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Musician
If you’re a professional musician, here’s your opportunity to perform in concert throughout Australia and overseas.

Additional Information
IN BRIEF

Music has always played an important role in Navy life, from entertaining and motivating personnel to supporting the public
persona of the Service. This job gives you the exciting opportunity to explore a variety of musical genres, play at high
profile ceremonies and events, and enjoy a lifestyle that's hard to match in the civilian world. Better still you'll get to travel
extensively while enjoying job security.

TRAINING

Providing entertainment will be the full-time focus of your Navy career, but we'll also train you to be a sailor and a capable
crew member to prepare you for time served at sea. You'll join all Navy recruits for training in seamanship, safety and
survival; and this will give you a great opportunity to meet and bond with your new Navy colleagues.

LIFESTYLE

Life in the Navy is varied and rewarding, and the experiences you'll share at home and overseas will cement friendships
that last a lifetime. At sea you'll enjoy travel, adventure, good food, and plenty of time off for rest, relaxation and exercise
in onboard gyms. Then when ashore, make the most of the excellent sports, social and entertainment facilities on base, or
head out and about with friends and family.

WHAT YOU COULD EARN

In the Navy you'll receive a competitive salary, generous Super and an excellent range of benefits. You get paid from the
day you start training and your salary will increase with rank and experience.

MUSICIANS
can earn over
$66,100 p.a.
on completion of initial employment training. This salary includes Uniform and Service allowances and applies to full time
Officer entry.

Job Details
Qualified
Musicians (MUSNs) are responsible for promoting the image of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) throughout Australia and
overseas as members of the Royal Australian Navy Band. There are six bands stationed around Australia. Two bands of
full-time musicians are stationed at the naval establishments HMAS Kuttabul, Potts Point, New South Wales and HMAS
Cerberus, Western Port, Victoria. Four Reserve bands are stationed in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.

Naval Musicians will:

• perform as a member of a Naval band at ceremonial and Naval training parades;

• provide musical entertainment offered by the Navy in the public interest; and

• provide musical entertainment at official naval functions.

There are two avenues of entry for Musicians to join the Royal Australian Navy Band. They are: 

• Qualified Entry Sailor - non-degree (QES - non-degree); and

• Qualified Entry Sailor - degree (QES - degree).

Instrument categories available include: 

Flute and Piccolo, Oboe and Cor Anglais, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Cornet/Trumpet and Bugle, Trombone, Euphonium,
French Horn, Tuba, Double Bass and Bass Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Voice and Guitar. Some musicians are also trained on
Parade Side-Drum and all have an obligation to serve at sea. 

Positions available vary each year. For current positions available see the Royal Australian Navy Band website.

Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Musicians (MUSNs) are responsible for promoting the image of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) throughout Australia and
overseas as members of the Royal Australian Navy Band. There are six bands stationed around Australia. Two bands of
full-time musicians are stationed at the naval establishments HMAS Kuttabul, Potts Point, New South Wales and HMAS
Cerberus, Western Port, Victoria. Four Reserve bands are stationed in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.

Naval Musicians will:

• perform as a member of a Naval band at ceremonial and Naval training parades;

• provide musical entertainment offered by the Navy in the public interest; and

• provide musical entertainment at official naval functions.

The only form of entry for musicians to join the Reserve component of the Royal Australian Navy Band is as a Qualified
Entry Sailor (QES).

Instrument categories available include:

Flute and Piccolo, Clarinet, Saxophone, Cornet/Trumpet and Bugle, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Double Bass and Bass
Guitar, Rhythm Guitar and Kit Percussion. Piano/Voice/Guitar can accompany any of the above instruments and some
musicians are trained on Parade Side-Drum.

Positions available vary each year. For current positions available see the Royal Australian Navy Band website.

Entry
Qualified

Qualified Entry Sailor (QES) recruits undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training School (RTS) located at HMAS
Cerberus on Western Port Bay, Victoria, about 70 km south-east of Melbourne. All QES recruits undergo this basic training,
regardless of the specific job for which they have enlisted. The 11 week course covers general orientation in Naval customs
and practices, personal development, basic seamanship skills, armed and unarmed drill (marching), safety and survival at
sea, and sport and physical training.
Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

As a trained member of the Active Naval Reserve, you are obligated to serve a minimum of 20 days per year but you may
work up to 200 days per financial year in approved positions.

Unlike the Army and Air Force that set aside specific days for meeting minimum attendance requirement, in the Navy you
will have to seek employment in either Funded Reserve Commitment positions, Project work or Permanent Navy vacancies.
This means that you will effectively contribute to Navy capability rather than just parading. You will be assisted to find work
by either your category sponsor or through advertising material provided to Reserves on a weekly basis.

Reserve personnel may volunteer for a period of full-time service with the Permanent Navy, provided the member's services
are required.

Further information on part-time ADF careers can be found by accessing the Defence Reserves Support Council
website.

