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Department of Defence

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Technical Pathway Graduate Program (Feb 2025)

Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney

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Make your mark on the Defence Graduate program by working on some of the largest national acquisition and sustainment projects.

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job
Number of Vacancies
AUD 73,343 / Year

+ 15.4% superannuation (promotion and salary advancement upon successful completion of the program)

Start Date
1 Feb 2025 - 30 Jun 2026

Application dates

Applications Open
27 Feb 2024
Applications Close
10 Apr 2024

Minimum requirements

Accepting International Applications
Qualifications Accepted
Aerospace Engineering & Aviation
Automotive & Transport Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering & Construction
Communications Engineering
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Engineering Management
Environmental Engineering
Fire & Safety Engineering
Geomatic Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Marine Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mathematics & Statistics
Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Renewable Energy Engineering
Robotics & Mechatronics Engineering
Engineering & Mathematics (all other)
Geotechnical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

Hiring criteria

Entry pathway

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Working rights


  • Australian Citizen
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Make your mark in the Technical pathway working on some of the largest national acquisition and sustainment projects at Defence, like: 

  • fighter aircraft
  • Navy ships
  • soldier systems
  • the nation’s nuclear-powered submarines.

The Technical pathway gives graduates the experience of working in one of Australia’s largest program management, logistics, procurement and engineering organisations.

The Technical pathway includes support to undertake industry-recognised learning and development opportunities.

The Technical pathway is not just for technical degrees. Defence is looking for applicants with a degree and an interest in:

  • business and commerce
  • cyber security
  • engineering
  • information and communication technology
  • law
  • logistics and supply chain
  • procurement
  • project management.


All successful candidates start the Graduate Program on a salary of $73,343 plus 15.4% superannuation (increasing to $76,277 upon the Fair Work Commission approval of the Defence Enterprise Collective Agreement – 2024).

Graduates advance to a higher salary after successfully completing the Program. The amount depends on which training pathway completed.

Defence's is committed to enabling an enjoyable work-life balance through:

  • generous remuneration package
  • conditions of service
  • flexible work arrangements and
  • leave benefits.


Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Williamtown.


18 months – 3 x 6-month rotations.


Applicants to the Technical pathway need to nominate one of these role types in the application form:

  • Commercial
    • Work on complex and challenging commercial activities.
    • Assist in managing commercial risk across the capability and procurement life cycle to deliver optimal outcomes. Read more at Defence Commercial Division on our website.
  • Cyber
    • Support the implementation of the Defence Cyber Security Strategy.
  • Engineer
    • Work on complex and nationally significant acquisition and sustainment projects.
    • Manage and perform systems engineering focused activities.
    • Plan, facilitate and assure confidence in the delivery of engineering outcomes for Defence.
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
    • Be part of one of the largest ICT networks in Australia.
    • Support Defence operations around the world.
    • Access a wide range of opportunities across Defence.
  • Logistics 
    • Provide logistics support across the life-cycle of a project or capability. This means being involved in strategy and concepts, to acquisition, transition into service, sustainment, upgrades and disposal.
  • Project management
    • Work in diverse project teams that deliver nationally significant projects.
    • Experience projects unparalleled in size, cost, timescale, risk profile and level of technological complexity.

Defence is the winner of the 2023 Graduate Employer award for Government & Public Safety by Prosple.

Hiring criteria

You should have or be completing the following to apply for this opportunity.

Entry pathway
Degree or Certificate
Minimum Level of Study
Bachelor or higher
Study Field
Aerospace Engineering & Aviation
Automotive & Transport Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering & Construction
Communications Engineering

Work rights

The opportunity is available to applicants in any of the following categories.




Australian Citizen