About the Job

Plumbers are required to provide plumbing support to the Air Force's deployed infrastructure. Your role involves the installation, maintenance and repair of water reticulation, drainage, and treatment systems, and other plumbing equipment. Principal duties concentrate on deployed conditions both within Australia and overseas. Such activities could also be undertaken at major Air Force bases and at isolated temporary Air Force airfields or construction sites within Australia.

You may be required to work shifts or participate in deployed operations with the Army in remote areas located within or external to Australia. You will receive training in general and specialist vehicle operation and will be required to support other trades in the performance of their duties. You'll also participate regularly in ground defence exercises where you will be required to provide temporary water reticulation and sewage treatment services.

Plumbers are able to progress to the rank of Corporal. After completing Construction Foreman training, promotion to Sergeant, as a Works Supervisor, is in competition with your peers from the other Airfield Engineering musterings. Further training in construction and project management is completed to follow a career path up to the rank of Warrant Officer. Available positions for training are dependent upon workforce requirements.


Key Information

Preparing for Your Recruitment Process

This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.

Salary & Allowances

In the Air Force you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.


For more details download our Salary Scales.


Locations

Plumbers may be employed at a various units and bases within Australia, such as:

  • RAAF Base Townsville, QLD
  • RAAF Base Richmond, NSW

Plumber Corporals can also be employed instructing at the Army School of Electrical Mechanical Engineering (ASEME), Latchford Barracks, VIC.

Plumbers may also be attached to Army Engineering Units for specific tasking.


Requirements

Age

You can start your application at sixteen and a half years, but you must be at least seventeen years on the day you join the Air Force.

The maximum age that you can join is sixty years, minus the period of obligation.

For example, if your obligation is six years, you can join at fifty-four years.

Education & Experience

Trainee Entry

Applicants are required to have successfully completed Year 10 of a Year 12 Board developed Course (or state equivalent), with a pass in English and Mathematics. Consumer Maths, Maths in Society and similarly modified mathematics subjects are not suitable. These entry qualifications are the minimum required to facilitate understanding of the engineering principles encountered during later phases of training.

Applicants without the minimum educational qualification may be considered if they possess relevant work experience or tertiary qualifications.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to pass a physical fitness test before enlistment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

Your obligation will be for six years. However, there is a grace period where you can choose to resign from the Air Force up until the time you become eligible to graduate from your initial employment training.

Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.

Additional Requirements

Licence Requirements

At a minimum, candidates must hold a valid Australian State or Territory provisional/probationary C Class Drivers Licence upon enlistment/appointment. Candidates with suspended or cancelled licences will not be eligible to join until the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.

Aptitude

The Job Opportunities Assessment (JOA) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete a further evaluation at a later date.

The JOA is used by Defence to establish suitability for ADF entry, and then identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information about the JOA can be found in the Guide to the Job Opportunities Assessment for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in the JOA and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Job Opportunities Assessment Example Questions.

Citizenship

To serve in the ADF you must be an Australian Citizen.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local ADF Careers Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have a security clearance appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and if required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1 (NV1), and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years.

This means applicants must provide credible referees (non-family members) who are able to provide information about the applicant covering an extended period of time. Required information for an NV1 includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Financial information
  • Travel

Some ADF jobs may require a higher level of security clearance such as Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2) or Positive Vetting (PV). Your individual circumstances will determine the number and complexity of the questions and the supporting documents required for these levels.

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

The security clearance is critical to an applicant's successful progression through the recruiting process. It is strongly recommended that all applicants action the Security Clearance Package (ePack) and provide the required documentation without delay to provide the best opportunity to commence training and be employed in their preferred employment category.

For more detailed information on the security vetting process and specific clearance level requirements set by AGSVA, please refer to the AGSVA website.

Support will be provided by your ADF Careers Centre during the initial application process.

Training

Military Training

Location: RAAF Base Wagga, NSW
Duration: 9 weeks

During this training you will transition from civilian to Service life, acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and physical fitness required for your role; and learning to become an effective and productive member of the Air Force.

Follow the link to learn more about what to expect at No. 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU)

Employment Training

ADF Plumber Course

Duration: 16 months
Location: Army School of Electrical Mechanical Engineering (ASEME), Wodonga, VIC.

After completing Initial Military Training at RAAF Base Wagga, NSW, you will undertake the Initial Trade Training plumber course at ASEME. You will be taught the following skills:

  • Drainage
  • Sanitary plumbing
  • Gas fitting
  • Roofing
  • Mechanical services
  • Water supply

After completing this training, you may be eligible for a Certificate III in Plumbing. This is followed by 24-36 months of on-the-job experience based at School of Military Engineering at Holsworthy Barracks, NSW.

