Overseas applicants


The Army welcomes enquiries from current and ex-serving members of foreign countries who are interested in a new career and new life in Australia and who meet our requirements.

Introduction

The Australian Regular Army (ARA) Overseas Lateral Transfer Scheme (OLTS) is designed to address capability shortfalls within the Army that cannot be solved using Australian personnel. The program is aimed at serving or recently ex-serving foreign military personnel with specific qualifications and/or experience that are directly transferable to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The OLTS is underpinned by a Labour Agreement between The Department of Immigration and Border Protection and The Department of Defence. This enables the Army to sponsor individuals who are recommended for appointment or enlistment for a Subclass 186 visa.

While the ADF will become a strong support base for your family for those selected, you should carefully research and understand what is entailed with a move to Australia before you submit your expression of interest.

The Defence Community Organisation has published a handbook designed as a guide to help you and your family understand the various stages of the OLTS process. It is generic to all three Services in the ADF. It provides key information to help you and your family with transition into the ADF and Australia once selected for appointment or enlistment. The handbook, other useful information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.


Eligibility Overview

For your OLTS application to be successful, you must meet the following general criteria:

  1. Current serving member or separated less than three years ago from a foreign military service
  2. Have at least three years full time military experience
  3. Hold qualifications, skills and experience that can be directly transferred to the ADF
  4. Meet the minimum academic and military educational standards for the ADF
  5. Be less than 50 years old at the time of application
  6. Be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (speaking, reading, writing and listening) as defined by the International English Language Testing System if you come from a non-English speaking background
  7. Be recommended by a Selection Board after interview
  8. Pass the medical entry standard for the ADF
  9. Obtain a Subclass 186 visa from the Department of Immigration and Border Control
  10. Be eligible for an appropriate level of ADF security clearance
  11. Have resigned from your current military service and not be required to perform any Reserve service
  12. Be eligible to become an Australian citizen

Application Overview

OLTS applicants are processed by the Directorate of Career Management Integration – Army and not through Defence Force Recruiting. The Directorate of Career Management Integration – Army is located in Canberra, Australia. The OLTS processing time is lengthy and you should expect a time frame of 18 to 30 months from your initial expression of interest through to your first day in your initial Australian unit. This allows for the processing of your application by the Directorate of Career Management Integration – Army, Department of Immigration and Border Control and the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency. During this time you will need to demonstrate that you have resigned from your current military service and be able to provide a separation date from all service types (full-time, reserve or stand-by service).

Initial contact with the Directorate of Career Management Integration – Army is via your expression of interest (including your Curriculum Vitae/Resume) which will be reviewed against future recruitment targets. If you are assessed as having the qualifications, experience and potential to fill a known vacancy, you will be invited to submit a full application to join the Australian Army and potentially invited to attend a Selection Board/Interview later in that year. Successful applicants would then be expected to appoint or enlist within the following year. The following time line is to help you understand the processing time:

01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018: Expressions of interest submitted and reviewed. Initial successful applicants invited to submit a full application pack for detailed consideration.

July to September 2018: Selection Boards and Interviews (confirmed in June 2018). Successful applications provided a letter of offer on completion of all Selection Boards and Interviews.

October 2018 to February 2020: Applicant accepts the letter of offer, commences visa and security application processes, and initiates separation from current military service.

October 2019 to February 2020: Successful applicants appointed/enlisted, relocate to Australia and commence first posting.


Selection Criteria

Vacancies are broadly grouped into Officer and Other Ranks categories.

General Service Officer. Expressions of interest are welcome from current or previously serving officers of a foreign military service to fill General Service Officer positions. Successful applicants will have completed a minimum level of education equivalent to an Australian Higher School Certificate (Year 12) and completed a level of military commissioning training equivalent to that conducted at the Royal Military College – Duntroon.

Specialist Service Officer. Expressions of interest are welcome from current or previously serving officers of a foreign military service to fill Specialist Service Officer positions. Successful applicants will have obtained a level of tertiary qualifications for their specialist area of expertise and qualify for registration with the relevant Australian Registration Body/Authority prior to appointment. Successful applicants would have completed a level of military commissioning equivalent to the Specialist Service Officer course conducted at the Royal Military College – Duntroon.

Other Ranks Enlistment. Expressions of interest are welcome from current or previously serving soldiers of a foreign military service to fill positions within specific employment categories. Successful applicants will have completed a level of education equivalent to an Australian Secondary School Certificate (Year 10) and a level of basic military training equivalent to that conducted at the Army Recruit Training Centre – Kapooka.



VACANCIES

The Army will use the OLTS process to identify suitable candidates to fill identified vacancies within future posting cycles. Noting that vacancies change on a regular basis, expressions of interest are welcome from applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria detailed above. Candidates will only be invited to submit a full application where they are determined as suitable and their qualifications, experience and potential can be mapped against potential vacancies for that recruitment window.

