Youth experience a career in the Defence Force

Defence Work Experience participants onboard the C-17A Globemaster with Sergeant Tim Cahill, a Loadmaster with No 36 Squadron

Keen youngsters wanting a taste of life in the Defence Force participated in the latest Defence Work Experience Program, held at RAAF Amberley during the 22nd to the 24th of October.

This program is specifically designed to contribute to the development of the skills of young people, ease the transition of students into the workplace and demonstrate the wide variety of interesting careers available within not only the Air Force, but the Army and Navy as well.

This exposure often sees participants go on to a full-time or reservist career in the Defence Force, or a career with the Australian Public Service.

There are around 350 jobs to choose from in the ADF, in just about every field you can think of. The Navy, Army and Air Force have one of the most diverse range of careers in the country. What’s more, the ADF pays their staff to study for necessary qualifications.

Jobs include everything from pilot, medical officer, clerk and cook through to combat systems operator, vehicle mechanic and air traffic controller.

SGT Gerard Harkins from No 22 Squadron, who often helps host the program said the exposure can assist young adults in deciding which career path they want to take within the ADF.

“The Defence Working Programme is essential in giving young Australians the opportunity of exposure to the many options within the ADF – not just the Air Force, but the Army and the Navy as well,” he said.

The Department of Defence also employs more than 20,000 APS employees.

Defence APS employees are employed in an array of critical positions Australia-wide enabling our three services Navy, Army and Air Force to do their job.

Work experience opportunities are available for both secondary and tertiary students. Students participating in Defence work experience placements must be at least 15 years of age at the time of the placement.

Even if participants decide that a career in the ADF or APS is not for them, they are still exposed to important workplace skills and attitudes that are necessary in any chosen field.

Work Experience opportunities are listed on the Defence website at, or you can email for more information.