6th Engineer Support Regiment (Australia)

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6th Engineer Support Regiment
Active 2003–present
Country  Australia
Branch Australian Army
Role Engineer support
Size ~ 600 personnel
Part of 6th Brigade
Garrison/HQ RAAF Amberley
Motto(s) With Strength and Precision
Engagements War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Current commander LTCOL Amanda Johnston
Unit Colour Patch 6 ESR Unit Colour Patch.PNG

The 6th Engineer Support Regiment (6 ESR) is specialised engineer regiment of the Australian Army. Established in early 2003, the regiment was formed by grouping several previously independent engineer squadrons – each providing different engineer support functions – together under a single headquarters. Headquartered at RAAF Amberley in Queensland, the regiment's sub-units are spread out across several locations including Enoggera, in Brisbane, and Holsworthy, in Sydney.


The regiment was formed on 13 January 2003, in order to serve as the administrative headquarters for a number of squadron-level subunits, which had previously been independent.[1]

Attached to the 6th Brigade, the regiment's subunits – the 17th and 21st Construction Squadrons, the 1st Topographical Survey Squadron and the 20th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron – are spread across three different locations: Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera; Zabul Lines, RAAF Base Amberley; and Holsworthy Barracks. These subunits are supported by a fifth subunit, the Operational Support Squadron.[2]

By virtue of the regiment's function, the majority of its 600 personnel are regular soldiers drawn from the Royal Australian Engineers,[1] although various other corps provide administration clerks, drivers, mechanics and quartermasters. Personnel from the regiment have undertaken numerous deployments since its establishment, and the regiment provided the headquarters element for Reconstruction Task Force 4, which deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 as part of Operation Slipper.[2]


As of July 2012, 6 ESR was structured as follows:[2]

  • Regimental Headquarters
  • 21st Construction Squadron
  • Operational Support Squadron (headquarters/main element)


  1. ^ a b "6th Engineer Support Regiment". Australian Army. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Bree, Max (19 July 2012). "Engineers enter Zabul Lines". Army News: The Soldiers' Newspaper (1286). p. 9. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Connery, David; Cran, David; Evered, David (2012). Conducting Counterinsurgency - Reconstruction Task Force 4 in Afghanistan. Newport, New South Wales: Big Sky Publishing. ISBN 9781921941771.