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.


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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.


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Share an exciting lifestyle

Many ADF jobs have regular hours, giving you plenty of opportunities to socialise, spend time with your family, and make the most of the extensive sports, 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.


Find flexibility in the way you can serve

People who join the full-time Navy, Army or Air Force are commonly expected to work on a full-time basis. However the ADF has flexible work arrangements available such as the ability to work from home, work from another location or work outside your normal core hours.

With approval from your respective Service (Navy, Army or Air Force) and subject to service capability requirements, you may be able to work part-time to suit your current situation. Applications will only be considered after completion of recruit and Initial Employment Training, which will typically be several months after appointment/enlistment.


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Receive support for family needs

ADF parents are given the support to manage their family commitments without detriment to their careers, including flexible working arrangements, maternity/paternity leave and 'on hold' career options. We also provide substantial housing subsidies and may assist with:

  • childcare
  • schooling requirements
  • additional health support for dependents in regional posting locations
  • leave and financial assistance to help with home moves
  • partner employment assistance, and
  • programs for settling into a new community.

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Be paid to keep fit and healthy

It's important for ADF personnel to be fit enough to carry out their duties effectively, so keeping fit will be an integral part of your job.

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).


JOIN THE WAY YOU WANT TO

These flexible enlistment pathways have been developed with the needs of female candidates seeking full-time roles in mind.




Army

START WHEN IT SUITS YOU

Recruit When Ready is for you, if you demonstrate high potential when interviewed and are keen to join as soon as possible.

  • Lets you start at a time that suits your personal circumstances
  • Open to all General Entry roles

CHOOSE WHERE TO WORK

Recruit to Area is for you, if serving in a specific location is a high priority for reasons such as family commitments.

  • First posting near your home or desired location
  • Open to all General Entry (non-technical) roles
  • Available for first posting, after completion of recruit and initial employment training

GET HELP WITH PRE-RECRUIT FITNESS

The Army Pre-Conditioning Program (APCP) runs for seven weeks at the Army Recruit Training Centre in Kapooka and aims to help candidates develop their skills and adjust to life in the Army. It is suited to candidates who have the attributes and personal drive we’re looking for in the Army, but would benefit from additional physical and mental preparation.

During the program, Army instructors will guide you through:

  • Fitness activities to help you to achieve your fitness goals, including aerobic conditioning, circuit, strength and endurance training.
  • Army skills, including daily routine, basic drill and field craft, navigation, environmental survivability and how to work in a team environment.
  • Adventure training to build your confidence and team-building skills. This includes caving, roping, abseiling or kayaking activities.

Improving your fitness, confidence and resilience will help you truly unlock your potential and assist with your Initial Recruit Training.

To be eligible for the program you must be applying for a General Entry role, aged over 17 years and able to achieve a minimum of:

 

Females

Push ups: 2

Sit ups (feet held): 20

Shuttle run score: 5.5

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. While it will be challenging, you’ll be supported, mentored and encouraged the entire time. You will walk out the other side with the confidence and tools to succeed in your next stage of training – and your career.

Join with a Shorter Commitment

This is for you if you want to experience life in the Army but are concerned about the number of years you have to commit to.

Roles available with just a two-year commitment:


Navy

START WHEN IT SUITS YOU

Recruit When Ready is for you, if you demonstrate high potential when interviewed and are keen to join as soon as possible.

  • Lets you start at a time that suits your personal circumstances
  • Open to all General Entry roles

CHOOSE WHERE TO WORK

Recruit to Area is for you, if serving in a specific location is a high priority for reasons such as family commitments.

  • First posting near your home or desired location
  • Open to all General Entry (non-technical) roles
  • Available for first posting, after completion of recruit and initial employment training

ENJOY A SHORTER COMMITMENT

A two-year role is for you, if you want to experience life in the Navy but are concerned about the number of years you have to commit to. Jobs available are:


Air Force

Graduate Pilot Scheme (Female)

If you're a young woman who has completed the first year of a Bachelor of Aviation Degree at Griffith University and are currently in years two or three, you can apply for our Graduate Pilot Scheme (GPS). To be selected for the Scheme you'll need to pass aptitude and fitness tests and successfully complete Flight Screening and Officer Selection. If accepted, you will join other female candidates of a similar calibre, receiving support, mentorship and companionship throughout the training programs. Following entry you will undertake Initial Officer Training, followed by Pilot Basic flying training and then Advanced Training.