About the Job
Maybe you know a thing or two about the Army already. Maybe you don't. Want to take a stab at just how big the Australian Army really is? Here's a hint - it's very large! This is what makes the Army one of the most challenging and exciting employment opportunities in Australia, and why the role of Administration Assistant (Also known as Admin Clerk, and Command Support Clerk) is like no other administrative function in the nation.
An Admin Assistant is a member of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC) who plays a pivotal role in Army - expected to know what is happening within units and acting as the first point of contact within those units for any number of issues. Admin Assistants are employed in the majority of units in the Australian Army and have opportunities to work with Navy and Air Force.
The skills gained as an Admin Assistant will allow you to be employed in barracks, on training exercises, and in the field. While your surroundings may change, your job role remains consistent and is essential to the effective operation of Army.
The duties listed below are indicative of the tasks you could be expected to perform, but note that not all duties are performed in each position.
- Interpret policy, legislation and regulations to provide clerical and administrative advice
- Understand professional pay and allowance concepts related to the military environment
- Use a number of diverse in-service Information Systems to support peers and commanders
- Maintain records, files and registers
- Prepare administrative and operational documents for signature and release
- Provide accurate advice on pay, personal allowances and unit/personal claims
- Maintain maps, logbooks, messages and information in an operational environment
- Operate the Battlefield Management System and
- General soldiering duties, such as manning defensive positions, patrolling, navigation, traffic control, camouflaging of vehicles and field equipment.
ADF Gap Year
Experience life in the ADF with no commitment beyond 12 months
This entry method is currently not recruiting
This role closed on 24/06/2019
Salary & Allowances
In the Army 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.
Administration Assistants are employed in over 95% of all Army units as well as some Navy and Air Force bases. Due to their specialist administrative skills they are in high demand and perform a variety of duties. At higher ranks, Administration Assistants also have more overseas posting opportunities than most other Army trades.
Gap Year candidates must be 17-24 years old (and be at least 18 years old by 31 May 2020).
Education & Experience
Completion of Australian Year 12 education (or equivalent), as well as passes in Yr 10 English and Mathematics.
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 at the start of 2019. The program will conclude in December 2019.
Subsequent periods of service in the Regular or Reserve Force may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may request discharge at any time by providing 21 days notice.
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 program.
The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have security clearances appropriate to their employment.
A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency 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, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:
Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.
NOTE: The security clearance is critical to an applicants successful progression through the Army training system. If an applicant is unable to obtain the required security clearance in time, they will not be allowed to continue their training and may need to be re-allocated to another employment category. As such, it is strongly recommended that all applicants obtain the required documentation as soon as possible to provide the best opportunity to be employed in their preferred employment category.
All General Entry recruits into the Australian Regular Army are required to complete the Recruit Course.
Total Duration: 80 days.
Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Recruit training is the same for male and female entrants. During the 80 day Army Recruit Course you will be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. The training is deliberately challenging and has been designed to prepare you to be a soldier in today's Army. Recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved.
Further information is also available at the Army Recruit Training Centre website.
During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.
Administration Assistant Course: 59 days, not including weekends.
Location: Bandiana, Victoria.
Note: Course duration may vary depending on public holidays and other Army requirements.