Army AU
$82,574 p.a.
14 Jan 2022
13 Feb 2022
Job role
Experience level
Entry level
About the Job

The role of the Royal Australian Army Pay Corps (RAAPC) is to provide financial advice to the Army. In fulfilling this role, the Accountant (Finance Officer / RAAPC Officer) is responsible for:

• The provision of advice to commanders in the area of financial management of Public Moneys
• The preparation of budgets, financial statements, cash flow analysis, accrual accounting, costings and financial analysis
• The development and implementation of financial management Systems
• Deploying as a Financial Adviser on Exercises and United Nations and other overseas military operations
• The training and development of personnel for employment in Field Cash Offices
• The provision of advice and assistance to units in the areas of Non Public Moneys accounting, including liaison and training
• The audit of Non Public Moneys Accounts and the conduct of fraud investigations
• The provision of advice and assistance to units and members in the areas of pay and allowances

An Accountant can expect to be employed as a Finance/Business Officer in a unit,as a Financial Advisor on a Brigade Headquarters, as a Compliance and Assurance Officer, as a Business Manager, as an Officer Commanding a Finance Unit, as a Staff Officer on a senior Headquarters or as a Training Officer at a Training Establishment.

An Accountant can expect to be required to provide financial technical advice to Army, ensure compliance to financial policy, supervise the collection of resource and financial management information for further analysis and reporting



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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 Army 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.
  • Salaries continue to increase based on your rank and years of service
  • Salary correct as of Nov 2021
  • Please note that salary information is routinely reviewed for all roles on the Defence Jobs website. Please speak directly with a Defence Force Recruiter for more information.

  • For more details download our Salary Scales.


    Accountants are employed at most major base locations around Australia.



    The maximum age for entry is such that an applicant must be able to complete their Return of Service Obligation prior to compulsory retirement age (normally 60 years of age).

    Education & Experience

    To qualify for appointment as an Accountant in the Army, an applicant must possess a tertiary qualification (AQF 7 or above) in either accounting, economics, commerce or business/business management.

    Within these qualifications, study in human resource management; strategic management; corporate governance; and operational business development and planning are also desirable.

    Additionally, whilst not mandatory, it would also be desirable that applicants be eligible for membership to a recognised professional accounting organisation which includes:

    • The Institute of Chartered Accountants
    • CPA Australia
    • The Institute of Public Accountants

    Medical & Fitness

    To be enlisted or appointed, 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 successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

    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

    You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of three years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation.

    Your Careers Coach can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.


    Online Aptitude Testing (OAT) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

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

    Further information about OAT can be found in the Guide to Online Aptitude Testing for the ADF.

    To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in an Online Aptitude Test and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Online Aptitude Testing Example Questions.


    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 Defence Force Recruiting 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 DFR during the initial application process.

    Military Training

    The Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

    The ARA course is 42 days of training and currently conducted in the first half of the training year. The ARES course is conducted in the latter half of the year and consists of three modules. Module One is 9 days, Module Two is 16 days and Module Three is 16 days. Depending on your tiering you may only be require to complete one, two or all three modules before being deemed competent for employment as an SSO.

    ARES SSO Tiering Matrix.

    During RMC (Military Training) members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

    Physical Fitness Levels

    All trainees attending training at RMC are required to participate in an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC.

    Ares SSOs must complete IFA for both modules. This is an entry level requirement for all courses conducted at RMC. The IFA is based on a shuttle run, push ups and sit ups and is designed to determine whether trainees are at the minimum required standard to complete training at RMC. Due to the unique nature of training at RMC, trainees who do not demonstrate the base line levels of the assessment may be withdrawn from training and RTU. If you do not pass the IFA, you will be medically reviewed by the RMC Doctor and you will be advised if you are able to continue with training.

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

    Employment Training

    Upon graduation from Military Training, Accountants must attend the Finance Officer Basic Course (FOBC) or may attend the Logistics Officer Basic Course (LOBC); both courses are conducted at the Army Logistic Training Centre, Bandiana NSW. The courses qualify them for their first appointment, namely: LOBC - 57 days comprising common logistic modules that apply to overall logistics management within Defence. FOBC - 16 days comprising knowledge of the employment of the Pay Corps, resource management advice, understanding the Army Financial System in a changing environment, conduct of an Army Based Management interview and liaison operations.

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