About the Job

Plumbers serve in the Royal Australian Engineer Corps, in both Construction Squadrons and Combat Engineer Regiments. Plumbers are responsible for performing advanced drainage, sanitary, water supply, roof plumbing, intermediate gas and mechanical services. Plumbers also perform plumbing and general building tasks associated with the construction, repair and maintenance of vertical and horizontal structures and the provision of engineering services.

Plumbers are required to perform the following duties:

  • Apply plumbing trade skills
  • Check stores, materials and equipment
  • Conform to Quality Assurance (QA) requirements
  • Assist in site preparation
  • Interpret Government sponsored building standards, codes and regulations
  • Interpret technical literature and data from various sources
  • Assist in planning for building tasks
  • Assist in the maintenance of workplace health and safety
  • Maintain tools and equipment
  • Assist with the preparation of bills of materials
  • Conduct site inspections for minor construction tasks
  • Provide advice to, and liaise with project personnel on matters relating to plumbing and construction requirements
  • Order and purchase project stores
  • Assist in site set-out
  • Provide workplace training for non-skilled labourers
  • Provide detailed site sketches
  • Interpret plans, specifications and drawings
  • Assist in the compilation of specifications, scope of works and cost estimates
  • Comply with simple procurement procedures
  • Assist in the performance of combat engineering tasks
  • Deploy to the field
  • Perform administrative duties commensurate with rank
  • Provide plumbing/construction support during Exercises/Operations and
  • Perform military duties

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

Most Reservists join the Australian Defence Force for the exciting work, the friendships and the lifestyle. But there are many other benefits too, including financial ones.

The pay you receive in the Army Reserve goes straight into your pocket with no deductions for tax, and it increases as you gain seniority and experience.

For more details download our Salary Scales.

Read our Conditions of Service.


Reserve RAE units can be found in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney ( 21 Construction Regiment ), Newcastle, Brisbane, Mt Isa, Townsville and Youngtown. These include Combat Engineer regiments and squadrons, and Construction regiments and squadrons.



Applicants must have reached 17 years of age on 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.
The Compulsory Retirement Age (CRA) for Reserve Service is 65 years. Enlistment up to and including the age of 60 years is open for all employment categories. Candidates who wish to enlist into the Army Reserve beyond the age of 60 years will need to be further assessed to ensure that they would be feasibly able to complete all obligatory pre-requisite training in their chosen area of employment prior to reaching CRA.

Education & Experience

Completion of Australian Year 9 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics together with completion of an approved apprenticeship or an approved traineeship at a recognised training institution and any period of full-time employment stipulated for the trade.

Civilian qualified tradesmen will have their qualifications assessed for Recognition of Current Competencies / Recognition of Prior Learning by the Army Logistic Training Centre prior to enlistment.

Your application must include a Construction Industry Induction Card (white card) and any other relevant trade related licence/s.

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

All candidates who are appointed or enlisted into the Army Reserve may undertake volunteer service until the age of 65 (Compulsory Retiring Age) subject to the requirements of the Army and suitability for further service. Members may transfer out of the active Army Reserve at any time.


The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include 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.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

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


Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

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 security clearances appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency 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, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

NOTE: The security clearance is critical to an applicants successful progression through the Army training system. If an applicant is unable to obtain the required security clearance in time, they will not be allowed to continue their training and may need to be re-allocated to another employment category. As such, it is strongly recommended that all applicants obtain the required documentation as soon as possible to provide the best opportunity to be employed in their preferred employment category.


Military Training

All General Entry recruits into the Australian Army Reserve are required to complete the Recruit Course.

Duration: 35 days continuous

Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Recruit training is the same for male and female entrants. During the Reserve Recruit Training Course you will be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, drill, first aid, navigation and field craft. The training is deliberately challenging and has been designed to prepare you to be a soldier in today's Army. Recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved.

Further information is also available at the Army Recruit Training Centre website.

Note: You must be aware that you must commence recruit training within 6 months of enlistment.

Employment Training

Training comprises of one module of 16 days duration. This module can be conducted in RAE Units with training run either continuously or non continuously. Training includes the following Combat Engineer Skills:

  • RAE Corps history, organisation, roles and tasks
  • Operation and maintenance of a range of hand and power tools
  • Carry out construction tasks using expedient methods and materials
  • Assist in the construction of obstacles
  • Assist in the construction of basic field defences
  • Understand construction plant equipment, capabilities and safety
  • Assist in the setup, operation and maintenance of water supply equipment, pumps and water testing equipment and
  • Operate small powered watercraft and construct improvised watercraft applicable to RAE.

Reserve Unit Locations

  • Mount Gambier Training Depot
    Shepherdson Road MT Gambier SA 5290
    Phone: 0417 381 821
  • Lone Pine Barracks
    Singleton NSW 2330
  • Newborough Depot
    Newborough VIC 3825
  • Irwin Barracks
    Karrakatta WA 6010
  • HMAS Harman
    Canberra ACT 2600
  • Lavarack Barracks
    Townsville QLD 4813
  • Rockhampton Depot
    Rockhampton QLD 4700
  • Warradale Barracks
    Warradale SA 5046
  • Engineering Training Depot
    Ringwood VIC 3135
  • Kalgoorlie Training Depot
    Kalgoorlie WA 6430
  • Joondalup Depot
    Joondalup WA 6027