Recruitment Centre

Overseas Applicants Navy

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) welcomes enquiries from both foreign countries officers and sailors who are interested in a new career and new life in Australia and meet the RAN's current Occupational Groups and/or rank requirements, as listed below.

In the coming decade the RAN is delivering new capabilities in amphibious warfare, air warfare helicopter systems and also the RAN's ongoing Submarine capability.

There are also ongoing opportunities at sea and ashore to support submarines, frigates, patrol boats as well as general engineering, project management and warfare capabilities.

Overseas application closing dates for the scheduled RAN overseas recruitment assessment periods are to be submitted by the following yearly dates:

  • 1 March
  • 1 July (Submarine primary recruitment board)
  • 1 December

Experience and qualifications sought

The RAN overseas recruitment program is aimed at serving or immediately ex-serving officers and sailors of foreign Naval Forces with specific qualifications and/or experience that is directly transferable into the RAN.

The RAN is recruiting to particular ranks and specialisations which can help build on experience whilst enhancing our current capability deficiencies. Each application and expression of interest to join the RAN from military forces will be considered on an individual basis. Remuneration packages will be determined based against individual skills set, recognised qualifications and experience. Rank will be granted based on RAN requirements and is not necessarily directly transferrable.

For officers, this includes the Maritime Warfare (Seaman) Officer, in particular Navigation and Principal Warfare Officers (willing to go to sea but also contribute in shore warfighting development such as amphibious warfare), Submarine Warfare Officers, Marine Engineering Officers and Medical Officers.

Within the Submarine service the RAN is seeking officers and sailors who are specialised in the following:

Submariner Officers

Submariner Sailors

Note: All other submarines occupational groups will be assessed on a case by case basis.

For the surface fleet the RAN are seeking sailors (Leading Seaman and above) from the Marine Technician fields, and Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operators, preferably with anti-submarine/anti-surface controller qualification. A detailed list is included below.

AEGIS Weapon System Expertise

The introduction of the three HOBART class Guided Missile Destroyers (DDG's) from 2014 also demand skill sets not currently available in the RAN including Aegis Weapon System experience. Specifically, the RAN is seeking sailors who are specialists in Aegis Computer Networks, SPY 1 Radar and Aegis Fire Control.

Aegis Desired Skills Table

Specialisation RAN Category Duties
Aegis Computer Network Technician (ACNT)

Note: Aegis Baseline 7.1 (and above) preferred; other baselines will be considered.

Electronics Technician (Systems)

Able Seaman - Leading Seaman:

  1. Conduct corrective and preventative maintenance of the Aegis Computer Network.

Petty Officer:

  1. Manage the preventative and corrective maintenance of the Aegis Computer Network.
  2. Assist in management of the Aegis Computer Network configuration.
  3. Liaise with short support authorities in the technical repair of the Aegis Computer Network.
SPY-1D(V)

Note: Preference for SPY-1D(V) proficiency; other baselines will be considered.

Electronics Technician (Systems)

Able Seaman - Leading Seaman:

  1. Conduct corrective and preventative maintenance of the SPY-1 radar.
  2. Manage and Operate the SPY-1 in an operational role (watch-keeping).

Petty Officer:

  1. Manage the preventative and corrective maintenance of the SPY-1 Radar.
  2. Assist in management of the SPY-1 configuration.
  3. Liaise with short support authorities in the technical repair of the SPY-1 Radar.
Fire Control System (FCS) -
MK 99 FCS
Electronics Technician (Systems)

Able Seaman - Leading Seaman:

  1. Conduct corrective and preventative maintenance of the Fire Control System.

Petty Officer:

  1. Manage the preventative and corrective maintenance of the Fire Control System.
  2. Assist in management of the Aegis Computer Network configuration.
  3. Liaise with short support authorities in the technical repair of the Fire Control System.
Systems Test Officer (STO)

Note: Aegis Base-line 7.1 (and above) preferred; other baselines will be considered.

WE PQ - Systems Weapons

Deputy Electrical Engineering Officer (DWEEO)

Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician (CPOET)

  1. Manage the technical configuration of the Aegis Combat System.
  2. Provide advice to command on all technical aspects of the Combat System.
  3. Ensure that combat system is being maintained in accordance with published guidance.
  4. Manage the co-ordination of system tests/validation including system alignment tasks and at sea Combat System Trials.

Occupational Groups


General Information

Application Timings

The time frame for the lateral entry process varies and is reliant on candidates providing the required information for assessment and individual circumstances eg. their ability to be released from their current Service. From initial enquiry through to enlistment or appointment, the typical time frame is approximately 12-18 months.

After confirmation of a workforce assessment of the candidates' educational qualifications and skills, successful candidates required to complete an application pack and supply the following documentation that includes (but not limited to):

Certified true copies

  • Certificate of Military service (if no longer serving)
  • Two written references (personal and professional)
  • Trade and professional qualification certificates
  • Tertiary reports (if applicable)
  • Membership of professional bodies (if applicable)

Photocopies

  • Full Service history
  • Watchkeeping certificates
  • Formal written request for transfer (officers only)

Copies

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Last three Performance Appraisals (All areas are to be completed ie: Head of Department / Commanding Officer comments and assessments and signatures)

Candidates are also required to complete a medical assessment and send a full copy of their service medical and dental documents.

Once all the information is received, the applicant will be presented to a selection board that will be held in the month that applications close. If the applicant is successful at the selection board further interviews maybe requested; Conditions of Service (COS) with a proposed joining date will be issued on completion of the selection board process.

The second phase of the process involves immigration approvals, travel and appointment/enlistment into the RAN. An Australian permanent Residency Visa generally takes between four and six months to process and approve, the local High Commission or Embassy requires 6-8 weeks (less if the removal/travel is straight forward) to arrange full removals, appointment or enlistment and travel to Australia.

