This is advice based on two years experience of living in Oz and being an ADF member (Army other rank). If you don't agree with it then your experiences have been better than mine. For those in the process please read on. During your interview they will offer you a job and seniority etc. Ensure that whatever they tell you is written down in black and white. Ensure they tell you what the seniority covers (i.e. courses retained, Platoon/Troop Sgt time, CSM time etc). Ensure this is also written in your offer as there will be Warrant Officers here that will interpret that information as they see fit and I can assure you it will be the opposite to the way you interpret it. Don't expect your SCMA interview with your career manager to come to much. My experience is that my career manager was ill prepared and totally unprofessional and seemed more concerned with getting a beer down his neck. Pomaphobia - myth or fact. From my experience fact. There is obviously banter and I am old enough and wise enough to know what banter is, but when someone in a very senior position (OR) makes comments about the amount of laterals coming over here and taking Australian soldiers jobs it makes my skin crawl. If that were true the ADF would not be actively recruiting us. Luckily people like this are a minority. The policy of serving till you're 60 may sound very good but you'll see it has a detrimental effect on the young thrusters, in that the old need to move on to allow the younger to proceed up the ranks. This cannot happen at present due to a 5 yr backlog in the WO level within all Corps of the Army. Seeing and hearing old sweats say 'What do you want that for? We never needed that when I was your age'. Things have changed since Vietnam mate! Red tape and paperwork - WOW On the brighter side the pay and allowances are much better than the British Army. Housing is excellent. These are just a few negatives to take the shine off but be clear in your own mind what you want from your time here. The lifestyle and weather make up for the deficiencies with the job. The pool in the garden and the boat on the drive are things which you only dream of in your two up two down UK house. Would I have moved knowing what I know now. Yes I would have but I would have have done things slightly differently. The family love it here and I see more of them than I would have had I stayed in the UK. The Aussie motto is 'A Fair Go' thats all we want, so give it to us and stop making us jump through so many hoops to get it.