How to apply

The application process for the Defence Graduate Program matches graduates with the most suitable pathway role as they begin a career in Defence. 

Applicants are encouraged watch the video below and read the eligibility criteria and application process carefully before starting an application.

The video explains the application process and what to think about when completing an application.

Key dates

The key dates for the 2025 Graduate Program intake are:

  • 26 February 2024: Applications open
  • 10 April 2024: Applications close
  • March to April 2024: Online assessment
    Applicants will receive details about this assessment via email. This is usually sent within 5 days of submitting their application. Applicants will have 4 days to complete the assessment.
  • Mid-May to August 2024: Virtual assessment centre
    Please note: Intelligence pathway applicants may need to complete extra suitability assessments. This may extend the time period before successful applicants are notified.
  • August - September 2024: Offers and outcomes announced on a rolling basis
  • February 2025: Defence Graduate Program commencement – all pathways
  • June 2025: Defence Graduate Program Intelligence pathway commencement (second intake)