Jobs and Wages in the Australian Defence forces
Friday January 16, 2009
Australia's defence force is broken up into several categories of the air force, navy and the army.
Within these different forces, there are education schemes available to Medical, Dental, Engineering, Nursing, Business or Arts students who have started their degree, at any university in Australia.
Government and Defence jobs are diverse and numerous where most jobs seekers would be able to find one to suit their interests. Navy, army and air force jobs categories include officers and management, aviation, engineering jobs, trades and apprenticeships, health care and science, communications, IT and education, logistics hospitality and support, business and administration, security and combat.
Wages within the defence force are based upon competency level, rank and years of service in addition to education and on-the-job study. In terms of defence jobs wages, there are three types of pay brackets to look at. The first is training, the next is for officers and the final one is for sailors.
Training wages are dependent on the level you are at and what you are studying. Defence wages range from $28,060 per year as a recruit to $31,719 - $33,753 per year as a trainee and $21,146 (4 years study) - $33,753 (final year) for undergraduate and $47,702 (1st year) - $52,973 (4th year) for medical graduate.
For jobs on an officer level, there is a similar system of wages as in civilian business with wages increases dependent on experience and training. The total pay amount will be made up of a base salary plus several allowances.
Australian defence jobs offer excellent benefits for employees and wages are typically matched with wages offered in civilian jobs. Defence jobs provide opportunities for both school leavers and for jobs seekers.
Defence jobs benefits include full medical and dental cover, travel and leave entitlements and rental assistance.
Within the defence force there are several opportunities for further study with the Defence Assisted Study Scheme in place so Service personnel can undertake educational and training courses, building upon professional capability and wages.