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Workforce Overview

Staffing by Average Strength

Civilian Reduction Program

A programmed reduction in civilian staffing numbers was implemented in 2003-04 as part of the $200m per annum Program of Administrative Savings. Together with the outsourcing of the Defence warehousing function, this program was designed to yield a reduction of 1,428 full-time equivalent average positions by the end of 2005-06, including 638 for the outsourced contract.

Due to delays in outsourcing the warehousing function and the requirement to fund an additional 180 project management, intelligence, air traffic controller and information technology positions, Defence was not able to achieve the run down in staffing numbers as quickly as envisaged in the original plan. Also, since establishing the savings baseline in the 2003-04 budget, increases to the civilian staffing baseline have been approved for:

  • a number of new budget measures approved by the Government for which additional funding and staffing cover was provided, or which Defence was required to absorb; and
  • the replacement of Professional Service Provider positions with more cost effective civilian staff (these positions are offset by corresponding reductions in the Professional Service Provider workforce).

As a consequence of these changes, the adjusted civilian staffing target for 2004-05 was 17,971. In summary, Defence was some 217 positions below its adjusted savings targets as shown in Table 3.4.

Table 3.4 Status of the Civilian Savings Program Implemented in 2003-04
Year 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
2002-03 Baseline (1) 18,385 18,385 18,385 18,385 18,385 18,385
New Measures for 2003-04
Budget Estimates and Framework Review 19 35 31 31 31 31
Current operations 6 - - - - -
New Measures for 2004-05
New Intelligence Measures - 106 208 227 229 -
Defence Procurement Review - 59 48 48 48 48
Implementation of the Flood Report - 2 3 3 3 3
New Measures for 2005-06
New Intelligence measures - - 15 15 15 15
Australian Defence Medal - - 10 10 10 10
Current operations - - 6 - - -
Revised Baseline 18,410 18,587 18,706 18,719 18,721 18,492
Warehouse outsourcing -638 -638 -638 -638 -638 -638
New priority positions 180 180 180 180 180 180
Business improvement project - 67 - - - -
Civilianisation of military positions - - 2 2 3 3
Substitution of Professional Service Providers positions - 302 378 378 378 378
Savings Program -264 -527 -790 -790 -790 -790
Adjusted Baseline incorporating savings 17,688 17,971 17,838 17,851 17,854 17,625
Actuals/Planned 18,303 17,754 17,838 17,851 17,854 17,625
Variation 615 -217 - - - -

Note

  1. In order to provide more clarity, the presentation of the civilian savings program baseline differ from that published in the Portfolio Budget Statements of 2004-05 (Table 5.3, p. 207) to clearly identify the savings targets.
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