is not just for technical degrees. Defence is looking for applicants with a degree and an interest in:

  • business and commerce
  • cyber security
  • engineering
  • information and communication technology
  • law
  • logistics and supply chain
  • procurement
  • 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.


Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Williamtown.


18 months – 3 x 6-month rotations.


Applicants to the Technical pathway need to nominate one of these role types in the application form:

  • Commercial
    • Work on complex and challenging commercial activities.
    • Assist in managing commercial risk across the capability and procurement life cycle to deliver optimal outcomes. Further information – Defence Commercial Division.
  • Cyber
    • Support the implementation of the Defence Cyber Security Strategy.
  • Engineer
    • Work on complex and nationally significant acquisition and sustainment projects.
    • Manage and perform systems engineering focused activities.
    • Plan, facilitate and assure confidence in the delivery of engineering outcomes for Defence.
  • Information and Communication Technology
    • Tackle Defence’s technology challenges and tailor innovative solutions.
    • Be a subject matter expert in cyber security, IT architecture or ICT policy and strategy.
    • Support Defence operations around the world. 
  • Logistics
    • Provide logistics support across the life-cycle of a project or capability. This means being involved in strategy and concepts, to acquisition, transition into service, sustainment, upgrades and disposal.
  • Project management
    • Work in diverse project teams that deliver nationally significant projects.
    • Experience projects unparalleled in size, cost, timescale, risk profile and level of technological complexity.Work in diverse project teams that deliver nationally significant projects, unparalleled in size, cost, timescale, risk profile and level of technological complexity.