Graduate Opportunities

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Our Graduate Program

The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) is seeking highly skilled and motivated graduates to apply their skills and knowledge to achieve AGO's strategic goals: to deliver geospatial intelligence (GEOINT); lead the Department of Defence geospatial domain; and position our organisation for the future. AGO graduates benefit from:

  • contributing to Australia's national security
  • supporting the Australian Defence Force
  • strengthening their confidence, initiative, communication skills and decision-making ability, and
  • pursuing ongoing education, specialist training, career diversity and promotional opportunities.

Intelligence Graduate Stream

Our intelligence officers undertake a variety of roles. These include undertaking detailed analytical intelligence work with sophisticated tools using a range of data sources. AGO's role as the Australian Government's leading geospatial intelligence agency requires people with excellent analytical, research and communication skills who are comfortable with the technologies we use and can communicate their results effectively to customers.

Our intelligence officers research, analyse and report on a country or region or a specific thematic international issue to meet the requirements of customers ranging from government leaders to tactical users.

Our intelligence officers also work with a distinctive technical focus. As the exploitation of imagery is a key AGO activity, we place great importance on maintaining and developing our capability to use new technologies in areas such as remote sensing. Our intelligence officers liaise closely with Defence Science and Technology Group, national research organisations, academia and industry to help AGO make the most of emerging technologies.

We also have several large-scale Defence projects that must be delivered over the next few years as part of continual capability development programs and the introduction of new technology.

Our intelligence officers have a wide variety of specialist skills and knowledge including geographic information systems (GIS), information technology (IT), scripting and applications development, web services, design and functionality, database management and analysis and remote sensing in several disciplines, including radar, spectral and infrared. Our intelligence officers research and apply advanced techniques, and develop and transition valuable technology into operational applications or provide high-end technical support to analysts.


Our graduates undertake training throughout the 12-month Graduate Program through internal and vendor-based training courses.


During the 12-month Graduate Program our graduates will undertake two or three rotations incorporating their 'home' team and one external rotation within Defence.

Benefits of applying for the AGO Graduate Program

The AGO Graduate Program provides an exciting opportunity to develop and enhance your skills as an intelligence officer graduate while working in a dynamic, supportive and team-based environment. It also provides you with a range of benefits under the Defence banner including:

  • a commencement salary of $67,100
  • a variety of challenging work
  • upon successful completion of the Graduate Program, a guaranteed APS level 4 position and a salary advanced to $73,256
  • opportunities for career progression after your graduate year
  • mentoring opportunities
  • flexible working conditions
  • opportunities for domestic and international travel
  • work-life balance and social networking opportunities
  • friendly and diverse work environment, and
  • leave entitlements in accordance with the Defence Collective Agreement.

Living in Canberra

Our Graduate Program is located in Canberra. We understand that moving away from home, family and friends is a big decision for interstate applicants, but living in the national capital has its advantages.

Canberra is a modern and vibrant city that has changed rapidly over the last decade. With a population of approximately 400,000 and growing, it is a clean, green city with good roads and major amenities in close proximity, making travel around the city quick and easy.

Canberra is just two hours drive from the South Coast's pristine beaches and the Snowy Mountains ski fields, and three hours drive from Sydney.

Canberra boasts an array of national cultural institutions, universities, museums, galleries, theatres, multicultural restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, live performance venues and clubs. There is easy access to lakes, parks and green space, sporting facilities, bicycle paths and the bush.

You will enjoy four distinct seasons in Canberra: warm to hot summers; colourful, leafy autumns; clear, crisp winters; and bright springs. With low humidity levels, you will feel comfortable all year round.

On the social side, AGO graduates are invited to join an informal social network comprising graduates from other federal government departments. The network organises a variety of social activities and events for its members, along with providing valuable social support to those who have relocated to Canberra. Events include trips to snowfields, sporting events, parties and formal balls. The network offers an ideal opportunity to meet, interact and form professional and social relationships with other graduates living in Canberra.

Entry requirements


All degrees accepted. In particular, spatial sciences, international relations, information technology, data sciences, social sciences, computer sciences, system and software engineering, physical and mathematical sciences are highly desirable.

Citizenship requirements

Australian citizens only.


Canberra, ACT

Additional eligibility requirements

Applicants must have a checkable background and be willing to undergo a comprehensive security and psychological assessment covering the whole of their life. More information on the security process can be found at the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency website.

Program deadlines

Applications for the AGO Graduate Program are open 27 February–4 April 2020.

Career Fairs and Engagement Events

The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) will be at a number of university Career Fairs and Engagement Events in 2020. This is an opportunity for you to talk to an AGO staff member to learn more about the organisation and the rewarding and challenging career options.

Ready to apply?

Go to the Defence Graduate Opportunities - Intelligence - AGO web page and 'Apply now'!

  • Select your graduate program preferences. For your first preference, follow the steps below:
    • Apply for an AGO Intelligence position via the Intelligence and Cyber Stream (Intelligence - Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation).
    • Select 'Intelligence - Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation' as your development pathway.
    • Select 'AGO' as your preferred agency.
  • Answer eligibility questions, enter personal details, and upload documents such as résumé, proof of citizenship or citizenship application. Eligible candidates will then be invited to complete a short online cognitive test.
  • After completing the online test, we will advise you whether you meet the minimum requirements for the stream that best matches your skills. We will ask you to address selection criteria; provide details of academic results and relevant skills and qualifications; and details of current and previous employment.
  • To ensure your application is completed to the highest standard, it is recommended you read Hints and Tips for Writing your Application.
  • Your application is then assessed for your suitability to join our program. You will be advised if you are advancing to the next stage and whether you will be required to attend further assessment activities.
  • Further information regarding eligibility requirements, salary and employment conditions, security clearances, psychological assessments, and other useful information can also be found on the Defence Graduate Opportunities website.