Careers with ASIO

ASIO

Securing Australia - protecting its people.

Job Vacancies

Technologist Graduate Program - 2023 Intake
Technical Officer Graduate
Canberra
Ongoing - Permanent
08120212022
$84,076 - $92,439
31-Mar-2022

The opportunity

Are you seeking a career at an intelligence agency where you can contribute and make a difference to the security of Australia?  

ASIO protects Australia and Australians from threats to their security. In a complex, challenging and changing security environment, our success is built on the imagination and intelligence of our team. ASIO's people are ordinary Australians but they do extraordinary things - they are our most important asset. To be successful in our mission, we need talented people who are highly capable, dedicated, adaptable and resilient.

ASIO staff are carers, parents, grandparents and community volunteers and may come from various backgrounds, including music, teaching and nursing. We are proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and second or third generation Australians. We are introverted, extroverted and neurodiverse. We are trades specialists, technically-minded, corporate and intelligence professionals. We are your neighbours and part of your community. The only difference is, we don't tell you where we work or what we do.

ASIO is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment, where all staff are valued and respected.

ASIO is seeking to fill the Technologist Graduate Program. 

Role responsibilities 

The Technologist Graduate Program (TGP) is a dynamic and fast paced 12-month program designed to showcase the breadth of work that ASIO undertakes. We are seeking candidates who are passionate about technology and continued learning to work collaboratively to keep ahead of the game. As an operational or enterprise technology officer within the TGP you will directly contribute to the protection of Australia, its people and its interests. 

As a Technologist Graduate, you will have a direct, hands-on impact on the shared mission of securing Australia and protecting its people. 

During the graduate program, you may be involved in some of the following functions (for which we will prepare you accordingly):

Develop high-quality, high-performance software solutions within an agile environment;

Investigate, implement and manage new capabilities, networks and technologies;

Advance unique solutions to exploit technically-collected data (including through neural networks);

Reduce the attack surface and assure the ongoing security posture of ICT infrastructure;

Directly support cyber security investigations;

Conduct forensic analysis of digital media;

Provision warrants and direct open-source technical collection capabilities, including telecommunications interceptions;

Undertake complex data analysis and visualisation to aid investigations;

Evaluate technical surveillance counter measures; and,

Engineer high-end mechanical and electrical solutions.

The 12-month program will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge to undertake a wide range of technical roles and to establish a diverse and rewarding career in ASIO. 

The Technologist Graduate Program (TGP) consists of two cohorts, commencing in March and July of 2023.

Key attributes

While we're looking for attitude as much as aptitude, to apply you'll need to:

Have completed – or be in the final year of – a degree of technical relevance, such as:

o Software engineering

o Cyber security

o Networking

o Containerisation and cloud architecture

o ICT

o DevSecOps

o Mechatronics

o Data management

o Telecommunications

o Program and portfolio management.

The preferred candidates will also possess the following attributes:

Ability to work collaboratively in small dynamic teams;

Display an ongoing commitment to technical learning; and, 

Design and deliver innovative solutions to constantly evolving technical problems.

Benefits

ASIO provides a number of benefits to its staff including:

A competitive salary, including a 7.5 per cent allowance for maintaining a Positive Vetting security clearance;

Employer superannuation contributions of 15.4 per cent;

A variety of leave options, including four weeks annual leave;

Flexible working hours/arrangements to assist you to maintain your work-life balance (please note: due to our unique working environment, work from home options are generally not available);

Seven staff-led diversity and inclusion networks;

Study assistance, including financial support and study leave for tertiary education; and

Access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Eligibility 

To be eligible for the role, you must be: 

An Australian citizen.

Assessed as suitable to hold and maintain a Positive Vetting security clearance.

Have completed – or be in the final year of – a degree of technical relevance, which includes but is not limited to: data science & analytics, cyber/comscience, ICT (incl. software development and networks), telecommunications, engineering and emerging technologies); and,

Be willing to relocate to Canberra (some assistance is provided).

ASIO is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, where all staff are valued and respected. We welcome and value applications from all eligible candidates, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age or disability. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.

Please advise us if you require any additional assistance in order to fully participate in the recruitment process or the workplace.

Location

These positions are located in Canberra, ACT.

How to apply

Click on ‘Apply online' to commence your application.

For your application to be accepted, you must complete and attach the following:

Succinct responses to Questions 1-5; 

A copy of your official or unofficial academic transcript; and

A current CV, no more than two pages in length.

All employment decisions and selection processes at ASIO are based on merit principles and candidates must be prepared to undergo various selection stages. 

ASIO holds all employment applications in the strictest of confidence. It is essential that you do the same. Please do not discuss your application with others as doing so may adversely affect your potential employment.

ASIO's People Capability Framework 

In support of your application, candidates are encouraged to refer to ASIO's People Capability Framework. This framework outlines the capabilities and skills required for ASIO's workforce (see below):

Strategic Thinking;

Achieves Results;

Productive Working Relationships;

Personal Drive and Integrity;

Communicates with Influence; and 

Demonstrated skills and experience.

Closing date and time

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 1700 AEDST

Employment conditions

Employment is under the ASIO Act 1979. Conditions of service are similar to those applying in the Australian Public Service. We recognise entitlements accrued under the Public Service Act 1999 and provide for continuation of superannuation under the Commonwealth schemes. Salary packaging arrangements are also available.

Enquiries

If you require further information after reading the selection documentation, please contact ASIO Recruitment at careers@asio.gov.au or phone 02 6257 4916.

We thank all applicants for their interest in applying.  In accordance with ASIO policy, we will notify unsuccessful candidates but will not provide feedback on any aspect of the selection process.

More information

For more information about ASIO, please visit: www.asio.gov.au.

Online application

The recruitment process begins with your online application. We recommend you print a preview of the application form so you can gather the missing pieces of information.

Take note of your username and password as forgotten login details cannot be reset. If you cannot recall your username or and password, you will lose all information previously entered into the system and will need to commence a new online application. 

Applications will timeout after 15 minutes of inactivity and all information that has not been saved will be lost. We recommend you allow sufficient time to complete your application. 

To protect personal information of candidates the online application system uses encryption. As a result, when information is entered into the online application form and saved it is no longer visible to the user and impossible to edit.  We recommend you compose your written responses in Notepad (or similar) and then copy and paste into the application form.

Please note when using the copy and paste function you are also copying the background formatting that goes with the text. This can be problematic as it can make the text you paste into your online application difficult to read, and in some cases unreadable once your application is submitted. You will avoid these issues by drafting your responses into Notepad first and then copy and paste into the application or type your response's directly into the fields.   

Once you have submitted your completed application form, you will receive an on-screen notification that your application has been successfully received by ASIO. You will not receive a confirmation email. 


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