About the Job
As a Network Technician (NETECH) you are a cyberspace systems specialist responsible for the planning, operating, maintenance, architecture, management, assurance and governance of end-to-end cyberspace systems and capabilities.
In this highly diverse role, you will support the Air Force through the provision and secure management of networks. Network Technicians enable capable and resilient cyberspace systems for a fully-networked Air Force, fully integrating air, space, cyber and ground operations.
Training is provided in Network Technician areas of employment to provide the baseline skills you need to perform a range of networking and technical functions. Specific Information Communications Technology (ICT) and networking skills are baselined to industry standards (ie. Cisco Certified Networking Academy, Microsoft Official Curriculum). The Network Technician job group has a dedicated learning and development continuum that fosters ongoing technical growth and development.
During your career as a Network Technician, you can expect to be employed within some (or all) of the following specialist areas:
- Mission support to flying squadrons and air operations – including F-35A Lightning II, P-8A Poseidon, EA-18G Growler, F/A-18F Super Hornet as well as operational satellite links
- Generating, maintaining and certifying robust, interconnected and interoperable cyberspace systems
- Assuring tactical air/ground communications
- Adapt and integrate systems for compatibility with Air Force, ADF and coalition systems
- Apply cyberspace assurance and auditing functions to mitigate network penetration and protect vulnerabilities
- ICT coordination - involving planning, coordinating, and providing software, cyberspace and networking support
- Network security – ensuring the integrity, auditability and security of Air Force voice and data networks
- Maintenance and accreditation of end-to-end cyberspace systems.
Network Technicians can expect to routinely work within a range of working conditions from office environments and high security areas to aircraft tarmacs and hangars. This may include irregular duty hours including shift work. Deployed working conditions will be reflective of the tactical environment Network Technicians are required to operate in.
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Preparing for Your Recruitment Process
This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.
Network Technicians are provided training to reputable industry standards including, Cisco Certified Networking Academy (CCNA) and Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC). This training is provided through a contracted training provider.
Network Technicians may receive nationally recognised accreditation for ADF training and experience. Further details are available from the Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
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 your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.
You may be posted to any Air Force Base within Australia or potentially overseas. The opportunity for overseas deployment on military operations or coalition exercises is also available.
On the day you enter the Air Force you must be at least 17 years old and a maximum of 53 years old.
Applicants will not normally be allowed to enter the Air Force 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 of age.
Education & Experience
Successful completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English, Mathematics, Science and one other subject.
Consumer Maths, General Maths, Math in Society and similarly ‘modified’ Maths subjects are not suitable.
Applicants without the minimum educational qualification may be considered if they possess relevant work experience, advanced networking training or tertiary qualifications.
Minimum education requirements apply to all methods of entry.
Medical & Fitness
To be enlisted or appointed, 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 successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.
Period of Service
You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of four 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 and provide a minimum of three months' notice.
At a minimum, candidates must hold a valid Australian State or Territory provisional/probationary C Class Drivers Licence upon enlistment/appointment. Candidates with suspended or cancelled licences will not be eligible to join until the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.
Online Aptitude Testing (OAT) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.
OAT is used by Defence to establish suitability for ADF entry, and then identify jobs that best match your abilities.
Further information about OAT can be found in the Guide to Online Aptitude Testing for the ADF.
To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in an Online Aptitude Test and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Online Aptitude Testing Example Questions.
To serve in the ADF you must be an Australian Citizen.
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 Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.
The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have a security clearance appropriate to their employment.
A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and if required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.
The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1 (NV1), and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years.
This means applicants must provide credible referees (non-family members) who are able to provide information about the applicant covering an extended period of time. Required information for an NV1 includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Financial information
Some ADF jobs may require a higher level of security clearance such as Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2) or Positive Vetting (PV). Your individual circumstances will determine the number and complexity of the questions and the supporting documents required for these levels.
Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.
The security clearance is critical to an applicant's successful progression through the recruiting process. It is strongly recommended that all applicants action the Security Clearance Package (ePack) and provide the required documentation without delay to provide the best opportunity to commence training and be employed in their preferred employment category.
For more detailed information on the security vetting process and specific clearance level requirements set by AGSVA, please refer to the AGSVA website.
Support will be provided by DFR during the initial application process.
Duration: 10.6 weeks
Location: RAAF Base Wagga (NSW)
You'll start your Air Force career at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU). In three intensive months you'll transition smoothly from civilian to Service life, acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and physical fitness required for your role; and learning to become an effective and productive member of the Air Force.
You can read about what to expect at the No.1 Recruit Training Unit on the 1RTU website.
Network Technician Initial Course – Approximately 41 weeks (subject to change)
The Network Technician Initial Course is undertaken within the Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks, Macleod, VIC. Training comprises:
- Networking and cyberspace
- Routing and switching essentials
- Server administration and configuration
- Defence technical regulatory awareness
- Cryptographic security
- Radio frequency fundamentals
- Network information assurance and configuration management
- Basic electronics
- Satellite systems
The Network Technician employment group has a dedicated learning and development continuum. Network Technicians can expect that their skills will be formally advanced based on rank progression. This will be applied through a dedicated continuum based on specific military trade expectations and industry aligned training fostering technical growth and development.