The Royal Australian Air Force School of Administration and Logistics Training (RAAFSALT) provides relevant, engaging and innovative learning that meets the capability requirements for the Royal Australian Air Force and broader Australian Defence Force.
RAAFSALT have 65 staff members who deliver 21 courses to provide learning to just over 1900 graduates per year.
RAAFSALT provides the Royal Australian Air Force with capability through the conduct of initial employment training for Movements Ground and Air, Logistics, Supply, Personnel Capability, and Training Systems employment groups. RAAFSALT also provides a number of postgraduate courses that support Australian Defence Force personnel through the enhancement of their specialist skills and knowledge; including Dangerous Goods and Vocational and Educational Training (Assessor, Instructor and Training Management). These courses provide skills and nationally recognised qualifications for ADF personnel to undertake duties in training, evaluation and assessment.
RAAFSALT is creating a learning environment where students are empowered to learn through their preferred style, research through different methods, collaborate with their course peers, and build meaningful and lasting networks. Learning is consolidated through simulated activities in a student-centric, blended learning environment, an approach that is inspiring and conducive to successful graduates. This is RAAFSALT’s future and plans are in place to modernise the delivery of training for all ranks at RAAFSALT and develop an innovative and empowered workforce both at the School and in the wider ADF.
RAAF SCHOOL OF ADMINISTRATION AND LOGISTICS TRAINING
Training for Support
‘RAAFSALT is to be widely recognised as a potent learning organisation; employing motivated, professional instructors and staff which deliver first rate graduates to the Royal Australian Air Force and broader Australian Defence Force.’
The School’s history can be traced back to 26 February 1940 when No 3 School of Technical Training, based at Ultimo in Sydney, offered courses for personnel enlisted as Clerk Pay, a precursor to today’s Personnel Capability Specialist (PCS). In April 1940 No 4 School of Technical Training was formed at Headquarters Southern Area. Amongst the courses at No 4 School of Technical Training were storekeepers, cook, mess steward, and dental orderly.
On 09 August 1940 the School of Administration was established at RAAF Base Laverton. The unit trained prospective officers from the RAAF and (later) Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAFs) of the Administrative and Special Duties Branch, with the first course (No.6) graduating 47 officers on 13 September 1940. On 27 December 1941 the School moved to Ascot Vale, where it remained until February 1942, when its headquarters took up accommodation at Trinity College at Melbourne University, Carlton. The training curricula expanded in March 1943, with the addition of officer cipher courses. From May 1943 unit commanders’ courses were offered and the School also undertook Air Training Corps officers drill refresher courses, administrative officer refresher training and high altitude training.
On 30 November 1942 the Equipment Training School (formerly a section of 1 Aircraft Depot), was established at Laverton, Victoria in order to conduct training for officers and selected airmen and airwomen in equipment and stores procedures, equipment administration, and stores accounting. The School had 223 trainees on strength when created and 260 trainees graduated during December 1942, bringing the total number of graduates from the School and its precursor to 559. During the period January 1943 to April 1944, the School had, on average, 100 students under training and graduated 106 trainees each month. On 29 April 1944 the School moved back to Ascot Vale, where it ceased function as a separate unit and became a section of 1 Engineering School. At this time a total of 2067 personnel had graduated from the Equipment Training School.
The Medical Training Unit was formed at Laverton on 15 July 1943, with 12 medical officers for instruction and 96 airmen and airwomen under training. The unit moved to ‘Larundel’ at Preston on 12 August 1943. Courses undertaken included those for the instruction of hygiene inspectors, medical officers, medical orderlies, nursing orderlies, RAAF nurses and clerk medical assistants.
In 1956 the Adult Trainee Squadron and the Apprentice and Junior Trainee Squadron formed at RAAF Forest Hill, Wagga Wagga. The courses offered at the squadrons included Clerk Equipment, a precursor to today’s Supply mustering.
The Clerical and Supply Trades Squadron of the RAAF School of Technical Training was formed as the RAAF School of Clerical and Supply Training on 01 June 1985. The School was made up of three flights: catering, clerical and supply training. In December 1992 the School absorbed the responsibility of the Supply Training School of 2 Stores Depot due to the planned closure of that unit in June 1993. To reflect this clerical flight was expanded to become ‘administrative and clerical flight’ and an educational support services section was raised.
Since its inception the School has offered, at various times, training for physical training instructors, motor transport fitters, stewards, cooks, defence force recruiters, catering officers, dental administrators, driver firemen, driver motor transport operators, supply clerks, dental assistants, administrative clerks, mess supervisors and ground safety officers.
On the disbandment of the School in the mid 1990s the role of training the Clerical and Supply trades was returned to RAAFSTT under the banner of Non-Technical Training Flight. In 2003 the Squadron was renamed the Squadron of Clerical and Supply Training with the Squadron’s role now encompassing the training of RAAF Logistics Officers, Administrative Officers, Supply Basic, Clerk Supply Basic, Clerk Basic Course as well as post graduate training in Explosive Storage, Dangerous Goods and Storage Life Management. As of 01 May 2015 a combined total of 12469 personnel have graduated from the various Initial Employment Training and Postgraduate Initial Employment Training courses run by RAAFSALT.
The RAAFSALT badge comprises a torch set in front of a cornucopia and a quill displayed saltirewise, with the motto ‘Training for Support.’
The School’s role in encapsulated by: the torch which is an emblem of enlightenment and training; the quill which is a reference to the administration duties historically conducted with a quill pen and ink; and the cornucopia representing the supply and provisioning functions of logistics.
The quill is readily identifiable by its attractive colouring as that of a Galah Cockatoo (Cacatua Roseicapilla). When the original SCST badge was proposed many of these birds were found around Wagga Wagga so this is a reference the location of RAAFSALT.
‘RAAFSALT is to provide relevant, engaging and innovative learning that meets capability requirements for the Royal Australian Air Force and broader Australian Defence force, now and into the future. ’
Courses delivered by RAAFSALT:
Supply Initial Employment Training (Gap Year and PAF) – Wagga
Personnel Capability Specialist Initial Employment Training – (Gap Year and PAF) – Wagga
Movements Initial Employment Training Phase 1 – Wagga
Movements Initial Employment Training Phase 2 – Richmond
Training System Officer Initial Employment Training – Wagga/Glenbrook
Logistics Officer Initial – Wagga
Personnel Capability Officer Initial Employment – Wagga
10K Forklift Endorsement – Richmond
Dangerous Goods Pack Accept Air – Refresher – Australia wide as required
Dangerous Goods Pack Accept Air Initial – Australia wide as required
Dangerous Goods Road Rail and Sea – Australia wide as required.
Air Movements Load Planning – Richmond
C-17A Load / Unload – Amberley
C-27J Load/Unload – Richmond
C-27J Load Planning – Richmond
Logistics Officer Executive – Canberra
Supply Supervisor – Wagga
Air Force Assessor – Wagga / Amberley
Air Force Instructor – Wagga
Training Management – Canberra
ADF Training Developer – Wagga