As a graduate in the Department of Defence, you will enjoy experiences that, as a civilian, you simply wouldn’t find with any other organisation.  

You will work with a diverse group of men and women who are dedicated to protecting Australian interests. You will carry out work that has true purpose.

The Department offers Australian Public Service (APS) graduate opportunities across a range of career streams. Each development pathway is tailored to provide excellent learning and career progression opportunities to propel you into your future career with confidence.

We are one of Australia's largest government departments and as such, we are able to offer rewarding careers across the widest possible spectrum of employment categories.

Pathways

Australian Government Graduate Program

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We are a participating agency in the Australian Government Graduate Program Generalist, Data and Human Resource streams. Applying to one of these streams means you only have to go through the application and selection process once to be considered for a range of Australian Government agencies.

Wherever you start your career as a graduate in the Australian Government, you’ll do meaningful work from day one, be asked to contribute, be recognised for your perspective and see the impact you can make in the Australian community we serve.

Indigenous Graduate Pathway

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Defence are participants in the Indigenous Graduate Pathway. As an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, you will be able to complete one application and be considered for multiple Agencies and Departments within the Australian Public Service (APS).

Whether you start your career with us, or somewhere else in the APS, you will do meaningful work from day one.