The Council promotes the benefits of Reserve service by establishing partnerships with the community and employers.

Pay & Allowances


Qualified

Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $1,352 per fortnight ($35,151 per year).*

While under training, you will also receive $380 per fortnight ($9,888 per year pro rata) Trainee Allowance.

After completion of Military (Recruit) Training Qualified Entry Sailor (non-degree) Musicians receive $1,931 per fortnight
($50,216 per year).*

After completion of Military (Recruit) Training Qualified Entry Sailor (degree) Musicians receive $2,061 per fortnight
($53,597 per year).*

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $507 per fortnight ($13,184 per year) except while
undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements
that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will receive a Uniform Allowance of $16 per
fortnight ($429 per year).

Your salary will continue to increase based on your rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Your
Pay Grade may increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of further training. 

Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as
applicable); and superannuation.

Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $98.23 per day tax free.

Salary while undertaking or waiting to complete Employment Training: $112.26 per day tax free.

Each General Entry job in the Australian Defence Force is classified into a pay grade. This particular job is classified as a
Pay Grade 2 occupation on IET Module 1 graduation. Members of the Reserve on part-time service are paid at a daily rate
of pay and on completion of training, this occupation attracts a starting rate of $131.59 per day. Your pay grade will
normally increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of advanced courses.

Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

In addition to your salary, a Reserve Allowance of $27.63 per day is payable to compensate for the unique demands of
Reserve Service.
General Requirements

Age Requirement

Qualified

Must be aged between 17 and 56 years inclusive on day of entry.

Applicants will not normally be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they
may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their
local recruiting centre.

Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Applicants must be aged between 17 and 61 years inclusive.

Applicants will not normally be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they
may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their
local recruiting centre.

Citizenship Requirement
Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a Permanent Resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver 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 Recruitment Centre or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirement
The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews enables the Regional
Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance

Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or
have a checkable background for this period.

Aptitude Requirement
The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests including
verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional
testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.


Education & Experience

Qualified, Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

The minimum educational standard to be eligible to apply for entry is successful completion of Year 10 level, which must
include study of English and Mathematics.

In addition, the following applies for the different avenues of Musician entry:

Qualified Entry Sailor - non degree (QES - non degree) - A standard commensurate with, but not exclusively aligned
to AMusA;

Qualified Entry Sailor - degree (QES - degree) - Hold a degree from a recognised institution and who at an audition
display a standard of performance commensurate with such a degree. Suitable degrees would include, but are not limited
to:

• Bachelor of Music; and


• Bachelor of Music Education.
Further information is contained at:

The Royal Australian Navy Band website

Note: Entry for this role requires that you undertake an audition with the Navy's Director of Music and have your
qualifications endorsed by the Directorate of Naval Workforce Management. If found satisfactory through the audition and
qualification assessment, your Case Manager will be advised that you satisfy the minimum entry standards and your
application will be progressed. Your Case Manager will organise these processes for you.

Medical & Fitness Requirements


Qualified, Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

To be appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry into the ADF. This is partially assessed from the
completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination. 

You must also pass the swim test and physical fitness test to graduate from your Navy Training and to proceed to the
Safety of Life at Sea Training that is a requirement for Recruit School and Officer training. 

Royal Australian Navy Swim Test (RANST)

The RANST is conducted to ensure the Navy’s duty of care to all serving personnel, with respect to rudimentary swimming
skills. The purpose of the RANST is to ensure fundamental water survival skills as a prerequisite to training such as survival
at sea training. 

Individual components of the RANST are fundamentally related to the survival at sea scenario. Competency in the RANST is
achieved through successful completion of each component comprising: 

• a safety jump off a 3m tower in overalls; 

• a 10m underwater swim in overalls; 

• a 50m swim using three safety strokes; and 

• the ability to tread water or float for 15 mins (removal of overalls optional). 

Note: You will find it much easier to pass the swimming test if you undertake swimming training before you join. 
All personnel will undertake the RANST upon entry and competency is to be achieved within 15 weeks from commencement
of initial training. Failure of any one component will constitute failure of the entire RANST and no waivers will be granted. 

For more details on medical and physical standards refer to 'Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF' and
'Medical Process for Entry into the ADF'.

Period of Service
Qualified

You will be enlisted 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 request discharge at any
time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation.

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

Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

You will be enlisted for a fixed period of service of 3 years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the
requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.

Additional Requirements
Qualified, Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Audition Requirements

All Musician applicants are required to audition to the satisfaction of the Navy's Director of Music. Applicants must
demonstrate high musical ability on any of the instrumental categories shown above, have a reasonable knowledge of the
theory of music and must be able to read musical notation. The minimum standards acceptable for competitive audition
are:

• QES (non-degree) - a standard commensurate with, but not exclusively aligned to AMusA; and
• QES (degree) - a standard commensurate with their degree.
Royal Australian Navy Swim Test (RANST)

The RANST is conducted to ensure the Navy’s duty of care to all serving personnel, with respect to rudimentary swimming
skills. The purpose of the RANST is to ensure fundamental water survival skills as a prerequisite to training such as survival
at sea training.

