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Workforce Overview

Staffing by Average Strength

Actual Staffing as at 30 June 2005

This section outlines the changes in the workforce that occurred during 2004-05, and provides personnel information at, or up to, 30 June 2005. It includes numbers of personnel, employment categories and locations, gender information, and details of recruiting and separations during the year.

At 30 June 2005, Defence had 69,765 permanent employees comprising 51,209 Permanent ADF members and 18,556 APS personnel. The ADF Reserve Force comprised 21,968 employees. The total ADF workforce included 15,987 Navy Permanent and Reserve members, 41,374 Army Permanent and Reserve members and 15,816 Air Force Permanent and Reserve members. The ADF decreased in permanent strength by 1,033 during 2004-05, with an increase in separations of 782 being the main contributor.

The Reserve component of the ADF decreased in strength by 186, from 22,154 in 2003-04 to 21,968 in 2004-05.

The charts below show the percentage of personnel by type of service (ADF, APS, Reserves) and then by the Service to which they belong.

Chart 3.1 Defence Workforce Staffing as at 30 June 2005
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At 30 June 2005, there were 18,556 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.

This was 472 less personnel than the same time last year and is an overall decrease of approximately 2.5 per cent. The decrease results from ongoing measures to reduce the civilian workforce as part of the Program of Administrative Savings and from the challenges experienced in recruiting and retaining skilled personnel, including in the information technology, finance, and project management fields.

Table 3.9 Defence Personnel Comparison as at 30 June 2004 (1) and 30 June 2005
Navy Army Air Force APS Total
2003-04
Permanent 13,205 25,455 13,582 (2) - 52,242
Public Service - - - 19,028 19,028
Total 13,205 25,455 13,582 19,028 71,270
2004-05
Separations (3)
Permanent 1,581 3,213 1,126 - 5,920
Public Service - - - 2,670 2,670
Sub-total 1,581 3,213 1,126 2,670 8,590
2004-05
Additions (4)
Permanent 1,231 2,871 785 - 4,887
Public Service - - - 2,198 2,198
Sub-total 1,231 2,871 785 2,198 7,085
2004-05
Permanent 12,855 25,113 13,241 - 51,209
Public Service - - - 18,556 18,556
Total 12,855 25,113 13,241 18,556 69,765
Variation -350 -342 -341 -472 -1,505

Notes

  1. 30 June 2004 figures are sourced from the Defence Annual Report 2003-04.
  2. Adjusted from 13,585 to 13,582 to account for three retrospective separations.
  3. Separations include all personnel who have left the Defence workforce through voluntary and involuntary redundancy, age or voluntary retirement, or transfer to other agencies.
  4. Additions include all personnel who have joined the Defence workforce through direct recruitment action, enlistments from overseas, re-enlistments, including transfers from other agencies and non-ongoing personnel. Owing to the diverse methods and timing of entry into the ADF, the figures for ADF Additions are close estimates.
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