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Telecommunications Technician

Install and maintain the advanced technology used to help keep the Army in touch and communicating effectively, using wire, radio, microwave, fibre optic and satellites.

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Job Overview

About the Job

As a Telecommunications Technician in the Army you'll learn to use high-tech military communications equipment that will set you apart from your civilian industry peers.

You'll be a member of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals (or the RA Sigs) - using your specialised understanding of the electro-magnetic spectrum, communications systems, information technology and electronic warfare (listening to or interfering with enemy electronic transmissions) to enable highly dynamic command and control whilst disrupting that of any adversary.

The RA Sigs play an integral role providing communications, information systems, and electronic warfare support to the Army and the wider Australian Defence Force to allow command and control of deployed forces in peace, crisis and conflict on any operation anywhere in the world.

In this job you'll be working in a variety of conditions so you'll need to be a quick thinker and highly adaptable. Both on the battlefield or on a base, you'll be responsible for ensuring all radio, fibre optic, microwave, information systems, satellite links and the Army's information services are available wherever the need.

This is a career that doesn't stand still. In the RA Sigs you'll be at the forefront of your industry, operate cutting-edge technology, and be part of team that is always is looking to the future.

Your duties:

The duties listed below are those that you could be expected to perform, but note that not all duties are performed in each position:

  • Install, maintain and alter telecommunications systems and general equipment for Army deployments
  • Plan, design, implement, manage and maintain complex communications and information systems
  • Provide commanders information using a number of methods including radio, fibre optic, microwave, information systems and satellite links to help them control the battle
  • Ensure the Army's information services are available wherever the need and
  • General soldiering duties, such as manning defensive positions, patrolling, traffic control, camouflaging of vehicles and field equipment, and navigation

The training you receive as a Telecommunications Technician is nationally accredited. Details of this accreditation are displayed in the National Qualifications section for this job.

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Key Information

National Qualifications

Civil accreditation is currently under review for all Army training.

Salary & Allowances

Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $1,434 per fortnight ($37,302 pro rata per year).*

Salary while undertaking Initial Employment Training: $1,639 per fortnight ($42,631 pro rata per year).*

While under training, you will also receive $403 per fortnight ($10,493 per year pro rata) Trainee Allowance.

Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of Initial Employment Training: ($2,187) per fortnight ($56,877 per year).*

In addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $538 per fortnight ($13,991 per year) except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will also receive a Uniform Allowance of $16 per fortnight ($419 per year).

Each General Entry job in the Australian Defence Force is classified into a pay grade. This particular job is classified as a Pay Grade 4 occupation.

Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Pay Grade may also increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of advanced courses.

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); and superannuation.


The Telecommunications Technician is employed in the majority of RA Sigs tactical and strategic units that operate throughout Australia. The major RA Sigs concentrations are in Melbourne, Darwin, Townsville, Brisbane and Sydney.



Applicants must be aged between 17 and 54 years of age inclusive 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 and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.

Education & Experience

Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English, Mathematics and Science (with a Physics content).

The following state/territory levels of achievement are required in year 10 Mathematics:

  • ACT, B

  • NSW, Band 4

  • NT, B or year 12 subject study score of 14

  • QLD, High Achievement (Top 50 percentile)

  • SA, B or year 12 subject study score of 14

  • TAS, B or High Achievement

  • VIC, 1 or B (Top 50 percentile) and

  • WA, B.

Note: Consumer Maths, Maths in Society and similarly 'modified' maths are not suitable for this job.

These entry qualifications are the minimum required to facilitate understanding of the engineering principles encountered during later phases of training.

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 enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of six years.

Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to therequirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.You may request discharge at any time provided you do not have anoutstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation.

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


The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.


Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral 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.

NOTE: The security clearance is critical to an applicants successful progression through the Army training system. If an applicant is unable to obtain the required security clearance in time, they will not be allowed to continue their training and may need to be re-allocated to another employment category. As such, it is strongly recommended that all applicants obtain the required documentation as soon as possible to provide the best opportunity to be employed in their preferred employment category.


Military Training

All General Entry recruits into the Australian Regular Army are required to complete the Recruit Course.

Total Duration: 80 days.

Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Recruit training is the same for male and female entrants. During the 80 day Army Recruit Course you will be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. The training is deliberately challenging and has been designed to prepare you to be a soldier in today's Army. Recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved.

For more details on recruit training, refer to the Joining instructions. These instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before enlistment in the Army, and give you an idea of what you will be doing on the recruit course.

Further information is also available at the Army Recruit Training Centre website.

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

Employment Training

The majority of Army communications personnel receive their communications training at the Defence Force School of Signals (DFSS) at Macleod, VIC. You won't find technical and communication schools with a better teacher/student ratio or better equipment and facilities. DFSS is dedicated to giving you the best technical and communications qualification possible. So you'll have a real edge in life and be assured of success in whatever employment category you choose. Unlike any other school of its kind, you will be paid while you learn and guaranteed a job when you graduate. And because you'll learn to be a soldier as well as a qualified technician person, you'll also develop a wide range of additional skills including self-discipline, confidence and a real sense of leadership.

Common Corps Training

Duration: 20 Days.

Note: Course duration may vary depending on public holidays and other Army requirements.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria.

This course provides basic Royal Australian Corps of Signals skills in radio, line laying and computing and is a prerequisite for all Australian Regular Army RA Sigs trade courses.

Telecommunications Systems Technician Course

Duration: 72 weeks.

Note: Course duration may vary depending on public holidays and other Army requirements.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria.

Training incorporates all aspects of the telecommunications communications equipment used in RA Sigs Units. Subjects include telecommunications cabling, satellite theory and equipment stations, circuit switch networks, telephone systems and local and wide area computer networks. On the successful completion of the course you will receive Pay Group 4.

It should be noted that there might be periods of time between courses conducted at DFSS. Should this occur, soldiers will be provided with both meaningful employment and refresher training.