To be considered for entry into the Australian Defence Force you must be at least 16 years and 6 months old to apply with parental or guardian consent and at least 17 years old at the time of enlistment. If you're interested in the Australian Defence Force Academy you can apply at 16 years of age, with parental or guardian consent and we recommend that you start applying at the end of Year 11, or beginning of Year 12.
After submitting your initial application you will attend a Your Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) Session at a Defence Force Recruiting Centre. The YOU Session includes an Aptitude Test, a Medical Interview and an interview with a Careers Counsellor, to establish the job roles you are most suited to and are eligible to apply for.
Once you have successfully completed a YOU Session and submitted all of the required documentation, you'll attend an Assessment Session. This will include a Medical Assessment, a Psychological Interview and a Defence Interview.
All successful applicants must attend their Enlistment/Appointment day which is held at a Defence Force Recruiting Centre. You will undergo a final medical check and a welcome ceremony will be conducted, which family and friends are welcome to join. At the conclusion of the ceremony you will head straight to initial military training.
The DefenceJobs website allows you to complete your entire job application online. To get started find a job you're interested in and click the 'Apply Now' button.
- Enter your personal details, contact details, education and service history.
- Create a Job Preference list. This will help provide the ADF with an indication of the type of jobs that appeal to you, so they can discuss options in more detail at the YOU Session.
- Select a YOU Session to attend at your nearest Defence Force Recruiting Centre.