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Logistics Officer


As a Logistics Officer, you could find yourself responsible for the acquisition, sustainment and support of modern and valuable equipment vital to Air Force capability.

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About the Job

Logistics is a key component of Air Force capability. It is integral to the mounting and sustainment of operations, and enables what is operationally possible. Logistics Officers (LOG) plan, establish, coordinate, maintain and manage logistics support and supply chain activities that contribute to capability and operations support in aerospace and joint military operations.

Logistics Officers perform their duties on units and bases throughout Australia, in Headquarter posts and in overseas localities. Your duties as a Logistics Officer are diverse. You could find yourself responsible for the acquisition, sustainment and support of modern and valuable equipment vital to Air Force capability. Depending on your role you may also be responsible for the supervision and management of airmen and airwomen from the Supply, Movements and Cook musterings or civilian and/or contractor staff. Additionally, Logistics Officers frequently liaise with members of the other Services, foreign services, contractors, and civilians within the broader ADF.

The roles and functions undertaken by Air Force Logistics Officers span from the tactical to the strategic level across the single Service, joint and combined arenas. Logistics Officers also utilise specialist skills (provided through training in the Air Force) and are employed in a range of roles including: Capability Support - Acquisition and Sustainment Logistics, Project Management, Operations Support - Operational Logistics, Supply Chain and Inventory Management, Warehousing and Distribution, Procurement and Contracting, Movements and Transportation, Catering Management and Logistics Policy, Planning and Governance.

Further details on the roles and functions undertaken by Air Force Logistics Officers are available here.

Typically, junior Logistics Officers will progress through a range of roles and develop a broad foundation of logistics skills. Your responsibilities will be well defined, and you can expect them to increase as you gain experience and progress in rank.

You will be expected to participate in the effective management of your Unit, both in your professional role as a Logistics officer, and as a junior executive responsible to your Commanding Officer. As well, you will also be expected to develop networks on and off base in order to broaden your professional network and maintain an awareness of what is happening within Air Force and Air Force Logistics more broadly.

You may be employed in various working conditions, ranging from field operations in remote locations within Australia or overseas, to a standard office environment. However, during the conduct of some tasks or field deployments, you may be exposed to extremes of climate and some hazardous environments. The criticality of some logistics and operational support tasks may also necessitate you working for long periods of time at short notice.

Outside of your normal duties, opportunities are available for sporting and social activities and your membership of the Officers Mess on your base will introduce you to other officers whose interests and activities will complement yours.

In summary, the Logistics Officer specialisation is extraordinarily broad and therefore offers a range of exciting and challenging professional experiences.

Australian Defence Force Academy

Complete a university degree at ADFA whilst undertaking military and leadership training

Graduate

Make the most of your relevant degree joining fully qualified

Officer

Join the ADF with Year 12 passes and appropriate qualifications

Undergraduate

Join while still at university and have your remaining study fees sponsored

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Salary can be over $71,900 p.a. on completion of initial employment training. This salary includes Uniform and Service allowance.


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This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

While studying at ADFA you will receive:

First year of training: $30,603 per year.*

Second year of training: $36,167 per year.*

Third year of training: $41,732 per year.*

Fourth year of training: $47,296 per year.*

While under training, you will also receive $10,086 per year pro rata Trainee Allowance.

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will receive a Uniform Allowance of $419 per year.

Trainees with dependants may be entitled to Trainee's Dependant Allowance which is paid to enable trainees with dependants to receive a salary not less than $43,766 per year while training. Conditions apply. Speak to your Careers Counsellor for details.

Once commissioned, your salary will continue to increase based on your rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. You will also receive a Service Allowance of $13,448 per year. Your pay grade may increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of further training. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

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

Locations

You may be posted to any Air Force establishment or Defence site which conducts logistics activities in support of Air Force operations, within Australia or overseas (although overseas postings are limited).

Your preferences regarding the nature and location of your posting will be considered although other factors such as Service requirements and your particular qualifications and skills may be overriding considerations in this respect. Strong competition exists for some positions. Career progression and advancement is normally based upon a mix of Service requirements, a broad experience base and an individual's preferences.

Your first posting will give you a broad base of Service experience to be built upon as your job progresses. Your skills will be enhanced by specific Air Force training, exposure to different situations and different environments. Your responsibilities will grow as you gain knowledge and experience so that your value to the Air Force will increase.

You may expect to be posted after your initial tour, after a period of up to three years. Your next posting may be to another position at the same locality, or it may be to a more specialised position for which you will be trained by the Air Force. Opportunities will also exist for employment in Command and higher Headquarters appointments in areas such as capital equipment acquisitions, joint logistics planning or logistics policy. Limited positions outside of Australia may also become available as Logistics officers are currently serving in the United States, the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

You can normally expect postings at two to three year intervals. As well as broadening your professional stature, these provide an excellent opportunity for travel to different locations throughout Australia.


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age on day of entry.

Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.

Maximum age on entry is 50 years of age.

Maximum age guidelines are set to ensure Return of Service Obligations (ROSO) are met prior to the compulsory retirement age of 60.

Education & Experience

To be eligible for admission to UNSW@ADFA, applicants must have completed Year 12 and obtained an entrance rank high enough to qualify for entry to the relevant degree program.

Further information on studying at ADFA is available here.

Assumed Knowledge Requirements

Assumed Knowledge is the level of subject knowledge that a lecturer or a tutor of a first year UNSW@ADFA course could reasonably expect of students enrolled in that course.

Assumed Knowledge is fundamental to the assessment of whether or not an applicant is likely to succeed and would be taken into account by the ADF (at the Officer Selection Board) and by UNSW@ADFA when assessing the application.

While all UNSW degrees require Year 12 English as Assumed Knowledge, applicants wishing to enter the Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology programs (or study Mathematics or Physics as part of a Bachelor of Science degree) also require current Year 12 Mathematics and Year 12 Physics as Assumed Knowledge.

In States where Year 12 English may be replaced by a Humanities subject for the purposes of meeting Year 12 certificate requirements, the Assumed Knowledge is Year 11 English plus a Year 12 Humanities subject.

Note: All applicants for undergraduate programs at ADFA must also apply to the Universities Admissions Centre (NSW and ACT) for entry to the University of New South Wales. The Universities Admissions Centre website is http://www.uac.edu.au

ADF Service Requirements

You should be aware that in addition to the UNSW@ADFA Assumed Subject Knowledge requirements, there may be some Year 12 subjects that are ADF Service requirements.

This entry mode attracts a debt greater than the maximum rate of HECS due to the higher costs associated with ADFA studies ($25,000 per annum). In general terms, this debt accrues (increases) whilst undertaking study, with the maximum debt reached on completion of study. Once the period of study has ended, the debt begins to acquit (reduce) for the remainder of your Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS). Once the IMPS period is complete, there is no remaining debt.

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.

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

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of five years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months notice.

Defence Academy Entry Officers become liable to an IMPS from appointment into the ADF. However, the Services will allow you to resign at any time up to the end of either the first or second year of academic studies.

Aptitude

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.

Citizenship

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 Recruitment Centre 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.

Training

Military Training

Once you are settled in to the Australian Defence Force Academy you will undertake six weeks of military training, to prepare you for Service life. This is followed by the annual Chief of the Defence Force Parade, after which the academic year commences.

