Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program

The Department of Defence has partnered with us to provide a crucial career development opportunity  -the Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program.

"ADF Cyber gap program"

Defence has decided to broaden the list of qualifying cyber courses and has extended the closing deadline for applications to 10 November 2020. We are now encouraging applications from those who are studying one of the following eligible qualification levels in 2021: 

  • certificate III 
  • certificate IV 
  • diploma 
  • advanced diploma 
  • associate degree 
  • bachelor degree 
  • graduate certificate 
  • graduate diploma 
  • masters degree. 

If you’re already studying or currently enrolling in a cyber-related qualification, Defence can offer you generous financial support, along with a 2-week cyber experience placement to give valuable insight into how you can protect Australia’s online systems and information.

Once qualified, you could find yourself working with Defence or a government agency in a cyber-related role, or perhaps you’ll find work within the broader cyber industry. Either way, you’ll enhance your cyber skills, and learn more about what makes a career with the Australian Defence Force so rewarding.

How is this different to our other programs?

Committing to a period of Defence service is a pretty big deal. We get that. What's flexible about this program is that there is no obligation to serve. While you study, you can immerse yourself in a short work experience placement with Defence in a cyber-related role, so you’ll have the chance to decide whether a Defence career is something you’d like to pursue. You can even keep working in your current job while participating in the program.

And it works both ways - while there’s no guarantee of a job with Defence or a government agency at the end of your studies (though you are certainly encouraged to apply), you can also choose to find work elsewhere in the cyber security industry if you find it’s not your thing. It’s flexible.

Who is this program for?

The Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program is for Australian citizens who are living in Australia and are already enrolled in or about to commence cyber-related studies. The Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program runs for 12 months. To apply, you need to be studying for the duration of the 12-month program, you can be working towards any eligible qualification at the following levels either part-time or full-time:

  • certificate III
  • certificate IV
  • diploma
  • advanced diploma
  • associate degree
  • bachelor degree
  • graduate certificate
  • graduate diploma
  • masters degree.

If you’re currently studying or considering studying one of the listed qualifications, you should think about applying.

We’re looking for people who are passionate about cyber security and interested in learning more about how to turn it into a career supporting the Australian Defence Force.

More opportunities for you

All Australians have a role to play in protecting the nation against cyber threats.

The Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program may expose participants to careers in the following areas:

  • threat emulation
  • cyberspace operations planning
  • discovery and counter-infiltration
  • incident response
  • network vulnerability assessment
  • protecting and hardening networks
  • data collection and analysis
  • network recovery
  • incident mitigation strategy development.


During this 12-month program you’ll get:

  • generous financial support with your course fees, textbooks and stationery costs covered, as well as an academic allowance to assist with your other costs
  • travel costs for the screening and recruitment process, your work experience placements and any other Defence engagement travel opportunities
  • work experience in cyber-related roles
  • professional membership to the Australian Computer Society
  • networking opportunities with a range of Defence cyber subject matter experts, as well as peer networking with participants of various government digital programs
  • cyber security career mentoring sessions
  • ADF Cyber Gap Program Completion Certificate from the Joint Cyber Directorate   
  • guidance preparing professional cyber job applications.

*Note: graduate diploma and associate, bachelor and masters degree courses are subsidised up to a capped amount as offered to successful applicants. Costs will be covered for the 12-month period of the program only, which may equate to one year of a 2, 3 or 4-year program of study.

Mentoring and planning

Throughout your studies, you’ll have the chance to meet with program mentors to discuss work opportunities in Defence and other government agencies. This mentoring is vital in helping you decide what path your career will take - even if it doesn’t end up in the public sector.

How to apply

Applications for this program are currently closed.

When applications are open, the application form will be available in the jobs section of our website.

You'll need these documents:

  • proof of Australian Citizenship (Birth Certificate or Passport)
  • passport size photo
  • a copy of your university or vocational education transcript and/or proof of enrolment
  • a resume.

These are the 3 stages of the selection process:

  • submit your application online. You will be contacted if your application is successful
  • attend an online interview to discuss your cyber interests
  • attend the final online selection board session to establish if the Program is a good fit for you.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program you can email or call 02 6120 8701. For further information regarding cyber careers with the Australian Defence Force please visit

Get in touch

If you have any questions about starting a digital career with the Australian Government you can email or call 02 6120 8701.

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