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Nursing Officer


As a Nursing Officer in the Australian Army you will be both a skilled clinician and a leader while building your skill sets and advancing your professional registration.

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About the Job

The Australian Regular Army (ARA) employs Registered General Nurses as Nursing Officers’ primarily in its deployable health units, however, there are opportunities for employment in primary healthcare facilities, in-patient facilities as well as roles in training ‘health management, administration and command.’

Nursing Officers can expect to work in units which, when deployed, provide primary health care and immediate resuscitation in a pre-hospital setting. Additionally, Army has a certified surgical field hospital that can provide a comprehensive hospital capability. These units will deploy during combat, peace- keeping and humanitarian relief operations. Whatever the type of deployment it will test your professional, mental and physical capabilities.

When not on exercises or operations, Nursing Officers focus on training for operations through a range of individual and group activities. There are opportunities to maintain clinical skills through employment on Defence bases delivering primary healthcare and limited in-patient care. There are also programs through which nurses are placed in major metropolitan hospitals to maintain higher order clinical skills. Nursing Officers can also fill a range of key management, administrative and command positions which will develop your skills and professional horizon.

In addition to generalists, the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (RAANC)has a requirement for officers from key specialisations, in particular post-graduate emergency, peri-operative and intensive care nursing qualifications. If you do not have a formal post graduate qualification, the Army offers a range of paid post-graduate training opportunities in these and other specialist areas.

A career as an Army Nursing Officer offers variety and challenges in employment and travel not available in the normal hospital environment. You will gain experience and skills that will equip you for advancement in the Army, and will also be in high demand in your profession.

Graduate

Make the most of your relevant degree joining fully qualified

Undergraduate

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

Learn more about Entry Methods


Salary can be over $73,300 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 will be $60,443 per year.*

Uniform Allowance at a rate of $682 per year is paid to assist members to maintain an approved scale of uniforms in good order and condition.

In addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $13,717 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 will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. 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

As an ARA Nursing Officer your first posting is likely to be to a health battalion providing either pre-hospital trauma and primary health care or a field hospital unit. The primary first posting locations are Brisbane, Darwin and Townsville. However, once you have established yourself as an Army Nursing Officer, there are a range of employment opportunities across the country primarily working in Health Centres delivering primary and low dependency in-patient care. Whether you are employed in a deployable unit or a health centre, Army has a range of opportunities for external clinical placement in major metropolitan hospitals, these are designed to maintain accreditation in both general and specialist nursing skills.

There are also opportunities to work overseas wherever Australian Army personnel are currently deployed.

Posting tenure for the majority of officers on appointment is two years, and officers should expect a high degree of mobility in the first few years of service.


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

An applicant for appointment to RAANC must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Registered Nurse (DIV 1). Applicants must have completed two years recent post graduate experience ideally with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • General medical nursing
  • Surgical nursing
  • Emergency nursing
  • High dependency nursing
  • Peri-operative nursing
  • Health education.

Candidates with experience in other areas are encouraged to apply and may be required to undertake a period of compulsory employment in one of these clinical areas listed above prior to achieving deployable status.

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. 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 Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have security clearances appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

Training

Military Training

The Specialist Service Officer (SSO) Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon (RMC-D) and provides ARA and ARes SSO 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-D (Military Training) members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Physical Fitness Levels

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

ARes SSOs must complete IFA for both modules. This is an entry level requirement for all courses conducted at RMC-D. 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-D. Due to the unique nature of training at RMC-D, trainees who do not demonstrate the base line levels of the assessment may be withdrawn from training and returned to their unit. If you do not pass the IFA, you will be medically reviewed by the RMC-D 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

Logistic Officers Basic Course: 3 Weeks

After training at RMC, you will attend the Logistic Officers Basic course at ALTC Bandiana, Victoria. This course will provide you with the necessary training and information to apply your professional skills in a military environment.

Further Training

You will undertake the Australian Defence Force Extended Practice Nursing (ADFEPN) Course in the first 12 months of appointment. This is conducted at the Army School of Health (ASH) and is conducted in 2 parts. Phase 1 in 15 days and Phase 2 in 10 days. You can also expect to undertake additional training in military logistics at ALTC in the first 2 years.

Health units also interact with major medical facilities in each region to provide additional clinical skills and currency training for Nursing Officers.

