Overseas applicants


The Air Force 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.

APPLICATION OVERVIEW

The selection process for Overseas Lateral Transfer Officers takes into consideration the processing times of the Department of Border Protection and Immigration, the Australian Government Vetting Agency and the notification of a successful applicant is required to provide to their current national service. From an Expression of Interest to the first day in your new Australian unit can take between 12 – 24 months.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) currently has a Labour Agreement with the Department of Defence and the Department of Border Protection and Immigration. This enables the RAAF to provide sponsorship of Permanent Residency Visas for those individuals who are recommended for processing for appointment or enlistment. Please note that the Labour Agreement has placed a number of restrictions on Officers and Airmen able to be considered for lateral transfer. Those most relevant to potential applicants are:

  • Relevant military skills for the Service they are being recruited to, and are fully trained in their particular occupational group and only require minimal or nil conversion training for assimilation into the RAAF.
  • Is a citizen of and holds a current passport issued by Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), the United States of America and South Africa.
  • Has not turned 50 years of age at the time of nomination.
  • Passes in English tests – exact requirements will be advised after successful EOI received to all applicants from nations other than those listed in sub-para.

Non-Australian Citizen or Non-Permanent Resident without military experience

Foreign nationals who do not have military experience, the relevant training, or conversion training that is very limited, are not eligible for recruitment via the lateral recruitment program.

The purpose of lateral recruitment

The purpose of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) lateral recruitment program is to address capability shortfalls within the Air Force that cannot otherwise be filled 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 RAAF, with no training, or conversion training that is very limited.


VACANCIES

The Royal Australian Air Force has a limited number of recruiting opportunities for overseas applicants. Applicants with the following experience are invited to apply:

Officer vacancies

  • Fighter Pilots and Qualified Test Pilots with fixed wing multi-engine aircraft experience.
  • Squadron Leader/Wing Commander Medical officers with either Aviation Medical or Senior Aviation Medical qualifications who are Fellows of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP).
  • Air Traffic Controllers.
  • Engineers.
  • Intelligence Officers.
  • Security Police Officers and
  • Ground Defence Officers.

Airman vacancies

There are currently no Airmen vacancies.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Officers and Airmen / Airwomen will be assessed on a number of requirements including security, medical, family/social considerations and military background. The following requirements must be met to satisfy entry into Australia under the Labour Agreement:

Officers

To be eligible for sponsorship for immigration purposes, an applicant for a position as an Officer must:

Possess a qualification equivalent to an AQF bachelor degree (or higher level qualification) requiring a minimum of three years full-time study in an appropriate discipline.

OR

Possess experience and/or training that can be readily assessed by DIAC to be equivalent to an Australian post-secondary qualification requiring at least three years full-time study.

AND

Possess a minimum of three years relevant post-qualification experience in work of the kind to be performed in the position.

AND

Be assessed as having a minimum of vocational proficiency in English (as defined in the Migration Regulation 1.15B).

Airmen / Airwomen

To be eligible for sponsorship for immigration purposes, an applicant for an Airmen / Airwomen position will:

Possess a qualification equivalent to an AQF bachelor degree (or higher level qualification) requiring a minimum of three years full-time study in an appropriate discipline.

OR

Possess experience and/or training that can be readily assessed by DIAC to be equivalent to an Australian post-secondary qualification requiring at least three years full-time study.

OR

Have completed relevant specialist Defence Force training courses and experience equivalent to at least three years full-time study (following the completion of education equivalent to an Australian Secondary School certificate (Year 10).

AND

Be assessed as having a minimum of vocational proficiency in English (as defined in the Migration Regulation 1.15B).

Education documentation

If a formal application is invited, copies of relevant educational and trade documentation are normally required. All overseas qualifications submitted must be accompanied by an assessment of Australian equivalencies. This is to be undertaken at the applicant's cost.

Qualifications recognition

AEI is part of the Department of Employment and Training. AEI uniquely integrates the development of international government relations with support for the commercial activities of Australia's education community. To do this, AEI liases with all sectors of the education and training industry and all levels of government.



GENERAL INFORMATION

Immigration

Applicants, particularly from the US, should consider the effect on their citizenship status should they be accepted for transfer to the Air Force and become Australian citizens.

The Air Force currently has a labour agreement to permit sponsorship of visas for those individuals who are recommended for processing for appointment or enlistment. Those applicants approved for sponsorship are responsible for obtaining a permanent resident visa. The applicant and each dependent family member must hold a permanent resident visa before appointment.

Additionally, applicants must make a written undertaking that they will apply for Australian citizenship as soon as they are eligible (normally after three months service in the Permanent Air Force). For information on accelerated citizenship for families of Defence Overseas Lateral Recruits, please refer to this document.

Resignation

Applicants must have resigned from their parent Service (including release from all Reserve Service obligations) before appointment. Applicants cannot be appointed whilst on terminal leave. Proof of discharge will be required prior to an appointment signal being released.

Security

Applicants must obtain an appropriate Australian Defence Force (ADF) security clearance (minimum of 'secret' for Officers and 'confidential' for Airmen / Airwomen) before appointment or enlistment. Australian security arrangements require that applicants have a background of at least 10 years, which can be directly verified by the Defence Security Agency. Current international agreements permit verification of applicants who have been living in Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States.

Contacts

Lateral Recruitment
BP29-01-090
Brindabella Park
Canberra ACT 2609

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Applicants from other countries require more specific and lengthy vetting procedures, which may preclude their appointment being considered.

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Candidates who consider that they meet the entry requirements and are in the occupations covered by the Labour Agreement are welcome to enquire about opportunities in the ADF.

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Expressions of Interests received without a current curriculum vitae (CV) and/or without all mandatory fields completed will not be processed.