In between your academic studies, six hours a week are allocated to military training; this consists of Academy Military Education and Training (AMET) for all three Services as well as Single Service Training (SST).

SST blocks are held at the beginning and end of the year. Through this program cadets gain equivalent skills to those gained by non-ADFA applicants taking the Initial Officers Course.

During AMET you will learn about and get involved with:

  • Defence strategies

  • Psychology and leadership

  • Drug and alcohol awareness

  • Military law

  • Physical and recreational training

  • Military drill and ceremonial training

  • Weapons training

  • Field training

  • Character development

  • English and military communications and

  • Study skills.

You will also have breaks in study to go on academic field trips, military tours, excursions and adventure training exercises (including five weeks at the Officers' Training School , East Sale, VIC in Year 2).

Employment Training

Upon graduation from Officer Training School or the Australian Defence Force Academy, the first course of priority is the Logistics Officer Initial Course which provides you with an appropriate level of exposure and training to commence your first posting as a junior Logistics Officer.

Upon graduation from Officer Training School or the Australian Defence Force Academy, the first course of priority is the Logistics Officer Initial Course which provides you with an appropriate level of exposure and training to commence your first posting as a junior Logistics Officer.

Logistics Officer Initial Course - 30 days

Location: RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

During this 30 day course, you will receive the tools and advice necessary to embark upon your journey as a junior Logistics Officer. This in turn will enable you to satisfactorily perform your duties in positions located throughout Australia.

The Logistics Officer Initial Course provides instruction in:

  • Logistics in Defence - This module outlines the role of a Logistics Officer in the Air Force and the wider Australian Defence Organisation, including an overview of Logistics organisations and relevant organisational structures
  • Inventory and Account Management - This module provides an introduction to Defence materiel, inventory management, stores accounting, corporate governance, logistics information systems and capability support arrangements
  • Finance and Procurement - This module introduces the budgetary process, funds control and financial planning, allocations and accounting, resource management, contract management and simple procurement;
  • Warehousing and Distribution - This module describes basic warehousing, stock management, safety management and distribution principles
  • Operational logistics - This module focuses on how to be a Logistics Officer within a deployed environment. Topics include operational logistics planning, providing logistics support to operations and expeditionary logistics.

The course also includes a road trip component where students get the chance to hear from the organisations which they learn about on course. The road trip also provides students with an opportunity to meet and seek first-hand advice from fellow Logistics Officers.

Further Training

Many Logistics positions are of a specialist nature. To prepare you for these the Air Force will provide appropriate training, usually conducted at Air Force schools in different locations. Courses are provided in explosives, catering, movements and transportation and dangerous goods handling, project and integrated logistics support management and joint logistics operations. In addition, enhancement courses are available at later stages of your job, and attendance at professional seminars and conferences is both encouraged and supported. As you progress in rank (Flight Lieutenant and beyond) your duties, training and job development will tend to place a greater emphasis on logistics functions rather than purely supply aspects.

Following is a brief outline of various activities for which you would be trained and then perform in a variety of postings. The activities are not job-specific, as many positions will require knowledge in a range of the following activities:

Acquisition and Sustainment Logistics

The acquisition function involves obtaining supplies and services from a range of sources through direct purchase, purchase order, contract or lease. The required item may already be available or may need to be developed and manufactured. This may include a simple procurement (local purchase function at Unit level) or more significant capital acquisitions (such as the capital procurement of new platforms). This process is used across multiple Defence organisations including Capability Development Group (CDF), Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) among others. The acquisition process includes:

  • Preparation of requirements
  • Selection of sources
  • Solicitation of bids
  • Award of contracts
  • Funding
  • Claims processing
  • Performance monitoring
  • Technical and management functions directly related to satisfying weapons system, facility and materiel resource requirements.

Sustainment logistics ensures the supportability of the Materiel System (for example, aircraft platform) throughout the capability life cycle, at a minimised life cycle cost. Personnel involved in sustainment logistics may be employed within the Defence Materiel Organisation and be responsible for development of logistics support plans, supply chain performance management, management of logistics related risks and management of budgets (among other things).

Project Management

Project Management includes the management of cost, schedule, requirements and performance to remediate current capability and deliver new capability. As such it is largely performed by Logistics Officers (and others) posted to the Defence Materiel Organisation role, but may also be performed in other Service Provider Groups. Logistics Officers employed in Project Management roles may be required to:

  • Identify and deliver capability which optimises mission and support system performance, and delivers best value for money
  • Meet schedule imperatives to ensure readiness is not compromised
  • Manage project risks and mitigate/avoid potential cost and schedule overruns or capability shortfalls;
  • Manage the integration of new capability into service to ensure seamless transition of new and extant capabilities
  • Assess the market
  • Manage project funding for all project elements including the platform and all sustainment lines.

Operations Support - Operational Logistics

Logistics personnel are crucial to the successful deployment and subsequent support of units in the single Service, joint and combined arenas, both within Australia and offshore. The activities involved include:

  • Preparing logistics deployment bids and forecasts
  • Conducting pre-deployment planning
  • Orchestrating preparatory and deployment and re-deployment activities
  • Performing remediation activities.

Supply Chain and Inventory Management

The supply chain and inventory management function involves the process of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient and effective flow and storage of stores and equipment in order to successfully deliver the right part to the right customer at the right time, to support operational outcomes while also being cognisant of the inherent and intangible supply chain risks. Supply chain and inventory management tasks may include:

  • Introduction of inventory codification and cataloguing of items into the Defence catalogue
  • Establishing and specifying inventory levels for operating and reserve stockholdings
  • Establishing and carrying out procedures for the acceptance, receipt, storage, issue, disposal and evacuation of equipment and supplies
  • Tracking of inventory holdings
  • Managing and auditing inventory accounts
  • Managing entitlements
  • Managing Logistics Information Systems
  • Raising, reviewing and/or authorising stores adjustment paperwork
  • Setting and monitoring performance levels and analysing performance reporting
  • Coordinating, controlling and undertaking governance audits
  • Managing supply chain risk.

Warehousing and Distribution

The ADF and the Air Force requires a flexible and efficient distribution system to provide effective combat support. Distribution systems facilitate the location, issue and transport of materiel from industry and organic warehouses to the end-user, to recover items into the repair cycle and to forward equipment for disposal. The efficiency of the distribution system plays a major role in the successful deployment of combat capability and determines, to a large extent, the size of the inventory and investment needed to maintain supplies throughout the system to support the mission. The function can be undertaken in logistics units, freight distribution centres, Squadron equipment warehouses and in repairable item stores. Functions may include (though not be limited to), providing oversight of:

  • Receiving, storing, packing and controlling inventory
  • Selecting demands
  • Preparing and shipping materiel to satisfy customer demands
  • Determining siting/placement of materiel
  • Undertaking governance audits
  • Contract management

Procurement and Contracting

The commercialisation of some logistics activities has resulted in the need to develop and manage both initial and on-going support contracts. The span of procurement and contracting activities within logistics is relatively large, and can be conducted within acquisition and sustainment and operational logistics environments. Procurement and contracting also encompasses operating within the various international and inter-agency agreements established by Government.

