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 Air Force 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 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 Aviation Support Technician you will contribute to the Permanent Air Force aircraft and avionics technical trades supporting the ongoing maintenance of aircraft and airframe systems at either flight line or workshop level. You will undertake a range of tasks, including but not limited to, aircraft ground handling, operating ground support equipment, replenishments, towing, marshalling, washing, launching aircraft and fly away kit maintenance.

You will work in varied environments, often working outdoors in all weather conditions and be exposed to aircraft, machinery and equipment noise and vibration. Where possible, work is performed in shelters, hangars or workshops that offer protection from inclement weather. Workshops may be of the open structure or climate controlled type. Work may be outside normal working hours and include shift work.

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 RAFF Base Wagga, where you'll be enlisted in the Aviation Support Technician mustering as a trainee. Upon successful completion of recruit training you will be regarded to Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman and will undertake aircraft type specific training at the Aerospace Technical Trade Core Skills Course at the RAAF School of Technical Training, also at RAAF Base Wagga, followed by aircraft maintenance duties for approximately 7 months at one of the major air bases.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

This role closed on 03/06/2019

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



Air Force Gap Year applicants 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 Maths, English and Science

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

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 minimum, a valid provisional/probationary Australian C Class drivers licence prior to enlistment into the ADF. It is desirable that you be free of driving infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of the licence or prevent the issue of an ADF Drivers 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 Air Force Gap Year 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 Aviation Support Technician is approximately an 11 week course at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) which is located at RAAF Base Wagga in NSW.

Employment Training

Upon successful completion of recruit training, you will proceed to the RAAF School of Technical Training RAAF Base Wagga for the second phase of training (IET). This training is approximately a 10 week course.

Further Training

Upon successful completion of IET you will undertake aircraft maintenance duties in the Aviation Support Technician mustering for approximately 7 months at any of the major operational air bases to consolidate your training.