BAE Systems

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Our people use innovative thinking to deliver intelligent systems that make the world a safer place and to protect those who protect us.

Located in over 40 sites across the nation, BAE Systems is Australia’s most versatile defence and security company. We offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and our security customers advanced systems and technology in vital areas such as through-life support for technology and equipment, security, logistics and systems integration.

Our Hunter Class Frigate Program is the largest surface ship building project in the history of our nation. Creating more than 5000 jobs over the next 30 years, including early careers opportunities such as apprenticeships, traineeships, internships and graduate placements. The project has commenced at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia, the most modern shipyard in the world using state-of-the art technology and robotic equipment to complement traditional shipbuilding practices.

Our engineers deliver development and support to the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) , a state-of-the-art defence radar system that provides surveillance across ranges from 1,000 to 3,000 kilometres.

Looking for innovative ways to combat the invisible battlespace, the ‘Battlespace Integrated Solutions team’ are leading the way in Electronic Warfare technology – creating purpose built technology by using the electromagnetic environment to protect our nation.

Our teams have led the development of significant defence export products such as Nulka , a rocket-propelled decoy designed to ‘distract’ modern anti-ship missiles away from their target.

The Maritime Sustainment business has been delivering project management, asset management, engineering, maintenance and supply support services to the Royal Australian Navy for more than 30 years. Ensuring the fleet is fully capable and available whenever the Navy needs it.

BAE Systems provides significant support to a variety of aerospace programs including the F-35 Program and Hawk Lead-In Fighter Training System .

The global F-35 Program is the largest and most advanced military aircraft program in the world. In Australia, BAE Systems uses its military knowledge to inform the development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of the F-35’s.

The Hawk Lead-In Fighter provides state-of-the-art fast jet training capability by using advanced simulation technology to create a ‘flying classroom’ for Australia future fast jet aircrew.

Australia currently has 33 aircraft that have all been recently enhanced by BAE Systems Australia to ensure they remain cutting edge and future ready.

Red Ochre LABS is where BAE Systems works with industry partners, Defence and education facilities to develop new, world leading technologies to meet the future requirements of the Australian Defence Force. While headquartered in Victoria, Red Ochre LABS links research and development projects across BAE Systems’ 40 + Australian sites, therefore opportunities are available nationally. At the heart of Red Ochre Labs will be Australian air, land and sea and cyber technologies, focused on:

  • Autonomous systems
  • Hypersonics
  • High Frequency Systems
  • Electronic warfare
  • Anti-Submarine Warfare capabilities through the Hunter Class Frigate program.


45+ Countries
85,800 Global Employees
1953 Founded in Australia

Life at BAE Systems

BAE Systems employees come to work with a view, a perspective and a passion for excellence that is unique and valuable. How we embrace different thought processes, behaviours, backgrounds, cultures and experiences, effects our performance.

We are committed to becoming an industry leader in terms of diversity and inclusion. Addressing gender balance, promoting diversity and creating more flexible working options is a key focus. BAE Systems Australia was the first Australian defence company to detail our commitments to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and the wider communities in which we operate. We launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in March 2016.

Safety is also a priority and an important part of our culture. We are committed to protecting the safety of our employees, our environment and our communities. We actively support our local communities through sponsorships and giving programs that align with our business and values.

We are proud of the men and women who have served our country and are grateful for their sacrifice. This is why we partner with organisations like Soldier On, Right Management, RSL, AVEC, Helping Hero’s, Working Spirit and Defence Families Australia to support the transition, health, employment and rehabilitation of Australia’s veterans, service personnel and their families.

History of Nulka
The F-35s have arrived at Williamtown
Our engineers make M113 armoured vehicles autonomous!

Graduate Program

We employ new graduates every year in a variety of disciplines across Australia.

Our graduates enjoy:

  • A tailored graduate career plan
  • Structured rotations
  • Extensive training and development
  • Mentoring and support
  • A competitive salary and benefits
  • Interesting and inspiring work
  • Opportunities to collaborate with Graduates across the country
  • Family-friendly, flexible work practices and an inclusive culture

We are one of Australia’s top 100 graduate employers recognised by Grad Australia and GradConnection. We’re also thrilled to have welcomed more than 70 new graduates to our business last year and looking forward to welcoming our new graduates in early 2021. Applications for the 2022 program will open in March 2021.


We are also pleased to welcome university students to our annual Internship Program. Key features of the program include:

  • 12 week structured (and paid) internship over the summer season
  • Opportunities to collaborate with Interns and Graduates across the country
  • Establish learning goals and performance evaluation at the end of the 12-week placement
  • End of internship presentation opportunity to share key learnings and achievements
  • Early consideration for graduate opportunities

Apply your talent where it counts. Join us.


We hire apprentices in Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle.

