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Women in the ADF
Across every one of our 200+ roles, the ADF offers excellent career opportunities for women. We champion equality and provide a uniquely supportive and inclusive workplace.
Many ADF roles have day-job hours, giving you plenty of opportunities to socialise, spend time with your family, play sport and make the most of extensive fitness and leisure facilities on base.
You'll make friends for life through memorable shared experiences such as supporting peacekeeping and disaster-relief missions and participating in exercises.
We support ADF parents to manage their family commitments without it affecting their careers, including flexible working arrangements, maternity/paternity leave and 'on hold' career options. We also provide substantial housing subsidies and can assist with:
- Childcare placement assistance
- Additional health support for dependents in regional posting locations
- Leave and financial assistance to help with home moves
- Partner employment assistance
- Programs for settling into a new community
People who join the Navy, Army or Air Force are commonly expected to work on a full-time basis. However, the ADF offers flexible work arrangements for certain roles, such as working from home, from another location or outside your normal core hours.
Subject to service capability requirements and approval from the Service, you may be able to work part-time to suit your current situation. Requests will only be considered after completion of Initial Military Training and Initial Employment Training, which will typically be several months after appointment/enlistment.
It's important for ADF personnel to be fit enough to carry out their duties. Keeping fit will be an integral part of your job and an added bonus is that you’ll get paid while doing it.
On most bases you'll have access to a wide range of team sports along with swimming pools and well-equipped fitness facilities.
This guide will help you to get started on your fitness journey, including practising correct techniques for your Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA) and tips for success.
If you want to experience life in the ADF but are concerned about the number of years you have to commit to, a number of roles require just a two-year commitment.
Navy roles: Aviation Technician, Aviation Systems Technician, Electronics Technician and Marine Technician.
Army roles: Human Resources Assistant, Ammunition Supplier, Armoured Vehicle Crew, Artillery Observer, Artillery Operator, Artillery Systems Operator, Chef, Combat Engineer and Infantry Soldier.
Enjoy career equality
In today's modern ADF, women receive exactly the same salaries, training, vocational development and promotion opportunities as their male colleagues. We believe career advancement and rewards should be based on potential, effort and achievement.
Flexible pathways for women
Each service has flexible enlistment pathways developed for female candidates looking for full-time roles and some roles have multiple entry methods. Discover the best way for you to start an exciting career in the ADF.
- When serving in a specific location is a high priority for reasons such as family.
- Available for your first posting after completion of recruit and initial training, where desired location is near a military base.
- Open to all General Entry (non-technical) roles in the Army and Air Force.
- Available if you demonstrate high potential when interviewed and want to join as soon as possible.
- Open to General Entry roles in the Army and Air Force where a military base is near your desired location.
- For females and Indigenous Australians who join the Air Force with a relevant Bachelor degree in aviation from an Australian university and meet eligibility criteria.
- You may be eligible to have your academic costs reimbursed.
Build resilience through a preparation pathway
If you have the attributes and personal drive we’re looking for in the Army, but would benefit from additional physical and mental preparation, you may be eligible for the Army Pre-Conditioning Program (APCP).
This entry pathway assists in improving your fitness, confidence and resilience to help you unlock your potential and assist with your Initial Military Training. Multiple programs are held at Kapooka throughout the year. APCP selections are primarily based on Career Coach or Defence Interviewer recommendation. After your initial online testing, a Careers Coach will be on hand to guide you through the recruitment process and discuss how APCP can benefit you.
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