2022 Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program

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Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program


*** Applications will close Sunday 31st October at 11:59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time ***

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

Defence has decided to broaden the list of qualifying cyber courses and has extended the closing deadline for applications to 31 October 2021. We are now encouraging applications from those who are studying one of the following eligible qualification levels in 2022:

  • 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 two cyber expourse experiences to give valuable insight into how you can protect Australia’s online systems and information. Once you’re 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. The flexible thing 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 ADF Cyber Gap Program is for Australian citizens who are already enrolled in cyber-related studies. The 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 eligable 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 ADF 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 course fees reimbursement up to $15,000, textbooks and stationery costs payment of $600 as well as an academic allowance to assist with ICT costs which will be paid in two $1,250 payments in March and September (one each semester for a total of $2,500)
  • two cyber-exposure experiences for you to gain insight into a cyber security career, which includes online development opportunities
  • 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
  • information for 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 applicatns. 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.

Preparing for your application

The following documents will be required to complete your application:

  • Proof of Australian citizenship (copy of passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate)
  • Academic transcript or proof of enrolment in an eligible qualification
  • Current resume
  • Passport style photograph.

Please make sure you have copies of these documents at hand to upload into your application.

Completing your application

  1. Complete the online application form and upload required documents
    Select the ‘Apply for this position’ button and then scroll down and enter your personal details. 
  2. Respond to questions
    The Assessable Questions form the basis of who will be invited through to interview. Make sure you concentrate your efforts in answering these questions, and don't just rely on the strength of your resume and academic results. This Program is very competitive, please take your time to ensure that your application is completed correctly and to the best of your ability.  
  3. Select ‘Submit Application’ button
    Once you have submitted your application, an acknowledgement email will be sent to your email address confirming receipt of your application.
  4. Applications will close at 11:59PM (AEDST) on Sunday, 31 October 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

Please note: Your application cannot be saved and completed at a later date so we recommend you complete your responses in an MS Word, Google Doc or Apple Pages document, saving as you go. Once you have finalised your responses, copy and paste them into the response boxes.

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.

Please note you may be assessed solely on your application and resume. An interview may not be required. 

Privacy statement

Personal information provided to the agency is protected by the Privacy Act 1988. The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) collects your personal information for recruitment purposes as required by the Public Service Act 1999. The DTA will not disclose the information without your consent except where authorised or required by law.

The DTA will not disclose your personal information to overseas recipients however your personal information may be stored outside of Australia.

If you have any questions about the role or are having difficulties in accessing the web pages or lodging your application, please contact the recruitment team via email cybergap@dta.gov.au