Robert Basford 



1978 to 1990


1990 to 1997


1997 to 2013


2013 to present

Australian Army Officer
Australian Defence Force Career
01/1978 to 01/1990

01. Managed base level maintenance and modification to Army's electrical and mechanical equipment within the 2nd Base Workshop Battalion.
02. Supervised production management and control, contract repair, provision of computer support including electronic data processing, and human resource planning.
03. Financial management (budget AUD10.7M-2019).
04. Led and managed a two-hundred-and-fifty-person team.

01. Overall responsibility for all electrical and mechanical engineering activities within the 22nd Construction Squadron Workshop.
02. Senior squadron engineer for mechanical design, maintenance and modification planning for plant and other hydraulic machinery and associated equipment, and human resources officer.
03. Financial management (budget AUD0.7M-2019).
04. Led and managed a forty-person team.

01. Senior engineer responsible for production planning and control, contract repair, supervision of design modification and implementation at the Perth Workshop Company.
02. Facilities planning coordinator and officer in charge of computer support, Electronic Data Processing, and human resources management.
Financial management (budget AUD3.8M-2019).
03. Led and managed a fifty-five-person team.

01. Executive military assistant to His Excellency Sir James Plimsoll, A.C., C.B.E., Governor of Tasmania, with duties including detailed event planning and public relations.
02. Liaison with government departments and press, and attending all functions within Government House as well as all public functions and ceremonies and on occasion representing the Governor of Tasmania. Throughout my tenure as Aide-de-Camp to Sir James we traveled to a multitude of official functions covering about 33,000 kilometres within Tasmania.
03. Led and managed a two-person team.

01. Overall responsibility for all electrical and mechanical engineering activities within the unit 1st Watercraft Workshop.
02. Senior engineer for mechanical design, maintenance and modification planning for all Army watercraft and associated electrical and mechanical equipment, and human resources management.
03. Financial management (budget AUD3.2M-2019).
04. Led and managed a forty-person team.

01. Overall responsibility for all electrical and mechanical engineering activities within the unit 101st Field Workshop.
02. Duties included engineering design, maintenance and modification planning for the field repair of electrical and mechanical assets within the Brigade.
03. Led and managed a thirty-five-person team.

01. Full-time Royal Military-Duntroon College Staff Cadet, and full-time student in Engineering (Mechanical) at University of New South Wales Faculty of Military Studies.
02. Graduated December 1981 as an Australian Army Officer, Royal Military College-Duntroon Graduate #2888.
03. Graduated from University of New South Wales Faculty of Military Studies in Engineering December 1982.

Commission and Service Certificate

1990 - Awarded by Assistant Chief of General Staff - Personnel.
Date of Separation: 14 January 1990
Date of Entry: 19 January 1978

1981 - At the Royal Military College Duntroon as Graduate #2888, I received my Commission to be an Officer of the Australian Army by His Excellency The Governor General of Australia, the Right Honourable Sir Zelman Cowen dated 8 December 1981.