About the Job
Dental Assistants (DEN) are members of the Health Services Branch of the Navy. They are primarily responsible for chairside assistance to the Dentist and patient management.
A Dental Assistant is responsible for:
- Assisting the Dentist in chair-side treatment of patients
- Sterilisation of dental instruments and surgery infection control
- Preparation and assisting with oral healthcare procedures and
- The processing and mounting of dental radiographs
A Dental Assistant is also responsible for Dental, clerical and administration procedures, which include:
- Stores procurement
- Collecting and entering data on computer databases and
- Filing and document dispatch and receipt
Dental Assistants are generally employed in Major Dental Facilities (three or more dental practitioners) located at Sydney, Rockingham and Nowra. When competent, Dental Assistants complete the Senior Dental Assistants Course and are then employed in Minor Dental Units (one dental practitioner) and Fleet Mobile Dental Teams on ships.
A Dental Assistant can further progress through the career structure to the role of Practice Manager. A Practice Manager coordinates the planning, organising, directing and controlling of practice resources, or Fleet Mobile Dental Teams, under the direction of the Senior Dental Officer.
Other Ranks - Non Technical
Join the ADF with appropriate high school passes
This entry method is currently not recruiting
Qualifications or units of competency achieved from Navy delivered training are issued by the Royal Australian Navy, which is a nationally Registered Training Organisation. To confirm if a qualifications or statement of obtainment can be achieved via Navy training call 1800DEFENCE.
Salary & Allowances
In the Navy you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.
In addition to base pay you'll receive a variety of allowances - which are detailed below - plus superannuation at a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.
All Sailors will serve in fleet units and shore establishments on a rotational basis.
Must be aged between 17 and 56 years inclusive on day of entry.
Applicants will not normally 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 ofage, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.
Education & Experience
The minimum educational standard is successful completion of Year 10 with passes in English and Mathematics. A pass in Year 10 Science is also desirable,
Medical & Fitness
To be appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry into the ADF. 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 more details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF, Medical Process for Entry into the ADF and Physical Employment Standards once you're in the ADF.
You must also pass the swim test and physical fitness test to graduate from your Navy Training and to proceed to the Safety of Life at Sea Training that is a requirement for Recruit School and Officer training.
Royal Australian Navy Swim Test (RANST)
The RANST is conducted to ensure the Navy's duty of care to all serving personnel, with respect to rudimentary swimming skills. The purpose of the RANST is to ensure fundamental water survival skills as a prerequisite to training such as survival at sea training.
Individual components of the RANST are fundamentally related to the survival at sea scenario. Competency in the RANST is achieved through successful completion of each component comprising:
- A safety jump off a 3m tower in overalls
- A 10m underwater swim in overalls
- A 50m swim using three safety strokes
- The ability to tread water or float for 15 mins (removal of overalls optional)
Note: You will find it much easier to pass the swimming test if you undertake swimming training before you join.
All personnel will undertake the RANST upon entry and competency is to be achieved within 15 weeks from commencement of initial training. Failure of any one component will constitute failure of the entire RANST and no waivers will be granted.
Period of Service
You will be enlisted 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 request discharge at any time provided you do not have an outstanding 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 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.
The security clearance is critical to an applicant’s successful progression through to Navy employment and training. It is strongly recommended that all applicants provide the required documents as early as possible in the recruiting process to avoid any delays in their training and employment.
Details regarding the security requirements for all Navy jobs can be found here.
Duration: 11 weeks
Location: Crib Point, Victoria
The Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus is situated on Western Port Bay, Victoria about 70 kilometres south east of Melbourne. The school has its own administration building, accommodation blocks and classrooms and operates as an independent unit within the greater training environment of Cerberus.
The eleven week recruit course is designed to give you sufficient knowledge and skills on which to base your navy career. The course includes both classroom and practical activities. Most subjects are individually tested. Examinations are set to ensure recruits are sufficiently prepared to undertake further specialist training at category schools. Private study areas are available in the school and a Duty Instructor is available for assistance during non-instructional hours.
Recruits, who successfully complete the course including the Navy Swimming Test , participate in a Graduation Parade, which is normally held on the Friday of the last week of training. Recruits will have the opportunity to invite family and friends to view the parade.
After graduation, personnel will be posted to category schools at Cerberus or at other training establishments throughout Australia.
During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and Initial Employment Training (IET), members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities, depending on a number of factors.
Dental Assistant Course (Unqualified Entry)
Following graduation from Military Training, trainees undertake a 16 week ADF Dental Assistant Course at the Australian Defence Force Dental School at HMAS Cerberus.
Sub Specialist Option
Application to transfer to submarines is open to all Sailors and some Officers, male and female. Volunteers may apply for Acoustic Warfare Analyst (AWA SM) whilst in recruit school and to other Submariner categories as early in their careers as during initial Sailor trade and officer primary qualification training.
Although not all Sailor categories are employed in submarines, Acoustic Warfare Analysts (AWA) and Electronic Warfare Systems Submariners (EWSM) are drawn from any category. Transfer into one of these may be necessary for some personnel to serve in submarines. (See the individual category sections to find out if the trade of your choice has a submarine component. If not, you may volunteer to transfer to AWA or EWSM).
If Submarine Service interests YOU let the Interviewing Officer know at your Recruiting Centre.
Service in submarines is extremely demanding, both emotionally and physically.
Submariners work and live in very close proximity to each other and personal privacy is extremely limited, except when ashore. Submarine personnel work long hours and are constantly subjected to emotional and physical pressures not found in surface ships.
Many a new recruit to the Submarine Arm of the Royal Australian Navy believe they have what it takes to become a good Submariner. However, until you have been tested and have experienced the arduous conditions and life inside a submarine, you won't fully appreciate the difficulties.
Today's Submariner is a unique breed of Sailor/Officer. They have met the challenges, been tested to the limits of their endurance and abilities and found to have what it takes to be members of a very demanding arm of the Royal Australian Navy.
If you think you have what it takes, then you must be prepared for some very demanding personal challenges throughout your training and employment. If you come through these you will be willingly accepted into the Submarine Arm of the Royal Australian Navy and welcome to wear 'The Dolphins' (the submariner's badge of distinction).
Note: Submarine Service is not a sub-specialisation of this category. Transfer of category is necessary to become a submariner.
Further information is available on the Submariner pages.
Able Seaman or higher ranks may be selected for further advancement courses. Selection for all advancement courses is based on the individual's merit and superior's recommendation. These courses include various leadership and management courses and further category specific training.
Category specific courses include:
- Senior Dental Assistant: This course follows on from the Basic (initial employment training) course completed after Recruit training.
- Practice Management: This course trains personnel to supervise and manage a ADF or RAN Dental Department. Attendance is by selection only and for persons who have achieved promotion on merit to the rank of Petty Officer.
The Senior Dental Assistant course has been specifically designed to increase the operational capability of dental assistants in the deployed environment. The course is to be completed about 12 months after completion of the Basic (Initial Employment Training) Dental Assistant course. The course is six weeks long during which students live-in at the ADF Dental School HMAS Cerberus. The Senior Dental Assistant course is the second part of the baseline ADF Dental Assistant qualification and course training content includes Infection Control and Radiography, including taking Dental X-Rays.
Practice Management: This course is designed for persons to be the Practice Manager of a ADF Dental Department. Such positions are usually held if an individual achieves promotion on merit to rank of Petty Officer. This course is blended, comprising a face to face phase at the ADF Dental School HMAS Cerberus with distance learning whilst in the individuals posted workplace location. This course in itself is NOT Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) under the Commonwealth Governments VET system, but aligned to ADF and RAN workplace capability requirements.