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  • #2 in Government & public service
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Policy and Corporate Pathway Graduate Program

Canberra

Opportunity Expired

Make your mark in the Policy & Corporate Pathway by enabling the Defence mission in program management, corporate, analysis, and policy roles.

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job
Number of Vacancies
59-130
Salary
AUD 73,343 / Year

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

Start Date
12 Feb 2025 - 16 Feb 2026

Application dates

Applications Open
26 Feb 2024
Applications Close
10 Apr 2024

Minimum requirements

Accepting International Applications
No
Qualifications Accepted
B
Accounting
Commerce
Finance
Actuarial Studies
Business
Business Administration
International Business
Management
Office Studies
Project Management
Event Management
Economics
Human Resources
Hospitality Management
Retail & Merchandising
Tourism
Marketing & Advertising
Public Relations
Transport, Logistics & Procurement

Hiring criteria

Entry pathway

See details

Working rights

Australia

  • Australian Citizen
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Bring your unique skills and experiences to a world of opportunity at Defence. Make your mark in the Policy and Corporate pathway working on:

  • program management
  • administration
  • analysis
  • personnel and
  • policy.

The Policy and Corporate pathway accepts applications from all degree disciplines. It's suited to graduates interested in:

  • arts and humanities
  • business and commerce
  • construction and building management
  • data and cyber security
  • environmental science
  • information and communication technology
  • international and security studies
  • media and communication
  • policy and international relations
  • project management.

Salary

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.

Location

Roles in this pathway are based in Canberra with a limited possibility of an interstate rotation placement during the program.

Duration

12 months – 3 x 4-month rotations.

Roles

Policy and Corporate Pathway applicants need to choose one of these role types in their application:

  • Analyst: 
    • Provide commercial management and procurement advice. This role helps facilitate Defence’s investment to develop innovative technologies.
    • Advise and influence decision-making and strategy on real-world Defence capability investments.
  • Corporate: 
    • Work in communication, finance, marketing and strategic planning.
    • Support key decisions that lead to innovative corporate solutions for government.
  • Policy:
    • Produce and apply strategy to influence the policy frameworks that govern Defence operations and international engagement
    • Guide industry to deliver capability
    • Ensure quality outcomes and optimum impact of government investment.
  • Project and program management:
    • Work in project planning, procurement, management and contract administration.
    • Deliver nationally significant infrastructure or environmental projects.

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
B
Accounting, Commerce & Finance
Actuarial Studies
Business Administration & Management
Economics
Human Resources
Leisure, Hospitality, Tourism & Retail

Work rights

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

country
eligibility

Australia

Australia

Australian Citizen


Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
I was pleased to be viewed as a valuable member of the team and not just an intern.

Andrew

  • Graduate stories
I was pleased to be viewed as a valuable member of the team and not just an intern.

Andrew

  • Graduate stories
The work has been challenging but doable, and as my time goes on in the program, I feel I can give more back to my team and the projects they’re running.

Taylah

  • Graduate stories
The work has been challenging but doable, and as my time goes on in the program, I feel I can give more back to my team and the projects they’re running.

Taylah

  • Graduate stories
I was pleased to be viewed as a valuable member of the team and not just an intern.

Andrew

  • Graduate stories
I was pleased to be viewed as a valuable member of the team and not just an intern.

Andrew

  • Graduate stories
The work has been challenging but doable, and as my time goes on in the program, I feel I can give more back to my team and the projects they’re running.

Taylah

  • Graduate stories
The work has been challenging but doable, and as my time goes on in the program, I feel I can give more back to my team and the projects they’re running.

Taylah