After completion of the aforementioned training, you will proceed on posting to 65 Air Base Recovery Squadron located at either RAAF Base Townsville or Richmond. You will undertake further Airfield Engineering and Military specific training throughout your career.

Further Training

Additional Employment Training

There are a number of specialist Airfield Engineering courses that will provide you with further training across a variety of subjects to provide skill sets in order to meet operational requirements. As a Plumber, you will also be required to undertake core training courses required for your career progression.


Key Information

Preparing for Your Recruitment Process

This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.

Salary & Allowances

In the Air Force you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.


For more details download our Salary Scales.


Locations

Plumbers may be employed at a various units and bases within Australia, such as:

  • RAAF Base Townsville, QLD
  • RAAF Base Richmond, NSW

Plumber Corporals can also be employed instructing at the Army School of Electrical Mechanical Engineering (ASEME), Latchford Barracks, VIC.

Plumbers may also be attached to Army Engineering Units for specific tasking.


Requirements

Age

You can start your application at sixteen and a half years, but you must be at least seventeen years on the day you join the Air Force.

The maximum age that you can join is sixty years, minus the period of obligation.

For example, if your obligation is four years, you can join at fifty-six years.

Education & Experience

Qualified applicants must hold:

  • Current Certificate Level III Plumbing trade qualification.
  • Statement of Attainment of Certificate IV in Plumbing Services subjects required to hold open plumber and drainer licences.
  • Current open plumber and drainer workers licences issued by an approved State or Territory licencing authority which allows the holder to conduct and certify Water Supply, Sanitary and Drainage works without restriction.
  • Proof of current trade experience.

Recognised current Certificate III qualifications include:

  • Certificate III in Plumbing (N.B. Mandatory streams are Water, Sanitary and Drainage, acceptable additional streams are Roofing or Gas).

Minimum Certificate IV units include:

  • Design and size sanitary drainage systems.
  • Design and size stormwater drainage systems.
  • Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems.
  • Design and size sanitary plumbing systems.
  • Design and size heated and cold-water services and systems.

You must also have passes in Year 10 English and Maths in addition to holding the relevant trade qualification.

If you do not satisfy the education requirements for this trade or do not possess evidence of the required educational attainment, there is an alternative pathway available to you.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to pass a physical fitness test before enlistment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

Your obligation will be for four years. However, there is a grace period where you can choose to resign from the Air Force up until the time you become eligible to graduate from your initial employment training.

Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.

Additional Requirements

Licence Requirements

At a minimum, candidates must hold a valid Australian State or Territory provisional/probationary C Class Drivers Licence upon enlistment/appointment. Candidates with suspended or cancelled licences will not be eligible to join until the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.

Aptitude

The Job Opportunities Assessment (JOA) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete a further evaluation at a later date.

The JOA is used by Defence to establish suitability for ADF entry, and then identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information about the JOA can be found in the Guide to the Job Opportunities Assessment for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in the JOA and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Job Opportunities Assessment Example Questions.

Citizenship

To serve in the ADF you must be an Australian Citizen.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local ADF Careers Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have a security clearance appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and if required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1 (NV1), and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years.

This means applicants must provide credible referees (non-family members) who are able to provide information about the applicant covering an extended period of time. Required information for an NV1 includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Financial information
  • Travel

Some ADF jobs may require a higher level of security clearance such as Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2) or Positive Vetting (PV). Your individual circumstances will determine the number and complexity of the questions and the supporting documents required for these levels.

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

The security clearance is critical to an applicant's successful progression through the recruiting process. It is strongly recommended that all applicants action the Security Clearance Package (ePack) and provide the required documentation without delay to provide the best opportunity to commence training and be employed in their preferred employment category.

For more detailed information on the security vetting process and specific clearance level requirements set by AGSVA, please refer to the AGSVA website.

Support will be provided by your ADF Careers Centre during the initial application process.

Training

Military Training

Location: RAAF Base Wagga, NSW
Duration: 9 weeks

During this training you will transition from civilian to Service life, acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and physical fitness required for your role; and learning to become an effective and productive member of the Air Force.

Follow the link to learn more about what to expect at No. 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU)

Employment Training

Fully Qualified Entry

Plumbers are currently recruited with the required skills set to meet the core competencies of Air Force Plumbers. After completing initial military training at RAAF Base Wagga, NSW, you will proceed on posting to 65 Air Base Recovery Squadron located at either RAAF Base Townsville or Richmond. Further Airfield Engineering and Military specific training will be undertaken throughout your career.

Further Training

Additional Employment Training

There are a number of specialist Airfield Engineering courses that will provide you with further training across a variety of subjects to provide skill sets in order to meet operational requirements. As a Plumber, you will also be required to undertake core training courses required for your career progression.