Individual components of the RANST are fundamentally related to the survival at sea scenario. Competency in the RANST is
achieved through successful completion of each component comprising: safety jump, underwater front scull swim of 10
metres, continuous swim for 50 metres, and treading water to remain afloat for 15 minutes.

All personnel will undertake the RANST upon entry and competency is to be achieved within 15 weeks from commencement
of initial training. Failure of any one component will constitute failure of the entire RANST and no waivers will be granted.

It is therefore strongly advised that all candidates considering entry to the Royal Australian Navy are either proficient with
or are working towards gaining swimming skills.

Military Training
Qualified

Duration: 11 weeks
Location: Crib Point, Victoria

The Recruit School at HMAS CERBERUS is situated on Western Port Bay, Victoria about 70 kilometres south east of
Melbourne. The school has its own administration building, accommodation blocks and classrooms and operates as an
independent unit within the greater training environment of HMAS CERBERUS.

The eleven week Recruit Course is designed to give you sufficient knowledge and skills on which to base your navy career.
The course includes both classroom and practical activities. Most subjects are individually tested. Examinations are set to
ensure Recruits are sufficiently prepared to undertake further specialist training at category schools. Private study areas are
available in the school and a Duty Instructor is available for assistance during non-instructional hours.

When you are offered a General Entry job in the Navy, you will receive Joining Instructions for the Recruit Training
Course. These instructions will provide you with a good indication of the daily routine while at the Recruit School and what
will be expected of you during your training. This information is also available by accessing the Navy Recruit School web
site.

Recruits who successfully complete the course, including the Navy Swimming Test, participate in a Graduation Parade,
which is normally held on the Friday of the last week of training. Recruits will have the opportunity to invite family and
friends to view the parade.

After Graduation personnel will be posted to category schools at HMAS CERBERUS or at other training establishments
throughout Australia.

During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution
towards meals, accommodation and utilities, depending on a number of factors.

Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Reserve Entry Recruit Course (RERC)

All Reserve Entry Recruits attend the Navy Recruit School, at HMAS CERBERUS in Victoria where they undertake the
Reserve Entry Recruit Course.

The course consists of two separate Phases of in-house training: i.e. 1 x 3 week training block followed by a further 2
weeks undertaken at a later stage. The combining of the 2 phases into one continuous 5 Week block of training is also
possible however guidelines exist – Please see below for these.

Two Phase Method of Training

During Phase 1 of training, Reserve Entry Recruits will team up with their full time colleagues and undertake the first 3
weeks of enlistment. Lessons in Basic Naval Knowledge, Swimming, Physical Fitness and Parade Training will be covered. At
the end of the 3rd week (19 days after enlistment), students will travel home having completed Phase 1 of their training.
Reserve Entry Recruits will then be later required to return to HMAS CERBERUS to complete their 2nd and final Phase of
training at a time that suits both the Recruit School’s program and themselves.

Phase 2 consists of a further 2 weeks (13 days) of in-house training at HMAS Cerberus where students are taught First Aid,
Combat Survival and Survival at Sea skills. On the successful completion of Phase 2, students will graduate from the
Reserve Entry Recruit Course and travel home. Depending on their chosen field, further category specific training or
Qualified Reserve Employment can then be pursued.

5 Week Continuous Training Method

If class sizes and the Recruit School Training Program allows, Reserve Applicants may request to conduct their 2 Phases of
training in one continuous 5 week block of instruction. This method will require students to change classes at the end of
their 3rd week to allow the ‘Phase 2’ proficiencies to be obtained. If this method is desired, applicants are required to first
check with their Defence Force Recruiting Centre to ensure that a ‘5 Week Continuous Training program’ is available.

Employment Training
Qualified
Sea Survival & Ship Safety Category Training - 1 Week

Qualified Entry Sailor - non degree (QES - non degree) - No formalised training in music is required.

Qualified Entry Sailor - degree (QES - degree) - No formalised training in music is required.

Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Promotion Courses - Courses which prepare you for promotion including Music, Leadership and Management will be
provided by Navy at various stage of your Reserve career. They will include Live-in and Distance Learning formats.

QES Musicians do not undergo formalised musical training on entry.

Employment Location
Qualified, Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

The Australian Navy Band comprises of six bands stationed around Australia.

Two bands of full-time musicians are stationed at the naval establishments HMAS Kuttabul, Potts Point, NSW and HMAS
Cerberus, Western Port, VIC. Four Reserve bands are stationed in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.

On occasions, musicians may be temporarily attached to a ship at sea for ceremonial and musical duties.

National Qualifications
Qualified, Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

All RAN musician training attracts civil accreditation.

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