Defence Graduate Program

The Department of Defence is seeking applications from highly talented people who are accomplished, capable, flexible, resilient, team focused, results oriented and committed to a career within Defence.

Defence offers the opportunity for recent civilian graduates to launch into a meaningful career where you can play a real part in keeping Australia secure, to support intelligence operations nationally and internationally, and to support peace keeping missions overseas. We are one of Australias largest government departments and as such, we are able to offer rewarding careers across the widest possible spectrum of employment categories.

As a civilian Defence graduate, you will be selected to undertake a development program targeted to suit your knowledge and skills to best prepare you for an exciting and challenging career.

Defence offers opportunities across a wide range of career streams and draws from all areas of study, offering training programs of 12 and 18 months. Each stream offers differing career development pathways that are either specialist or generalist in nature. All streams comprise rotation placements, internal and external training, exposure to multiple work areas and are tailored to suit the needs of the graduate and the organisation.

All successful candidates commence their training program on a salary of $65133 and on successful completion of the training program, will advance to a higher salary with the amount dependent on which training program has been completed. The Secretary has the discretion to advance graduates to a higher salary or classification for those meeting designated performance standards and assessment criteria during the program. The Department’s generous remuneration package, conditions of service, flexibility and leave benefits will contribute to you enjoying a happy work/life balance.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Defence is committed to developing a workforce that represents the diversity of Australian culture. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people who identify as having a disability. We encourage you to view our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.


You must be an Australian citizen and have completed, at minimum, a three year undergraduate Bachelor degree recognised in Australia (in a relevant discipline for specialist streams). Please visit our website for the full list of eligibility requirements (such as citizenship, academic achievements and security clearance requirements), including specific stream information and requirements -


For further information about the Defence Graduate Program, please contact the Defence Graduate Office via email at:

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

This vacancy has been nominated for filling within the agencys graduate program.  A graduate program is a structured, on the job program, designed to introduce graduates to an APS organisation. Successful applicants receive training and development, mentoring and on the job support.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:                  

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