Overview

Part 1

About this Manual

Part 2

Determinations that apply in this Manual

Part 3

Definitions

Part 5

Member's rights and obligations

Part 6

Payment of entitlements in special circumstances

 

Part 4: Equivalent rank and classifications

1.4.1    Overview
1.4.2    Chaplain taken to hold rank
1.4.3    ADF ranks and APS classifications (This clause is policy guidance)

1.4.1    Overview

1.

In Chapters 1 to 17, a reference to a rank is a reference to an Army rank. It includes a reference to the equivalent rank in the Navy and Air Force. This is unless it is made clear otherwise.

Note: This is consistent with long-standing Defence practice whereby Army ranks are used, often followed by the letter (E) for Equivalent rank. To simplify and save space, the text does not include the (E) symbol. Where there is a reference to the three Services, the normal order is followed – Navy, Army, Air Force.

2.

Equivalent rank means the corresponding rank set out under Regulation 8 of the Defence Force Regulations 1952.

3.

This table shows the equivalent ranks. (This subclause is policy guidance)

 

Item

Navy

Army

Air Force

Officer rank equivalency

1.

Admiral of the Fleet

Field Marshal

Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force

2.

Admiral

General

Air Chief Marshal

O-10

3.

Vice Admiral

Lieutenant General

Air Marshal

O-9

4.

Rear Admiral

Major General

Air Vice-Marshal

O-8

5.

Commodore

Brigadier

Air Commodore

O-7

6.

Captain

Colonel

Group Captain

O-6

7.

Commander

Lieutenant Colonel

Wing Commander

O-5

8.

Lieutenant Commander

Major

Squadron Leader

O-4

9.

Lieutenant

Captain

Flight Lieutenant

O-3

10.

Sub Lieutenant

Lieutenant

Flying Officer

O-2

11.

Acting Sub Lieutenant

Second Lieutenant

Pilot Officer

O-1

12.

Midshipman

Officer Cadet

Officer Cadet

13.

Warrant Officer

Warrant Officer, Class 1

Warrant Officer

14.

Chief Petty Officer

Warrant Officer, Class 2

Flight Sergeant

15.

Staff Sergeant

16.

Petty Officer

Sergeant

Sergeant

17.

Leading Seaman

Corporal

Corporal

18

Lance Corporal

19.

Able Seaman

[Private Proficient]*

Leading Aircraftman

20.

Seaman

Private

Aircraftman

 

 

* Note: Private Proficient is not a formal ADF rank. It is a salary proficiency point – see Chapter 3 Part 2 Division 3 clause 3.2.20, Salary – Private Proficient.

1.4.2    Chaplain taken to hold rank

1.

A Chaplain who holds a fixed tenure appointment is taken to hold the rank set out in this table.

 

Item

If a Chaplain's classification is…

then they are taken to have the rank of…

1.

Division 1

Captain

2.

Division 2

Major

3.

Division 3

Lieutenant Colonel

4.

Division 4

Colonel

5.

Division 4 – Head of Denomination

Colonel

6.

Division 5

Brigadier

 

2.

A Chaplain who holds an indefinite appointment is taken to hold the same rank as an officer on the same rate of salary as the Chaplain.

Note: This clause is a deeming provision that allows Chaplains to get pay and conditions, as they hold honorary rank only.

1.4.3    ADF ranks and APS classifications (This clause is policy guidance)

1.

This table is a guide for comparing ADF and APS ranks and classification levels for clerical duties that do not require the exercise of military command responsibilities. It is not for use as a statement of equivalent ranks and classifications. It cannot be used to compare competency standards for employment category or work value purposes.

 

Item

APS classification

Army rank

1.

APS 1

Private

 

Lance Corporal

2.

APS 2

Corporal

3.

APS 3

Sergeant

 

Staff Sergeant

4.

APS 4

Warrant Officer, Class 2

 

Warrant Officer, Class 1

 

2nd Lieutenant

 

Lieutenant

5.

APS 5

Captain

6.

APS 6

Major

7.

Executive Level 1

Lieutenant Colonel

8.

Executive Level 2

Colonel

9.

Senior Executive Service Band 1

Brigadier

10.

Senior Executive Service Band 2

Major General

11.

Senior Executive Service Band 3

Lieutenant General

12.

Secretary

General

 

2.

A member may be in a position (on either an ongoing or acting basis) that calls for the exercise of powers under the Public Service Act 1999 or the DECA. In this case, they need to hold a written delegation of those powers in order to perform those duties accountably.

 

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