Skip to main content

1.3.40 Equivalent ranks and classifications

Navy Army Air Force Rank equivalency
Admiral of the Fleet Field Marshal Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force
Admiral General Air Chief Marshal O-10
Vice Admiral Lieutenant General Air Marshal O-9
Rear Admiral Major General Air Vice-Marshal O-8
Commodore Brigadier Air Commodore O-7
Captain Colonel Group Captain O-6
Commander Lieutenant Colonel Wing Commander O-5
Lieutenant Commander Major Squadron Leader O-4
Lieutenant Captain Flight Lieutenant O-3
Sub-Lieutenant Lieutenant Flying Officer O-2
Acting Sub-Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Pilot Officer O-1
Midshipman Officer Cadet Officer Cadet  
Warrant Officer of the Navy Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army Warrant Officer of the Air Force E10
Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer E09
Chief Petty Officer Warrant Officer Class 2 Flight Sergeant E08
Staff Sergeant E07
Petty Officer Sergeant Sergeant E06
Leading Seaman Corporal Corporal E05
Lance Corporal E04
Able Seaman [Private Proficient]* Leading Aircraftman E03
Seaman Private Aircraftman E02

* Private Proficient is defined in section 1.3.1.

1.3.41 References to time

1.3.42 Meaning of dependant for the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Regulation 2018

1.3.43 Meaning of specific words for determinations made under section 58H of the Defence Act 1903

ADF ranks and APS classifications

  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.

    Classifications and ranks
    APS classification Army rank
    APS 1 Private
    Lance Corporal
    APS 2 Corporal
    APS 3 Sergeant
    Staff Sergeant
    APS 4 Warrant Officer, Class 2
    Warrant Officer, Class 1
    2nd Lieutenant
    APS 5 Captain
    APS 6 Major
    Executive Level 1 Lieutenant Colonel
    Executive Level 2 Colonel
    Senior Executive Service Band 1 Brigadier
    Senior Executive Service Band 2 Major General
    Senior Executive Service Band 3 Lieutenant General
    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 Defence Enterprise Collective Agreement 2024 (1,019KB). In this case, they need to hold a written delegation of those powers in order to perform those duties accountably.

Pay and conditions manual


Subscribe here to receive monthly updates on ADF pay and conditions information.