Careers on show at Amberley open day

21 June 2024

The public has been treated to a glimpse of career-life in the ADF at RAAF Base Amberley’s sold-out open day on June 15.

Visitors to the Brisbane event viewed capability and spoke with members about the static displays, which showcased professions and trades available to career starters and career changers.

It wasn’t just ADF though, with Defence industry also represented through displays from Boeing, CHC, Raytheon and other allied industries.

Wing Commander Tanya Evans, of RAAF Amberley, said these industry partners played a significant role in supporting ADF career opportunities.

“It’s not only critical to show potential recruits the many terrific opportunities for fulfilling careers in the ADF, but also to showcase the many opportunities available in Defence industry through employment with industry partners,” she said.

Visitors enjoyed a number of interactive displays, including a Pilatus PC-21 aircraft, an Edgy Jericho Laboratory, Hawkei protected mobility vehicles, G-Wagons, an ejection seat and static displays of each aircraft type operating from Amberley.

Defence Force Recruiting fielded many enquiries about Defence careers, with visitors lingering at displays to speak with members and explore their interest about capabilities that attracted their attention.

Some attendees, such as Tahlia Higgins, were surprised to see the breadth of capability on display and how many roles it took to keep aircraft flying.

“We see the planes flying and think of the Air Force as pilots, but it is exciting to see how many different jobs and roles and capabilities there are across the Air Force,” Ms Higgins said.

RAAF Base Amberley is an integral part of the south-east Queensland community, particularly the Ipswich area, and engages with locals through the Amberley Consultative Working Group.

“In spite of the regular communication with our community, it has been a wonderful opportunity to showcase our role in the greater southern Queensland area through this open day, which has been a tremendous success,” Wing Commander Evans said.



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