ARMY OFFICER / FULL TIME / VIEW RESERVE JOB

Public Relations Officer


As an Army Public Relations Officer you are the communications conduit between the Army and civilian media networks. You are critical to the public perception and image of Army and will be required to develop, implement and monitor operational and tactical communication strategies and provide timely advice to all levels of command within Army. This is a highly demanding and rewarding Army appointment.

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Job Overview


About the Job

As a member of the Australian Army Public Relations Service, you will become part of a small but dynamic team of public affairs specialists supporting the Australian Army. As an Army Public Relations Officer, you'll be required to undertake the broad spectrum of public affairs functions including:

  • Leading Army public affairs teams in support of Army activities (including exercises and operations)
  • Provide public affairs and issues management advice to Army commanders
  • Develop and implement strategic, operational and tactical communication strategies
  • Undertake effective media liaison, escort and support duties
  • Prepare media releases
  • Conduct media awareness training for Army personnel and
  • Oversee the gathering, management and quality of Army public relations product (including stills and video imagery, and articles for Army publications)

During your career as an Army Public Relations Officer, you'll be expected to complete various postings throughout Australia, either in a formed public affairs unit, as a staff adviser on a formation headquarters or at Australian Defence Headquarters in Canberra.

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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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Salary & Allowances

Salary on appointment will be $76,751 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

PR Officers are typically posted initially to a formation headquarters in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville or Darwin or to the 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit in Canberra to gain experience. Posting location will depend on Service needs; graduate applicants should not expect to be posted to their home location.


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 as an Army Public Relations officer must possess an appropriate tertiary qualification and a minimum of four years work experience in one of the following disciplines:

  • Public Relations
  • Journalism
  • Marketing or
  • Corporate Communications.

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 Recruitment Centre 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 Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers 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 Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers 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.

Further Training

Selected PR Officers will attend civilian seminars and conferences to keep up to date in aspects of PR, media and journalism.