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      Provides specialised military services to the Australian or New Zealand Defence Forces.

      This occupation includes the following ranks:
      Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
      Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
      Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

      This occupation excludes Defence Force Members - Other Ranks performing duties for which there is a civilian equivalent. These members are included with the closest civilian occupation. For example, Mechanic Recovery is included in Unit Group 7331 Truck Drivers, in Occupation 733115 Tow Truck Driver.

      Skill Level: 3


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    Defence Force Member Other Ranks job description, duties and education requirements


      DEFENCE FORCE MEMBERS - OTHER RANKS provide specialised military services to the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces.

      Indicative Skill Level:

      Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

      In Australia:

        AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

      In New Zealand:
        NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

      At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

      Tasks Include:

      • guarding airfields and other defence force bases
      • serving as an infantry soldier
      • erecting bridges, building field defences, constructing temporary roads, clearing minefields, repairing airfields and demolishing targets using explosives
      • crewing armoured fighting vehicles
      • operating artillery, ground and surface-based defence systems, shipboard weapons and other advanced specialist military weapons and equipment
      • providing firepower and ground-based air defence
      • establishing and maintaining command, control and communications equipment and facilities
      • conducting surveillance, reconnaissance and boarding operations
      • maintaining personal arms and ammunition


      Sources: www.abs.gov.au and DIBP

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