Australia’s civilian defence industry employs around 28,000 people in a wide variety of occupations and is critical to supporting Australia’s strategic defence capabilities.


There are exciting new opportunities for employment in Australia’s rapidly growing defence industry among the thousands of small, medium and Prime companies.

The South Australian Government is making it easier for university students to enter a career in the state’s growing defence industry with the Premier’s Defence Industry Scholarship.

Eligible students can earn a scholarship to support a research or work placement with a South Australian defence industry host company.

A grant of up to $10,000 will be made available to each student for the duration of the placement and can be used to support expenses associated with your placement.



  • Enrolled and undertaking third-year or honours year study in an eligible higher education degree
  • Eligible degrees include science, engineering, technology, maths and business majoring in logistics and project management
  • Must be resident in South Australia
  • Must be an Australian citizen (a requirement to obtain an Australian Government Security Vetting Agency security clearance)
  • Must not have been convicted of a criminal offence
  • Must attend Flinders University, University of South Australia (UniSA) or the University of Adelaide


To complete your application, you will require:

  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A certified copy of your current academic transcript
  • Two written references


Important dates:

  • Round 1 applications close 30 August 2019
  • Round 2 applications open 14 October 2019
  • Round 2 applications close early 2020


Statement of commitment to diversity: We are committed to a non-discriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for all.

For enquiries, please contact Peter Staley, Program Officer, at