Functions may include:

  • Preparing financial bids
  • Managing budget allocations
  • Exercising financial delegations
  • Developing Statement of Works/Requirements
  • Seeking tenders
  • Receiving and evaluating tenders
  • Undertaking negotiations
  • Establishing, managing and administering contracts
  • Setting and/or monitoring contract performance.

Movements and Transportation

The transportation and movements functions involve the process of collection, transportation and delivery of personnel and equipment. While Logistics Officers will predominately operate within an Air Terminal or Squadron environment, some positions will entail road and sea movement functions in Joint Movements environments. The fundamental objective of the transportation and movements function is to transport critical stores to the end user at the right time and via the most suitable means. The movement of personnel and equipment can occur by road, rail, air or sea. The mode selected is dependent on achieving optimum cost-effective use of all available transport systems and customer requirements. This includes everything from motor transport, air terminal and joint movements operations within an area of operations, to joint movements coordination functions at the higher Headquarters level. The transportation and movement function involves:

  • Coordination, receipt, custody and movement of all inwards and outwards passengers and equipment for transport by air and surface modes
  • Packaging, load planning, load building and reporting
  • Acquisition of space on civil transport
  • Coordination of the use of ground support equipment
  • Loading and unloading of Service and contracted aircraft and the processing of all personnel and equipment;
  • Coordination of air, sea and road transport of dangerous cargo
  • Coordinating the movement of ADF personnel and equipment with appropriate transport control agencies and operations staff
  • Activating air load teams in support of military operations, and major joint and combined Services exercises.

Catering Management

Catering management duties for Logistics Officers include the oversight of catering services, finances, ration systems and stores, and in-flight services. Catering elements can either be located at a deployed site, or on a base. Catering officers will have daily interaction with Service Provider Groups who also provide an element of the catering function at fixed bases. In a deployed environment Catering officers may also manage locally employed civilians and contractors, and potentially members of other militaries within a Coalition facility. Catering duties may include management and oversight of:

  • Forecasting activity levels for rationing purposes
  • Managing ration information management systems, including downtime systems
  • Providing oversight of ration store, kitchen and messes, and in-flight services management, including correct ordering, receipt and storage of rations and stock management
  • Contracting management
  • Management of food safety and hygiene.

Logistics Policy, Planning and Governance

Sound policy and a governance framework underpin the integrity of capability. From the strategic level downwards, Logistics Officers are employed as specialists to formulate policy, monitor, coordinate and control logistics compliance and assurance, manage Logistics workforce and sustainment issues, develop logistics management systems and conduct overall planning, coordination and evaluation of logistics support for Air Force and the Australian Defence Organisation.

Summary

The Logistics Officer specialisation is extraordinarily broad and therefore offers a range of exciting and challenging professional experiences. The day-to-day management of the logistics operations indicated above represents the tactical to operational level of the employment group. Maintenance and corporate governance of logistics operations are essential for the success of this function. Effectively, the management of these activities provides the basis for the development of the skill sets required to support more complex and higher order (strategic) logistics support issues.

As is required by all within Air Force, you will also be required to maintain specified fitness levels and other military skills, such as proficiency in weapons handling. As it is often a requirement for Logistics Officers to deploy it is important that fitness and weapons proficiencies are maintained and attendance at Logistics Officer Courses such as Logistics Officer Initial Course (LOIC), Logistics Officer Executive Course (LOEC) and Logistics Officer Advanced Course is achieved at the appropriate point in your career.

Postgraduate Education

Officers are encouraged to continue their professional development. The Logistics specialisation has a Logistics Professional Development Program (LPDP). The LPDP provides Logistics Officers with professional development opportunities via logistics or business related formal education. The program allows Logistics personnel to develop and broaden their logistics knowledge, and to also keep abreast of continuing changes within the industry.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Locations

You may be posted to any Air Force establishment or Defence site which conducts logistics activities in support of Air Force operations, within Australia or overseas (although overseas postings are limited).

Your preferences regarding the nature and location of your posting will be considered although other factors such as Service requirements and your particular qualifications and skills may be overriding considerations in this respect. Strong competition exists for some positions. Career progression and advancement is normally based upon a mix of Service requirements, a broad experience base and an individual's preferences.

Your first posting will give you a broad base of Service experience to be built upon as your job progresses. Your skills will be enhanced by specific Air Force training, exposure to different situations and different environments. Your responsibilities will grow as you gain knowledge and experience so that your value to the Air Force will increase.

You may expect to be posted after your initial tour, after a period of up to three years. Your next posting may be to another position at the same locality, or it may be to a more specialised position for which you will be trained by the Air Force. Opportunities will also exist for employment in Command and higher Headquarters appointments in areas such as capital equipment acquisitions, joint logistics planning or logistics policy. Limited positions outside of Australia may also become available as Logistics officers are currently serving in the United States, the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

You can normally expect postings at two to three year intervals. As well as broadening your professional stature, these provide an excellent opportunity for travel to different locations throughout Australia.


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age on day of entry. Maximum age on entry is 56 years of age.

Education & Experience

The applicant must have completed Year 12 with a pass in English and three other tertiary accredited subjects registered with the Board of Senior Secondary Studies.

South Australian applicants may achieve a pass at Year 11 English and a pass in a language rich subject at Year 12.

Entrants must also have:

  • Significant experience in a business or logistic management environment or
  • Tertiary qualification (s) in a business, commerce or logistics discipline. These disciplines may include financial or project management, contracting, warehousing and inventory management, transportation and distribution management, supply chain management, statistics, economics or integrated logistics support management.

Scientific or Performing Arts qualifications are not suitable for entry into the specialisation. Candidates with these, or similar, qualifications must complete an accredited undergraduate or postgraduate qualification or have relevant significant experience as described above.

Advice should be sought from the LOG Sponsor if the relevance of a candidate's business experience or tertiary qualification is not clear.

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.

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

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of two years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months notice.

Aptitude

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.

Citizenship

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 Recruitment Centre 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.

Training

Military Training

Initial Officer Training: 17 Weeks

Immediately upon joining the Air Force, direct entry officers will normally undertake the Initial Officer Course of 17 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.

Further details on officer training are available on the Officers Training School website or refer to the Joining Instructions.

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.

Employment Training

Upon graduation from Officer Training School or the Australian Defence Force Academy, the first course of priority is the Logistics Officer Initial Course which provides you with an appropriate level of exposure and training to commence your first posting as a junior Logistics Officer.

Upon graduation from Officer Training School or the Australian Defence Force Academy, the first course of priority is the Logistics Officer Initial Course which provides you with an appropriate level of exposure and training to commence your first posting as a junior Logistics Officer.

Logistics Officer Initial Course - 30 days

Location: RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

During this 30 day course, you will receive the tools and advice necessary to embark upon your journey as a junior Logistics Officer. This in turn will enable you to satisfactorily perform your duties in positions located throughout Australia.

The Logistics Officer Initial Course provides instruction in:

  • Logistics in Defence - This module outlines the role of a Logistics Officer in the Air Force and the wider Australian Defence Organisation, including an overview of Logistics organisations and relevant organisational structures
  • Inventory and Account Management - This module provides an introduction to Defence materiel, inventory management, stores accounting, corporate governance, logistics information systems and capability support arrangements
  • Finance and Procurement - This module introduces the budgetary process, funds control and financial planning, allocations and accounting, resource management, contract management and simple procurement;
  • Warehousing and Distribution - This module describes basic warehousing, stock management, safety management and distribution principles
  • Operational logistics - This module focuses on how to be a Logistics Officer within a deployed environment. Topics include operational logistics planning, providing logistics support to operations and expeditionary logistics.

