ADF Gap Year Aviation Support Technician

If being part of a large Australian team performing aviation support duties in wide ranging environments sounds exciting, this position is for you.

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Job Overview

About the Job

Successful Air Force Gap Year candidates will be enlisted in the Aviation Support Technician mustering as trainees. Upon successful completion of recruit training at No.1 Recruit Training Unit and Aerospace Technical Trade Core Skills Course at the RAAF School of Technical Training, RAAF Base Wagga, trainees will be regraded to Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman Aviation Support Technician (Gap Year). At this point AC/ACWs will undertake aircraft type specific training, followed by aircraft maintenance duties for approximately 7 months at one of the major air bases to consolidate their training.

Aviation Support Technician (Gap Year) personnel, will augment Permanent Air Force aircraft and avionics technical trades supporting the ongoing maintenance of aircraft and airframe systems at either flightline or workshop level. They will undertake a range of tasks including but not limited to aircraft ground handling, operating ground support equipment, replenishments, towing, marshalling, washing, launching aircraft and fly away kit maintenance.

Aviation Support Technician (Gap Year) personnel will work in varied environments, often working outdoors in all weather conditions and be exposed to aircraft, machinery and equipment noise and vibration. Where possible, work is performed in shelters, hangars or workshops that offer protection from inclement weather. Workshops may be of the open structure or climate controlled type. Work may be outside normal working hours and include shift work.

Annual Activities

During the Aviation Support Technician (Gap Year) program, personnel will be required to complete the following


  • Physical fitness training and testing
  • Continuation training consisting of ethics, workplace behaviour, WHS, security and weapons and
  • Any other training deemed necessary

Further Opportunities

Upon completion of the Gap Year program, participants will be able to pursue several employment opportunities. The mix of offers will be based on:

  • Technical workforce shortfalls
  • Mix/blend required in the technical workforce
  • Permanent Air Force shortfalls and
  • Participant capacity/propensity to serve post Gap Year.


This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $1,406 per fortnight ($36,571 per year).*While under training, you will also receive $395 per fortnight ($10,288 per year pro rata)* Trainee Allowance.

Upon successful completion of recruit training, trainees (gap year) will commence technical Initial Employment Training (IET). During this phase of training, trainees will be entitled to a salary of $1,607 per fortnight ($41,795 per year).* While completing employment training, you will also receive $395 per fortnight ($10,288 per year pro rata)* Trainee Allowance.

Successfully graduated Aviation Support Technician (Gap Year) trainees will be awarded the rank of Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman with salary being remunerated at a rate of $48,990 per annum (pay grade 2). AC/ACW Aviation Support Technician (Gap Year) personnel will also be entitled to service allowance at a rate of $13,717 per annum.*

Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

* Note: These figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); and superannuation.


Gap Year personnel may be posted to any Air Force Defence Establishment. This includes the major Air Force operational air bases including RAAF Bases Amberley in QLD, RAAF Bases Darwin or Tindal in NT, RAAF Bases Williamtown or Richmond in NSW, RAAF Base Edinburgh in SA.



Air Force Gap Year applicants must be aged between 18-24 years old as of 31 March 2018.

Education & Experience

You must have completed Year 12 level of secondary education. Additionally you must have Year 10 passes in Maths, English and Science

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to pass a physical fitness test before enlistment. For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

The ADFGY program is a fully sponsored program of up to 12 months service. After successful completion of this program, personnel may have further opportunities within the ADF as a reserve or permanent member depending on capability requirements and available vacancies.

Failure Management/Termination of Contracts

Candidates can terminate their contract at any stage during the program with 21 days notice. Should personnel fail to complete military or employment training, options for further service and training will all be considered on a case by case basis.

Additional Requirements

Special Requirements

Candidates must hold a Drivers Licence (P1 or P2) prior to enlistment into the ADFGY program. The holder of the licence must be free of traffic infringements that may cause future cancellation or suspension of the licence.

Entry Requirements

Current or former serving military personnel (ADF or foreign service) are not eligible for Gap Year.


The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.


Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the ADFGY Air Force program.

More information on citizenship requirements is available from the Recruitment Centre and your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.


Military Training

The Recruit Course for ADFGY Air Force is approximately an 11 week course at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) which is located at RAAF Base Wagga in NSW.

For more details on recruit training, refer to the Joining instructions. These instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before enlistment in the Air Force, and give you an idea of what you will be doing on the recruit course.

Employment Training

Upon successful completion of recruit training, ADFGY Air Force program personnel will proceed to the RAAF School of Technical Training RAAF Base Wagga for the 2nd phase of training (IET). This training is approximately a 10 week course.

Further Training

Upon successful completion of IET Aviation Support Technician personnel will then undertake aircraft maintenance duties in the Aviation Support Technician mustering for approximately 7 months at any of the major operational air bases to consolidate their training.