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Dentist


As an Army Dentist you’ll be an Officer in the Australian Army working in a variety of teams in both dental and medical settings which may be in barracks, civilian health settings, in field hospitals or on deployment. Your work will include leadership and management in clinical and administrative roles.

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About the Job

The Australian Army employs dentists as Dentists in Army health units. You may serve in a deployable health unit (for example general health battalion) and provide dental support augmentation of Dentists to Joint Health Command garrison or barracks dental centres. Dentists are Commissioned Officers in the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps (RAADC).

Within deployable Dental teams, you will have similar modern, contemporary, technology, equipment, materials, laboratory and assistance you would have in civilian practice. The only difference is that your patients are Australian Defence Force members. On unique occasions where you may provide assistance in remote areas, you may be supporting indigenous communities or civilians in disaster relief areas.

As an Army Dentist, you may be responsible for the training, welfare and discipline of the soldiers under your command who make up your staff. You will be trained in leadership and military skills and work in small teams or leading a dental practice. Depending on your unit, you may be required to perform your duties as a Dentist in a clinical environment in the field, barracks or in operational conditions.

You may also get opportunities to do full - time postgraduate training to further your skills and qualifications. Several selected training serials exist that can be applied for. These include dental specific tertiary short courses, certificates or diplomas to masters' level dental sponsorship. You may also be called on by your Commanding Officer to perform regimental duties, such as serving on a Mess Committee or as a sports officer.

In subsequent postings your responsibilities will increase and you may progress to a staff appointment on a Formation Headquarters or the Directorate of Defence Force Dentistry.

Graduate

Make the most of your relevant degree joining fully qualified

Undergraduate

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

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Salary can be over $99,500 p.a. on completion of initial employment training. This salary includes Uniform and Service allowance.


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Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Salary on appointment: $87,169 per year.*

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will receive a Uniform Allowance of $682 per year.*

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $13,717 per year. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.

Salary will continue to increase based on rank, Dental Level and the number of years of service completed in that Dental Level. Refer to the Salary Scales.

* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); and superannuation.

Locations

The Australian Army employs Dentists in Army health units. You may serve in a deployable health unit, or in a Joint Health Command garrison or barracks dental centres. Dentists are commissioned Officers in the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps (RAADC).


Requirements

Age

The maximum age for entry is such that an applicant must be able to complete their Return of Service Obligation prior to compulsory retirement age (normally 60 years of age).

Education & Experience

You must be: in your final year of study, or, qualified and eligible to register, or, registered through AHPRA to practice as a Dentist or Dental Surgeon in a State or Territory of Australia.

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 three 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.

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.

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

The Specialist Service Officer (SSO) course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force SSOs with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The ARA course is 42 days of training and currently conducted in the first half of the training year. The ARes course is conducted in the latter half of the year and consists of three modules. Module One is 9 days, Module Two is 16 days and Module Three is 16 days. Depending on your tiering you may only be require to complete one, two or all three modules before being deemed competent for employment as an SSO.

ARES SSO Tiering Matrix.

During RMC (Military Training) members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Physical Fitness Levels

All trainees attending training at RMC are required to participate in an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC.

ARes SSOs must complete IFA for both modules. This is an entry level requirement for all courses conducted at RMC. The IFA is based on a shuttle run, push ups and sit ups and is designed to determine whether trainees are at the minimum required standard to complete training at RMC. Due to the unique nature of training at RMC, trainees who do not demonstrate the base line levels of the assessment may be withdrawn from training and RTU. If you do not pass the IFA, you will be medically reviewed by the RMC Medical Officer and you will be advised if you are able to continue with training.

For further details on physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF.

Employment Training

Dentists Introductory Course: 2 Weeks

After training at RMC, you will attend the Dentists Introductory Course at the ADF Dental School, located at HMAS Cerberus, Crib Point, VIC. This course will provide you with the necessary training and information to apply your professional skills in a military environment.

Further Training

During your postings as a Captain Dentist, you may be afforded the opportunity to obtain your Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

As a more senior Captain or at the rank of Major, and subject to attainment of the necessary academic standard, you may be selected to undergo further professional training at University.

At various times during your military career you would normally attend a number of short courses or tertiary short courses and seminars to maintain or update your clinical professional development (CPD) and military knowledge.

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

With 3 years to graduation: $36,167 per year.* With 2 years to graduation: $41,732 per year.* In final year: $47,296 per year.*

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

Qualified Dental Officers are appointed at Dental Level 1 with a salary of $85,460 per year*.

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $13,448 per year 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.

Salary after completion of undergraduate sponsorship will continue to increase based on rank, Dental Level and the number of years of service completed in that Dental Level. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.

Locations

The Australian Army employs Dentists in Army health units. You may serve in a deployable health unit, or in a Joint Health Command garrison or barracks dental centres. Dentists are commissioned Officers in the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps (RAADC).


Requirements

Age

The maximum age for entry is such that an applicant must be able to complete their degree and their Return of Service Obligation incurred under the Scheme prior to compulsory retirement age (normally 60 years of age).

Applicants are to have reached 18 years at the date of application for Undergraduate.

Education & Experience

Applicants must have completed at least two years of a 5 year degree; or be in, or the first year of a four year post graduate dental degree.

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

Undergraduates will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service equalling the length of sponsorship, times two, plus an additional 365 days.

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.

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

The Specialist Service Officer (SSO) course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force SSOs with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The ARA course is 42 days of training and currently conducted in the first half of the training year. The ARes course is conducted in the latter half of the year and consists of three modules. Module One is 9 days, Module Two is 16 days and Module Three is 16 days. Depending on your tiering you may only be require to complete one, two or all three modules before being deemed competent for employment as an SSO.

ARES SSO Tiering Matrix.

During RMC (Military Training) members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Physical Fitness Levels

All trainees attending training at RMC are required to participate in an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC.

ARes SSOs must complete IFA for both modules. This is an entry level requirement for all courses conducted at RMC. The IFA is based on a shuttle run, push ups and sit ups and is designed to determine whether trainees are at the minimum required standard to complete training at RMC. Due to the unique nature of training at RMC, trainees who do not demonstrate the base line levels of the assessment may be withdrawn from training and RTU. If you do not pass the IFA, you will be medically reviewed by the RMC Medical Officer and you will be advised if you are able to continue with training.

For further details on physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF.

Employment Training

Dentists Introductory Course: 2 Weeks

After training at RMC, you will attend the Dentists Introductory Course at the ADF Dental School, located at HMAS Cerberus, Crib Point, VIC. This course will provide you with the necessary training and information to apply your professional skills in a military environment.