The following Employment Categories are deemed ‘recruitment priorities’ for Army:

The following Employment Categories regularly have vacancies available for OLTS selection:

Officer Workforce:

General Service Officers. (Lieutenant to Major)

  • All Corps
  • Integrated Logistic Support (Acquisition and Sustainment) Qualified Officers

Specialist Service Officers

Other Ranks Workforce:

Other Employment Categories:

Expressions of interest are welcome from applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria but do not necessarily have the qualifications and experience for the Employment Categories detailed above. Each expression of interest will be assessed at the time of submission against vacancies for that recruitment window.

Application Key Steps

Expression of Interest. Your expression of interest is your first contact with the Directorate of Career Management Integration – Army. You are encouraged to provide as much detail as you possibly can; both in the electronic submission fields and your Curriculum Vitae/Resume. Your Curriculum Vitae/Resume should focus on your military qualifications and experience.

Full Application. If your expression of interest is suitable and a potential vacancy identified, you will be invited to submit a full application pack which will be sent to you electronically. The key components of the application pack are:

  • Civilian Education Certificates
  • Civilian Trade and Course Certificates
  • Military Trade and Course Certificates
  • Military Service History (Units and Rank/Promotions)
  • Annual Performance Appraisal Reports

As your qualifications and experience will be assessed to ascertain your potential ADF Employment Category, it is important that you provide as much information as possible. This initial assessment forms the basis of any potential offer that the delegate may offer you later on in the application process.

Where your supporting documentation is not produced in English, you are required to provide an ‘official and endorsed’ transcript of the document. Unfortunately the Directorate of Career Management Integration – Army is unable to assist with translation services. Documents that have not been translated will not be considered.

Selection Board. Once your potential Employment Category has been confirmed, you will be invited to attend a Selection Board in either London or Canberra. You should be prepared to attend the Selection Board over two consecutive days. You will be given the opportunity to identify your preferred attendance days and, although there is no guarantee given, you will be advised your confirmed attendance dates no later than 30 days prior to that date.

Applicants are responsible for their own costs to attend the Selection Board. On Day 1 applicants will undertake entry psychological testing and a medical review. On Day 2 the applicant’s spouse/partner is welcome to attend briefings in the morning; however they will not be included in the formal Selection Board process.

Medical Documents. Prior to attending the Selection Board, you will be requested to provide the following key documents:

  • ADF Medical Entry Questionnaire
  • ADF Entry Level Medical Examination Form
  • ADF Dental Clinical Record Form
  • ADF Eye Examination Form
  • Copy of your military medical and dental documents

An Australian Senior Medical Officer will use the above documents during your health assessment as part of the Selection Board process. Applicants who do not satisfy initial medical entry standards will not be appointed / enlisted into the Army.

Letter of Offer. Based upon the initial Employment Category assessment and your performance at the Selection Board, you may be sent a Letter of Offer. This is your appointment/enlistment offer (job offer) which you must either accept or reject within 28 days. The Letter of Offer will specify the employment category, rank and pay details along with your initial posting details (unit and location) that you are being offered. The delegate will not enter into any negotiation over the detail contained within the Letter of Offer.

Visa Process. Once you have accepted your Letter of Offer, the Directorate of Career Management Integration – Army will sponsor you for a Subclass 186 visa from The Department of Immigration and Border Protection. You will then be provided the Transaction Reference Number to allow you to commence the visa application process online. The visa processing time with The Department of Immigration and Border Protection can be between six and twelve months.

Resignation. Applicants must provide proof of discharge/separation from their current military service (including release from all Reserve Service obligations) before appointment/enlistment with the Australian Army. Applicants cannot join the Australian Army whilst on terminal leave.

Appointment/Enlistment. Prior to moving to your initial posting locality within Australia, you will be required to attend an Australian Embassy or High Commission to confirm your appointment/enlistment. This will generally be immediately prior to your movement to Australia.

Contact details

Please note that Australian Embassy and High Commission staff do not have an active role in the OLTS application process. All correspondence is to be addressed to:

Selections and Appointments Cell

Directorate of Career Management Integration – Army BP 29-4

PO BOX 7980

Canberra BC ACT 2610 Australia

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All expressions of interest must have a curriculum vitae/resume attached. There is no preferred design or format; however, they should highlight your military career/experience and be submitted as a Microsoft Word document or as a PDF file. All fields of the electronic template must be completed.

Missing information or expressions of interest not submitted with a curriculum vitae/resume will cause delays on processing your application.

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Officer contacts

Directorate of Officer Career Management – Army
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Brindabella Business Park
MAJURA ACT 2610

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