About the Job

In this rewarding full or part-time role, you'll help to protect Air Force bases and keep Australia's air defence and strike capabilities operational.

You can work in Airbase Protection and Security (Airbase Protection) on a full or part-time basis, with part-time Airbase Protection and Security personnel used to supplement full-time Air Force resources during times of increased need.

Whether you join in a full or part-time capacity, comprehensive training will give you the skills to:

  • Man observation posts and carry out vehicle and foot patrols to provide a secure operating environment
  • Man control points, with oversight of the right and need of people and vehicles to access specific areas
  • Handle a variety of weapons
  • Negotiate effectively
  • Understand legal powers
  • React to security threats and
  • Engage in self-defence.

You will need to be physical fit to carry out your duties, plus have the ability to deal effectively with members of the public. You will also spend the majority of your working time outdoors, in all weather conditions by both day and night. You may also be exposed to excessive noise, extreme temperatures and the handling of hazardous material but you will be equipped with the skills to deal with all these conditions.

If you're looking for an exciting and rewarding full or part-time security job, this could be the role for you.

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.


Other Requirements

It is suggested that those interested in joining Airbase Protection and Security in the Air Force and seek more information about this role contact Air Force Security Force Recruitment at SECFOR.RWFM@defence.gov.au. A suitable Air Force member will respond within 7-14 working days and will be able to convey a more detailed explanation of this rewarding full or part-time security job.

Salary & Allowances

Most Reservists join the Australian Defence Force for the exciting work, the friendships and the lifestyle. But there are many other benefits too, including financial ones.

The pay you receive in the Air Force Reserve goes straight into your pocket with no deductions for tax, and it increases as you gain seniority and experience.

For more details download our Salary Scales.

Read our Conditions of Service.


Airbase Protection and Security personnel will initially be posted to a Security Forces Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley (QLD), Williamtown (NSW), Richmond (NSW) or Edinburgh (SA) but may be required to undertake employment at any other Air Force base within Australia.

Note: Part time Airbase Protection and Security vacancies are currently restricted to applicants who reside within 2 hours surface travel of a Security Force Squadron Airbase Protection Flight located at Amberley (QLD), Williamtown (NSW), Edinburgh (SA), Richmond (NSW) and Pearce (WA). 



You must be aged between 17 and 60 years inclusive on the day of entry.

Applicants will not normally 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

You must have successfully passed Year 10 level of secondary education (including English and Mathematics)

If you do not satisfy the education requirements for this position or do not possess evidence of your educational attainment there is an alternative pathway available to you.

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

All candidates who are appointed or enlisted into the Air Force Reserve serve an initial period of volunteer service for five years, or until age 65 (Compulsory Retiring Age), whichever occurs earlier. Members may transfer out of an active element of the Air Force Reserve at any time.

Additional Requirements

It is essential that all applicants hold at a minimum a provisional/probationary Australian C Class drivers licence. It is desirable that all applicants be free of driving infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of the licence or prevent the issue of an ADF Drivers Licence.


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.

Find out more on the Citizenship page, or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.


Military Training

The Recruit Course for Reservists offers a flexible delivery option to complete part of the course at home location followed by a four week residential phase at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) which is located at RAAF Base Wagga in NSW.

Reservists can expect to attend their home base on average one to two days per month over a three month period in order to complete the physical fitness assessments and pre-requisite training required for the residential phase.

Training conducted at home location is conducted in two parts. The first part includes undertaking an initial fitness assessment to gauge each individuals fitness level. Following this, suitable time will be given to achieve the required Physical Fitness Test (PFT) standard -https://www.airforce.gov.au/about-us/fitness-guidelines (generally up to six weeks). Reservists will be given access to physical conditioning programs and a fitness app to assist in preparation for the assessment.

Progression to the second part of local base training occurs upon successful completion of the PFT and includes the following:

Residential phase pre-course administration
Training in Service Knowledge 
First Aid Training
Confirmatory PFT – within two weeks prior to commencing the residential phase

Following successful completion of the pre-requisite training, reservists will attend the residential phase which includes training in the following key areas:

Training in Service Knowledge
Uniform Kitting
Military Drill
Physical Fitness
Ground Defence (weapons and field craft).


Employment Training

Upon successful completion of recruit training, Airbase Protection and Security trainees are required to complete Airbase Protection Initial Employment Training (ABP IET).

The Airbase Protection IET consists of a 4 week residential course undertaken at the RAAF Security and Fire School (RAAFSFS) at RAAF Base Amberley QLD.

Prior to attending the 4 week residential course trainees will be required to complete approximately 3 to 4 days of pre-course training at their home base. In instances where the training cannot be completed at their home base (limited local base training opportunities) trainees will complete the pre-course training at RAAFSFS in the week prior to the commencement of the 4 week course.   

IET Course content includes the following key areas with lessons and training taking place in the classroom, in the field and in domestic and operational areas of an airbase.

  • Security administration, policy and procedures

  • Airfield safety

  • Security patrolling

  • Communications

  • Operational safety, including defensive tactics skills

  • Control of entry to ADF establishments and restricted areas

  • Weapon handling

  • Combat skills

  • Initial action at crime scenes

  • Management of security incidents

  • Emergency response procedures