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Do you want to work with cutting-edge technologies in challenging projects that will shape the Defence capabilities of the future? Perhaps you are keen to work with specialised systems created to support our national intelligence capability, protect Australian information systems or provide imminent support to our military operations?

If so, have we got the job for you. Graduates with knowledge, skills and technical qualifications suited to an IT career are offered wide-ranging opportunities across the Defence organisation. 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.

Which development program is right for you? The following Information Technology Streams are available:

Which development program is right for you?

Defence Corporate Pathway – Information and Communication Technology Stream

The Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG) operates one of the most complex Information and Communications Technology (ICT) undertakings in the nation. As well as provisioning and supporting over 100,000 Department of Defence employees’ corporate ICT requirements CIOG delivers mission critical systems and services to enable the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) warfighting capabilities, wherever they are required globally.

The Department relies on secure and world-class information management systems. This means we are looking for strategic thinkers and keen technologists who will use their skills and initiative to tackle the challenges that fast-changing technology can impose on our business, and tailor solutions that meet these head on.

The diversity of roles required in CIOG is vast – Cyber Security, ICT Architecture, ICT Strategy, Innovation and ICT Project Management are just some of the roles.

Click here to view more information about the Information and Communication Technology stream

The Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) has been supporting the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for more than 100 years with innovative technology solutions that deliver a capability edge. Our technical specialists collaborate with the ADF, academia, and industry to solve the most difficult and valued research challenges. With the rapid growth and evolution of highly complex technology systems, there has never been a more exciting time to apply your technology skills and contribute to the creation of research knowledge and solutions within one of DST’s Major Science & Technology Capability research areas.

Defence Science and Technology Pathway

Our Intelligence agencies possess an insatiable demand for IT specialists. We employ specialist in traditional ICT fields as well as many positions that require application of specialist computer knowledge and / or abilities. Regardless of the area of work, our IT specialists enjoy some of the most challenging and technically difficult tasks available.

Your work will directly support national intelligence priorities of Government and to support our military operations regionally and beyond.

To view more information visit Defence Intelligence and Cyber stream opportunities

Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation

The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) is Australia’s lead geospatial and imagery intelligence organisation.

AGO’s Intelligence Officers undertake work with a distinct technical focus. As the exploitation of imagery is a key AGO activity, we place great importance on maintaining and developing our capability to use new technologies in areas such as remote sensing. In doing this, AGO liaises closely with Defence Science and Technology Group, national research organisations, academia and industry to help AGO make the most of emerging technologies to meet our intelligence mission.

AGO’s Intelligence Officers have a wide variety of specialist skills and knowledge including: ICT; scripting and applications development, web services; design and functionality; database management; and analysis. AGO’s Intelligence Officers research and apply advanced techniques, and develop and transition valuable technology into operational applications or provide high end technical support to analysts.

Intelligence - Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO)

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.

As a technologist, you can work in areas as diverse as offensive cyber operations, software development, reverse engineering, forensic analysis and intrusion detection through to system administration, system design, architecture, testing and maintenance. You could have the opportunity to build and maintain secure workstations through to high-end supercomputers.

Intelligence - Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

Quick Details

  • Degree types:
    • Defence Corporate: All IT related, including Business related IT degrees (i.e. Bachelor of ICT, Bachelor of Information Systems, Bachelor of Business Information Systems, or other Business Analyst disciplines)
    • Defence Policy and Intelligence, and Defence Science and Technology: Software engineering, cyber security, data science, programming and other technical degrees
  • Salary:$68,442 pa + 15.4% Superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to $74,721 + 15.4% super.
  • Program:
    • Defence Corporate, and Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathways – 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations
    • Defence Science and Technology Pathway – 12 months – 1 x 8 month rotation and 1 x 4 month rotation
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake:
    • Corporate and Research and Innovation: February
    • Policy and Intelligence : February and June (AGO/ASD)
  • Location: Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
“My graduate year in Defence was fast paced and challenging. I had the opportunity to work with an experienced and diverse group of people.”


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