Overseas applicants


The Navy 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.

Reinforcing the Navy

In the coming decade the Navy is delivering new capabilities in amphibious warfare, air warfare helicopter systems and also the Navy's ongoing Submarine capability. This has created the need to at times supplement Australian employment resources with specialist experienced personnel from overseas.

Applications for Navy overseas recruitment are to be submitted during the following periods:

  • 1st February – 28th February (for appointment/enlistment in January the following year), and
  • 1st August – 31st August (for appointment/enlistment in July the following year).

Experience and qualifications sought

The Navy overseas recruitment program is aimed at serving or immediately ex-serving officers and sailors of no more than three years since discharge, and foreign Naval Forces with specific qualifications and/or experience that is directly transferable into the Navy (Commonwealth countries only).

The Navy is recruiting to particular ranks and specialisations that can help build on experience whilst enhancing our current capability deficiencies. Each application and expression of interest to join the Navy from military forces will be considered on an individual basis. Remuneration packages will be determined based against individual skills set, recognised qualifications and experience. Rank on entry will be determined by current workforce demand requirements.

Within the Submarine service the Navy is seeking officers and sailors who are specialised in the following:

Submariner Officers

  • Maritime Warfare (Seaman) Officers

Submariner Sailors

  • Marine Technicians
  • Electronics Warfare
  • Acoustic Warfare Analyst

(All other submariner occupational groups will be assessed on a case by case basis.)

Within the Surface Fleet the Navy is seeking officers and sailors (with a minimum rank of Lieutenant or Leading Seaman) who are specialised in the following:

General Service Officers

  • Aviation Warfare Officer
  • Pilot
  • Maritime Warfare Office (Navigation, Principle Warfare Officer and non specialist)
  • Medical Officer
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Maritime Logistics Officer
  • Dental Officer
  • Marine Engineer
  • Weapons Engineer
  • Acoustic Warfare Analyst

General Service Sailors

  • Electronic Technician
  • Cryptologic Linguist
  • Cryptologic Systems
  • Electronics Warfare

AEGIS Weapons System Expertise

The introduction of the three HOBART class Guided Missile Destroyers (DDGs) from 2014 also demand skill sets not currently available in the Navy including Aegis Weapon System experience. Specifically, the Navy is seeking sailors who are specialists in Aegis Computer Networks, SPY 1 Radar and Aegis Fire Control.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Application Timings

The time frame for the lateral entry process varies and is reliant on candidates providing the required information for assessment and individual circumstances e.g. their ability to be released from their current Service. From initial enquiry through to enlistment or appointment, the typical time frame is approximately 12 months.

Applicants are to submit an expression of interest with a current CV attached. On completion of the initial workforce assessment candidates will be required to complete an application pack and include (but not limited to):

Certified true copies

  • Certificate of Military service (if no longer serving)
  • Two written references (personal and professional)
  • Trade and professional qualification certificates
  • Tertiary reports (if applicable)
  • Membership of professional bodies (if applicable)
  • Full Service history
  • Watchkeeping certificates
  • Formal written request for transfer (Officers only)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Last three Performance Appraisals (All areas are to be completed i.e.: Head of Department / Commanding Officer comments and assessments and signatures)

Once all the information is received, a skills assessment will be undertaken to determine the alignment of skills and qualifications within the Navy career continuum and workforce demand. On completion the applicant will undergo the interview phase. This will include an interview with the family members by Defence Community Organisation as well as a Navy delegate to determine suitability. On successful recommendations the candidate will be offered a letter of employment in the Navy which will outline the Conditions of Service (COS) and provide a proposed joining date.

The second phase of the process involves immigration approvals, medical clearance, security assessment, travel and appointment/enlistment into the Navy. An Australian permanent residency visa generally takes between four and six months to process and approve. The local High Commission or Embassy requires 6-8 weeks (less if the removal/travel is straight forward) to arrange full removals, appointment or enlistment and travel to Australia.

Candidates are required to complete a medical assessment and send a full copy of their service medical and dental documents.

Further Information

For further information on Navy Lateral Transfer please email Navy Personnel Career Management Agency at the following group email: ran.overseasrecruiting@defence.gov.au

Immigration

The Navy currently operates under a Labour Agreement which permits sponsorship of visas for those individuals who are recommended for processing for appointment or enlistment. Those applicants who are approved for sponsorship are responsible for obtaining their Australian permanent resident visa. An applicant and each dependent family member must hold a permanent resident visa before entry to the Navy. The visa is the trigger for all authorisations and individuals are strongly advised not to make any lifestyle changes until visas are formally issued.