The course also includes a road trip component where students get the chance to hear from the organisations which they learn about on course. The road trip also provides students with an opportunity to meet and seek first-hand advice from fellow Logistics Officers.

Further Training

Many Logistics positions are of a specialist nature. To prepare you for these the Air Force will provide appropriate training, usually conducted at Air Force schools in different locations. Courses are provided in explosives, catering, movements and transportation and dangerous goods handling, project and integrated logistics support management and joint logistics operations. In addition, enhancement courses are available at later stages of your job, and attendance at professional seminars and conferences is both encouraged and supported. As you progress in rank (Flight Lieutenant and beyond) your duties, training and job development will tend to place a greater emphasis on logistics functions rather than purely supply aspects.

Following is a brief outline of various activities for which you would be trained and then perform in a variety of postings. The activities are not job-specific, as many positions will require knowledge in a range of the following activities:

Acquisition and Sustainment Logistics

The acquisition function involves obtaining supplies and services from a range of sources through direct purchase, purchase order, contract or lease. The required item may already be available or may need to be developed and manufactured. This may include a simple procurement (local purchase function at Unit level) or more significant capital acquisitions (such as the capital procurement of new platforms). This process is used across multiple Defence organisations including Capability Development Group (CDF), Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) among others. The acquisition process includes:

  • Preparation of requirements
  • Selection of sources
  • Solicitation of bids
  • Award of contracts
  • Funding
  • Claims processing
  • Performance monitoring
  • Technical and management functions directly related to satisfying weapons system, facility and materiel resource requirements.

Sustainment logistics ensures the supportability of the Materiel System (for example, aircraft platform) throughout the capability life cycle, at a minimised life cycle cost. Personnel involved in sustainment logistics may be employed within the Defence Materiel Organisation and be responsible for development of logistics support plans, supply chain performance management, management of logistics related risks and management of budgets (among other things).

Project Management

Project Management includes the management of cost, schedule, requirements and performance to remediate current capability and deliver new capability. As such it is largely performed by Logistics Officers (and others) posted to the Defence Materiel Organisation role, but may also be performed in other Service Provider Groups. Logistics Officers employed in Project Management roles may be required to:

  • Identify and deliver capability which optimises mission and support system performance, and delivers best value for money
  • Meet schedule imperatives to ensure readiness is not compromised
  • Manage project risks and mitigate/avoid potential cost and schedule overruns or capability shortfalls;
  • Manage the integration of new capability into service to ensure seamless transition of new and extant capabilities
  • Assess the market
  • Manage project funding for all project elements including the platform and all sustainment lines.

Operations Support - Operational Logistics

Logistics personnel are crucial to the successful deployment and subsequent support of units in the single Service, joint and combined arenas, both within Australia and offshore. The activities involved include:

  • Preparing logistics deployment bids and forecasts
  • Conducting pre-deployment planning
  • Orchestrating preparatory and deployment and re-deployment activities
  • Performing remediation activities.

Supply Chain and Inventory Management

The supply chain and inventory management function involves the process of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient and effective flow and storage of stores and equipment in order to successfully deliver the right part to the right customer at the right time, to support operational outcomes while also being cognisant of the inherent and intangible supply chain risks. Supply chain and inventory management tasks may include:

  • Introduction of inventory codification and cataloguing of items into the Defence catalogue
  • Establishing and specifying inventory levels for operating and reserve stockholdings
  • Establishing and carrying out procedures for the acceptance, receipt, storage, issue, disposal and evacuation of equipment and supplies
  • Tracking of inventory holdings
  • Managing and auditing inventory accounts
  • Managing entitlements
  • Managing Logistics Information Systems
  • Raising, reviewing and/or authorising stores adjustment paperwork
  • Setting and monitoring performance levels and analysing performance reporting
  • Coordinating, controlling and undertaking governance audits
  • Managing supply chain risk.

Warehousing and Distribution

The ADF and the Air Force requires a flexible and efficient distribution system to provide effective combat support. Distribution systems facilitate the location, issue and transport of materiel from industry and organic warehouses to the end-user, to recover items into the repair cycle and to forward equipment for disposal. The efficiency of the distribution system plays a major role in the successful deployment of combat capability and determines, to a large extent, the size of the inventory and investment needed to maintain supplies throughout the system to support the mission. The function can be undertaken in logistics units, freight distribution centres, Squadron equipment warehouses and in repairable item stores. Functions may include (though not be limited to), providing oversight of:

  • Receiving, storing, packing and controlling inventory
  • Selecting demands
  • Preparing and shipping materiel to satisfy customer demands
  • Determining siting/placement of materiel
  • Undertaking governance audits
  • Contract management

Procurement and Contracting

The commercialisation of some logistics activities has resulted in the need to develop and manage both initial and on-going support contracts. The span of procurement and contracting activities within logistics is relatively large, and can be conducted within acquisition and sustainment and operational logistics environments. Procurement and contracting also encompasses operating within the various international and inter-agency agreements established by Government.

Functions may include:

  • Preparing financial bids
  • Managing budget allocations
  • Exercising financial delegations
  • Developing Statement of Works/Requirements
  • Seeking tenders
  • Receiving and evaluating tenders
  • Undertaking negotiations
  • Establishing, managing and administering contracts
  • Setting and/or monitoring contract performance.

Movements and Transportation

The transportation and movements functions involve the process of collection, transportation and delivery of personnel and equipment. While Logistics Officers will predominately operate within an Air Terminal or Squadron environment, some positions will entail road and sea movement functions in Joint Movements environments. The fundamental objective of the transportation and movements function is to transport critical stores to the end user at the right time and via the most suitable means. The movement of personnel and equipment can occur by road, rail, air or sea. The mode selected is dependent on achieving optimum cost-effective use of all available transport systems and customer requirements. This includes everything from motor transport, air terminal and joint movements operations within an area of operations, to joint movements coordination functions at the higher Headquarters level. The transportation and movement function involves:

  • Coordination, receipt, custody and movement of all inwards and outwards passengers and equipment for transport by air and surface modes
  • Packaging, load planning, load building and reporting
  • Acquisition of space on civil transport
  • Coordination of the use of ground support equipment
  • Loading and unloading of Service and contracted aircraft and the processing of all personnel and equipment;
  • Coordination of air, sea and road transport of dangerous cargo
  • Coordinating the movement of ADF personnel and equipment with appropriate transport control agencies and operations staff
  • Activating air load teams in support of military operations, and major joint and combined Services exercises.

Catering Management

Catering management duties for Logistics Officers include the oversight of catering services, finances, ration systems and stores, and in-flight services. Catering elements can either be located at a deployed site, or on a base. Catering officers will have daily interaction with Service Provider Groups who also provide an element of the catering function at fixed bases. In a deployed environment Catering officers may also manage locally employed civilians and contractors, and potentially members of other militaries within a Coalition facility. Catering duties may include management and oversight of:

  • Forecasting activity levels for rationing purposes
  • Managing ration information management systems, including downtime systems
  • Providing oversight of ration store, kitchen and messes, and in-flight services management, including correct ordering, receipt and storage of rations and stock management
  • Contracting management
  • Management of food safety and hygiene.