Immigration

The RAN currently operates under a Labour Agreement which permits sponsorship of visas for those individuals who are recommended for processing for appointment or enlistment. Those applicants who are approved for sponsorship are responsible for obtaining their Australian permanent resident visa. An applicant and each dependent family member must hold a permanent resident visa before entry to the RAN. The visa is the trigger for all authorisations and individuals are strongly advised not to make any lifestyle changes until visas are formally issued.

Additionally, applicants must make a written undertaking that they will apply for Australian Citizenship as soon as they are eligible (normally after three months service in the Permanent Navy). For information on accelerated citizenship for families of Defence Overseas Lateral Recruits, please refer to this document.

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English Language

Applicants from non-English speaking background must have a minimum of vocational proficiency in English and must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test score in accordance with the Migration Regulations 1994 – REG 1.15B. There maybe an additional cost for the applicant, and/or any member of their family aged 18 years or older, to undertake a language barrier test when submitting the visa application.

Security

Applicants must hold an appropriate Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) security clearance at a minimum of Negative Vetting Level 1 before appointment or enlistment. Australian security arrangements require that applicants have a background of at least 10 years, which can be directly verified by AGSVA.

Current international agreements permit security clearances to be transferred for active military personnel from Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States, subject to verification procedures.

Reserves, Non-Australian Citizen or Non-Permanent Resident without military experience

While this program is not for personnel wishing to transfer to the Royal Australian Naval Reserves (RANR) interested personnel may apply for enlistment through an Australian Defence Force Recruiting agency, once Australian permanent residency requirements have been satisfied.

Foreign nationals who do not have military experience are not eligible for recruitment via this program. Applications for enlistment may be lodged through an Australian Defence Force Recruiting agency, once Australian permanent residency requirements have been satisfied.


General Entry Requirements

Age

Due to immigration regulations the maximum age on appointment/enlistment is 50 years. Waivers can be submitted for exceptional circumstances. The compulsory retirement age in the RAN is 60.

Medical

RAN and Foreign Navy Military Forces medical standards differ significantly and personnel who do not satisfy RAN medical entry standards are unable to enter.

Service history

Applicants must have an above average Service performance reporting history. Officer candidates must hold minimum rank of Lieutenant (LEUT) or equivalent, while sailors must hold minimum rank of Able Seaman (AB) or equivalent with significant relevant occupational experience.

Employment Restrictions

Applicants must not have any employment or locality restrictions. All applicants will be required to serve for a period of six years and must also be prepared to serve anywhere in Australia, at sea or overseas at short notice.

Resignation

Applicants must have resigned from their parent Service (including terminal leave and release from all Reserve Service obligations) before entry.

Availability

Applicants who accept an offer of employment must be available to clear immigration visa requirements and to join the RAN within 18 months.


Education and Experience Requirements

Officers and sailors will be assessed against a number of criteria including security, medical, family/social considerations and military experience, qualifications and personal qualities (such as leadership, potential, motivation and the willingness to uphold RAN signature behaviors). The following requirements must also be met to satisfy entry into Australia under the Labour Agreement:

Officers

Applicants for any one of the occupational groups must have:

A qualification equivalent to an AQTF 2007 bachelor degree (or higher level qualification) equivalent to a minimum of three years full-time study in an appropriate discipline;

OR
Experience and/or training that can be readily assessed by the Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection (DIBP) to be equivalent to an Australian post-secondary qualification equal to at least three years full-time study;
AND
A minimum of three years relevant post-qualification experience in the occupation to be performed in the RAN;
AND
Be assessed as having a minimum of vocational proficiency in English (as defined in the Migration Regulation 1.15B).

Sailors

Applicants for any one of the occupational groups must have:

A qualification equivalent to an AQF bachelor degree (or higher level qualification) requiring a minimum of three years full-time study in an appropriate discipline;

OR
Experience and/or training that can be readily assessed by DIBP to be equivalent to an Australian post-secondary qualification requiring at least three years full-time study;
OR
Have completed relevant specialist Defence Force training courses and experience equivalent to at least three years full-time study (following the completion of education equivalent to an Australian Secondary School certificate (year 10);
AND
A minimum of three years relevant post-qualification experience in the occupation to be performed in the RAN;
AND
Be assessed as having a minimum of vocational proficiency in English (as defined in the Migration Regulation 1.15B).

Additional education information

Australian Education International (AEI), through the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR), provides official information and advice on the comparability of overseas qualifications with Australian qualifications. This aims to help overseas qualified people work and study in Australia. NOOSR assessments are not Recognition of Prior Learning assessments.

AEI is part of the Department of Education and uniquely integrates the development of international government relations with support for the commercial activities of Australia's education community. To do this, AEI liaises with all sectors of the education and training industry and all levels of government.

AEI-NOOSR does not assess secondary school qualifications (these are normally assessed by State/Territory education authorities) or trade qualifications (which can be assessed by Trades Recognition Australia).

For further information about AEI services, as well as links to other assessing agencies, please refer to the AEI website.


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Candidates who consider that they meet the entry requirements are welcome to submit an expression of interest. Please ensure that you attach your CV / resume that comprehensively detail your military training and experience to date. You should also include any specific formal education and employment qualifications (e.g. University qualifications, charge or operator qualifications) and any deep specialist skills or experience (e.g. amphibious operations or AEGIS Weapons System experience). Please include a Photograph of yourself in your CV/resume.



Privacy

NPCMA will not use or share the personally identifiable information provided in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses. The Information contained within all Lateral Entry applications which includes information of a personal nature, use and disclosure is governed by the Privacy Act (Commonwealth) 1988, in particular Section 14 – Information Privacy Principles (IPP).