Women in the ADF


Across every one of our 200+ roles, the ADF offers excellent career opportunities for women. We champion gender equality and provide a uniquely supportive working environment.


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Enjoy career equality

In today's modern ADF, women receive exactly the same salaries, training, vocational development and promotion opportunities as their male colleagues.

We believe career advancement and rewards should be based on potential, effort and achievement, regardless of gender.


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Share an exciting lifestyle

Many ADF jobs have regular hours, giving you plenty of opportunities to socialise, spend time with your family, and make the most of the extensive sports, fitness and leisure facilities on base.

You'll make friends for life through memorable shared experiences such as supporting peacekeeping and disaster-relief missions and participating in exercises.


Find flexibility in the way you can serve

People who join the full-time Navy, Army or Air Force are commonly expected to work on a full-time basis. However the ADF has flexible work arrangements available such as the ability to work from home, work from another location or work outside your normal core hours.

With approval from your respective Service (Navy, Army or Air Force) and subject to service capability requirements, you may be able to work part-time to suit your current situation. Applications will only be considered after completion of recruit and Initial Employment Training, which will typically be several months after appointment/enlistment.


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Receive support for family needs

ADF parents are given the support to manage their family commitments without detriment to their careers, including flexible working arrangements, maternity/paternity leave and 'on hold' career options. 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.

Fitness Fitness

Be paid to keep fit and healthy

It's important for ADF personnel to be fit enough to carry out their duties effectively, so keeping fit will be an integral part of your job.

On most bases you'll have access to a wide range of team sports along with swimming pools and well-equipped fitness facilities.


JOIN THE WAY YOU WANT TO

These flexible enlistment pathways have been developed with the needs of female candidates seeking full-time roles in mind.


Army

START WHEN IT SUITS YOU

Recruit When Ready is for you, if you demonstrate high potential when interviewed and are keen to join as soon as possible.

  • Lets you start at a time that suits your personal circumstances
  • Open to all General Entry roles

CHOOSE WHERE TO WORK

Recruit to Area is for you, if serving in a specific location is a high priority for reasons such as family commitments.

  • First posting near your home or desired location
  • Open to all General Entry (non-technical) roles
  • Available for first posting, after completion of recruit and initial employment training

GET HELP WITH PRE-RECRUIT FITNESS

The Army Pre-Conditioning Program (APCP) is for you if you have all of the attributes we’re looking for, but require additional support and development with fitness, confidence, and resilience. This enlistment pathway has been developed for female candidates over the age of 18, seeking general entry full-time roles. To be eligible for the program you need to achieve a fitness level of 4 push-ups, 20 sit-ups and 6.1 on the beep test.

During the seven week course, Army instructors will guide you through:

  • Fitness activities, such as circuit training, strength and endurance training, and aerobic conditioning.
  • Basic Army skills, including daily routine, basic drill, navigation, basic field craft, environmental survivability, the customs, values and traditions of the Army and how to work in a team environment.
  • As the course progresses, you will build confidence, mental resilience and independence.

At the completion of the program you will be well prepared to pass the pre-enlistment physical assessment that marks the entry requirement to commence Recruit training, and have the resilience and confidence to ensure you are at your best at Kapooka.

The program will be held at Kapooka on the following dates:

  • 22 Jan – 12 Mar 19
  • 05 Feb – 26 Mar 19
  • 26 Mar – 14 May 19
  • 23 Apr – 11 Jun 19
  • 21 May – 08 Jul 19
  • 25 Jun – 12 Aug 19
  • 23 Jul – 09 Sep 19
  • 27 Aug – 14 Oct 19
  • 24 Sep – 04 Nov 19
  • 21 Jan – 02 Mar 20
  • 03 Mar – 13 Apr 20
  • 31 Mar – 11 May 20
  • 28 Apr – 08 Jun 20

Join with a Shorter Commitment

This is for you if you want to experience life in the Army but are concerned about the number of years you have to commit to.

Roles available with just a two-year commitment:


Navy

START WHEN IT SUITS YOU

Recruit When Ready is for you, if you demonstrate high potential when interviewed and are keen to join as soon as possible.

  • Lets you start at a time that suits your personal circumstances
  • Open to all General Entry roles

CHOOSE WHERE TO WORK

Recruit to Area is for you, if serving in a specific location is a high priority for reasons such as family commitments.

  • First posting near your home or desired location
  • Open to all General Entry (non-technical) roles
  • Available for first posting, after completion of recruit and initial employment training

ENJOY A SHORTER COMMITMENT

A two-year role is for you, if you want to experience life in the Navy but are concerned about the number of years you have to commit to. Jobs available are:


Air Force

Graduate Pilot Scheme (Female)

If you're a young woman who has completed the first year of a Bachelor of Aviation Degree at Griffith University and are currently in years two or three, you can apply for our Graduate Pilot Scheme (GPS). To be selected for the Scheme you'll need to pass aptitude and fitness tests and successfully complete Flight Screening and Officer Selection. If accepted, you will join other female candidates of a similar calibre, receiving support, mentorship and companionship throughout the training programs. Following entry you will undertake Initial Officer Training, followed by Pilot Basic flying training and then Advanced Training.