About the Job
Air Force Security (AFSEC) belong to the Force Protection and Discipline family within Air Force and may be involved in direct combat roles. AFSEC are employed within a Security Forces (SECFOR) Squadron.
Following graduation from your initial military training, all AFSEC will undergo AFSEC Initial Employment Training (IET) comprising the following key areas:
- Security Fundamentals
- Introduction to Security Governance
- Patrolling and Guarding within an Air Base
- Operation of Weapons Systems
- Operation of in Service Communication equipment
Following the successful completion of the AFSEC IET, trainees will achieve IET graduation and be deemed to have the required knowledge and skills to act independently in the workplace. Successful members will then be posted to a unit where they will undertake further competency based training in the workplace spanning the first 12 months.
Members will gain further development by On the Job Experience and additional specialist skills through Post Initial Employment Training (PIET). PIET training includes areas such as:
- Security Governance
- Investigation and Investigation Management
- Military Working Dog (MWD) Handling and Explosive Detector Dog Handling (EDDH)
- Security Risk Management and Planning
- Emergency Management
AFSEC is responsible for providing the following main activities:
- Protective security - protection of personnel, physical assets and classified information
- Employment of MWDs - security patrols, intruder detection and apprehension
- Employment of EDDs - explosives detection
- Emergency response for incidents and accidents including aircraft and motor vehicle accidents
- Traffic and crowd control
- Detainee and prisoner of war handling
- Protective security surveys and reviews
- Security risk management and threat assessment
- Operational security planning
- Security governance, compliance and investigation
AFSEC patrol flight lines and other operational assets and may also conduct patrols with RAAF Ground Defence (Airfield Defence Guards) beyond the airfield perimeter. Some AFSEC employ MWDs and EDDs in support of airbase and air operations security. AFSEC are generally the first to attend an incident or emergency situation including aircraft incidents and crime scenes. AFSEC are the after hours physical security and initial response contact for an airbase.
AFSEC undertake security functions in support of air operations. They are required to identify potential threats to the airbase or air operations and provide security advice to airbase executives.
AFSEC are required to work indoors and outdoors, during the day or on shifts as required, and periodically in extreme weather conditions, often working long and irregular hours.
Security work is at times physically and mentally demanding, therefore all AFSEC personnel are required to maintain a high level of physical fitness. AFSEC may be expected to frequently lift and handle dogs weighing up to 45 kilograms.
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Preparing for Your Recruitment Process
This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.
It is suggested that those interested in joining Air Force Security in the Air Force and seek more information about this role contact Air Force Security Force Recruitment at SECFOR.RWFM@defence.gov.au A suitable Air Force member will respond within 7-14 working days and will be able to convey a more detailed explanation of this rewarding full or part-time security job.
Salary & Allowances
In the Air Force you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.
In addition to your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.
Once you have successfully completed the AFSEC initial employment training, you may receive a posting to either No. 1 Security Forces Squadron (1SECFORSQN) at RAAF Williamtown, Richmond, Williams or East Sale, No. 2 Security Forces Squadron (2SECFORSQN) at RAAF Amberley, Townsville, Darwin or Tindal or No. 3 Security Forces Squadron (3SECFORSQN) at RAAF Edinburgh or Pearce.
AFSEC may be deployed to Air Force or ADF Operational environments.
Must be aged between 18 and 55 years inclusive on day of entry.
Education & Experience
Note: General entry recruitment to the Air Force Reserve is normally through Airbase Protection trade with transition to AFSEC through further training. Reserve applicants for Airbase Protection and AFSEC must be available to attend extensive residential training to complete modularized training components.
Medical & Fitness
You will be examined by a Medical Officer to ascertain your physical fitness for selection and entry. 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.
Physical fitness is very important for Air Force Security as they are required to possess the physical strength to ensure adequate control of a Military Working Dog (German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois breed) at all times. If you are selected, you will also be required to successfully pass the physical fitness test before enlistment to ensure that you meet the physically demanding conditions often encountered in the nature of Air Force Security duties.
For further details on medical and physical standards refer to 'Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF' and 'Medical Process for Entry into the ADF'.
Period of Service
You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of four years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.
You may request discharge at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months' notice.
At a minimum, candidates must hold a valid Australian State or Territory provisional/probationary C Class Drivers Licence upon enlistment/appointment. Candidates with suspended or cancelled licences will not be eligible to join until the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.
The Job Opportunities Assessment (JOA) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete a further evaluation at a later date.
The JOA is used by Defence to establish suitability for ADF entry, and then identify jobs that best match your abilities.
Further information about the JOA can be found in the Guide to the Job Opportunities Assessment for the ADF.
To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in the Job Opportunities Assessment and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Job Opportunities Assessment Example Questions.
To serve in the ADF you must be an Australian Citizen.
If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral of the citizenship requirement 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. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.
Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.
The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have a security clearance appropriate to their employment.
A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and if required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.
The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1 (NV1), and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years.
This means applicants must provide credible referees (non-family members) who are able to provide information about the applicant covering an extended period of time. Required information for an NV1 includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Financial information
Some ADF jobs may require a higher level of security clearance such as Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2) or Positive Vetting (PV). Your individual circumstances will determine the number and complexity of the questions and the supporting documents required for these levels.
Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.
The security clearance is critical to an applicant's successful progression through the recruiting process. It is strongly recommended that all applicants action the Security Clearance Package (ePack) and provide the required documentation without delay to provide the best opportunity to commence training and be employed in their preferred employment category.
For more detailed information on the security vetting process and specific clearance level requirements set by AGSVA, please refer to the AGSVA website.
Support will be provided by DFR during the initial application process.
Duration: 10.6 weeks
Location: RAAF Base Wagga (NSW)
You'll start your Air Force career at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU). In three intensive months you'll transition smoothly from civilian to Service life, acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and physical fitness required for your role; and learning to become an effective and productive member of the Air Force.
You can read about what to expect at the No.1 Recruit Training Unit on the 1RTU website.
All Air Force Security (AFSEC) trainees undergo AFSEC Initial Employment Training (IET) at the RAAF Security and Fire School (RAAFSFS), RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. The aim of IET is to train personnel to be capable of performing the Air Force specific duties of an Air Force Security (AFSEC) member during routine activities through to increased security and ground operations. Air Force Security contributes to a secure and safe operating environment that supports the generation, projection and sustainment of effective air power domestically and overseas. The expected duration of AFSEC IET is approximately 50 days. Lessons and training will take place in the classroom, in the field and in domestic and operational areas. IET will comprise the following key training components:
- Weapons lesson instruction
- Field training
- Range practices
- Operational Safety Skills Training
- Physical security procedures
- Emergency response
- Initial action and management of incidents
- Security policy and legislation
- Security compliance
- Security Authorised Member of Defence Force
- Control of entry to ADF establishments and restricted areas
- Conduct routine patrols
- Challenge and apprehend intruders
Post Graduate courses will include areas such as:
- Aircraft Security Operations
- Close Personal Protection Operator
- Protective Security
- Investigation and Investigation Management
- Military Working Dog Handler (MWDH)
- Explosive Detector Dog Handler (EDDH)
- Security Risk Management and Planning
- Security Operations and Emergency Management