Actual Staffing As At 30 June 2003
The people chapter presents a range of views of the Australian Defence Organisation workforce during 2002-03. It includes numbers of personnel, employment categories and locations, gender information, and details of recruiting and separation during the year. This chapter will discuss the changes in the workforce that occurred during 2002-03, and represents personnel information at or up to the 30 June 2003.
At 30 June 2003, the Defence Organisation had 92,467 employees, including 73,379 ADF members and 19,088 APS members. The ADF workforce included 14,480 Navy permanent and Reserve members, 42,461 Army permanent and Reserve members and 16,438 Air Force permanent and Reserve members. The number by each element and the percentage of each service is represented in the charts below. The actual strength of the permanent component of the ADF at 30 June 2003 was 51,791.
At 30 June 2003, there were 19,088 APS personnel. This number includes all APS personnel Defence has recorded as employees and includes full time, part time, ongoing and non-ongoing, and paid and unpaid employees at 30 June 2003.
This was an increase of 718 compared with the 30 June 2002 figure and is an overall increase of just under 4 per cent. There was increased participation by females in the workforce with 297 more than the 30 June 2002 level, an increase of just under 5 per cent. The increase in male participation was 421 above the 30 June 2002 levels or slightly under 4 per cent. These increases largely reflect the civilianisation of Service positions in non-operational functions, an increase in personnel for the war on terror especially in intelligence and security, support of increased operational commitments and delays in market testing of elements of the departmental workforce.
The employment of over 2000 professional service providers is not included in Chart 5.1 above. These persons are contracted for specialist tasks for finite periods. Examples include health professionals and para-professionals, project managers and information technology engineers.