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APS Careers


Defence APS employees are employed in an array of critical positions, Australia wide, enabling our three services: Navy, Army and Air Force, to do their job. Defence employs Australian Public Service (APS) employees across Australia and the world.

You are invited to discover more about Defence Career Pathways.


Career Pathways

Permanent Employment Opportunities

Permanent Employment Opportunities

Defence has a range of Australian Public Service (APS) career opportunities that offer the scope for a career change at any time. Our workforce includes administrative support, accountants, intelligence analysts, engineers, policy advisors, graphic designers, lawyers, social workers, IT specialists and contract managers to name a few.

SES Vacancies

Senior Leadership Vacancies (SES)

As a member of the Senior Executive Service in Defence you must be able to focus on Defence outputs and link them to broader Government goals. You need to enable and motivate your staff to be high achievers to create a shared vision and sense of purpose for Defence. People interested in joining the Defence Senior Executive Service are encouraged to apply online.

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM)

Subject specialities

  • Human, Social and Health Sciences, Physical Sciences
  • Information, Computing and Communications and Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics, Management

Temporary Employment Opportunities

Temporary Employment Opportunities

Defence is seeking highly motivated professionals to fill upcoming temporary (non-ongoing) roles. If you think you've got what it takes to work with a leading Government Agency, register your interest on our Temporary employment register.

ASD

Australian Signals Directorate

Do you want to do things that most people cannot? Do you like to grapple with complex and unusual problems? Can you be counted on to find innovative and clever solutions?

Graduate Opportunities

Defence Graduate Opportunities

As a graduate in the Department of Defence, you will enjoy experiences that, as a civilian, you simply wouldn't find with any other organisation. You will work with a diversity of professional women and men who are dedicated to protecting our national interests and supporting the Australian Defence Force.

Defence TAFE Employment Scheme

Defence TAFE Employment Scheme

The Defence TAFE Employment Scheme (DTES) offers students a head start for their career in Defence by supporting their vocational education with practical, paid work experience that contributes to the protection of Australia’s national interests.

Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship

Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship

The Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship (DCUS) is open to aspiring university students who wish to pursue a degree through the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra campus at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).

Interested? Applications are open now.

Defence Work Experience

Defence
Work
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The Defence Work Experience Program provides young Australians interested in Defence as a future career, the opportunity to sample life in Defence and learn more about the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Australian Public Service (APS).

Indigenous Apprenticeships Program

Indigenous Pathways

Defence is committed to increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation by offering attractive entry programs into the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Australian Public Service (APS).

Australian Government Digital Emerging Talent Programs

Australian Government Digital Emerging Talent Programs

Are you passionate about digital technologies? Do you have a knack for problem solving? Work on things that matter with a digital or technical career in the Australian Government and gain valuable industry experience while working on projects that suit your level of skill and experience — no degree necessary.

Career Starter Program

Career Starter Program

As a Career Starter, you will be exposed to a variety of work that will challenge you and build valuable capabilities for a career in the APS. A structured development program and undertaking detailed training sessions will assist you to achieve qualifications in Government and develop your talents to push your career to places you never imagined.

Stepping Into... Program

Stepping Into... Program

Australian Network on Disability’s Stepping Into program is a paid internship scheme that matches talented university students with disability with roles in leading Australian businesses.