The Air Force Gap Year program provides young Australians an opportunity to broaden their life experience with only a one year commitment. The program offers a 'try before you buy' experience of Air Force training and lifestyle, without any obligation to serve beyond the program period.

In 12 memorable months you'll experience life and work in the Air Force, while enjoying:

  • a good salary plus generous superannuation
  • highly varied work experience
  • free medical and dental
  • world-class training and skills for life
  • subsidised accommodation
  • a supportive team environment
  • free access to sports and fitness facilities 
  • friendships that last a lifetime

At the end of the program you can apply to continue your career in the Air Force, or use the skills and experience you've acquired to secure an alternative career path

Your Gap Year role

As part of Airbase Protection and Security, you will provide vital security and support to Air Force assets, bases and personnel for ground defence exercises and operations during times of increased security. You'll undertake a range of duties including, but not limited to, manning vehicle control points and observation posts, being a member of a reaction force, and vehicle and foot patrolling.

To prepare you for these tasks you will receive comprehensive and practical training in areas such as legal powers, negotiating skills, self-defence measures weapons training, and the tactical skills used for patrolling and reacting to security threats. Most of your working time will be spent outdoors, in all weather conditions both day and night.

Throughout your gap year, you'll be supported by professional and enthusiastic Air Force personnel who will provide the guidance necessary to achieve your goals. Better still, you'll be working for a dynamic organisation that offers a great lifestyle plus opportunities you simply won't find anywhere else.

Ready for an exciting and adventurous gap year? Then apply now.


  • Fully-paid training
  • Starting salary from $49,171 p.a equiv. plus superannuation, and from $63,015 p.a equiv. plus superannuation, following successful completion of training. Check individual job details online for more information regarding salary.
  • Numerous other benefits such as free medical and dental care, and access to sports and leisure facilities


Military training for Airbase Protection is held in Wagga Wagga, NSW, followed by employment training at Amberley, QLD.

Upon successful completion of training, you will be posted to an Air Force Defensive Establishment. This includes major bases such as:

  • RAAF Base Amberley or RAAF Base Townsville in QLD,
  • RAAF Base Darwin or RAAF Base Tindal in NT,
  • RAAF Base Williamtown or RAAF Base Richmond in NSW,
  • RAAF Base Edinburgh in SA and
  • RAAF Base Pearce in WA.

Entry Requirements

  • Aged between 18 and 24 as of 31 May 2019
  • Australian citizen at time of enlistment
  • Completion of Year 12 plus Year 10 passes in English and Maths

Medical and fitness guidelines also apply.