Commando operations generally occur within prior to, and within military operations; or in support of Australian Defence Force joint operations. The key tasks include:
Precision Strike / Direct Action = This forms the core of the Commando operating paradigm which is to conduct discriminate offensive operations with the ability to reach, strike and return to an operating base. This includes the provision of military signature overseas Special Recovery options.
Special Shaping Operations – Advance Force Operations = Precision neutralisation of personnel or infrastructure, the disruption or seizure of key terrain, enabling systems or capabilities to shape the environment for follow on forces.
Special Recovery Operations – Counter Terrorist = Tailored short notice response to counter domestic terrorist threats within the land and maritime environments.
Specialist Support = Provision of specialist force elements to enable and enable joint response.