About the Job

Role: The role of Driver (Driver Specialist) in the Royal Australian Corps of Transport (RACT) is to control and operate Army owned surface transport, other than unit transport, and to provide movement control, terminal, postal and Army aspects of air logistic support to the Army.

The RACT plays a pivotal role within the distribution network of the Australian Army. The officers and soldiers of the RACT plan and deliver the required personnel, stores, equipment and Combat Service Support (CSS) through the distribution process utilising road, rail, sea and air transportation.

The RACT has many tasks to perform including operating the Army fleet of landing craft and amphibious vehicles, all forms of road transport, distribution centres and specialist units that prepare, pack and dispatch supplies dropped from the air. To perform these tasks, the RACT is equipped with a large selection of vehicles including:

  • Landrover 110 - 4 X 4 and 6 x 6 variants
  • Mercedes Benz G Wagon - 4 X 4 and 6 x 6 variants
  • Mercedes Benz Unimog - 4 x 4 Medium Rigid truck variants
  • Mack Fleetliner MC2 Heavy Rigid variants (Cargo, fuel, water)
  • Mack 'R' Series MC3 variants Heavy Rigid (Cargo, fuel, water, Dump)
  • Kenworth 'T' 909 series Semi trailers;
  • MAN Medium 40M and Heavy HX77 protected and un-protected variants
  • Heavy equipment transporter/multi combination - up to 110 tonnes (to carry the Abrams main battle tank)

A Driver (Driver Specialist) is a soldier who operates and manages Army vehicles in combat support and combat service support roles, by day and by night, on all forms of roads (including off road) as required, carrying a variety of loads including cargo, personnel and dangerous goods (DG). A Driver is required to load, drive and maintain a vehicle and its associated equipment with a payload up to and including 12 tonnes (20 tonnes with trailer). The Driver may be employed to drive a variety of specialist vehicles including Water Tankers and Fuel Tankers.

Main Job Functions


A Driver can operate a range of vehicles from Light Rigid to Heavy Rigid Class on all forms of roads and off-road as required. Additionally, a Driver can tow a single trailer (other than a semi-trailer) up to 20 tonnes.

The main job functions for a Driver are as follows:

  • Drive loaded and unloaded vehicles under all conditions, by day and by night, on formed roads and cross country
  • Camouflage a vehicle
  • Operate Material Handling Equipment, such as forklifts and cranes, as necessary
  • Operate equipment fitted to a vehicle such as vehicle mounted cranes and winches
  • Supervise and assist with the loading and unloading of vehicles
  • Conduct non-technical inspections
  • Recover ditched and damaged vehicles using vehicle recovery equipment
  • Operate radio/communications equipment if fitted to a vehicle
  • Transport Dangerous Goods and Commonwealth Explosives in accordance with Defence and civilian regulations and legislation
  • Maintain transport documentation
  • Convey VIPs up to Brigadier or equivalent rank
  • Navigate in built up areas and in the field using civil maps, military maps and / or route cards
  • Operate a military vehicle on public roads in accordance with both military and civilian legislation and
  • Operate in an environment of threat

This entry method is currently not recruiting

This role closed on 12/08/2019

Key Information

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.

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Drivers are required by most units of the Army, Australia wide.



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.

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

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.

Additional Requirements

Special Requirements

All applicants for Driver enlisted after 01 January 2019 must, as a minimum, hold a current provisional/probationary drivers licence. If a candidate has a civilian licence that is under suspension or has been cancelled, that candidate is not eligible to enlist into the Driver (ECN 274) category until such time that the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.

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 program.

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.

Security Requirements

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:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

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.


Military Training

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.

Employment Training

Driver Specialist Training Course

Medium Rigid Truck (Unimog) with the option of G Wagon or Heavy Rigid Truck (Mack) qualification pending suitability.

Location: Road Transport Wing, Army Logistic Training Centre, Puckapunyal, VIC.

Duration: Up to 70 Days

Note: If the applicant is currently under a licence suspension or has their civilian licence cancelled, that applicant is not eligible to enlist within this employment category until that suspension or cancellation has expired.