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Workforce Overview

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.

Chart 5.1: Defence Workforce Staffing as at 30 June 2003

Two pie charts providing breakdown of staff into types of service. Select the image for more information.

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.

Table 5.1: Distribution of Australian Defence Organisation Personnel by Employment Location, as at 30 June 2003(1)
NSW Vic Qld SA WA Tas NT ACT(2) O/S(3) Total
Permanent Forces(4) | (5)
Navy(6) 5,235 2,159 803 105 2,528 16 520 1,322 176 12,864
Army 5,119 3,378 8,728 602 856 96 3,145 1,877 1,488 25,289
Air Force 4,925 1,190 2,406 1,618 379 10 1,158 1,498 454 13,638
Sub Total 15,279 6,727 11,937 2,325 3,763 122 4,823 4,697 2,118 51,791
Reserve Forces(7)
Navy 482 261 249 20 195 70 48 286 5 1,616
Army 4,853 3,074 4,103 1,277 1,862 697 588 598 120 17,172
Air Force 583 403 784 340 176 42 84 378 10 2,800
Sub Total 5,918 3,738 5,136 1,637 2,233 809 720 1,262 135 21,588
Total 21,197 10,465 17,073 3,962 5,996 931 5,543 5,959 2,253 73,379
APS(8) 3,817 4,051 1,619 2,006 619 99 378 6,368 131 19,088
Grand Total 25,014 14,516 18,692 5,968 6,615 1,030 5,921 12,327 2,384 92,467
Notes
  1. Figures in this table show actual staff numbers as at 30 June 2003 and are not average funded strengths. |
  2. ACT includes personnel located at Jervis Bay. |
  3. Permanent Forces and Reserves overseas represent personnel posted for long-term duty and deployments. |
  4. Permanent Forces figures include paid and unpaid members. |
  5. Personnel are shown in the location they are administered from. |
  6. Personnel serving in ships are included against the state or territory in which the ship is home-ported. |
  7. Figures are Reserves with training obligations. |
  8. APS figures include full time, part time, ongoing, non-ongoing, paid and unpaid employees.
Table 5.2: Distribution of APS Personnel by Employment Location and Classification, as at 30 June 2003(1)
Staffing Classification NSW Vic Qld SA WA Tas NT ACT O/S(2) Total
Secretary 1 1
Senior Executive Service(3) 0 7 1 8 0 0 0 93 2 111(4)
Temporarily Vacant(5) 1 4 5
SES Relief Staffing(6) 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 10 0 13
Executive Levels(7) 315 669 75 690 66 6 15 1,779 88 3,703
Executive Relief Staffing(8) 27 26 10 7 2 0 3 178 2 255
Other APS Levels(9) 3,475 3,347 1,533 1,299 551 93 360 4,303 39 15,000
Total 3,817 4,051 1,619 2,006 619 99 378 6,368 131 19,088
Notes
  1. Figures in the table show actual staff numbers as at 30 June 2003 and include 276 personnel who are presently on some form of unpaid leave. |
  2. Overseas figures represent personnel posted for long and short-term duty as at 30 June 2003. |
  3. Senior Executive Service (SES) includes Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary, First Assistant Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Chief of Division and Medical Officer 6 classifications. |
  4. Defence has 116 SES positions and figures reflect 111 officers at their substantive level. |
  5. Figures reflect SES positions pending permanent filling action. |
  6. SES Relief Staffing indicates non-SES officers who are temporarily acting in SES positions. These officers are on higher duties while the incumbents are taking leave, acting in higher positions or on secondment to other agencies. |
  7. Executive Levels include Levels 1 and 2 and senior principal research scientists and medical officer Grade 4. |
  8. Executive Relief Staffing indicates APS levels temporarily acting in Executive Level positions pending permanent filling action or while incumbents are taking leave, acting in higher positions or on secondment to other agencies. |
  9. APS levels include Australian Public Service levels 1 to 6, information technology, professional, technical, and trade/physical officers.
Table 5.3: ADF Permanent and Reserve Forces, and APS Personnel, by Gender and Employment Category(1)
As at 30 June 2002 As at 30 June 2003(2)
Men % Women % Men % Women %
Navy
Trained Force
Officers 1,687 13.4 309 2.5 1,682 13.1 331 2.6
Other Ranks 7,269 57.7 1,297 10.3 7,385 57.4 1,417 11.0