Logistics Policy, Planning and Governance

Sound policy and a governance framework underpin the integrity of capability. From the strategic level downwards, Logistics Officers are employed as specialists to formulate policy, monitor, coordinate and control logistics compliance and assurance, manage Logistics workforce and sustainment issues, develop logistics management systems and conduct overall planning, coordination and evaluation of logistics support for Air Force and the Australian Defence Organisation.

Summary

The Logistics Officer specialisation is extraordinarily broad and therefore offers a range of exciting and challenging professional experiences. The day-to-day management of the logistics operations indicated above represents the tactical to operational level of the employment group. Maintenance and corporate governance of logistics operations are essential for the success of this function. Effectively, the management of these activities provides the basis for the development of the skill sets required to support more complex and higher order (strategic) logistics support issues.

As is required by all within Air Force, you will also be required to maintain specified fitness levels and other military skills, such as proficiency in weapons handling. As it is often a requirement for Logistics Officers to deploy it is important that fitness and weapons proficiencies are maintained and attendance at Logistics Officer Courses such as Logistics Officer Initial Course (LOIC), Logistics Officer Executive Course (LOEC) and Logistics Officer Advanced Course is achieved at the appropriate point in your career.

Postgraduate Education

Officers are encouraged to continue their professional development. The Logistics specialisation has a Logistics Professional Development Program (LPDP). The LPDP provides Logistics Officers with professional development opportunities via logistics or business related formal education. The program allows Logistics personnel to develop and broaden their logistics knowledge, and to also keep abreast of continuing changes within the industry.

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Upon joining the Air Force, you will be appointed as a PLTOFF and receive a salary of $54,551 per year (2,098 per fortnight).*

If you hold relevant tertiary qualifications and/or significant and relevant experience you may be appointed as a FLGOFF and receive $58,096 per year ($2,234 per fortnight).*

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $13,184 per year ($507 fortnight) except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will also receive a Uniform Allowance of $682 per year ($26 per fortnight).

Your salary will continue to increase based on your rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Your pay grade may increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of further training. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

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

Locations

You may be posted to any Air Force establishment or Defence site which conducts logistics activities in support of Air Force operations, within Australia or overseas (although overseas postings are limited).

Your preferences regarding the nature and location of your posting will be considered although other factors such as Service requirements and your particular qualifications and skills may be overriding considerations in this respect. Strong competition exists for some positions. Career progression and advancement is normally based upon a mix of Service requirements, a broad experience base and an individual's preferences.

Your first posting will give you a broad base of Service experience to be built upon as your job progresses. Your skills will be enhanced by specific Air Force training, exposure to different situations and different environments. Your responsibilities will grow as you gain knowledge and experience so that your value to the Air Force will increase.

You may expect to be posted after your initial tour, after a period of up to three years. Your next posting may be to another position at the same locality, or it may be to a more specialised position for which you will be trained by the Air Force. Opportunities will also exist for employment in Command and higher Headquarters appointments in areas such as capital equipment acquisitions, joint logistics planning or logistics policy. Limited positions outside of Australia may also become available as Logistics officers are currently serving in the United States, the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

You can normally expect postings at two to three year intervals. As well as broadening your professional stature, these provide an excellent opportunity for travel to different locations throughout Australia.


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age on day of entry. Maximum age on entry is 56 years of age.

Education & Experience

The applicant must have completed Year 12 with a pass in English and three other tertiary accredited subjects registered with the Board of Senior Secondary Studies.

South Australian applicants may achieve a pass at Year 11 English and a pass in a language rich subject at Year 12.

Entrants must also have:

  • Significant experience in a business or logistic management environment or
  • Tertiary qualification (s) in a business, commerce or logistics discipline. These disciplines may include financial or project management, contracting, warehousing and inventory management, transportation and distribution management, supply chain management, statistics, economics or integrated logistics support management.

Scientific or Performing Arts qualifications are not suitable for entry into the specialisation. Candidates with these, or similar, qualifications must complete an accredited undergraduate or postgraduate qualification or have relevant significant experience as described above.

Advice should be sought from the LOG Sponsor if the relevance of a candidate's business experience or tertiary qualification is not clear.

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.

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

When you embark on a career as a Logistics Officer through Graduate Entry you'll be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of three years.

Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to ADF needs and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding IMPS obligation and give a minimum of three months notice.

Aptitude

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.

Citizenship

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 Recruitment Centre 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.

Training

Military Training

Initial Officer Training: 17 Weeks

Immediately upon joining the Air Force, direct entry officers will normally undertake the Initial Officer Course of 17 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.

Further details on officer training are available on the Officers Training School website or refer to the Joining Instructions.

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.

Employment Training

Upon graduation from Officer Training School or the Australian Defence Force Academy, the first course of priority is the Logistics Officer Initial Course which provides you with an appropriate level of exposure and training to commence your first posting as a junior Logistics Officer.

Upon graduation from Officer Training School or the Australian Defence Force Academy, the first course of priority is the Logistics Officer Initial Course which provides you with an appropriate level of exposure and training to commence your first posting as a junior Logistics Officer.

Logistics Officer Initial Course - 30 days

Location: RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

During this 30 day course, you will receive the tools and advice necessary to embark upon your journey as a junior Logistics Officer. This in turn will enable you to satisfactorily perform your duties in positions located throughout Australia.

The Logistics Officer Initial Course provides instruction in:

  • Logistics in Defence - This module outlines the role of a Logistics Officer in the Air Force and the wider Australian Defence Organisation, including an overview of Logistics organisations and relevant organisational structures
  • Inventory and Account Management - This module provides an introduction to Defence materiel, inventory management, stores accounting, corporate governance, logistics information systems and capability support arrangements
  • Finance and Procurement - This module introduces the budgetary process, funds control and financial planning, allocations and accounting, resource management, contract management and simple procurement;
  • Warehousing and Distribution - This module describes basic warehousing, stock management, safety management and distribution principles
  • Operational logistics - This module focuses on how to be a Logistics Officer within a deployed environment. Topics include operational logistics planning, providing logistics support to operations and expeditionary logistics.

The course also includes a road trip component where students get the chance to hear from the organisations which they learn about on course. The road trip also provides students with an opportunity to meet and seek first-hand advice from fellow Logistics Officers.

Further Training

Many Logistics positions are of a specialist nature. To prepare you for these the Air Force will provide appropriate training, usually conducted at Air Force schools in different locations. Courses are provided in explosives, catering, movements and transportation and dangerous goods handling, project and integrated logistics support management and joint logistics operations. In addition, enhancement courses are available at later stages of your job, and attendance at professional seminars and conferences is both encouraged and supported. As you progress in rank (Flight Lieutenant and beyond) your duties, training and job development will tend to place a greater emphasis on logistics functions rather than purely supply aspects.

