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Work undertaken by Defence Policy Officers includes contribution to:

  • Policy development, strategic planning and advice to Government;
  • Development of strategic guidance for Defence, and to major reviews of defence policy and planning and military strategy;
  • Analysis and assessment of capability development proposals;
  • Defence industry engagement and innovation, including policy development and advice to Government on options for building Australia's defence industrial capability;
  • Development and maintenance of Defence's international relationships with allies and partners, including through facilitating senior international visits and managing Defence’s representation overseas; and
  • Informing Defence's participation in and contribution to whole-of-Government national security deliberations and decisions.


The Defence Policy Stream offers training and development opportunities to offer you a solid foundation for a fulfilling career in Defence’s Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group. As a graduate, your qualifications and ability to think critically, together with your inquisitive nature, will enhance the professional development training provided to you. Throughout your graduate year, you will develop skills in strategic thinking, analysis, communication and stakeholder engagement, and be provided a unique experience working at the strategic centre of Defence on a broad range of issues contributing to Australia’s national interests. If you are looking for meaningful and challenging work while contributing to the defence of Australia’s interests both here and overseas – we encourage you to apply.

Quick Details

  • Degree types: All degree disciplines
  • Salary: APS 4; $67,100 pa + 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to $73,256 + 15.4% superannuation
  • Program:12 months - 3 x 4 month rotations
  • Eligibility: View eligibility requirements
  • Intake: February
  • Location: Canberra (interstate rotations outside of Canberra are available)
  • Benefits: Why Choose Defence
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