Department of Defence

    ​Type of Organisation
    Australian Government Department

    Employer Profile

    Defence employs over 17,000 Australian Public Service staff across a variety of exciting and challenging roles ranging from engineering, intelligence, science, corporate, policy, logistics, procurement and ICT functions. 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 women and men who are dedicated to protecting Australia and our national interests. You will carry out work that has true purpose.

    The Department of Defence is one of Australia’s largest organisations and has a key role as part of the Australian Government. We are seeking graduates from all university disciplines for work across the career spectrum.

    Defence offers Australian Public Service (APS) graduate opportunities across a number of Pathways and job streams. Each stream is tailored to provide excellent learning, development and career progression opportunities. Each job stream is unique and there are opportunities that suit all degree disciplines. The career Pathways and job streams available are:​


    • Defence Corporate Pathway

      • Finance Stream

      • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Stream

      • Estate and Infrastructure Stream

      • Human Resources Stream

      • Generalist Stream

    • Defence Capability Pathway

      • Engineering Stream

      • Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction Stream

      • Logistics Stream

      • Procurement and Contracting Stream

    • Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway

      • Policy Stream

      • Australian Signals Directorate Stream

      • Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation Stream

      • Defence Intelligence Organisation Stream

    • Defence Science and Technology Pathway

      • Research and Innovation (Science, Technology and Maths) Stream

    The Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway provides  an opportunity to contribute to high level Defence Policy development or to join one of the three Intelligence Organisations within Defence. They are:

    • Defence Intelligence Organisation

    • Australian Geospatial - Intelligence Organisation

    • Australian Signals Directorate.

    We look forward to hearing from you.


    Locations where there are vacancies for Graduates 
    Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle.

    Residency requirements for Graduates wishing to apply

    Australian citizens only.


    Roles available for Graduates 

    Engineering, ICT, Intelligence and Cyber, Research and Innovation, Finance, HR, Defence Policy, Generalist, Estate and Infrastructure, Procurment and Contracting, Logistics.


    Degree subjects required for Graduates wishing to apply

    All degrees are eligible.

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    Comments from Current Graduates

    All of the comments below are anonymously written by current graduates. 

    Huge breadth of work and opportunities, good culture and people, high expectations.

    The work itself is fascinating. Great team environment, very supportive.

    It's defence!


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