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Department of Defence Graduate Program – Policy & Intelligence Pathway

Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)

Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway will undertake a 12-month development program comprising three rotations, specialised training and on the job experiences focusing on issues critical to Australia’s security.

Opportunity details

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

Application dates

Applications Open
1 Mar 2019
Applications Close
31 Mar 2019

Minimum requirements

Level of Study
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:

  • Inform advice for decision making at the highest levels of Government;
  • Make a real contribution to the ongoing security of Australia;
  • Influence strategic policy guidance for Defence and the ADF;
  • Enjoy working with some of Australia’s brightest and most enthusiastic professionals; and
  • Become tomorrow’s leader and shape the future for a more secure Australia.

The Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathways is seeking high achievers from all disciplines to contribute to work undertaken in the strategic centre of the Defence organisation. Just as important as your qualifications are the personal qualities you can bring to the role – particularly integrity, curiosity, objectivity and your ability to think critically – because, at the end of the day, it’s your judgment that will inform decisions or deliver outcomes for the future of Australia’s security environment.

Within the Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway, you will undertake a 12-month development program comprising three rotations, specialised training and on the job experiences focusing on issues critical to Australia’s security. Through either the Defence Policy Stream or one of the Defence Intelligence and Cyber Streams, you may inform: decision making on international policy; source or analyse intelligence to counter terrorism; or innovate solutions to mitigate the cyber threat as to protect Australia’s national interests.

The Defence Policy and Intelligence Pathway offers graduates exciting opportunities in Defence Policy or across the three intelligence agencies within Defence:

  • Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) specialises in the production of geospatial intelligence and foundation data;
  • Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) specialises in collection and analysis of foreign signals intelligence, and cyber and information security
  • Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) specialises in the production of all-source intelligence assessments.

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

  • Defence Policy: All degree disciplines
  • Intelligence and Cyber: All degree disciplines with a particular focus on IT, Computer Science and Engineering

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
  • Eligibility: Australian Citizens only
  • Intake: February (AGO/ASD/DIO); June (ASD and AGO)
  • 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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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