People & Diversity


All Australians are welcomed into the ADF, regardless of gender, ethnic origin or cultural background. We provide a supportive team environment and are committed to equality of career opportunities.


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Multicultural diversity

The ADF recognises that to be respected and supported, our armed forces must represent our whole society, and should reflect the rich multicultural diversity of Australia itself.

We offer over 200 roles across a variety of disciplines and professions, and welcome applications from all Australians. Our selection processes are free from cultural, racial and gender bias, and we believe this approach brings a unique blend of skills, strengths and knowledge to our operations.


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Equal opportunities

ADF recruiters are committed to identifying the very best people for each job based on education, aptitude and potential.

Through training and sponsored education we invest heavily in the personal and vocational development of every single member of the service regardless of their background and gender.


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Careers for Women

The ADF offers excellent career opportunities to women, across every area. We are one of the few employers in Australia committed to providing women with equal salaries and career paths.

The Army now offers flexible ways to join, with the needs of female candidates in mind. They include your choice of location, convenient start dates, assistance with fitness and two-year roles.


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Pathways for Indigenous Australians

The Australian Defence Force is an excellent employment option for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with its supportive community, cultural networks, and opportunities for education and advancement.

Flexible entry pathways may be offered to those with specific location or timing needs, or who do not yet reach the schooling or fitness standards generally required for entry into the ADF.


Assistance for families

The ADF provides flexible working arrangements, maternity/paternity leave and 'on hold' career options, to help manage the balance between work and home commitments. We also provide substantial housing subsidies and may assist with:

  • childcare
  • schooling requirements
  • additional health support for dependents in regional posting locations
  • leave and financial assistance to help with home moves
  • partner employment assistance, and
  • programs for settling into a new community.

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Support for personnel

We're proud of the way we look after each other in the ADF. Those from every background enjoy the same support and attention to their emotional wellbeing, whether it be from their mates, or their colleagues and leaders.

ADF bases and Navy vessels are dynamic communities, where you and your colleagues will share memorable experiences ranging from military operations to disaster-relief missions. These adventures will forge lifelong friendships, underpinned by a friendly and welcoming workplace.