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The role of Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) is to assist in maintaining the mobility of our own forces, deny freedom of movement to the enemy, (counter-mobility), and provide general engineering support. It encompasses construction (civil), geomatic and combat engineering.

Typical tasks of the RAE include:

Mobility Tasks. Typical mobility tasks are:


The Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps (RAEME) is a technical corps tasked with the maintenance of the Army's modern hardware and equipment. The Corps has about 400 officers and 3350 other ranks.


The role of the Australian Army Catering Corps (AACC) is to provide specialist catering support to the Australian Army. The AACC provides timely and deployable catering support to land force assets as part of brigade, task force, joint or combined operations, and a catering service to enhance ADF operations. In fulfilling the role, the AACC is responsible for:


The role of Artillery is to maximise the ADF’s combat power through the provision of offensive support coordination and indirect firepower, surveillance and target acquisition and ground based air defence.

Physics is the systematic study of the basic properties of matter. Its scope ranges from elementary particles at one end of the size scale to galaxies, quasars and the universe itself at the other. It also encompasses some of the deepest scientific questions of the day and sustains a wealth of practical applications. The three-year major program covers key principles of physics and includes a comprehensive account of the physics of from the cosmological to the subatomic scale.

Viewed from space, the Earth is a blue planet with over 70% of its surface covered by water. Because of this, the oceans exert a major influence on the Earth's climate and shipping operations. The three-year major program covers key principles of oceanography and the related issues of meteorology and climate. It offers a comprehensive account of physical oceanography, including components that cover waves, currents, sonar, and remote sensing, and employs mathematical arguments to describe the physical phenomena that take place within the world's oceans.

Mathematics teaches us how to define a problem with precision, how to break it up into a series of clearly defined steps and analyse it logically and how to assess the answer and its implications. These are universal skills which are applicable to virtually any task and are of value to anyone who has to face complex problems and make decisions. Hence mathematics is crucial in one’s professional life, including the ADF.

Computer Science is one of three disciplines of study offered in the field of Information Technology. The study of Computer Science is intimately linked with the study of the modern digital computer, its design, operational characteristics and control. Teaching is concentrated principally in the areas of algorithm specification, data structures, programming languages, operating systems, computer networks and artificial intelligence.

Chemistry is a foundation science of civilisation and is central to modern technology and medicine. Many fields of science involve an understanding and/or application of chemistry or materials derived from chemical processes. Since the mid-20th century six notable Australians have won Nobel prizes for their contributions to science , which involved significant aspects of chemistry. These include Sir John Cornforth; and for Medicine with a substantial chemistry component - Florey (1945), - MacFarlane Burnett (1960), - Eccles (1963), - Doherty (1996) and - Blackburn (2009). W.H.