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 Navy). For information on accelerated citizenship for families of Defence Overseas Lateral Recruits, please refer to this document.

Find out more about Australian citizenship

English Language

Applicants from non-English speaking background must have a minimum of vocational proficiency in English and must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test score in accordance with the Labour Agreement between the Department of Immigration and border protection and the Department of Defence, dated 13 August 2015. There may be an additional cost for the applicant, and/or any member of their family aged 18 years or older, to undertake a language barrier test when submitting the visa application.

Security

Applicants must hold an appropriate Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) security clearance at a minimum of Negative Vetting Level 1 before appointment or enlistment. Australian security arrangements require that applicants have a background of at least 10 years, which can be directly verified by AGSVA.

Current international agreements permit security clearances to be transferred for active military personnel from Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States, subject to verification procedures.

Reserves, non-Australian citizen or non-permanent resident without military experience

While this program is not for personnel wishing to transfer to the Royal Australian Naval Reserves, interested personnel may apply for enlistment through an Australian Defence Force Recruiting agency, once Australian permanent residency requirements have been satisfied.

Foreign nationals who do not have military experience are not eligible for recruitment via this program. Applications for enlistment may be lodged through an Australian Defence Force Recruiting agency, once Australian permanent residency requirements have been satisfied.



GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Commonwealth country

You must be a current citizen of a recognised Commonwealth country to apply.

Age

Due to immigration regulations the maximum age on appointment/enlistment is 50 years. Waivers can be submitted for exceptional circumstances. The compulsory retirement age in the Navy is 60.

Medical

Navy and Foreign Navy Military Forces medical standards differ significantly and personnel who do not satisfy Navy medical entry standards are unable to enter.

Service history

Applicants must have an above average Service performance reporting history. Officer candidates must hold minimum rank of Lieutenant or equivalent, while sailors must hold minimum rank of Able Seaman or equivalent with significant relevant occupational experience.

Employment restrictions

Applicants must not have any employment or locality restrictions. All applicants will be required to serve for a period of six years and must also be prepared to serve anywhere in Australia, at sea or overseas at short notice.

Resignation

Applicants must have resigned from their parent Service (including terminal leave and release from all Reserve Service obligations) before entry.

Availability

Applicants who accept an offer of employment must be available to clear immigration visa requirements and to join the Navy within 12 months.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Officers/Senior Sailors

Applicants for any one of the occupational groups must have:

  • A qualification equivalent to an AQTF bachelor degree (or higher level qualification), and at least three years relevant experience.

OR

  • Five years relevant experience in the occupation to be performed.

AND

  • Be assessed as having a minimum of vocational proficiency in English (as per the English Language testing requirements).

Junior Sailors/other Ranks

Applicants for any one of the occupational groups must have:

  • A qualification equivalent to an AQF Cert IV (or higher level qualification).

AND

  • One year's relevant experience post qualification.

OR

  • A minimum of three years relevant post-qualification experience in the occupation to be performed in the Navy.

AND

  • Be assessed as having a minimum of vocational proficiency in English (as per the English Language testing requirements).

Additional education information

Australian Education International (AEI), through the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR), provides official information and advice on the comparability of overseas qualifications with Australian qualifications. This aims to help overseas qualified people work and study in Australia. NOOSR assessments are not Recognition of Prior Learning assessments.

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

AEI-NOOSR does not assess secondary school qualifications (these are normally assessed by State/Territory education authorities) or trade qualifications (which can be assessed by Trades Recognition Australia).

For further information about AEI services, as well as links to other assessing agencies, please refer to the AEI website.


START YOUR APPLICATION NOW

Candidates who consider that they meet the entry requirements are welcome to submit an expression of interest. Please ensure that you attach your CV / resume that comprehensively details your military training and experience to date. You should also include any specific formal education and employment qualifications (e.g. university qualifications, charge or operator qualifications) and any deep specialist skills or experience (e.g. amphibious operations or AEGIS Weapons System experience).

Please include a photograph of yourself in your CV/ resume.

Submit an expression of interest

Privacy

NPCMA will not use or share the personally identifiable information provided in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses. The Information contained within all Lateral Entry applications which includes information of a personal nature, use and disclosure is governed by the Privacy Act (Commonwealth) 1988, in particular Section 14 – Information Privacy Principles (IPP).