The Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) uses a merit-based selection process for recruitment and promotion, in accordance with Australian Public Service principles. The Defence Intelligence and Security Group Careers website is the authoritative reference on our recruitment procedures. The following is a quick overview.
- You must be an Australian citizen with at least 10 years checkable background.
- You must be prepared to undergo a comprehensive security assessment.
- Your application must address the selection criteria in the information pack.
- The Australian Public Service Commission and Defence APS Careers provide extensive advice on applying for public service jobs.
- Be discreet discussing your application. Most people only need to know that you have applied for a job with Defence.
Our selection process
- Applications are rated against the selection criteria in the information pack.
- Short-listed applicants are usually interviewed.
- Referees will be asked to confirm relevant work-related history.
- The preferred applicant will be asked to undergo a security assessment.
- A comprehensive security assessment is a prerequisite for all DSD staff.
- Security assessments measure your personal integrity and suitability to work in a high security environment.
- Security assessments involve a background check and a psychological assessment.
- Both parts comprise a questionnaire and an interview.
- The background check will review your personal, social, residential, employment, financial and criminal history for at least the past 10 years.
- The psychological assessment determines whether you have the intellectual and interpersonal skills to work in a high security environment.
- Security assessments typically take 6–12 months from when you return the completed questionnaires and authorisations.