Navy sailors undertake a wide range of peacetime and wartime work on land and at sea, including communications, supply, seamanship, motor transport, combat systems operation, hospitality and stores.
Duties & Tasks
A Navy sailor may specialise as an/a:
- Acoustic Warfare Analyst Submariner - works in submarines to monitor the presence of vessels in the maritime environment. This is achieved by detecting and analysing noise patterns from unknown sources.
- Boatswain's Mate - performs general seamanship duties on board Navy ships. They handle the berthing of ships, use ship's boats and small arms, and maintain the ship and its fixtures.
- Clearance Diver - responsible for military diving tasks, which may include underwater repairs; the securing and disposal of missiles, projectiles and explosives; and the safe demolition of maritime assets. This role is currently available only to male recruits.
- Combat Systems Operator - works in the operations room with sensor equipment such as sonar and radar, providing combat data and operations planning support.
- Combat Systems Operator (Mine Warfare) - operates the combat data system on board the Navy's mine hunters, including underwater mine disposal vehicles, radars, sonars and navigation systems.
- Communication and Information Systems Sailor - responsible for sending information into, out of and around a ship or base, using radio, satellite equipment and Local Area Networks (LAN).
- Cook - caters and prepares food for Navy personnel both onshore and in ships and submarines.
- Dental Assistant - helps with dental procedures, writes reports and looks after the accounting and appointment records.
- Hydrographic Surveyor - works on board Navy research vessels assisting in compiling data for hydrographic surveys of Australia's coastline and approaches.
- Medical Sailor - assists with patient care and comfort, hygiene and nursing care, and emergency medical and pre-hospital care of Navy personnel.
- Musician - performs in Navy bands at concerts, ceremonies, parades and dances, playing a range of musical styles, including classical pieces, rock, jazz and swing.
- Steward - responsible for the administration and general running of the Officers' Mess, providing hospitality services such as table preparation, bar services and cabin care for officers.
- Stores Naval Sailor - responsible for the administration and stock control of Naval Stores items.
- Writer - employed within the Navy's personnel organisation as an administrator to run the office on a ship or base, handling pay, accounts and general clerical work. They may also work as the personal assistant to a Commanding Officer on a warship.
- Australian citizenship
- at least 17 years of age
- meet aptitude and medical requirements.