About Us

Who we are looking for

We want people who are enthusiastic, people who can innovate.

We need you to be a strategic thinker and a great problem solver.

We need you to be a team player and a great communicator.


Highly desirable qualifications

Certain qualifications and subject areas in particular align to the Department's current focus and critical delivery.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • International studies and international relations
  • Middle Eastern/Asian studies
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Cybercrime and cyber security
  • Data mining and analysis
  • Digital/computer forensics
  • Forensics
  • Computer science
  • Information and communications technology
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Procurement, contract management and accounting
  • Public relations and communications.

Desirable qualifications

Other desirable qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Financial forensics/forensic accounting
  • Project/programme management
  • Social sciences and humanities
  • Telecommunications engineering
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Sciences.

Eligibility requirements

Our graduates are required to:

  • have a minimum three year undergraduate degree obtained in the last five years
  • hold Australian citizenship (or will hold by 30 June 2017)
  • obtain and maintain an Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) clearance and Departmental Employment Suitability Clearance (ESC)
  • relocate to Canberra.

Due to the suitability and assessment requirements, the recruitment process can take up to six months from the time your application is considered to an offer of engagement being made.

Statement of Commitment: Workplace equality, diversity and inclusion

We commit to building and valuing a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve. A workforce that fosters inclusiveness and embraces the diversity of its people, such as differences in cultural backgrounds, race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.

We support our staff by realising their full potential through removing employment-related disadvantage and barriers to participation.

We will drive innovation, performance and productivity by empowering our diverse workforce to utilise the unique skills, ideas, perspectives and qualities that they contribute every day.

We encourage applications from a broad range of suitably skilled people to deliver our diverse responsibilities and to perform our many complex roles by offering flexible work arrangements, through diversity networks, and by implementing relevant diversity action plans.

Indigenous recruitment

We acknowledge Indigenous Australians as the traditional owners of this land and recognise the importance of learning about our shared histories, cultures and achievements.

We are committed to the attraction, recruitment and retention of Indigenous Australians.

To increase Indigenous representation in our workforce, for our 2018 graduate recruitment process a Special Measures application process will be open only to applicants who are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

The following initiatives and support are accessible to all our Indigenous staff:

  • Participation in whole of government initiatives to create employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.
  • An Indigenous Employment Team and Senior Indigenous Champions who advance Indigenous employment initiatives within the Department and in whole of government forums.

For more information, see the Careers for indigenous Australians webpage.

Disability recruitment

Our 2018 programme applies the Australian Public Service (APS) RecruitAbility scheme. The RecruitAbility scheme supports people with disability applying for jobs in the APS by giving a better opportunity to put forward your skills and experience during the selection process. RecruitAbility offers you the opportunity to progress to further assessment stages in the selection process if you:

  • declare you have a disability
  • apply and opt into the scheme
  • are assessed as meeting the minimum requirements of the vacancy.

Our Disability Action Plan 2016-20 (584KB PDF) shows our commitment to better support our employees and clients with disability, and those who care for a person with disability. It will help build relationships, create new opportunities, and provide accessible workplaces that allow everyone to fully participate.

The Department also provides reasonable adjustment for staff with disability. Reasonable adjustments refer to administrative, environmental or procedural adjustments made to enable an employee with disability to:

  • safely perform the inherent or essential requirements of their job
  • participate to their maximum potential in recruitment processes, and promotion and training opportunities
  • enjoy equal terms and conditions of employment.

Staff equality, diversity and inclusion networks

The Department has various staff diversity networks that are open to staff who are interested in working together as a cohesive group, to effectively raise awareness and increase support for workplace equality, diversity and inclusion matters. They also provide a support system for staff to share stories, information and connect with one another. They include:

  • Indigenous Employee Network
  • Department's Disability Support Network
  • Staff Advancing Gender Equality Network
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex Network.