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Key Dates

Defence Graduate Program

In response to COVID-19, the Department of Defence has amended our 2021 Graduate Program recruitment schedule. The health and safety of Defence employees and our applicants is our priority.

Applications open

APPLICATIONS
OPEN

27 February 2020


Applications close

APPLICATIONS
CLOSE

18 April 2020


Assessment centres

DIGITAL ASSESSMENT
CENTRES

23 June 2020 - 29 July 2020


Screening Intelligence

SCREENING INTELLIGENCE

DIO and AGO from 28 September 2020, ASD to be confirmed

Assessment Centres Intelligence

ASSESSMENT CENTRES - INTELLIGENCE & ICT

28 September 2020 - 11 December 2020


Offers

OFFERS

From July 2020


Intelligence Stream Offers

INTELLIGENCE & ICT STREAM OFFERS

From November 2020


Start the Defence Graduate Program

START THE DEFENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM

Early 2021



APPLICATIONS

Applications are now closed for the 2021 Defence Graduate Program. The 2022 Defence Graduate Program applications will open in early 2021.

SCREENING

Intelligence streams only

Stream Date
Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) 28 September 2020 to 9 October 2020
Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) 28 September 2020 to 9 October 2020
Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) To be confirmed

ASSESSMENT CENTRES

Assessment centres will be held digitally for streams other than ASD, AGO, DIO & ICT. In person assessment centres for ASD, AGO, DIO & ICT will be conducted pending the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Invitations to assessment centres will be released progressively.

Assessment centres for recruitment of graduates to the following streams will be held on the dates listed below.

ASSESSMENT CENTRES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE WEEKS OUTLINED BELOW BY STREAM

If you are invited to attend an Assessment Centre, you will be requested to undertake an online written task. Dates of the online written task are to be confirmed.

Digital Assessment Centres Dates
Commercial 23 June 2020 to 3 July 2020
Generalist 23 June 2020 to 28 June 2020
Logistics 6 July 2020 to 10 July 2020
Research and Innovation 6 July 2020 to 17 July 2020
Engineering 6 July 2020 to 21 July 2020
Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction 13 July 2020 to 16 July 2020
Finance 20 July 2020 to 28 July 2020
Policy 29 June 2020 to 9 July 2020
Estate and Infrastructure 22 July 2020 to 24 July 2020
Naval Civilian Engineer Development Program 24 July 2020 to 29 July 2020
In Person Assessment Centres Dates
Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) 26 October 2020 to 6 November 2020
Information and Communication Technology 28 September 2020 to 2 October 2020
Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) 28 September 2020 to 6 November 2020
Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) 28 September 2020 to 11 December 2020

In person assessment centres will be conducted pending the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

For interstate candidates, accommodation in Canberra will be provided for two nights. Domestic flights or travel assistance will be provided if you reside in a regional area and/or further than 150km out of Canberra.

Please note: if you are currently living overseas, regrettably you will not be eligible for travel assistance.

OFFERS

Position offers for:

  • Defence Policy, Engineering, Maritime Engineering and Naval Construction, Commercial, Logistics, Research and Innovation, Generalist, Finance, Information and Communication Technology and Estate and Infrastructure offers will be made from July 2020 onwards.
  • The Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program offers will be made from August 2020 onwards.
  • Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation, Australian Signals Directorate and Defence Intelligence Organisation and Information and Communication Technology Stream offers will be made from November 2020 onwards.