The latest information regarding COVID-19 and Defence Force Recruiting
Defence Force Recruiting Remains Open for Business.
Defence Force Recruiting is open for business. Defence continues to offer exciting jobs and progress candidates through the recruitment process. We have made some changes to our business in order to safeguard the health of our candidates and staff.
In light of current events, we are enhancing how we deliver you information. DFR will move to virtual YOU sessions, including online aptitude testing and phone career counselling sessions. In the future we’ll also be conducting Defence interviews using phone and video based services. Fitness assessments are temporarily postponed and we are no longer inviting friends and family to attend appointment/enlistment ceremonies.
Where face to face interaction is required, Recruiting Centres across Australia are taking precautions in line with Government advice to ensure social distancing measures are applied. All Recruiting Centres will be screening candidates using a questionnaire and conducting temperature checks on arrival.
All candidates with active bookings will be contacted and advised of the new processes by e-mail, including how to access and complete the virtual sessions. If you have any questions about the status of your application, please call 13 19 02.
Due to the current situation, our call centre is unfortunately experiencing longer than usual call wait times. We’ll continue to make updates to the recruitment process, rolling out more digital solutions. We will keep you informed of changes and we thank you for your patience while we work through this together.
Your questions answered
Is Defence Force Recruiting taking new applications?
Can I use my year 11 results to apply for ADFA?
Will I have to attend a Recruiting Centre?
How will YOU and Information Sessions proceed?
Now when you submit an application, instead of booking a YOU session, you will receive an email advising how to access the new virtual sessions and receive a link to undertake the online Aptitude Test.
All candidates will be advised of the new processes by e-mail, including how to access and complete the virtual sessions. If you have any questions about the status of your YOU session, please call 13 19 02.
If you have a You Session scheduled prior to Monday 13 April and are no longer able to attend please contact your DFR enlistment co-ordinator or call 13 19 02. We understand this is a difficult time and there will be no detriment for not attending your face to face YOU session.
How will Defence Force Recruiting conduct PFAs?
Are OSBs and ASPs still being conducted?
Officer Selection Boards (OSB) are still being conducted adhering with the latest Government advice. A virtual board using technological platforms will be implemented to replace face to face boards.
Further information will be provided by your enlistment co-ordinator.
Are enlistment and appointment ceremonies still happening?
Unfortunately we’re no longer inviting friends and family to attend ceremonies. DFR will help you capture your proud moment so you can share it with friends and family.
Defence Force Recruiting is assessing travel arrangements for each course, and will ensure movement plans meet health and travel guidelines at the time.
Further information about your enlistment will be provided by your enlistment coordinator.
I’m trying to contact 13 19 01 or 13 19 02 and can’t get through. Is there someone else I can contact?
If you already have phone or e-mail contact details for your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre you may wish to contact them directly.
We are unfortunately experiencing longer than usual call wait times, in particular during peak periods. Defence Force Recruiting thanks you for your patience while we work through this together.