DST Group Cadetship Program

On completion of the DST Group Cadetship Program, cadets are placed into graduate-level positions at DST
On completion of the DST Group Cadetship Program, cadets are placed into graduate-level positions at DST

The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group is committed to providing entry level employment opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The DST Group Cadetship Program is designed to support high performing Australian undergraduate students during their degree by providing:

  • Ongoing (permanent) employment with a salary of $31,180 pa (plus 15.4% superannuation) during your cadetship;
  • Payment of compulsory university fees (i.e. course fees) during your cadetship;
  • $500 per semester book/resources allowance;
  • 60-days (minimum) DST Group work placements per annum; and
  • Guaranteed employment with DST Group with a salary of approximately $64,000 pa (plus superannuation) on successful completion of the cadetship.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a DST Group Cadetship you must have:

  1. a credit average (GPA >5); and
  2. successfully completed a minimum of two (2) years full-time study (or part-time equivalent) in a relevant STEM academic discipline; and
  3. a minimum of 18 months and maximum of three (3) years full time study remaining (including honours or masters); and
  4. enrolled in a relevant undergraduate (with honours/ masters) degree or be eligible and agree to undertake an honours/ masters degree as part of the DST Group Cadetship.

DST Group strongly encourages applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with disabilities.

Further Information

Should you have any questions regarding the DST Cadetship Program, please contact

To apply

Applications will open on 31 July 2017 and can be completed online via the Defence Careers website.

See the cadet information pack and positions table to learn more.

Closing Date

Applications close Friday 25th August 2017.

Key information

  • Cadetships
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • STEM

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