Tasman Scheme

The intent of the Tasman Scheme is to recognise outstanding performance by Reserve personnel from both the NZDF and the ADF in the LCPL (E) to CPL (E) rank bracket, and to foster links between the respective services of New Zealand and Australia.


Australian and New Zealand Naval Reservists

The scheme commenced in 2003 with ADF Reserve personnel selected for attachments with the NZDF. The scheme is now a reciprocal activity with NZDF Reserve personnel selected for attachment with ADF units for two weeks. 

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for a Tasman Scheme attachment must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must have held substantive rank of LCPL (E) or CPL (E) for a period of at least one year.
  • The applicant must be a serving member, with at least three years of Reserve service.
  • The applicant must be declared "efficient" in the financial year of application.

There are three exceptions to target ranks:

  • If an NCO is notified of promotion to SGT(E) after being selected for the Scheme they will still be eligible to undertake an attachment under the Scheme.
  • If an NCO is commissioned, or is notified of commissioning, after having applied for the Scheme they will not be eligible to undertake an attachment under the Scheme.
  • A PTE with specialist skills, employed in a small unit providing limited opportunity for promotion, or identified for promotion, can be nominated and selected for the Scheme.


To apply for the Tasman Scheme please speak to your unit Cadre or Divisional Coxin. Alternatively, contact the Directorate Reserve Forces and Youth Development for more information.

This page was last reviewed on 3 November 2014, and is current.