Following is a brief outline of various activities for which you would be trained and then perform in a variety of postings. The activities are not job-specific, as many positions will require knowledge in a range of the following activities:

Acquisition and Sustainment Logistics

The acquisition function involves obtaining supplies and services from a range of sources through direct purchase, purchase order, contract or lease. The required item may already be available or may need to be developed and manufactured. This may include a simple procurement (local purchase function at Unit level) or more significant capital acquisitions (such as the capital procurement of new platforms). This process is used across multiple Defence organisations including Capability Development Group (CDF), Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) among others. The acquisition process includes:

  • Preparation of requirements
  • Selection of sources
  • Solicitation of bids
  • Award of contracts
  • Funding
  • Claims processing
  • Performance monitoring
  • Technical and management functions directly related to satisfying weapons system, facility and materiel resource requirements.

Sustainment logistics ensures the supportability of the Materiel System (for example, aircraft platform) throughout the capability life cycle, at a minimised life cycle cost. Personnel involved in sustainment logistics may be employed within the Defence Materiel Organisation and be responsible for development of logistics support plans, supply chain performance management, management of logistics related risks and management of budgets (among other things).

Project Management

Project Management includes the management of cost, schedule, requirements and performance to remediate current capability and deliver new capability. As such it is largely performed by Logistics Officers (and others) posted to the Defence Materiel Organisation role, but may also be performed in other Service Provider Groups. Logistics Officers employed in Project Management roles may be required to:

  • Identify and deliver capability which optimises mission and support system performance, and delivers best value for money
  • Meet schedule imperatives to ensure readiness is not compromised
  • Manage project risks and mitigate/avoid potential cost and schedule overruns or capability shortfalls;
  • Manage the integration of new capability into service to ensure seamless transition of new and extant capabilities
  • Assess the market
  • Manage project funding for all project elements including the platform and all sustainment lines.

Operations Support - Operational Logistics

Logistics personnel are crucial to the successful deployment and subsequent support of units in the single Service, joint and combined arenas, both within Australia and offshore. The activities involved include:

  • Preparing logistics deployment bids and forecasts
  • Conducting pre-deployment planning
  • Orchestrating preparatory and deployment and re-deployment activities
  • Performing remediation activities.

Supply Chain and Inventory Management

The supply chain and inventory management function involves the process of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient and effective flow and storage of stores and equipment in order to successfully deliver the right part to the right customer at the right time, to support operational outcomes while also being cognisant of the inherent and intangible supply chain risks. Supply chain and inventory management tasks may include:

  • Introduction of inventory codification and cataloguing of items into the Defence catalogue
  • Establishing and specifying inventory levels for operating and reserve stockholdings
  • Establishing and carrying out procedures for the acceptance, receipt, storage, issue, disposal and evacuation of equipment and supplies
  • Tracking of inventory holdings
  • Managing and auditing inventory accounts
  • Managing entitlements
  • Managing Logistics Information Systems
  • Raising, reviewing and/or authorising stores adjustment paperwork
  • Setting and monitoring performance levels and analysing performance reporting
  • Coordinating, controlling and undertaking governance audits
  • Managing supply chain risk.

Warehousing and Distribution

The ADF and the Air Force requires a flexible and efficient distribution system to provide effective combat support. Distribution systems facilitate the location, issue and transport of materiel from industry and organic warehouses to the end-user, to recover items into the repair cycle and to forward equipment for disposal. The efficiency of the distribution system plays a major role in the successful deployment of combat capability and determines, to a large extent, the size of the inventory and investment needed to maintain supplies throughout the system to support the mission. The function can be undertaken in logistics units, freight distribution centres, Squadron equipment warehouses and in repairable item stores. Functions may include (though not be limited to), providing oversight of:

  • Receiving, storing, packing and controlling inventory
  • Selecting demands
  • Preparing and shipping materiel to satisfy customer demands
  • Determining siting/placement of materiel
  • Undertaking governance audits
  • Contract management

Procurement and Contracting

The commercialisation of some logistics activities has resulted in the need to develop and manage both initial and on-going support contracts. The span of procurement and contracting activities within logistics is relatively large, and can be conducted within acquisition and sustainment and operational logistics environments. Procurement and contracting also encompasses operating within the various international and inter-agency agreements established by Government.

Functions may include:

  • Preparing financial bids
  • Managing budget allocations
  • Exercising financial delegations
  • Developing Statement of Works/Requirements
  • Seeking tenders
  • Receiving and evaluating tenders
  • Undertaking negotiations
  • Establishing, managing and administering contracts
  • Setting and/or monitoring contract performance.

Movements and Transportation

The transportation and movements functions involve the process of collection, transportation and delivery of personnel and equipment. While Logistics Officers will predominately operate within an Air Terminal or Squadron environment, some positions will entail road and sea movement functions in Joint Movements environments. The fundamental objective of the transportation and movements function is to transport critical stores to the end user at the right time and via the most suitable means. The movement of personnel and equipment can occur by road, rail, air or sea. The mode selected is dependent on achieving optimum cost-effective use of all available transport systems and customer requirements. This includes everything from motor transport, air terminal and joint movements operations within an area of operations, to joint movements coordination functions at the higher Headquarters level. The transportation and movement function involves:

  • Coordination, receipt, custody and movement of all inwards and outwards passengers and equipment for transport by air and surface modes
  • Packaging, load planning, load building and reporting
  • Acquisition of space on civil transport
  • Coordination of the use of ground support equipment
  • Loading and unloading of Service and contracted aircraft and the processing of all personnel and equipment;
  • Coordination of air, sea and road transport of dangerous cargo
  • Coordinating the movement of ADF personnel and equipment with appropriate transport control agencies and operations staff
  • Activating air load teams in support of military operations, and major joint and combined Services exercises.

Catering Management

Catering management duties for Logistics Officers include the oversight of catering services, finances, ration systems and stores, and in-flight services. Catering elements can either be located at a deployed site, or on a base. Catering officers will have daily interaction with Service Provider Groups who also provide an element of the catering function at fixed bases. In a deployed environment Catering officers may also manage locally employed civilians and contractors, and potentially members of other militaries within a Coalition facility. Catering duties may include management and oversight of:

  • Forecasting activity levels for rationing purposes
  • Managing ration information management systems, including downtime systems
  • Providing oversight of ration store, kitchen and messes, and in-flight services management, including correct ordering, receipt and storage of rations and stock management
  • Contracting management
  • Management of food safety and hygiene.

Logistics Policy, Planning and Governance

Sound policy and a governance framework underpin the integrity of capability. From the strategic level downwards, Logistics Officers are employed as specialists to formulate policy, monitor, coordinate and control logistics compliance and assurance, manage Logistics workforce and sustainment issues, develop logistics management systems and conduct overall planning, coordination and evaluation of logistics support for Air Force and the Australian Defence Organisation.

Summary

The Logistics Officer specialisation is extraordinarily broad and therefore offers a range of exciting and challenging professional experiences. The day-to-day management of the logistics operations indicated above represents the tactical to operational level of the employment group. Maintenance and corporate governance of logistics operations are essential for the success of this function. Effectively, the management of these activities provides the basis for the development of the skill sets required to support more complex and higher order (strategic) logistics support issues.

As is required by all within Air Force, you will also be required to maintain specified fitness levels and other military skills, such as proficiency in weapons handling. As it is often a requirement for Logistics Officers to deploy it is important that fitness and weapons proficiencies are maintained and attendance at Logistics Officer Courses such as Logistics Officer Initial Course (LOIC), Logistics Officer Executive Course (LOEC) and Logistics Officer Advanced Course is achieved at the appropriate point in your career.

