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Enjoy all these benefits
Rewarding work, job stability, an adventurous lifestyle and a friendly workplace are just the start. In the Navy you’ll enjoy all this too:
Including paid training, allowances, and subsidised food and housing
With free dental and medical care and use of sport and fitness facilities
With Indigenous networks and support for cultural and community events
Including programs that help you reach the required education and fitness levels to join
Including helping communities in need across Australia and overseas
Gaining personal and professional skills you can take back to your community
Career Pathways for Indigenous Australians
If you show potential but would benefit from additional physical and mental preparation, you may be offered one of the alternate entry pathways below. We also offer programs for those with specific timing needs. But first, you’ll need to apply through the standard recruitment process (see Ways to join section further down the page).
If you've been selected to join the Navy, and want to develop your confidence, resilience, and fitness before you start, the seven-week Indigenous Pre-Recruit Program might be for you. You'll get a taste of being on a military base, and leave with the fitness and skills to begin your career.
If you’re motivated to join as soon as possible, we’ll work with you to find the next available Initial Military Training course so you can kick-start your career faster.
Support in the Navy
Your application will be handled by a specialist Indigenous Career Coach who will guide you through the process. You will be introduced to them once you have completed your initial application.
Once in the Navy you can access a range of support programs, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentoring program. You will receive guidance from current serving ADF members, who will help you as you begin your career. This dedicated program will continue throughout your time in the Navy.
The skills and knowledge you gain will be of great use in your community, which we encourage you to support through returning there. This gives you the opportunity to inspire others and provide mentorship.
Stories of success
Proud Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders enjoy rewarding careers in the Navy. Meet some of them here, and hear about their jobs.
Defence Reconciliation Action Plan
The Australian Defence force is committed to reconciliation and recognises the traditional owners of the lands, seas and skies we defend.
The terms Indigenous and Indigenous Australians are used to describe all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Please be aware that this website may contain images or content relating to deceased persons. It may also contain words and descriptions that are culturally sensitive.