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.
Equivalent rank means the corresponding rank set out under Schedule 1 of the Defence Act 1903.
This table shows the equivalent ranks.
|Item||Navy||Army||Air Force||Rank equivalency|
|1.||Admiral of the Fleet||Field Marshal||Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force||
|2.||Admiral||General||Air Chief Marshal||
|3.||Vice Admiral||Lieutenant General||Air Marshal||
|4.||Rear Admiral||Major General||Air Vice-Marshal||
|7.||Commander||Lieutenant Colonel||Wing Commander||
|8.||Lieutenant Commander||Major||Squadron Leader||
|11.||Acting Sub-Lieutenant||Second Lieutenant||Pilot Officer||
|12.||Midshipman||Officer Cadet||Officer Cadet|
|13.||Warrant Officer of the Navy||Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army||Warrant Officer of the Air Force||
|14.||Warrant Officer||Warrant Officer Class 1||Warrant Officer||
|15.||Chief Petty Officer||Warrant Officer Class 2||Flight Sergeant||
|20.||Able Seaman||[Private Proficient]*||Leading Aircraftman||
*Note: For the definition of Private Proficient see Part 3 Division 1 section 1.3.59.
See also: Chapter 3 Part 2 Division 3 section 3.2.34, Salary – Private Proficient
For conditions of service purposes, a Chaplain classification in column A or a Maritime Spiritual Wellbeing Officer classification in column B means the rank specified in column C of the same item of the following table.
Maritime Spiritual Wellbeing Officer classification
|1.||Division 1||Class 1||Captain|
|2.||Division 2||Class 2||Major|
|3.||Division 3||Class 3||Lieutenant Colonel|
|4.||Division 4||Class 4||Colonel|
|5.||Division 5||Class 5||Brigadier|
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|
|4.||APS 4||Warrant Officer, Class 2
Warrant Officer, Class 1
|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|
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 Defence Enterprise Agreement 2017-2020. In this case, they need to hold a written delegation of those powers in order to perform those duties accountably.
Application to Reservists: Yes.