About the Job
It all starts with the warehouse. You’ll play a vital role in keeping the Army moving. As a Warehouse Coordinator, you’ll be running supply, distribution and getting essential military items to where they’re needed. Whether in barracks, on exercise, or out in the field, you’ll be making sure soldiers are provided with everything they need.
You and your team will be responsible for all Army supplies, from body armour to protect soldiers, to medical equipment for relief missions and night vision goggles for spotting threats.
This is not just a job – it's a career. Through fully paid training, you'll gain highly sought-after logistics skills in personnel, material and financial management to grow and succeed.
You’ll also be trained to undertake any of these tasks:
- Driving military vehicles such as trucks and off-road forklifts
- Selecting, packaging, distributing, and destroying surplus or damaged stock
- Handling, storing and distributing dangerous goods
- Planning requirements for ordering, returning and maintaining military equipment
- Calculating unit resource requirements and basic financial management
- General accounting, receipt and issue transaction duties
- General soldiering duties, such as manning defensive positions, patrolling, navigation, traffic control, and camouflaging vehicles and field equipment
As a Warehouse Coordinator, you'll be a member of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC), which is one of the largest logistic organisations in Australia. It is responsible for a large range of tasks not only supporting the Army but also the Navy and Air Force.
No two days are the same in this role. It’s the perfect position for someone with an orderly logical mind seeking a new challenge.
Other Ranks - Non Technical
Join the ADF with appropriate high school passes
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 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.
Warehouse Coordinator personnel are employed in over 95% of all Army units as well as some Navy and Air Force bases. Due to their specialist supply skills they are in high demand and perform a variety of duties.
Most Warehouse Coordinator positions are located within a unit equipment stores environment, providing supply support to small combat, logistics and health teams. Other positions are located within larger formations as part of an integrated logistics team.
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.
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.
Unit Supply Operator Course: 45 days, not including weekends (Including on pavement Forklift training)
Location: Army Logistics Training Centre, Bandiana, Victoria.