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
  • Military Working Dog Handler Tier 1 (MWDH 1)

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 18 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
  • MWD 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 utilise MWDs to 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 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 expect to frequently lift and handle dogs weighing up to 45 kilograms.

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Key Information

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.


Other Requirements

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 base pay 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.

For more details download our Salary Scales.

Read our Conditions of Service.


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

Applicants are required to have successfully completed year 10 schooling (NSW School Certificate or equivalent) with a pass in English.

Note: Reserve applicants for AFSEC must be available to attend extensive residential training to complete modularised 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.

Additional Requirements

It is essential that all applicants must hold at a minimum a provisional/probationary Australian C Class drivers licence. It is desirable that all applicants be free of driving infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of the licence or prevent the issue of an ADF Drivers Licence.


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 ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver 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.

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

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.

Employment Training

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. AFSEC IET comprises two courses; the Security Forces (SECFOR) Common Course and the AFSEC Basic Course (MWDH) 1 Course. Expected duration of the AFSEC IET is approximately 100 days in total (50 days for each course), run consecutively. Lessons and training will take place in the classroom, in the field and in domestic and operational areas.

IET will comprise the following key reason the SECFOR Common and AFSEC Basic course:

  • Weapons lesson instruction
  • Field training
  • Range practices
  • Operational Safety Skills Training
  • Physical security procedures
  • Emergency response emergency response
  • Initial action and management of incidents
  • Security policy and legislation security policy and legislation
  • Security compliance
  • Security Authorised Member of Defence Force
  • Control of entry to ADF establishments and restricted areas
  • Train a dog to a Military Working Dog (MWD) standard
  • Conduct routine patrols with a MWD utilising the dogs detection senses
  • Challenge and apprehend intruders using a MWD

Further Training

Post-graduate Training

The AFSEC Security Governance Course will be the first stage of training for advancement. Post Graduate courses for this new mustering are currently being finalised and will include areas such as:

  • Investigation and Investigation Management
  • MWD and Explosive Detector Dog Handling (EDDH)
  • Security Risk Management and Planning
  • Emergency Management