About the Job

Are you a recent Year 12 graduate who wants to develop your skills before pursuing study, or take the time to think about your career direction? Or have you been thinking about a job in the Navy but aren’t sure it’s right for you? Maybe you just want a break from your current job to travel and challenge yourself?

The Air Force Gap Year program provides young Australians who meet general entry requirements an opportunity to broaden their life experience with only a one year commitment. The program offers a 'try before you buy' experience of Air Force training and lifestyle for young men and women, without any obligation to serve beyond the program period.

As an Air Force Gap Year Administration Assistant (known in the Air Force as an Administration Clerk), you will contribute to the Permanent Air Force and be employed in one of a wide range of roles in support of personnel throughout the Air Force and the wider Australian Defence Force. Areas that you may work include Personnel Management, Personnel Operations, Operations Resource Management, Command Communication and Air and Ground Operations.

You’ll generally work in well-appointed offices providing a first point of contact to personnel seeking administrative advice and information, using Defence’s computerised human resource programs and a variety of office equipment. Not all your time will be spent in the office, though. You may be given the opportunity to live and work under field conditions when participating in military exercises.

You will be supported throughout your training by professional and enthusiastic Air Force personnel who will provide the guidance necessary for you to achieve your goals. This will begin at the No. 1 Recruit Training Unit at RAAF Base Wagga, where you’ll be enlisted in the Administration Assistant mustering as a trainee. Upon successful completion of recruit training you will be regraded to Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman and will undertake job-specific training at the Basic Administration Assistant Course at the RAAF School of Administrative and Logistics Training, also at RAAF Base Wagga, followed by Administration Assistant duties for approximately 7 months at any of the major air bases or Defence establishments to consolidate your training.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

This role closed on 14/06/2019

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

In the Air Force 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.

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Air Force Gap Year Administration Assistants may be posted to any Air Force Defence Establishment. This includes the major Air Force operational air bases including RAAF Base Amberley or Townsville in QLD, RAAF Base Darwin or Tindal in NT, RAAF Base Williamtown or Richmond in NSW, RAAF Base Edinburgh in SA.



You must be aged between 18-24 years old as of 31 March 2020.

Education & Experience

You must have completed Year 12 level of secondary education. Additionally you must have Year 10 passes in English and Maths.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted, 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 pass a physical fitness test before enlistment. 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

The Air Force Gap Year program is a fully sponsored program of up to 12 months service. After successful completion of this program, you may have further opportunities within the ADF as a reserve or permanent member depending on capability requirements and available vacancies, or you can choose to leave the ADF.

Failure Management/Termination of Contracts

You can terminate your contract at any stage during the program with 21 days notice. Should you fail to complete military or employment training, options for further service and training will all be considered on a case by case basis.

Additional Requirements

Special Requirements

You must hold, at a minimum, a valid C Class drivers licence (P1 or P2) prior to enlistment into the ADF. You must be free of traffic infringements that may cause future cancellation or suspension of the licence.

Entry Requirements

Current or former serving military personnel (ADF or foreign service) are not eligible for Gap Year.


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 ADFGY Air Force program.

More information on citizenship requirements is available from the Recruitment Centre and your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.


Military Training

The Recruit Course for Air Force Gap Year Administration Assistant is approximately 11 weeks at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) which is located at RAAF Base Wagga in NSW.

Employment Training

Upon successful completion of recruit training, Air Force Gap Year Administration Assistant personnel will proceed to the RAAF School of Administrative and Logistics Training, RAAF Base Wagga for the second phase of training (IET). This training is approximately a 9 week course.

Further Training

Upon successful completion of IET you will then undertake duties in the Administration Assistant mustering for approximately 7 months at any of the major operation air bases or Defence establishments to consolidate your training.