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Department of Defence

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  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Department of Defence Graduate Program – Corporate Pathway

Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)

Those who are successful in joining us will undertake a wide range of management, administrative, finance, personnel and policy roles throughout the Department of Defence. 

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job
Salary
$67,100 pa + 15.4% super

Application dates

Applications Open
1 Mar 2019
Applications Close
31 Mar 2019

Minimum requirements

Minimum Prior Qualification
Bachelor
Accepting International Applications
No
Qualifications Accepted
E
Aerospace Engineering & Aviation
Civil Engineering & Construction
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Materials Engineering
I
Computer Graphics & Animation
Data Science
B
Actuarial Studies
Business Administration & Management
Human Resources
Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations
C
Graphic Design & Visual Arts
Communication & Media Studies
Music & Performing Arts
H
Classics
Languages, Literature & Linguistics
Archaeology & History
Humanities (all other)
Philosophy
Politics & Policy Studies
Social Science (all other)
Theology & Comparative Religion
Psychology & Counselling
Social Work & Sociology
L
Law
Legal Studies
M
Dentistry & Dental Science
Nutrition & Dietetics
Medicine & Medical Science
Nursing & Midwifery
Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics
Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Public Health
Psychology & Counselling
Exercise & Sports Science
P
Architecture & Interior Design
Building & Construction
Property, Land & Real Estate
S
Agricultural Science & Management
Chemistry
Earth Sciences
Physics & Astronomy
Sciences (all other)
T
General Education Studies

Pathway Highlights:

  • A leadership development pathway that can take you to the top offering a specifically designed suite of training courses;
  • A three day tour of Australian Defence Force  establishments outside of Canberra;
  • Permanent position in Defence on successful completion of the program;
  • Generous assistance with relocation to Canberra; and
  • Further personal and professional career development.

The Defence Corporate Pathway is a key enabler of Defence’s mission and provides future leaders across the Department and recruits high-calibre university graduates from all disciplines to five job Streams: Generalist, Human Resources, Information and Computer Technology, Estate and Infrastructure, and Finance.

We can offer graduates meaningful and challenging work from day one. Those who are successful in joining us will undertake a wide range of management, administrative, finance, personnel and policy roles throughout the Department of Defence. Graduates join a network of people all dedicated to working on issues that impact the well-­being of all Australians.

Our 12-month Pathway includes three work rotations consisting of four months each at various locations in Australia (some regional work placements may be available).

We are seeking applications from graduates in the following career Streams:

  • Generalist (All degree disciplines)
  • Finance - (including degrees in Accounting, Business, Commerce; Finance; Economics; Taxation; Banking)
  • Information and Communication Technology (including degrees in Information Technology, Information Systems, Business Analysis, Enterprise Architecture, Commercial Management)
  • Estate and Infrastructure(including degrees in Engineering (Civil/Mechanical/Structural), Environment (Sciences/Management/Law), Construction and Building Management, Planning (Strategic/Urban and Regional/Town/Master)
  • Human Resources(including degrees in Human Resource Management; Business (HR), Commerce (HR), Psychology, Industrial Relations (HR)

Quick Details

  • Salary: APS 4; $67,100 pa + 15.4% super. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to $73,256 pa + 15.4% super
  • Program: 12 months – 3 x 4 month rotations
  • Intake: February
  • Eligibility: Australian Citizens only
  • Location: Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)

Applications for Department of Defence graduate opportunities are open from 1 March 2019 and close on 31 March 2019.

The Department of Defence is committed to developing an inclusive workforce that represents the diversity in Australian culture. We strongly encourage applications from Australian Citizens from all backgrounds.

For more information and eligibility requirements, please visit our website.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
The thing I love about working in the Submarine Domain of the Department of Defence is all the cutting-edge technologies and projects, some of which I have had the privilege to be involved in.

Yvonne Yung

  • Graduate stories
The thing I love about working in the Submarine Domain of the Department of Defence is all the cutting-edge technologies and projects, some of which I have had the privilege to be involved in.

Yvonne Yung

  • Graduate stories
Delivering a new capability to the Australian Defence Force and getting through that process is what I love most.

Namita Jose

  • Graduate stories
Delivering a new capability to the Australian Defence Force and getting through that process is what I love most.

Namita Jose

  • Graduate stories
The thing I love about working in the Submarine Domain of the Department of Defence is all the cutting-edge technologies and projects, some of which I have had the privilege to be involved in.

Yvonne Yung

  • Graduate stories
The thing I love about working in the Submarine Domain of the Department of Defence is all the cutting-edge technologies and projects, some of which I have had the privilege to be involved in.

Yvonne Yung

  • Graduate stories
Delivering a new capability to the Australian Defence Force and getting through that process is what I love most.

Namita Jose

  • Graduate stories
Delivering a new capability to the Australian Defence Force and getting through that process is what I love most.

Namita Jose