Postgraduate Education

Officers are encouraged to continue their professional development. The Logistics specialisation has a Logistics Professional Development Program (LPDP). The LPDP provides Logistics Officers with professional development opportunities via logistics or business related formal education. The program allows Logistics personnel to develop and broaden their logistics knowledge, and to also keep abreast of continuing changes within the industry.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

With 4 years to graduation: $29,854 per year ($1,148 per fortnight).*

With 3 years to graduation: $35,282 per year ($1,357 per fortnight).*

With 2 years to graduation: $40,710 per year ($1,566 per fortnight).*

In final year: $46,138 per year ($1,774 per fortnight).*

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will receive a Uniform Allowance of $419 per year ($16 per fortnight). This increases to $682 per year ($26 per fortnight) after commissioning.

Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of military and employment training will be:

$57,807 per year ($2,223 per fortnight).*

In addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $13,118 per year ($504 per fortnight) except while undertaking Academic, 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.

Your salary will continue to increase based on your rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Your pay grade may increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of further training. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

Trainees with dependants may be entitled to Trainee's Dependant Allowance which is paid to enable trainees with dependants to receive a salary not less than $43,766 per year ($1,679 per fortnight) while training. Conditions apply. Speak to your Careers Counselor for details.

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

Locations

You may be posted to any Air Force establishment or Defence site which conducts logistics activities in support of Air Force operations, within Australia or overseas (although overseas postings are limited).

Your preferences regarding the nature and location of your posting will be considered although other factors such as Service requirements and your particular qualifications and skills may be overriding considerations in this respect. Strong competition exists for some positions. Career progression and advancement is normally based upon a mix of Service requirements, a broad experience base and an individual's preferences.

Your first posting will give you a broad base of Service experience to be built upon as your job progresses. Your skills will be enhanced by specific Air Force training, exposure to different situations and different environments. Your responsibilities will grow as you gain knowledge and experience so that your value to the Air Force will increase.

You may expect to be posted after your initial tour, after a period of up to three years. Your next posting may be to another position at the same locality, or it may be to a more specialised position for which you will be trained by the Air Force. Opportunities will also exist for employment in Command and higher Headquarters appointments in areas such as capital equipment acquisitions, joint logistics planning or logistics policy. Limited positions outside of Australia may also become available as Logistics officers are currently serving in the United States, the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

You can normally expect postings at two to three year intervals. As well as broadening your professional stature, these provide an excellent opportunity for travel to different locations throughout Australia.


Requirements

Age

The maximum age for entry is such that an applicant must be able to complete their degree, any periods of postgraduate experience, or professional development placements and their Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation incurred under the scheme prior to compulsory retirement age (normally 60 years of age).

Education & Experience

To be eligible for an Air Force Undergraduate sponsorship, applicants must have completed:

  • Year 12 with passes in English and three other Board of Secondary School Studies registered subjects and
  • the first full year of study (preferably with academic results) of a full-time undergraduate degree.

You may apply after successfully completing the first semester of your first year of university studies. However, entry will be conditional upon successfully completing your first year of tertiary studies.

Applicants must be undertaking studies with specific relevance to logistics with majors in Economics, Management, Accounting, Commerce or Business preferred.

This entry mode attracts a debt' roughly similar to the maximum rate of HECS costs ($10,000 per annum). In general terms, this debt accrues (increases) whilst you are undertaking study, with the maximum debt reached on completion of study. Once the period of study has ended, the debt begins to acquit (reduce) for the remainder of your Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS). Once the IMPS period is complete, there is no remaining debt.

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.

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

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) dependant on your length of sponsorship. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months notice.

The length of IMPS in total will depend on the duration of sponsorship. Any requirement for post-graduation experience, eg: medical residency, legal articles will be incorporated in your IMPS.

Your Careers Counsellor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

Aptitude

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.

Citizenship

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 Recruitment Centre 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.

Training

Military Training

Initial Officer Training: 1 week + 17 Weeks

During your first year of sponsorship you'll attend a one-week Familiarisation Course at RAAF Base East Sale, VIC. This will introduce you to basic military protocols and procedures.

Then following graduation you'll undertake a 17-week Initial Officer Course to learn about Air Force values and attitudes, and engage in:

  • Ground defence and weapons training
  • Leadership and personal development
  • Communication skills and
  • An introduction to Air Force operations.

For further details on officer training refer to the Joining Instructions. The information 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 (OTS) Training and any subsequent (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Upon graduation from Officer Training School or the Australian Defence Force Academy, the first course of priority is the Logistics Officer Initial Course which provides you with an appropriate level of exposure and training to commence your first posting as a junior Logistics Officer.

Upon graduation from Officer Training School or the Australian Defence Force Academy, the first course of priority is the Logistics Officer Initial Course which provides you with an appropriate level of exposure and training to commence your first posting as a junior Logistics Officer.

Logistics Officer Initial Course - 30 days

Location: RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

During this 30 day course, you will receive the tools and advice necessary to embark upon your journey as a junior Logistics Officer. This in turn will enable you to satisfactorily perform your duties in positions located throughout Australia.

The Logistics Officer Initial Course provides instruction in:

  • Logistics in Defence - This module outlines the role of a Logistics Officer in the Air Force and the wider Australian Defence Organisation, including an overview of Logistics organisations and relevant organisational structures
  • Inventory and Account Management - This module provides an introduction to Defence materiel, inventory management, stores accounting, corporate governance, logistics information systems and capability support arrangements
  • Finance and Procurement - This module introduces the budgetary process, funds control and financial planning, allocations and accounting, resource management, contract management and simple procurement;
  • Warehousing and Distribution - This module describes basic warehousing, stock management, safety management and distribution principles
  • Operational logistics - This module focuses on how to be a Logistics Officer within a deployed environment. Topics include operational logistics planning, providing logistics support to operations and expeditionary logistics.

The course also includes a road trip component where students get the chance to hear from the organisations which they learn about on course. The road trip also provides students with an opportunity to meet and seek first-hand advice from fellow Logistics Officers.

Further Training

Many Logistics positions are of a specialist nature. To prepare you for these the Air Force will provide appropriate training, usually conducted at Air Force schools in different locations. Courses are provided in explosives, catering, movements and transportation and dangerous goods handling, project and integrated logistics support management and joint logistics operations. In addition, enhancement courses are available at later stages of your job, and attendance at professional seminars and conferences is both encouraged and supported. As you progress in rank (Flight Lieutenant and beyond) your duties, training and job development will tend to place a greater emphasis on logistics functions rather than purely supply aspects.

Following is a brief outline of various activities for which you would be trained and then perform in a variety of postings. The activities are not job-specific, as many positions will require knowledge in a range of the following activities:

Acquisition and Sustainment Logistics

The acquisition function involves obtaining supplies and services from a range of sources through direct purchase, purchase order, contract or lease. The required item may already be available or may need to be developed and manufactured. This may include a simple procurement (local purchase function at Unit level) or more significant capital acquisitions (such as the capital procurement of new platforms). This process is used across multiple Defence organisations including Capability Development Group (CDF), Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) among others. The acquisition process includes:

  • Preparation of requirements
  • Selection of sources
  • Solicitation of bids
  • Award of contracts
  • Funding
  • Claims processing
  • Performance monitoring
  • Technical and management functions directly related to satisfying weapons system, facility and materiel resource requirements.

