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Thank you for your enquiry into transferring to the Australian Defence Force.

The Australian Defence Force's overseas recruitment program is designed to sponsor ex-serving and currently serving British Defence Force personnel who have experience in fields very similar to those within the Australian Services. The Australian Defence Force is very restricted in the number of personnel that it can recruit laterally from overseas and the criteria for rank and trade are very tight.

We do not sponsor civilians from other countries who do not have relevant experience. If you are a civilian, you must be eligible for a permanent entry visa, or be an Australian citizen, to apply to join the Australian Defence Force without sponsorship.  Once you have satisfied visa and/or citizenship requirements, you must apply through a Defence Force Recruiting Centre rather than directly to the Service that you are interested in.  The Defence Force Recruiting Organisation webpage is at: www.defencejobs.gov.au

It is important to note that the ranks/corps/categories/specialisations whilst specific on the website do change from time to time, hence all specialisations and ranks are welcome to express their interest.

If you are interested in furthering your Service career in the Australian Defence Force, specific information on the Lateral Recruit entry scheme can obtained at the following weblink:

www.defencejobs.gov.au/recruitmentCentre/canIjoin/overseasApplicants/default.aspx

For general information regarding the Australian Defence Force and immigration to Australia, the following links are useful:

As outlined on the Defence Jobs website the relevant Service career management agencies are listed below:

ARMY

Officer Enlistment Contacts:
Lateral Recruitment
Selection Board Cell
Directorate of Officer Career Management - Army
R8-8-052
Russell Office
CANBERRA ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA
Email:
lateralrecruitment.docm@defence.gov.au

Non-Commissioned Officer Enlistment Contacts
Transitions Cell
Soldier Career Management Agency
PO Box 225
Fort Queenscliff
QUEENSCLIFF VIC 3225
AUSTRALIA
Email:
scma.osenlist@defence.gov.au

RAAF
STAT Attn: AT2
Directorate of Personnel - Air Force
Department of Defence
R8-6-040
CANBERRA ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA
Email:
RAAF.LateralRecruitment@defence.gov.au

NAVY

Staff Officer Lateral Entries
Navy People Career Management Agency
BP29-GF-031
PO Box 7980
CANBERRA ACT 2610
AUSTRALIA

Email: ran.overseasRecruiting@defence.gov.au

If you are already in the process of transferring to the Australian Defence Force and/or have any further queries you may contact the relevant Assistant Service Adviser as listed below:

Royal Australian Navy: Captain Simon O'Brien  +44 (0) 20 7887 5379

Australian Army: Colonel John Hutcheson +44 (0) 20 7887 5262

Royal Australian Air Force: Group Captain Peter Wood +44 (0) 20 7887 5264