About the Job

As a Fuel Specialist (also known as Operator Petroleum) you'll perform a wide range of technical fuel functions. Primarily you'll be dealing with the refueling of vehicles, aircraft and a range of fuel installations in the field. To keep the Army's top machines functioning, you will need to be a motivated self-starter who possesses initiative and clear thinking, and can remain cool under pressure. You may also be involved in operating petrol, oils and lubricants equipment; laboratory testing and analysis of these products; and the storage, packaging and disposal of Dangerous Goods - including hazardous materials, but excluding ammunition and explosives.

For the most part Fuel Specialists work in small groups. However depending on the situation they can be required to work alongside the Army's helicopter units for support. In these cases you'll be expected to be able to use your initiative and work in isolated environments. These smaller groups sometimes merge with the other small groups to provide support to mechanised units when a larger scale exercise is needed. The ability to work within a team is a necessity.

You'll be provided with plenty of travel opportunities both in Australia and overseas, as well as enjoying the job security of being a member of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps.

Your duties:

The duties listed below are those that could be expected to be performed in the first three years of service before promotion to Corporal. Note that not all duties are performed in each position.

  • Assist in the management of a fuel facility
  • Refuel aircraft and vehicles
  • Operate vehicles including forklifts and fuel trucks
  • Assist in the laboratory testing of fuel
  • Account for fuel as a supply item
  • Fire fighting and chemical handling
  • Adherence to Workplace, Health and Safety procedures
  • General soldiering duties, such as manning defensive positions, patrolling, traffic control, camouflaging of vehicles and field equipment, and navigation.

Key Information

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.


National Qualifications

Army is currently undertaking a review of civil accreditation gained through Army training.

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 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.

For more details download our Salary Scales.

Read our Conditions of Service.


Fuel Specialist personnel are employed primarily at Townsville and Amberley in QLD, with some opportunities in Darwin, NT. At higher ranks, positions are also available in Wodonga and Melbourne in VIC. A junior Fuel Specialist will usually be posted to Townsville in QLD.



Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and able to complete the Initial Minimum Period of Service before reaching Compulsory Retirement Age (60).

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.

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.

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 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.

Additional Requirements

All applicants for Fuel Specialist 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 Fuel Specialist (ECN 269) 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.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

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

Operator Petroleum Course: 107 days, not including weekends.

Drivers Course: C2/MR2 to be completed prior to or at the completion of the IET OP PET Cse. Course duration 26 days.IET Operator Petroleum Basic Course: Conducted at a combination of locations including: ALTC Bandiana, AVNTC Oakey and Wodonga Tafe, Wodonga.