About the Job
Role. The role of 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 light trucks, heavy cargo and specialist vehicles, 60 tonne semi-trailers, amphibious and small landing craft.
The Air Dispatcher is an RACT soldier who packs, rigs, loads/unloads stores and equipment for all modes of air movement, (including airdrop, airland and helicopter external lift) and who manually dispatches cargo from aircraft whilst in flight.
Main Job Functions:
- Use Aerial Delivery Equipment (ADE)
- Load and unload military aircraft
- Operate specialist vehicles and material handling equipment (MHE) in and around military aircraft
- Prepare and rig items for all modes of air movement including airdrop, airland and helicopter external lift
- Manually dispatch small cargo loads from military aircraft in flight
- Operate and clear cargo drop zones (DZ)
- Conduct tasks at a helicopter Landing Point (LP)/Landing Site (LS) in preparation for helicopter operations
- Interpret and comply with the requirements of Air Logistic publications and
- Comply with Commonwealth and State Legislation pertaining to the safe handling of Dangerous Goods (DG) and explosives
Other Ranks - Non Technical
Join the ADF with appropriate high school passes
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.
NSW - Richmond
WA - Perth
Applicants must be aged between 17 and 55 years of age inclusive on day of entry. Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF 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, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.
Education & Experience
Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in 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 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 IMPS obligation.
If you have only received partial recognition of your qualifications, you will be advised of the Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) after the Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Current Competencies process is complete. The IMPS will be between four and seven years.
All applicants for Air Dispatcher enlisted after 31 March 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 Air Dispatcher (ECN 099) category until such time that the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.
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 ADF.
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.
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.
Driver Training Course
Medium Rigid Truck (40M) and G-wagon qualification pending suitability.
Location: Road Transport Wing, Army Logistic Training Centre, Puckapunyal, VIC.
Duration: Up to 33 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.
Basic Air Dispatch Course
Location: Air Mobility Training and Development Unit, RAAF Base Richmond, NSW.
Duration: 28 days.
Note: Selected Air Dispatch personnel may be required to attend parachute training. Does not apply to Reserve Air Dispatch soldiers as they do not undertake parachute training.
Basic Parachutist Course
Location: Parachute Training School, Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW.
Duration: 15 days.