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Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
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Ongoing
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As a Training Systems Specialist in the Navy, you'll work as part of a team providing support to Navy's large, diverse a…
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
Applications Open
3 Feb 2020
Applications Close
29 Feb 2020
Start Date
Ongoing
Minimum Salary
$80,000
Maximum Salary
$84,999
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As an Electronics Engineer, you'll serve as one of the Navy's electrical and combat systems experts.
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
3 Feb 2020
Applications Close
29 Feb 2020
Minimum Salary
$32,000
Maximum Salary
$50,500
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Graduate Job

As an Electronics Engineer, you'll serve as one of the Navy's electrical and combat systems experts.
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
3 Feb 2020
Applications Close
29 Feb 2020
Minimum Salary
$100,000
Maximum Salary
$104,999
3.9

Graduate Job

Apply now to the Victorian Government's economic consultancy graduate program for 2021. It's work with purpose.
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
25 Feb 2020
Applications Close
30 Mar 2020
Start Date
1 Jan 2021
Minimum Salary
$55,000
Maximum Salary
$59,999
3.9

Graduate Job

Apply now to the Victorian Government's data analytics graduate program for 2021. It's work with purpose.
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
25 Feb 2020
Applications Close
30 Mar 2020
Start Date
1 Jan 2021
Minimum Salary
$55,000
Maximum Salary
$59,999
3.9

Graduate Job

Apply now to the Victorian Government's generalist graduate program for 2021. It's work with purpose.
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
25 Feb 2020
Applications Close
30 Mar 2020
Start Date
1 Jan 2021
Minimum Salary
$55,000
Maximum Salary
$59,999
4.4

Graduate Job

Our Forensic & Technology Services (FTS) Graduate Program
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
6 Mar 2020
Applications Close
5 Apr 2020
Start Date
1 Mar 2021

Graduate Job

Passionate about Indigenous Affairs? Join the The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) 2021 Graduate Program.
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
25 Mar 2020
Applications Close
28 Apr 2020
Start Date
1 Feb 2021
Number of Vacancies
30
Minimum Salary
$60,000
Maximum Salary
$64,999

Defence Graduate Jobs overview

Defence is a permanent and highly interdisciplinary fixture of Australia's graduate environment. While infrastructural sectors are declining in the face of growing international competition, long-term shifts in regional security only draw demand for more policy professionals and diverse defence personnel.

What Australian defence roles are available to graduates?

The defence industry draws from a range of academic and experiential backgrounds when recruiting graduates. Roles are broad, covering the Defence Force as well as the Department of Defence and state-level government. In addition to combat personnel, the Defence Force recruits intelligence, IT, engineering, health, hospitality, and administrative professionals, while the Department of Defence typically offers annual graduate positions in various generalist and technical streams. Government roles in defence tend to be more competitive than Defence Force roles, with academic background and level of education taken into greater account. Graduate roles in state-level defence industries are also becoming more competitive due to historical declines in contract work and infrastructural development positions.

What benefits are involved in a defence role?

Defence is a particularly generous industry when it comes to scholarships and benefits to assist with professional and personal development. Scholarships for further study are available to most graduates with a position in this industry. Government positions that require the graduate to relocate will usually offer some kind of reimbursement to assist with moving costs, especially at the federal level, which requires relocation to Canberra.

Most graduates in roles under the Department of Defence earn a salary of over $60,000, while Defence Force entry salaries vary depending on the position.

How do graduates find roles in defence?

Graduate programs are the main point of entry for university graduates seeking a government position in defence. Most programs are available to graduates up to two years after the completion of their degree.

Graduates seeking a position in the defence force will need to meet the requirements of their specific field, which demand fluency in different disciplines depending on their area of interest. In addition, some basic fitness, schooling, citizenship, and age requirements will also need to be met.

Careers fairs at universities are often a great way to access people in the defence industry who work at a government level. The Department of Defence engages quite proactively with graduates at the university level, and accept applications for graduate programs starting from around February every year. You can register at GradAustralia [https://gradaustralia.com.au/] to keep abreast of opportunities at federal and state government levels without losing track of any deadlines.

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Defence Graduate Jobs Graduate Sucess Stories


  • Graduate stories
It is about seeing beyond the task in front of you and understanding how that piece of work fits in with other related programs.

Jennifer Burgess

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It is about seeing beyond the task in front of you and understanding how that piece of work fits in with other related programs.

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I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with, and see the mateship between, both civilian and military personnel.

Sarah

  • Graduate stories
I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with, and see the mateship between, both civilian and military personnel.

Sarah

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  • Graduate stories
Natasha studied a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts (International Relations) at The Australian National University and is now a Graduate at the Department of Defence.

Natasha

  • Graduate stories
Natasha studied a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts (International Relations) at The Australian National University and is now a Graduate at the Department of Defence.

Natasha

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Madeleine studied Commerce and Arts at The Australian National University and is now a Graduate at the Department of Defence.

Madeleine

  • Graduate stories
Madeleine studied Commerce and Arts at The Australian National University and is now a Graduate at the Department of Defence.

Madeleine

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  • Graduate stories
I love getting to find out about new things, and my job is all about looking at the cool new technology coming out, which is awesome.

Claire

  • Graduate stories
I love getting to find out about new things, and my job is all about looking at the cool new technology coming out, which is awesome.

Claire

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  • Graduate stories
It is about seeing beyond the task in front of you and understanding how that piece of work fits in with other related programs.

Jennifer Burgess

  • Graduate stories
It is about seeing beyond the task in front of you and understanding how that piece of work fits in with other related programs.

Jennifer Burgess

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  • Graduate stories
I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with, and see the mateship between, both civilian and military personnel.

Sarah

  • Graduate stories
I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with, and see the mateship between, both civilian and military personnel.

Sarah

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  • Graduate stories
Natasha studied a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts (International Relations) at The Australian National University and is now a Graduate at the Department of Defence.

Natasha

  • Graduate stories
Natasha studied a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts (International Relations) at The Australian National University and is now a Graduate at the Department of Defence.

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  • Graduate stories
Madeleine studied Commerce and Arts at The Australian National University and is now a Graduate at the Department of Defence.

Madeleine

  • Graduate stories
Madeleine studied Commerce and Arts at The Australian National University and is now a Graduate at the Department of Defence.

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  • Graduate stories
I love getting to find out about new things, and my job is all about looking at the cool new technology coming out, which is awesome.

Claire

  • Graduate stories
I love getting to find out about new things, and my job is all about looking at the cool new technology coming out, which is awesome.

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Defence Graduate Jobs Day in the Life Stories


  • Day in the life

Cassandra Heffernan

Cassandra Heffernan studied Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a Human Systems Scientist at the Department of Defence.
  • Day in the life

Cassandra Heffernan

Cassandra Heffernan studied Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a Human Systems Scientist at the Department of Defence.
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  • Day in the life

Cassandra Heffernan

Cassandra Heffernan studied Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a Human Systems Scientist at the Department of Defence.
  • Day in the life

Cassandra Heffernan

Cassandra Heffernan studied Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a Human Systems Scientist at the Department of Defence.
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Events for Defence Graduate Jobs


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Australian Defence Force Careers Expo 2020

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