People & Diversity


Recruiting from a broad mix of cultural backgrounds, the Navy is committed to career equality. We provide a supportive environment for all personnel, including those with young families.


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Multicultural diversity

The Navy recognises that to be respected and supported, our armed forces must represent our whole society, and should reflect the rich multicultural diversity of Australia itself.

We offer different roles across a variety of disciplines and professions, and welcome applications from all Australians. Our selection processes are free from cultural, racial and gender bias; and we believe this approach brings a unique blend of skills, strengths and knowledge to our management and operations.


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Equal opportunities

Navy recruiters are committed to identifying the very best people for each job based on education, aptitude and potential. Through training and sponsored education we invest heavily in the personal and vocational development of every single member of the Service regardless of their background and gender.

Our promotion and remuneration policies are equally unbiased, as we believe rewards should be based solely on effort and achievement.


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Careers for women

The Navy offers excellent career opportunities to women, across every area of the Service. We are one of the few employers in Australia committed to providing women with equal salaries and career paths, along with a uniquely supportive working environment.


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Pathways for Indigenous Australians

The Navy is an excellent employment option for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with its supportive community, cultural networks, and opportunities for education and advancement.

Flexible entry pathways may be offered to those who do not yet reach the schooling or fitness standards generally required for entry into the Navy.


Assistance for families

The Navy provides flexible working arrangements, maternity/paternity leave and 'on hold' career options, to help manage the balance between work and home commitments. 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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Support for our people

We're proud of the way we look after each other in the Navy. Those from every background enjoy the same support and attention to their emotional wellbeing, whether it be from their mates, or their colleagues and commanders.

Ships and submarines are dynamic workplaces, where you and your colleagues will share exciting experiences ranging from military operations to disaster-relief missions. These adventures will forge lifelong friendships, underpinned by a uniquely supportive community.