Our Shipbuilding business, BAE Systems Maritime Australia, recently hired 36 school-based apprentices to work on Australia’s largest-ever naval surface shipbuilding project the Hunter Class Frigate Program. Throughout the 20+ year life of the program, we are committed to hiring 1000 early career positions across apprentices, trainees, graduates and interns.

Our Apprentices receive comprehensive training, supervision, coaching and mentoring, as well as the opportunity to gain specialist skills in the shipbuilding industry. We have well established career pathways in place with opportunities to progress through the business as your confidence and skills grow.

Our apprenticeships include:

Steelwork – as part of the steelwork team, you will use your skills to fabricate and assemble the ship’s hull and superstructure. Working in purpose-built shipyards and using a variety of welding and fabrication technologies to a high standard of accuracy, it will be your task to cut, shape and assemble the components that form the body of the ship.

Mechanical – in this field, you will apply your skills to the fabrication, assembly and installation of many of the systems that the ship requires to operate effectively. Working in purpose-built shipyards, you will use a variety of equipment, material and tools in the manufacturing of critical ships systems such as:

  • Fresh Water Systems
  • Sea Water Systems
  • Fuel and Oil Systems
  • Compressed Air System

Electrical – as an Electrician you will be responsible for the assembly and installation of a variety of an electrical systems critical to the operation of the ship. From power generation and distribution systems to lighting equipment, machinery control panels or data and communications networks. You will apply knowledge and skills in all areas of the ship.

Avionics – apprentices will be given the opportunity to work on one of the worlds most advanced military fast jet aircraft the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter along with an advanced military jet trainer aircraft the Hawk Lead-In fighter. You will learn skills in inspecting, testing, repairing and modifying aircraft communication, navigation and electronics systems.

Opportunities for our Apprenticeship program will be advertised as they become available.

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BAE Systems is also an industry partner of the Defence Industry pathways Program where Trainees get 12months of hands on training in the Henderson Shipbuilding Precinct.

A Bright Future Ahead

The Commonwealth of Australia has commenced a once-in-a-century investment program into the defence sector.

A series of multi-billion dollar programs will bring latest technologies, capabilities and infrastructure to every Defence domain including the Joint Strike Fighter for our RAAF, Future Frigates for the RAN, and cutting edge land vehicles for our ADF.

BAE Systems Australia has a major stake in these and additional programs that will bring jobs and economic growth to multiple states and defence industry sub-sectors.

Your opportunity is to be a part of these nation-building programs.

We are interested in new talent to join our strategic campaigns. Opportunities will soon be opening across a range of skillsets and capabilities.

The future is bright at BAE Systems Australia. Join us.

Your Career & Benefits

A career full of potential and an experience waiting to happen.

Joining our business will give you access to a world of opportunity and within our strong team culture you will enjoy benefits such as extensive training and development programs, mentoring, volunteering opportunities, an employee share scheme, performance recognition awards, flexible working options, purchased leave program, discounted rates on leisure travel, generous parental leave and much more.

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STEM at BAE Systems

We see it as our responsibility to encourage and inspire young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Our education programs are designed to challenge stereotypes and excite young people about careers in science and engineering.

We support a variety of events in partnership with schools and community clubs throughout the year including challenges that get students excited about STEM-related careers and help students develop team-building and engineering skills. These activities also provide the opportunity for our employees to continue their own development through mentoring, visiting schools and sharing their experiences with students.

We work with universities to support scholarships, internships, undergraduate industry placements and initiatives designed to help industry and education to work together. These partnerships are designed to inspire, support and develop Australia’s next generation of engineers and innovators.

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Women in STEM

With technology and science becoming one of the most important skills for economic growth, Australian girls and women are still significantly underrepresented in STEM education and careers.

No one understands this better than BAE Systems CEO Gabby Costigan, who a leading example of how women can excel in STEM careers.

Gabby’s grew up wanting to fly helicopters for the Defence Force, however at that time female pilots were not permitted, so instead, she decided to fix them. Gabby completed an engineering degree and worked for the ADF across design, systems and project engineering.

After more than 20 years in the Army Gabby was able to transfer her skills into a civilian career and today she leads the biggest Defence Company in Australia, delivering skills and capability to our customer, the Australian Defence Force.

BAE Systems supports women in STEM by sponsorship events such as the Women in Aviation Awards and Women in Industry Awards etc. We are currently exploring opportunities for further education for females wishing to pursue a career in STEM.

STEM | Edinburgh Air Show | BAE Systems Australia

ATSI at BAE Systems

As Australia’s largest Defence Company we must take the lead in ensuring gender diversity, inclusion and reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples and flexible work practices.

We do this through our Diversity & Inclusion strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan, as well as by partnering with external organisations and encouraging our employees to get involved in activities that foster a greater understanding and awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion.

One of the key areas we really need to focus more in is recruiting and retaining the pipeline of talented people from diverse backgrounds.

Meet Jasmine | National Reconciliation Week 2019 | BAE Systems Australia

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