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Do you have qualifications in mathematics?

Are you seeking a career that offers unparalleled exposure to innovative mathematical expertise, diverse learning opportunities and unique development experiences? Regardless of your specialisation, Defence needs mathematics graduates to work across a wide spectrum of career opportunities around Australia that will offer constant exposure to new and exciting challenges.

When applying to work as a graduate in Defence, you can choose from the following development programs, designed to prepare you for an exciting and diverse career in Defence

Which graduate development Stream is right for you?

Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway – Intelligence and Cyber Stream

Our Intelligence agencies possess an insatiable demand for mathematics specialists. Your work will directly support national intelligence priorities of Government and to support our military operations regionally and beyond.

For more information about a career as an intelligence analyst, visit Intelligence and Cyber Graduate opportunities

The Australian Signals Directorate

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is a vital member of Australia’s national intelligence community. Our motto, Reveal their secrets. Protect our own, summarises our roles: we collect foreign intelligence by interception; we provide advice and assistance on cyber security; and we conduct offensive cyber operations. ASD finds that its best teams work with a variety of skills and specialities, and that the diversity in those teams really helps to deliver innovative results.

Those with backgrounds in maths, statistics or physics may enjoy the challenges of analysing communications systems, solving cryptological problems, connecting intelligence from multiple sources and developing better analytical techniques. ASD is interested people with skills in number theory, cryptography, statistics, data science, secure systems and vulnerability research.

For more information visit the Australian Signals Directorate

Defence Intelligence Organisation

DIO requires analysts with engineering qualifications including applied mathematics. Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) analyses information from a range of national and international sources and creates insightful, reliable and incisive assessments that help defend Australia and protect its interests. Our mission is to provide the best intelligence possible to the intelligence consumer. To achieve this mission, DIO requires analysts with qualifications in applied mathematics.

An analyst within DIO conducts all-source analysis of threat weapons systems, including future threat. They may also conduct complex modelling and simulation activities and work on signatures predictions.

DIO’s technical intelligence analysts are given opportunities to maintain and broaden their technical skills, receive extensive training in the tradecraft of intelligence, and travel internationally to share ideas with a broad network of technical intelligence experts who stay on the cutting edge of advances in military capability.

For more information visit the Defence Intelligence Organisation

Mathematics and Physics are fundamental disciplines with immense research value across all of Defence Science and Technology’s research capability areas. For example, apply your physics degree and contribute to state-of-the art Sonar technologies and acoustic signatures research for current future Navy ships and submarines. Or, use your mathematical research methods to analyse data, model and simulate solutions to enhance Australian Defence Force (ADF) decision making. When the ADF is calling for urgent answers, you will be integral to the teams that deliver them, and perform research into issues that are yet to be though about.

For more information visit Research and Innovation Stream

Quick Details

  • Degree types:Mathematics, Statistics, Physics
  • Salary:
    • APS 4: $67,100 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to APS 5: $73,256 pa + 15.4% superannuation
  • Program:
    • Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations (some variations for to accommodate training)
    • Defence Science and Technology Pathway – 12 months – 1 x 8 month rotation and 1 x 4 month rotation.
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake:
    • Intelligence and Cyber Stream - February (all), July (ASD only)
    • Research and Innovation Stream - February
  • Location:
    • Defence Science and Technology Pathway - Various Australia wide (Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Tasmania)
    • Intelligence and Cyber Stream – Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
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