Training Force
Officers 534 4.2 191 1.5 551 4.3 182 1.4
Other Ranks 1,047 8.3 271 2.1 1,084 8.4 232 1.8
Total 10,537 83.6 2,068 16.4 10,702 83.2 2,162 16.8
Army
Trained Force
Officers 3,769 15.0 583 2.3 3,824 15.1 611 2.4
Other Ranks 16,498 65.5 1,663 6.6 17,530 69.3 1,740 6.9
Training Force
Officers 499 2.0 125 0.5 554 2.2 110 0.4
Other Ranks 1,893 7.5 140 0.6 844 3.3 76 0.3
Total 22,659 90.0 2,511 10.0 22,752 90.0 2,537 10.0
Air Force
Trained Force
Officers 2,859 21.0 491 3.6 2,949 21.6 504 3.7
Other Ranks 7,225 53.2 1,274 9.4 7,505 55.0 1,298 9.5
Training Force
Officers 530 3.9 107 0.8 546 4.0 127 0.9
Other Ranks 971 7.1 133 1.0 608 4.5 101 0.7
Total 11,585 85.2 2,005 14.8 11,608 85.1 2,030 14.9
ADF Permanent
Trained Force
Officers 8,315 16.2 1,383 2.7 8,455 16.3 1,446 2.8
Other Ranks 30,992 60.3 4,234 8.2 32,420 62.6 4,455 8.6
Training Force
Officers 1,563 3.1 423 0.8 1,651 3.2 419 0.8
Other Ranks 3,911 7.6 544 1.1 2,536 4.9 409 0.8
Total 44,781 87.2 6,584 12.8 45,062 87.0 6,729 13.0
ADF Reserves(3)
Navy 1,006 4.8 231 1.1 1,294 6.0 322 1.5
Army 14,301 68.1 2,855 13.6 14,457 67.0 2,715 12.6
Air Force 2,114 10.1 494 2.3 2,273 10.5 527 2.4
Total 17,421 83.0 3,580 17.0 18,024 83.5 3,564 16.5
APS(4)
Total 12,027 65.5 6,343 34.5 12,448 65.2 6,640 34.8
Notes
  1. Figures in the table are actual staff numbers as at 30 June 2002 and 30 June 2003. |
  2. Percentage figures are calculated against the individual permanent service totals which can be found in Table 5.1. |
  3. Figures are Reserves with training obligations. |
  4. Figures exclude locally engaged APS overseas.
Table 5.4: APS Personnel by Gender and Category as at 30 June 2003 (1) | (2) | (3)
Category Full-Time Part-Time Total
Ongoing employees Male 11,977 54 12,031
Female 5,880 290 6,170
Non-ongoing employees Male 397 20 417
Female 429 41 470
Total Male 12,374 74 12,448
Female 6,309 331 6,640
Total APS Personnel 18,683 405 19,088
Notes
  1. Figures in this table show actual staff numbers. |
  2. Figures exclude locally engaged civilians overseas. |
  3. Figures include paid and unpaid staff.
Table 5.5: APS Senior Executive Service Staff as at 30 June 2003(1) | (2)
Total SES 2002-03
Engagements(3)
2002-03
Separations(4)
Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total
Senior Executive Band 1 52 16 68 11 4 15 7 1 8
Senior Executive Band 2 18 4 22 2 - 2 1 - 1
Senior Executive Band 3 6 - 6 1 - 1 1 - 1
Chief of Division Grade 2 12 - 12 1 - 1 - - -
Chief of Division Grade 3 3 - 3 - - - - - -
Temporarily vacant 2 3 5
Total 93 23 116 15 4 19 9 1 10
Notes
  1. Figures in this table show actual staff numbers at their substantive level and officers on higher duties pending permanent filling action. Defence has 116 APS Senior Executive Staff positions. As at 30 June 2003, 111 SES were in substantive positions and five officers were on higher duties pending permanent filling of the positions. Officers on higher duties, not pending permanent filling action, are not included. |
  2. Gains and losses do not reflect movement of officers between levels in each of the Senior Executive Service and Chief of Division streams. |
  3. Engagement figures include new engagements, promotions and transfers from other agencies for ongoing employees only. |
  4. Separation figures include resignations and redundancies, and promotions and transfers to other departments for ongoing employees only.
Table 5.6: Star Ranked Officers as at 30 June 2003
Total Star Rank(1) 2002-03 Promotions(2) 2002-03 Separations(3)
Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women Total
Four Star
Navy - - - - - - 1 - 1
Army 1 - 1 1 - 1 - - -
Three Star
Navy 2 - 2 2 - 2 1 - 1
Army 1 - 1 - - - 1 - 1
Air Force 1 - 1 - - - - - -
Two Star
Navy 7 - 7 1 - 1 1 - 1
Army 9 - 9 4 - 4 3 - 3
Air Force 7 - 7 3 - 3 3 - 3
One Star
Navy 26 - 26 9 - 9 6 - 6
Army 39 - 39 11 - 11 7 - 7
Air Force 25 1 26 8 - 8 4 - 4
Total 118 1 119 39 0 39 27 0 27
Notes
  1. Officers on acting or higher duties are not included. |
  2. Promotions include those officers promoted between levels. |
  3. Separations include only those officers who have separated from Defence.