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About the Job
Musicians (MUSNs) are responsible for promoting the image of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) throughout Australia and overseas as members of the Royal Australian Navy Band. There are six bands stationed around Australia. Two bands of full-time musicians are stationed at the naval establishments HMAS Kuttabul, Potts Point, New South Wales and HMAS Cerberus, Western Port, Victoria. Four Reserve bands are stationed in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.
Naval Musicians will:
- Perform as a member of a Naval band at ceremonial and Naval training parades
- Provide musical entertainment offered by the Navy in the public interest and
- Provide musical entertainment at official naval functions
There are two avenues of entry for Musicians to join the Royal Australian Navy Band. They are:
- Qualified Entry Sailor - non-degree (QES - non-degree) and
- Qualified Entry Sailor - degree (QES - degree)
Instrument categories available include:
Flute and Piccolo, Oboe and Cor Anglais, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Cornet/Trumpet and Bugle, Trombone, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Double Bass and Bass Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Voice and Guitar. Some musicians are also trained on Parade Side-Drum and all have an obligation to serve at sea.
Positions available vary each year. For current positions available see the Royal Australian Navy Band website.
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Make the most of your existing qualifications in the ADF
All RAN musician training attracts civil accreditation.
Salary & Allowances
Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $1,352 per fortnight ($35,151 per year).*
While under training, you will also receive $380 per fortnight ($9,888 per year pro rata) Trainee Allowance.
After completion of Military (Recruit) Training Qualified Entry Sailor (non-degree) Musicians receive $1,931 per fortnight ($50,216 per year).*
After completion of Military (Recruit) Training Qualified Entry Sailor (degree) Musicians receive $2,061 per fortnight ($53,597 per year).*
In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $507 per fortnight ($13,184 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 receive a Uniform Allowance of $16 per fortnight ($429 per year).
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.
* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); and superannuation.
The Australian Navy Band comprises of six bands stationed around Australia.
Two bands of full-time musicians are stationed at the naval establishments HMAS Kuttabul, Potts Point, NSW and HMAS Cerberus, Western Port, VIC. Four Reserve bands are stationed in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.
On occasions, musicians may be temporarily attached to a ship at sea for ceremonial and musical duties.
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 to be eligible to apply for entry is successful completion of Year 10 level, which must include study of English and Mathematics.
In addition, the following applies for the different avenues of Musician entry:
Qualified Entry Sailor - non degree (QES - non degree) - A standard commensurate with, but not exclusively aligned to AMusA;
Qualified Entry Sailor - degree (QES - degree) - Hold a degree from a recognised institution and who at an audition display a standard of performance commensurate with such a degree. Suitable degrees would include, but are not limited to:
- Bachelor of Music and
- Bachelor of Music Education
Further information is contained at:
Note: Entry for this role requires that you undertake an audition with the Navy's Director of Music and have your qualifications endorsed by the Directorate of Naval Workforce Management. If found satisfactory through the audition and qualification assessment, your Case Manager will be advised that you satisfy the minimum entry standards and your application will be progressed. Your Case Manager will organise these processes for you.
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 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.
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
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 Counsellor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.
All Musician applicants are required to audition to the satisfaction of the Navy's Director of Music. Applicants must demonstrate high musical ability on any of the instrumental categories shown above, have a reasonable knowledge of the theory of music and must be able to read musical notation. The minimum standards acceptable for competitive audition are:
- QES (non-degree) - a standard commensurate with, but not exclusively aligned to AMusA and
- QES (degree) - a standard commensurate with their degree
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 Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry.
A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.
Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a checkable background for this period
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.
When you are offered a General Entry job in the Navy, you will receive Joining Instructions for the Recruit Training Course. These instructions will provide you with a good indication of the daily routine while at the recruit school and what will be expected of you during your training. This information is also available by accessing the Navy recruit school web site.
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.
Sea Survival Ship Safety Category Training - 1 Week
Qualified Entry Sailor - non degree (QES - non degree) - Noformalised training in music is required.
Qualified Entry Sailor - degree (QES - degree) - No formalisedtraining in music is required.