Defence sector careers

Defence sector jobs and careers come in many forms across a range of organisations including the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Public Service, and within the Defence industry which supports defence.

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Defence jobs explained

Australian Defence Force

Comprising the Navy, Army and Air Force, the Australian Defence Force is a modern, people‑focused organisation; and one of Australia's major employers.

The Australian Defence Force can offer rewarding and fulfilling careers to suit people with broad ranging backgrounds, skill levels and interest. There are a variety of roles on offer, in particular in the fields of logistics, administration, science, technology and engineering.

Australian Public Service Defence jobs

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

The opportunities are varied and include intelligence analysts, engineers, policy advisors, IT specialists, graphic designers, social workers, lawyers, accountants and administrative support.

Defence industry jobs

The Australian Government is investing $200 billion in Australia’s defence capability.

A highly skilled Australian workforce will be needed to design, install, build, integrate and maintain our ships, submarines, aircraft, land vehicles, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, and information technology and cyber security.

The defence industry will provide additional career opportunities as major infrastructure and maintenance projects ramp up over the next decade. New opportunities will exist in the large multinational companies that win Australian Defence Force contracts as well as Australian businesses, across different regions of the country, that are part of the supply chain.

A number of skilled occupations applicable to the defence industry are currently in shortage. Skills in demand include trade, technical, design and construction.

The Defence Industry website provides information about the range of roles and how to access training that will give you the practical skills you need to gain employment.

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Each part of the defence sector has their own jobs board with opportunities at all levels, from graduate positions, apprenticeships, cadetships and internships to senior leadership positions – scroll down to start exploring.

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Naval Shipbuilding College

Naval Shipbuilding College

Defence West

Defence West

Find your place in South Austrlia

Find your place in South Austrlia