Sustainment logistics ensures the supportability of the Materiel System (for example, aircraft platform) throughout the capability life cycle, at a minimised life cycle cost. Personnel involved in sustainment logistics may be employed within the Defence Materiel Organisation and be responsible for development of logistics support plans, supply chain performance management, management of logistics related risks and management of budgets (among other things).

Project Management

Project Management includes the management of cost, schedule, requirements and performance to remediate current capability and deliver new capability. As such it is largely performed by Logistics Officers (and others) posted to the Defence Materiel Organisation role, but may also be performed in other Service Provider Groups. Logistics Officers employed in Project Management roles may be required to:

  • Identify and deliver capability which optimises mission and support system performance, and delivers best value for money
  • Meet schedule imperatives to ensure readiness is not compromised
  • Manage project risks and mitigate/avoid potential cost and schedule overruns or capability shortfalls;
  • Manage the integration of new capability into service to ensure seamless transition of new and extant capabilities
  • Assess the market
  • Manage project funding for all project elements including the platform and all sustainment lines.

Operations Support - Operational Logistics

Logistics personnel are crucial to the successful deployment and subsequent support of units in the single Service, joint and combined arenas, both within Australia and offshore. The activities involved include:

  • Preparing logistics deployment bids and forecasts
  • Conducting pre-deployment planning
  • Orchestrating preparatory and deployment and re-deployment activities
  • Performing remediation activities.

Supply Chain and Inventory Management

The supply chain and inventory management function involves the process of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient and effective flow and storage of stores and equipment in order to successfully deliver the right part to the right customer at the right time, to support operational outcomes while also being cognisant of the inherent and intangible supply chain risks. Supply chain and inventory management tasks may include:

  • Introduction of inventory codification and cataloguing of items into the Defence catalogue
  • Establishing and specifying inventory levels for operating and reserve stockholdings
  • Establishing and carrying out procedures for the acceptance, receipt, storage, issue, disposal and evacuation of equipment and supplies
  • Tracking of inventory holdings
  • Managing and auditing inventory accounts
  • Managing entitlements
  • Managing Logistics Information Systems
  • Raising, reviewing and/or authorising stores adjustment paperwork
  • Setting and monitoring performance levels and analysing performance reporting
  • Coordinating, controlling and undertaking governance audits
  • Managing supply chain risk.

Warehousing and Distribution

The ADF and the Air Force requires a flexible and efficient distribution system to provide effective combat support. Distribution systems facilitate the location, issue and transport of materiel from industry and organic warehouses to the end-user, to recover items into the repair cycle and to forward equipment for disposal. The efficiency of the distribution system plays a major role in the successful deployment of combat capability and determines, to a large extent, the size of the inventory and investment needed to maintain supplies throughout the system to support the mission. The function can be undertaken in logistics units, freight distribution centres, Squadron equipment warehouses and in repairable item stores. Functions may include (though not be limited to), providing oversight of:

  • Receiving, storing, packing and controlling inventory
  • Selecting demands
  • Preparing and shipping materiel to satisfy customer demands
  • Determining siting/placement of materiel
  • Undertaking governance audits
  • Contract management

Procurement and Contracting

The commercialisation of some logistics activities has resulted in the need to develop and manage both initial and on-going support contracts. The span of procurement and contracting activities within logistics is relatively large, and can be conducted within acquisition and sustainment and operational logistics environments. Procurement and contracting also encompasses operating within the various international and inter-agency agreements established by Government.

Functions may include:

  • Preparing financial bids
  • Managing budget allocations
  • Exercising financial delegations
  • Developing Statement of Works/Requirements
  • Seeking tenders
  • Receiving and evaluating tenders
  • Undertaking negotiations
  • Establishing, managing and administering contracts
  • Setting and/or monitoring contract performance.

Movements and Transportation

The transportation and movements functions involve the process of collection, transportation and delivery of personnel and equipment. While Logistics Officers will predominately operate within an Air Terminal or Squadron environment, some positions will entail road and sea movement functions in Joint Movements environments. The fundamental objective of the transportation and movements function is to transport critical stores to the end user at the right time and via the most suitable means. The movement of personnel and equipment can occur by road, rail, air or sea. The mode selected is dependent on achieving optimum cost-effective use of all available transport systems and customer requirements. This includes everything from motor transport, air terminal and joint movements operations within an area of operations, to joint movements coordination functions at the higher Headquarters level. The transportation and movement function involves:

  • Coordination, receipt, custody and movement of all inwards and outwards passengers and equipment for transport by air and surface modes
  • Packaging, load planning, load building and reporting
  • Acquisition of space on civil transport
  • Coordination of the use of ground support equipment
  • Loading and unloading of Service and contracted aircraft and the processing of all personnel and equipment;
  • Coordination of air, sea and road transport of dangerous cargo
  • Coordinating the movement of ADF personnel and equipment with appropriate transport control agencies and operations staff
  • Activating air load teams in support of military operations, and major joint and combined Services exercises.

Catering Management

Catering management duties for Logistics Officers include the oversight of catering services, finances, ration systems and stores, and in-flight services. Catering elements can either be located at a deployed site, or on a base. Catering officers will have daily interaction with Service Provider Groups who also provide an element of the catering function at fixed bases. In a deployed environment Catering officers may also manage locally employed civilians and contractors, and potentially members of other militaries within a Coalition facility. Catering duties may include management and oversight of:

  • Forecasting activity levels for rationing purposes
  • Managing ration information management systems, including downtime systems
  • Providing oversight of ration store, kitchen and messes, and in-flight services management, including correct ordering, receipt and storage of rations and stock management
  • Contracting management
  • Management of food safety and hygiene.

Logistics Policy, Planning and Governance

Sound policy and a governance framework underpin the integrity of capability. From the strategic level downwards, Logistics Officers are employed as specialists to formulate policy, monitor, coordinate and control logistics compliance and assurance, manage Logistics workforce and sustainment issues, develop logistics management systems and conduct overall planning, coordination and evaluation of logistics support for Air Force and the Australian Defence Organisation.

Summary

The Logistics Officer specialisation is extraordinarily broad and therefore offers a range of exciting and challenging professional experiences. The day-to-day management of the logistics operations indicated above represents the tactical to operational level of the employment group. Maintenance and corporate governance of logistics operations are essential for the success of this function. Effectively, the management of these activities provides the basis for the development of the skill sets required to support more complex and higher order (strategic) logistics support issues.

As is required by all within Air Force, you will also be required to maintain specified fitness levels and other military skills, such as proficiency in weapons handling. As it is often a requirement for Logistics Officers to deploy it is important that fitness and weapons proficiencies are maintained and attendance at Logistics Officer Courses such as Logistics Officer Initial Course (LOIC), Logistics Officer Executive Course (LOEC) and Logistics Officer Advanced Course is achieved at the appropriate point in your career.

Postgraduate Education

Officers are encouraged to continue their professional development. The Logistics specialisation has a Logistics Professional Development Program (LPDP). The LPDP provides Logistics Officers with professional development opportunities via logistics or business related formal education. The program allows Logistics personnel to develop and broaden their logistics knowledge, and to also keep abreast of continuing changes within the industry.