About the Job
Role. The role of Driver (Driver Specialist) in the Royal Australian Corps of Transport (RACT) is to plan missions, control and operate Army land transport.
The RACT plays a pivotal role within the Defence distribution network, including providing movement control, terminal services, postal and Army aspects of air logistics support. The officers and soldiers of the RACT plan and deliver the required personnel, stores, equipment and Combat Service Support (CSS) through 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 that a Driver would use, 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 130 tonnes (to carry the Abrams main battle tank)
A 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), carrying a variety of loads including cargo, equipment, personnel and dangerous goods. A Driver Specialist 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 DVR SPEC may be employed to drive a variety of specialist vehicles including Water Tankers and Fuel Tankers.
Main Job Functions
A DVR SPEC 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 DVR SPEC can tow a single trailer (other than a semi-trailer) up to 20 tonnes.
The main job functions for a DVR SPEC are as follows:
• Distribute cargo, equipment and personnel to achieve missions in all conditions, day and night, on and off road.
• Operate in an environment of threat, by being able to tactically manoeuvre, use mounted weapon systems and apply camouflage.
• Drive off road, applying understanding of vehicle capability, terrain and conditions and being able to recover bogged, damaged and ditched vehicles different recovery methods and equipment.
• Operate ancillary equipment, such as forklifts, vehicle mounted cranes and hydraulic integrated load handlers to load and unload vehicles.
• Conduct basic operator maintenance principles to ensure vehicles are available and in good working order.
• Navigate using digital battle management systems, GPS and via civil and topographic maps
• Communicate with other vehicles and headquarters using radios and other digital communication equipment
• Act as a Driving Instructor after a qualifying period of 12 months
• Apply legislation and policy to driving operations and maintain transport documentation, including a log book, the transport of Dangerous Goods and Commonwealth explosives and Heavy Vehicle Regulations including driving using a permit,
• Be employed in specialist driving roles, such as a driver to VIPs up to the General or equivalent rank and operating bulk water and fuel tankers.
Other Ranks - Non Technical - Reserve
Take on an exciting new career challenge, on a flexible part-time basis
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.
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 Army Reserve goes straight into your pocket with no deductions for tax, and it increases as you gain seniority and experience.
Drivers are required by most units of the Army, Australia wide.
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.
The Compulsory Retirement Age (CRA) for Reserve Service is 65 years. Enlistment up to and including the age of 60 years is open for all employment categories. Candidates who wish to enlist into the Army Reserve beyond the age of 60 years will need to be further assessed to ensure that they would be feasibly able to complete all obligatory pre-requisite training in their chosen area of employment prior to reaching CRA.
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
All candidates who are appointed or enlisted into the Army Reserve may undertake volunteer service until the age of 65 (Compulsory Retiring Age) subject to the requirements of the Army and suitability for further service. Members may transfer out of the active Army Reserve at any time.
All applicants must hold a current provisional/probationary drivers licence. If a candidate has a civilian licence that is under suspension or has been cancelled, they will not be eligible to enlist into this role 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 Army Reserve are required to complete the Recruit Course.
Duration: 35 days continuous
Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Recruit training is the same for male and female entrants. During the Reserve Recruit Training Course you will be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, drill, first aid, navigation 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.
Note: You must be aware that you must commence recruit training within 6 months of enlistment.
Medium Rigid Truck (40M) with the option of Land 121 fleet or HX77 qualification pending suitability.
Location: Road Transport Wing, Army Logistic Training Centre, Puckapunyal, VIC.
Duration: Up to 70 Days (Reservists may complete in three modules).
For Reserves: The Land 121 and 40M course can be attended in any order but at least one of these licenses must be held prior to attending the RACT TAC OPS.
Once a 40M license is obtained, a member may then be trained on the HX77 Heavy Vehicle or equivalent.
Note: If the applicant is currently under a license suspension or has their civilian license cancelled, that applicant is not eligible to enlist within this employment category until that suspension or cancellation has expired.
Reserve Unit Locations
Adamstown NSW 2289
Holsworthy NSW 2173
Randwick NSW 2031
Orange NSW 2800
Tamworth NSW 2340
University of Wollongong Regiment
Wollongong NSW 2500
Wagga Wagga Depot
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Alice Springs NT 0870
Caboolture QLD 4510
Enoggera QLD 4051
Mt Isa Depot
Mt Isa QLD 4825
Rockhampton QLD 4700
Thursday Island Depot
Thursday Island QLD 4875
Toowoomba QLD 4350
Weipa QLD 4874
Glenorchy TAS 7010
Devonport TAS 7310
Horsham VIC 3400
Newborough VIC 3825
Geelong VIC 3220
Oakleigh South VIC 3167
Ballarat VIC 3350
Broome WA 6725
Geraldton Training Barracks
Geraldton WA 6530
Karratha WA 6714
Canberra ACT 2600
Lismore NSW 2480
Coffs Harbour Depot
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Sutherland NSW 2232
Dundas NSW 2117
Larrakeyah NT 0820
Greenbank QLD 4124
Atherton QLD 4883
Townsville QLD 4813
Elizabeth North Training Depot
Smithfield SA 5114
Warradale SA 5046
Wangaratta VIC 3677
Broadmeadows VIC 3047
Exmouth WA 6707
Karrakatta WA 6010
Newman WA 6753
Port Hedland Depot
Port Hedland WA 6721
Tom Price Depot
Tom Price WA 6751
Carnarvon WA 6701
Kunnunurra WA 6743
Nguiu NT 0822