|Service branch||Royal Australian Navy|
|NATO rank code||OF-7|
|Next higher rank||Vice admiral|
|Next lower rank||Commodore|
Rear admiral is a higher rank than commodore, but lower than vice admiral. Rear admiral is the equivalent of air vice-marshal in the Royal Australian Air Force and major general in the Australian Army.
Since the mid-1990s, the insignia of a Royal Australian Navy vice admiral is the Crown of St. Edward above a crossed sabre[a] and baton, above two silver stars, above the word "AUSTRALIA". The stars have eight points[b] as in the equivalent Royal Navy insignia. Prior to 1995, the RAN shoulder board was identical to the UK shoulder board. The UK shoulder board changed in 2001.