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About the Job
The Air Force regards attention to the spiritual needs of its members as a matter of the highest importance and is committed to providing them with the opportunity and facilities for the practice of their religion. Air Force Chaplaincy is ministry without borders.
Chaplains enter the Air Force as ordained ministers of religion. As such they are responsible to their religious authorities and remain faithful to their own traditions, whilst working in a team with other chaplains in the Air Force. Chaplains must be team players, willing to deploy and able to sustain themselves in the operational environment. They seek to minister to all RAAF members and their families, as they are able and required. All Chaplains are officers.
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Salary & Allowances
Salary (excluding allowances) will depend on the assigned competency level and increment which in turn depends on theological qualification and years since ordination. A chaplain appointed at the lowest level Division 1 CL 1-1 is paid $83,330 per year ($3,205 per fortnight)*.
Uniform Allowance at a rate of $682 per year ($26 per fortnight) is also paid to assist members to maintain an approved scale of uniforms in good order and condition.
In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $538 per fortnight ($13,991 per year) except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.
Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Refer to the Salary Scales.
* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.
You may be posted to any Air Force Base within Australia.
Applicants may apply up to the age of 56 years. The compulsory retirement age for Chaplain Officers is 60 years.
Education & Experience
An applicant for appointment as an Air Force Chaplain must:
- Have met the educational requirement of their faith group prior to ordination and
- Be a minister of religion and deemed suitable by the appropriate denominational Principal Chaplain and endorsed by the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services
Degree qualified officers normally start their careers at one rank higher that non-graduate officers.
Medical & Fitness
To be enlisted or appointed, 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 successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.
Period of Service
You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of three years. Subsequent periods of service may be offeredsubject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability forfurther service. You may tender your resignation at any timeprovided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period ofService obligation and provide a minimum of three months notice.
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.
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.
Initial Officer Training: 17 Weeks
Immediately upon joining the Air Force, direct entry officers will normally undertake the Initial Officer Course of 18 weeks duration. This is a live-in course completed at RAAF Base East Sale, located 220 kilometres east of Melbourne (VIC).
The major elements of the course involve introduction to military life, Air Force Values and attitudes, Ground Defence and Weapons training, Leadership and Personal Development, Communication Skills and Air Force Operations studies.
The information on the website and in the Joining Instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before appointment in the Air Force and give you an overview of the structure and requirements of the Initial Officer Course.
During Military (Initial Officer) Training and (Initial) Employment Training (if applicable), members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.
All ADF Chaplain Employment Training is conducted at the Defence Force Chaplains College (DFCC), the home of ADF Chaplaincy Training. The DFCC is located within the Albury Wodonga Military Area.
An ADF Chaplain will be required to complete the specified employment training throughout their career in preparation for varying roles and responsibilities. Both permanent and part-time Chaplains are required to complete this training.
The courses are:
ADF Chaplain Initial Course - Mod 1 (12 days) and ADF Chaplain Initial Course - Mod 2 (6 days)
The purpose of the Initial Course is to train newly commissioned Chaplains in Navy, Army and Air Force in common core service areas for employment in their respective Services.
The ADF Chaplain Initial Course - Mod 1 aims to prepare Navy, Army and Air Force Chaplains for their first appointments and deployment. The training will provide an understanding and a contextualisation of Defence and Chaplaincy processes.
The ADF Chaplain Initial Course - Mod 2 aims to train Navy, Army and Air Force Chaplains in support of the Defence Mental Health Strategy. It involves training in suicide awareness and post traumatic stress responses.
ADF Chaplain Intermediate Course (12 days)
The aim of the ADF Chaplain Intermediate Course is to prepare Navy, Army and Air Force Chaplains for employment as Coordinating Chaplains.
ADF Chaplain Senior Course (5 days)
The aim of the Chaplain Senior Course is to educate Division 3 Chaplains in Navy, Army and Air Force in common Service areas in preparation for advancement to and employment as Senior Chaplains at the Division 4 Level within ADF.