Like a number of other countries, the Australian Government considers that it is appropriate for its Defence Force members to be Australian citizens as a demonstration of their commitment to, and long-term stake in, the future of Australia.
Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.
You will need to provide one of the following documents to prove your Australian citizenship:
If you do not meet the Citizenship criteria, and you are a Permanent Resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirements if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. In addition to these considerations:
If you are a permanent resident who enters the ADF (having been granted a temporary waiver) you must be aware that your service will be terminated if you:
Some positions also require high level security clearances involving extensive background checks, which may limit options for some Permanent Resident applicants.
Each individual case will be considered on its merits.
More information on citizenship requirements and the citizenship waiver process is available from your Defence Force Recruiting Centre.
If you are not an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen, but you have previous military experience, you will need to refer to the individual Navy, Army and Air Force information pages for your entry options. These can be found in the Overseas Applicants section.
If you are not an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen and you have no previous military experience, you are not eligible to apply to join the ADF.
New Zealand citizens are only considered to be permanent residents for citizenship purposes if they:
Due to an Agreement between the two countries which came into effect in February 2001, New Zealand citizens who first arrived in Australia on or after 27 February 2001 on a SCV are not considered permanent residents and must apply for, and be granted, Australian permanent residence if they wish to obtain Australian citizenship.
Further information relating to eligibility for Australian citizenship (including the New Zealand Special Category Visa) can be found at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's citizenship website at
www.citizenship.gov.au, or by contacting the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.
Further information on visas is available at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's website www.immi.gov.au, or by contacting the General Inquiry Line on 131 881.