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About the Job
As a Nursing Officer you will be a key part of a multi-disciplinary team ensuring the health of all Navy personnel. You will serve in a variety of well-equipped Defence facilities in Australia and can also expect to serve at sea. Navy Nursing Officers regularly work alongside their Army and Air Force colleagues in land-based facilities under canvas, both in Australia and overseas. You will need the skills, aptitude and resolve to provide expert care in potentially challenging circumstances and with minimal support.
You’ll start work in the Navy fully qualified in your profession but our world class training will give you many more skills that benefit your ongoing career. You will learn to look after the welfare, training and discipline of personnel under your command as you gain valuable leadership qualities. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake specialist military medicine training and pursue post-graduate specialist education.
In addition to their normal duties, all Navy Officers will be designated as Divisional Officers throughout their career. This involves the leadership, management, administration and career advice to junior sailors and Officers within their Division which may involve up to fifty junior sailors and Officers.
All junior Officers onboard RAN vessels will be required to keep Officer of the Day (OOD) duties. The OOD is the Commanding Officers (CO) representative for a 24 hour period and is directly responsible to the CO for the safety and security of the Ship and personnel onboard.
They'll also be engaged in managing the general maintenance and upkeep of their Navy vessels and equipment as part of the larger team.
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Salary & Allowances
Qualified Nursing Officer Graduates are appointed at Pay Grade 2 with a salary of $59,258 per year ($2,279 per fortnight).* Pay Grade 3 is achieved on completion of your Primary Qualification comprising of military and health training which is required for sea service. Pay Grade 5 may subsequently be achieved upon completion or approval of a postgraduate specialist qualification.
You will also receive Uniform Allowance of $682 per year ($26 per fortnight) to assist maintaining uniforms in good order and condition.
As well, Service Allowance at the rate of $13,448 per year ($517 per fortnight) is paid to all members (except for certain trainee categories) below the rank of Commander or equivalent. The allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.
Note: A higher salary may be granted in recognition of relevant work experience. This will be discussed at the Officer Selection Board. Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Refer to the Salary Scales.
* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.
All officers will serve in fleet units and shore establishments around Australia based on service need. Individual preferences for posting location will be taken into account where possible. Nursing officers may expect to serve in all key Navy locations throughout Australia.
Applicants must be aged between 17 and 56 years of age inclusive on entry.
Education & Experience
At a minimum applicants must have: unrestricted registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Registered Nurse, have a minimum of 2 years recent post-registration experience in acute care and be able to demonstrate currency of practice. At times the Navy is required to meet specific skill gaps within its deployable elements and some Nursing Specialties may be more desirable: your case manager will be able to advise you in these cases.
All applicants applying for this role require your qualifications to be endorsed by the Directorate of Navy Workforce Management. If found satisfactory through this process, your Case Manager will be advised that you satisfy the minimum standards and your application will be progressed. Your Case Manager will arrange this process 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 in overalls
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 appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of 3 years if you are a qualified applicant who has completed a minimum of two years post-registration experience in an acute care setting within the last five years.
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 Recruitment Centre or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.
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.
Initial Entry Officer training for all graduate and non-graduate Officers is conducted at the Royal Australian Naval College (RANC), HMAS Creswell at Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast.
The New Entry Officer Course (NEOC) is 22 weeks in duration and is designed to equip Officers with general Service skills common to all employment qualifications and develop the necessary attributes for the efficient management of Navy personnel and assets. This course covers drill and ceremonial, physical training, Officer development, oral and written communications, naval message writing, management and leadership, Officer of the day duties, Navy organisation, Defence studies, character guidance, Navy history, swim test *, first aid, small arms training, adventure training, and a training cruise. Refer to the Joining Instructions for further details on the NEOC.
These instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before your appointment in the Navy and will give you an idea of what you will be doing during your training. *Please note that the swim test is conducted in the first week of the New Entry Officer Course.
On completion of NEOC, Navy Nursing Officers complete a range of courses to enable them to practice in a maritime operational environment.
Nursing Officers will also be encouraged and supported to pursue post-graduate education in specialisations such as peri-operative nursing, critical care, emergency nursing and health management.