ADF actively recruiting Brit ex-squaddies

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  1. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    I can’t find the story on the web but today’s print Daily Telegraph (Aussie version) is running a story on page 2 about the plans for the ADF to recruit 300 ex-squaddies per year. Currently it is running at about 90. The story goes on to explain that they will pay full relocation costs etc for the right candidates. Apparently they have a recruiting team in the UK searching for people, both officers and ORs.

    If anyone is serious about it they give a name in the paper for someone co-ordinating the whole thing at their MoD. I’d be happy to track down a number or email address for them.

    Looks like a good opportunity for some who have been thinking about making the move. Worth pointing out the Aussies are in much the same situation as the Brits in that they are in a continuous string of operational deployments to various theatres in the pacific and Iraq/Afghanistan so it is not all milk an honey. Although to be fair the Solomon Islands sounds like a lot more fun than South Armagh.
     
  2. This is ironic, given the lively thread in the Multinational HQ about how chippy and intransigent the Aussies are to UK reservists with previous British Army (regular) military experience.

    I suppose they'll be hiring veteran NCOs with multiple ops tours under thier belts and then sending them to do CMS/ bull boots/ polish dustbins etc.

    Is there a Aussie passport and re-settlement package at the end of this or is it back to Blighty with a pension paid in monopoly money Aussie dollars?

    V!
     
  3. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    It appears to come with permanent residency which in due course can be converted into a passport. Same terms and conditions as Aussies when you sign on. Some more details and contacts from their website:

    OVERSEAS ENQUIRER INFORMATION
    Overseas Recruitment

    Overseas recruitment is designed to supplement, but not replace, Australian domestic recruiting efforts. Overseas recruitment will permit the Australian Army's sponsorship of ex serving or serving foreign military personnel for service in the Army. Individuals will be recruited on the basis of their experience and/or skills in order to relieve shortfalls in Australian Regular Army personnel capability.

    Army will only sponsor the recruitment of ex serving or serving foreign military personnel for service in the Army. Foreign nationals who do not have prior military experience must apply for enlistment in Army through Defence Force Recruiting once they have satisfied normal Australian permanent residency requirements.

    Army has nominated a series of appointments and trades as occupations that are considered suitable for sponsorship. Occupations have been broadly grouped into Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) categories. The NCO category includes personnel of Warrant Officer rank. Personnel recruited from overseas under the auspices of the Labour Agreement must be recruited to an occupation as defined in the Agreement.

    An individual who is of a rank appropriate to the Agreement, but who has not completed the required minimum level of formal study or who is below the rank specified, but has operational experience, skills or formal training sufficient to warrant recruitment, action may be considered under the Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS). The ENS is a separate provision and is not part of the Labour Agreement.

    Officer Selection Criteria

    Army may recruit an officer deemed suitable for service in the Australian Army, providing that the following key criteria are met:


    The individual possesses a recognised tertiary qualification requiring at least three years full-time study in an appropriate discipline;


    The individual possesses experience and/or training assessed as being equivalent to an Australian tertiary qualification requiring a minimum of three years full-time study;


    The individual possesses experience and/or training that can be readily assessed by Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) to be equivalent to an Australian tertiary qualification requiring at least three years full-time study. In military terms, the individual must have completed the following minimum equivalent full-time study;


    Successful completion of a level of education equivalent to an Australian Higher School Certificate;


    Successful completion of a level of military commissioning training equivalent to the Royal Military College Duntroon;


    Successful completion of a level of military education equivalent to a Regular Officer Basic Course;


    Successful completion of a level of military education equivalent to the Intermediate Staff Course.

    Successful completion of specialised training and experience so that the officer is fully qualified for employment in the appointment that the officer is to be allocated to;


    If from a non-English speaking background, the individual has a minimum vocational proficiency in English (as defined by DIMA); and

    The officer possesses a rank of at least Captain.

    Non-Commissioned Officer Selection Criteria

    Army may recruit a soldier deemed suitable for service in the Australian Army, providing that the following key criteria are met:


    As a minimum, have successfully completed a level of education equivalent to an Australian Secondary School certificate (year 10) and have completed relevant specialist Defence Force training courses and experience equivalent to at least 3 years full-time study, so that the nominee is fully qualified for employment in the occupation in which they have been nominated within Army (see below under the heading 'Education').


    Possess a minimum of three years relevant post-qualification experience.


    If from a non-English speaking background, the individual has a minimum vocational proficiency in English (as defined by DIMA).


    The soldier possesses a rank of at least Sergeant.

    Education

    All overseas qualifications submitted must be accompanied by an assessment of Australian equivalencies. This is to be undertaken at the applicant's cost.

    The body that assesses overseas trade and education qualifications is AEI (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.

    Postal Address:

    AEI Group
    Department of Education, Science and Training
    GPO Box 9880
    CANBERRA CITY ACT 2601
    AUSTRALIA

    Phone: +61 2 6211 9334
    Facsimile: +61 2 6240 7636

    or their website, aei.dest.gov.au/AEI/Qu...efault.htm

    Contact Details

    Further information can be obtained from:

    Officer Contacts

    SGT Rob Garven
    Lateral Recruitment
    Selection Board Cell
    Directorate of Officer Career Management - Army
    R8-8-016
    Russell Office
    CANBERRA ACT 2600
    Phone: 0011262653220

    E-mail: lateralrecruitment.docm @ defence.gov.au

    Non-Commissioned Officer Contacts

    Transition
    Soldier Career Management Agency
    PO Box 225
    Fort Queenscliff
    QUEENSCLIFF VIC 3225

    Email: scma.osenlist @ defence.gov.au
     
  4. should'nt they be recruting from colchester
     
  5. similar thing has been happening with the NZRAF - my DH has been thinking of doing that.
     
  6. They have had this policy for ages just quietly in the background. Now that they have suddenly realised oops we need more bodies to replace the ones leaving in disgust/disillusion/disability the campaign gets a bit of publicity. Same old **** different currency. Worth it I guess if you were wanting to stay in the job but wanted to leave UK.
     
  7. Surely if you don't like it then you just need to consider it as a 3 year tour then come back to GB after it. Easy peasy!
     
  8. The Aussie Army interviewed about 150 serving UK personnel during June. They have about 400 applicants who are serving or have recently left the UK forces. This year they wanted 100 officers and around 300 ORs (they got all of they need for this year) and they want 200 officers next year, not sure about ORs. Rumour is that they are well on the way to that target already. Pay is lower than the UK, but so is the cost of living, so the basic "real income" is about the same on a rank-for-rank. Allowances are far more generous, and as the AFPRB conceded recently the overall Aussie package is significantly better than that offered in the UK – e.g. no state or federal taxes when deployed plus $150 per day tax fee allowance. Those who put a uniform on get Aussie Citizenship after 90 days, their family after 2 years. Contracts are usually for 3 or 6 years. They have a generous relocation package and at the interview they welcome you partner/spouse and older kids to ask questions of the Immigration Dept staff (who accompany the Army team) about issues such as employment prospects and schooling. Previous service with foreign (ie UK) forces can count towards a Aussie Military Pension. Oh and for those Infantry officers now looking for a job, they have several Coy OC jobs.