Step inside the world of secret intelligence. 

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Put your skills to work.

Offering a rare chance to work within the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, ACTIVATE gives graduates on-the-job experience and training in one of the most unique, dynamic and fast-paced workplaces in Australia. Over the course of the 12-month program, you'll learn how intelligence is gathered, reported and actioned.  

Unlike other graduate programs, you won't just be observing – you'll be using your skills to help support actual intelligence operations that advance Australia's national interest. Whether you're studying law, mathematics, arts or accounting – ASIS is looking for ACTIVATE applicants with diverse skill sets from a range of academic backgrounds. This program is a rare opportunity to kick start your career in intelligence. 


Applications for the 2025 ACTIVATE Graduate Program will open in October 2023.

Learn all of the skills of secret intelligence.

You’ll start with us in March 2024 as a permanent employee.

You’ll complete a rotational program to help you to learn about different parts of the Organisation that will give you a strong understanding of the business of intelligence. The types of rotations and training and development opportunities you complete will depend on which graduate stream you choose.

This year ASIS is offering two graduate streams:

STEM Stream

Are you a problem solver? If cutting edge technology is your thing, or you have novel or unconventional ideas to solving technical challenges then a graduate career in technology in ASIS could be for you.

A career ASIS technologist collects, analysis and enables the secure communication of vital information and intelligence to inform the highest level of government decision makers. The most difficult technical challenges demand diversity of thought, teamwork, and non-traditional solutions.

As a graduate technical specialist you will complete three workplace rotations which will expose you to the broad range of technical activities ASIS conduct. You will work with both operational technology and enterprise teams to innovate and develop new technological solutions to complex problems that enable the foreign intelligence collection mission.

We are looking for experience across a broad range of technical disciplines including (but not limited to!) ICT, software development, cyber, engineering (hardware, software, communications, RF, data, mechatronics, mechanical, and cloud).

On successful completion of the graduate program you will be placed in a technical team which matches your skills and interests.

Accounting/Finance Stream

Now is an exciting time to be joining as a finance graduate. ASIS’s Finance graduates will be exposed to three key areas of financial support; management accounting, divisional resource management and departmental finance. Advice provided by ASIS finance professionals contribute to real world outcomes. ASIS Finance Graduates will gain exposure to unique topics, hands on experience as well as opportunities to demonstrate their skills as subject matter experts. Graduates will be challenged and be given real responsibilities throughout the program.

Learning opportunities for graduates in Finance will be plentiful. You’ll gain insight into our growing and dynamic business, learn about achieving short-term targets while delivering sustainable long-term goals, and have the chance to see our annual planning process. On successful completion of the graduate program you will be placed as a finance officer in ASIS.

Tertiary qualifications in the following areas are relevant for entry into our Finance Graduate stream: Accounting (Financial and Management), Taxation, Banking and Finance, Financial Planning and other similar degrees.

ASIS is committed to continuous professional development for its finance professionals. On completion of the graduate program finance graduates will have access to studies assistance for the Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand and the Certified Practicing Accountant Australia accreditation programs as well as other applicable studies. ASIS will help our people maintain membership with professional bodies and associations relevant to their roles.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for creative, energetic and ambitious people who are motivated to further Australia’s national interest by working in a unique and highly specialised intelligence agency.

We value problem solving, critical thinking and innovation. Whether you’re studying law, mathematics, engineering, arts or accounting, ASIS is looking for ACTIVATE graduate applicants with diverse skillsets from a range of academic backgrounds.

What to expect?


Learn the business of foreign intelligence collection by working on real problems and projects and using your skills to support actual intelligence operations that advance Australia’s interests.


Be supported with tailored learning and development programs to enhance your understanding of the intelligence business and help achieve your goals. We provide opportunities for coaching, digital learning and ongoing financial assistance for further study to continue to support your career.


As a graduate you will build networks and friendships through engagement with senior leadership; mentoring and coaching activities and networking events across different areas of government and the national intelligence community.


ASIS values diversity and inclusion and has a broad range of opportunities for you to contribute to the culture and face of the Organisation. Get involved in supporting graduates that follow you and sharing your knowledge and achievements.



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