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Graduate opportunities

Great pay, great conditions, greater mission

  • Unique, challenging and rewarding work that contributes to maintaining Australia’s national security
  • Develop and expand your skills with dedicated mentoring, learning and development opportunities
  • Diverse career paths with a great salary and benefits package including study assistance, generous leave and flexible working arrangements

Do you want to do things that most people cannot? Can you be counted on to find innovative and clever solutions?

The Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) motto, Reveal their secrets, Protect our own, summarises our roles: we collect foreign intelligence by interception; we provide advice and assistance on information and cyber security; and we conduct offensive cyber operations.

You will receive training in our specialised systems and enjoy working in multidisciplinary teams. You may have opportunities to travel domestically and internationally. You will be encouraged and supported to continually develop your skills to keep pace with evolving priorities and technologies. We are committed to the growth of our most important resource – our staff.

Diversity powers ASD’s mission. Our work is challenging, and experience shows that the best teams contain clever people with different life experiences.

All civilian roles in ASD are flexible and accommodate part-time or full-time working arrangements.

Career paths for all disciplines

We are looking for graduates from almost every discipline to work in analyst, corporate or technologist roles.

As an analyst, you can undertake a diverse range of complex tasks – from foreign language analysis to data analysis. Your role will vary, depending on your skills and the role of your team in supporting either ASD's foreign intelligence, cyber security or offensive cyber operations mission.

In corporate roles, you will have the opportunity to develop and shape ASD’s future. We have roles in business management, communications, governance, finance, people management, policy, security and recruitment, just to name a few.

As a technologist, you can work in areas as diverse as software development, database administration, system design, architecture, testing and maintenance through to cyber security roles including reverse engineering, forensic analysis and intrusion detection. You could have the opportunity to build and maintain everything from secure workstations to high-end supercomputers or develop innovative tools to enable our offensive cyber operations.

Employment specifications

The ASD Graduate Program is part of the Defence Graduate Program Intelligence Pathway. It runs for 12 months, with graduates completing three four-month placements. You will have a permanent role within ASD upon successful completion of the program. Graduates are paid a Graduate ASD 4 salary of $67,100 plus 15.4% superannuation.

Applications for the 2020 graduate intake were open 1–31 March 2019.