Registered Nurses are sponsored for attendance at Universities, however due to the competition for selection you could expect to fulfil at least four years service prior to sponsorship.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

National Qualifications

Following the successful completion of your diploma/degree in Nursing, you will register as a nurse with AHPRA. You will then be appointed as a Lieutenant in the Australian Regular Army (ARA).

Salary & Allowances

With 2 years to graduation: $42,566 per year.*

In final year: $48,242 per year.*

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

$60,443 per year.*

In addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $13,717 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.

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 $46,448 per year while training. Conditions apply. Speak to your Careers Counsellor for details.

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

Locations

As an ARA Nursing Officer your first posting is likely to be to a health battalion providing either pre-hospital trauma and primary health care or a field hospital unit. The primary first posting locations are Brisbane, Darwin and Townsville. However, once you have established yourself as an Army Nursing Officer, there are a range of employment opportunities across the country primarily working in Health Centres delivering primary and low dependency in-patient care. Whether you are employed in a deployable unit or a health centre, Army has a range of opportunities for external clinical placement in major metropolitan hospitals, these are designed to maintain accreditation in both general and specialist nursing skills.

There are also opportunities to work overseas wherever Australian Army personnel are currently deployed.

Posting tenure for the majority of officers on appointment is two years, and officers should expect a high degree of mobility in the first few years of service.

There are also opportunities to work overseas wherever Australian troops are currently deployed.

Posting tenure for the majority of officers on appointment is two years, and officers should expect a high degree of mobility in the first few years of service.


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

If you are undertaking a three or four year degree you may apply for undergraduate sponsorship after successfully completing the first semester of your first year of university studies. However, entry will be conditional upon successfully completing 12 months (two semesters) of tertiary studies with above average results. Army will only sponsor the general nurse component of training. If you are undertaking a double degree you may be required to change to a single degree to achieve sponsorship.

Applicants who have completed their University degree - but not their two years post-grad experience - can also apply for entry to Army under the Defence Undergraduate Scheme. These applicants will be considered with other Undergrad applicants and, if successful, be sponsored to complete their two years postgraduate experience.

The post graduate experience is to consist of one year of practical experience in a transition to practice program followed by one year of clinical experience in areas applicable to Army nursing, eg. Medical, Surgical, Emergency, Peri-operative, High Dependency, rehabilitation or mental health.

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 plus an additional 365 days.

It is simply calculated by the following principle: for the time spent in the Regular Army Supplement on the Undergraduate Scheme you must serve an equivalent time plus one year. 'Pay-back' of sponsorship begins once you have completed your studies and commence effective employment with the Army.

After completion of the Undergraduate degree, Nurses will spend two years consolidating their clinical skills in a civilian hospital. This period is referred to as Postgraduate Clinical Placement.

During this placement Army continues to pay your salary at the Lieutenant rate and you are entitled to Service Allowance. You are not permitted to receive salary or payment from the hospital. Army expects you to enhance your clinical skills in accident and emergency (trauma), peri-operative or intensive / critical care.

You do not accrue an additional Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation during your Postgraduate Clinical placement, however you do not remit the 'Pay-back' from your undergraduate degree sponsorship until your placement is completed.

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 Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have security clearances appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

Training

Military Training

The Specialist Service Officer (SSO) Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon (RMC-D) and provides ARA and ARes SSO 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-D (Military Training) members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Physical Fitness Levels

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

ARes SSOs must complete IFA for both modules. This is an entry level requirement for all courses conducted at RMC-D. 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-D. Due to the unique nature of training at RMC-D, trainees who do not demonstrate the base line levels of the assessment may be withdrawn from training and returned to their unit. If you do not pass the IFA, you will be medically reviewed by the RMC-D 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

Logistic Officers Basic Course: 3 Weeks

After training at RMC, you will attend the Logistic Officers Basic course at ALTC Bandiana, Victoria. This course will provide you with the necessary training and information to apply your professional skills in a military environment.

Further Training

You will undertake the Australian Defence Force Extended Practice Nursing (ADFEPN) Course in the first 12 months of appointment. This is conducted at the Army School of Health (ASH) and is conducted in 2 parts. Phase 1 in 15 days and Phase 2 in 10 days. You can also expect to undertake additional training in military logistics at ALTC in the first 2 years.

Health units also interact with major medical facilities in each region to provide additional clinical skills and currency training for Nursing Officers.

Registered Nurses are sponsored for attendance at Universities, however due to the competition for selection you could expect to fulfil at least four years service prior to sponsorship.