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1.4.1 Overview

Guidance
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

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 of the Navy Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army Warrant Officer of the Air Force

E10

14. Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer

E09

15. Chief Petty Officer Warrant Officer Class 2 Flight Sergeant

E08

16. Staff Sergeant

E07

17. Petty Officer Sergeant Sergeant

E06

18. Leading Seaman Corporal Corporal

E05

19. Lance Corporal

E04

20. Able Seaman [Private Proficient]* Leading Aircraftman

E03

21. Seaman Private Aircraftman

E02

*Note: For the definition of Private Proficient see Part 3 Division 1 section 1.3.59.

1.4.2 Chaplain and Maritime Spiritual Wellbeing Officer classification for benefit purposes

ADF Ranks and APS classifications

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.

    Ranks and classifications
    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 Defence Enterprise Agreement 2017-2020 (PDF 706KB). In this case, they need to hold a written delegation of those powers in order to perform those duties accountably.

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