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.

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.


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.

For more details download our Salary Scales.

Read our Conditions of Service.


Drivers are required by most units of the Army, Australia wide.



Applicants must have reached 17 years of age on 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.
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.

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 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.

Additional Requirements

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.

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 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.

Employment Training

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

  • Bullecourt Barracks
    Adamstown NSW 2289
  • Holsworthy Barracks
    Holsworthy NSW 2173
  • Randwick Barracks
    Randwick NSW 2031
  • Romani Barracks
    Orange NSW 2800
  • Tamworth Depot
    Tamworth NSW 2340
  • University of Wollongong Regiment
    Wollongong NSW 2500
  • Wagga Wagga Depot
    Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
    Alice Springs NT 0870
  • Caboolture Depot
    Caboolture QLD 4510
  • Gallipoli Barracks
    Enoggera QLD 4051
  • Mt Isa Depot
    Mt Isa QLD 4825
  • Rockhampton Depot
    Rockhampton QLD 4700
  • Thursday Island Depot
    Thursday Island QLD 4875
  • Toowoomba Depot
    Toowoomba QLD 4350
  • Weipa Depot
    Weipa QLD 4874
  • Derwent Barracks
    Glenorchy TAS 7010
  • Kakoda Barracks
    Devonport TAS 7310
  • Horsham Depot
    Horsham VIC 3400
  • Newborough Depot
    Newborough VIC 3825
  • Newland Barracks
    Geelong VIC 3220
  • Oakleigh Barracks
    Oakleigh South VIC 3167
  • Ranger Barracks
    Ballarat VIC 3350
  • Broome Depot
    Broome WA 6725
  • Geraldton Training Barracks
    Geraldton WA 6530
  • Taylor Barracks
    Karratha WA 6714
  • HMAS Harman
    Canberra ACT 2600
  • Byron Barracks
    Lismore NSW 2480
  • Coffs Harbour Depot
    Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
  • Sutherland Depot
    Sutherland NSW 2232
  • Timor Barracks
    Dundas NSW 2117
  • Larrakeyah Barracks
    Larrakeyah NT 0820
  • Greenbank Depot
    Greenbank QLD 4124
  • Atherton Depot
    Atherton QLD 4883
  • Lavarack Barracks
    Townsville QLD 4813
  • Elizabeth North Training Depot
    Smithfield SA 5114
  • Warradale Barracks
    Warradale SA 5046
  • Beersheba Barracks
    Wangaratta VIC 3677
  • Maygar Barracks
    Broadmeadows VIC 3047
  • Exmouth Depot
    Exmouth WA 6707
  • Irwin Barracks
    Karrakatta WA 6010
  • Newman Depot
    Newman WA 6753
  • Port Hedland Depot
    Port Hedland WA 6721
  • Tom Price Depot
    Tom Price WA 6751
  • Carnarvon Depot
    Carnarvon WA 6701
  • Norforce Kununurra
    Kunnunurra WA 6743
    Nguiu NT 0822