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Are you interested in supporting challenging and highly complex commercial activities in a dynamic and changing environment? Do you want a rewarding career that makes a real contribution to the defence of our nation? The Department of Defence’s Commercial Stream is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

Defence undertakes projects of national significance, which are un-paralleled in their size, scope, cost, timescale, risk profile and level of technological complexity. We are seeking graduates who can contribute to these outcomes through excellent commercial judgement, creative problem solving, communication, liaison and negotiation skills.

Commercial Division within Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) is the home of our commercial experts. The Division is responsible for providing commercial expertise across the procurement lifecycle, to all Defence Groups, in order to maximise value for money, ensure achievement of legislative and policy requirements, and ultimately deliver optimal outcomes to the Australian Defence Force.

Commercial Division supports a range of complex and exciting projects, from the Joint Strike Fighter, Future Naval Frigates and Future Submarines Programs in CASG, through to delivery and maintenance of new Defence facilities in Defence Estate and Infrastructure Group, and provision of information technology solutions in Defence’s Chief Information Officer Group.

Commercial Stream Graduates will have opportunities to work on some of Australia’s most complex and challenging commercial activities over three exciting rotations. This will include:

  • Developing and implementing innovative commercial strategies for the acquisition or sustainment of major capital equipment and non-materiel procurements;
  • Liaising and engaging with Defence industry in support of procurement activities;
  • Preparing tender documentation for release to market;
  • Evaluation of tender submissions;
  • Negotiating contracts for simple and complex procurements;
  • Assessing the commercial allocation of liabilities and risks;
  • Support ongoing contract management activities; and
  • Helping to shape commercial procurement policy and contribute to Defence’s commercial framework.

You will have access to a detailed commercial professionalisation program, providing the commercial training, coaching and mentoring opportunities to support your career development. On successful completion of the Program, you will advance to the APS 5 level.

For more detailed information about CASG and the Program, view the links below.

Quick Details

  • Degree types: Business, Commerce, Finance or Law
  • Salary: $68,442 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to APS 5: $76,661 pa + 15.4% superannuation.
  • Program:
    • 18 months – 3 x 6 month rotations (one in Canberra)
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake: February or September
  • Location: Various Australia wide (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle)
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
“My overall experience has been exceptional, allowing me to travel and live in three different cities over 18 months.”


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