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Workforce Overview

Staffing by Average Strength

Separations

In 2004-05, separation rates for the Permanent Force were:

  • Navy 12 per cent;
  • Army 13 per cent;
  • Air Force 8 per cent; and
  • ADF 11 per cent.

The total number of ADF separations increased slightly from 2003-04, due largely to increased separations by Army and Navy other ranks. Separation rates remain below the ten year average separation rate for each Service and the ADF as a whole.

Retention initiatives are coordinated through the annual Defence People Plan. Comprehensive critical category recovery strategies are being developed for implementation during 2005-06, with notable achievements to date being the new Remote Locality Allowance and School Transition Aides program.

Table 3.19 ADF Permanent Force Separations 2003-04 and 2004-05 (1)(2)
Voluntary (3) Involuntary (4) Age Retirement Cadets and Trainees Total
2003-04
Navy Officers 154 17 1 49 221
Other ranks 715 146 - 247 1,108
Army Officers 302 32 4 101 439
Other ranks 1,310 654 6 402 2,372
Air Force Officers 201 (5) 11 1 70 (7) 283
Other ranks 516 (6) 67 25 110 718
Total ADF Officers 657 60 6 220 943
Other ranks 2,541 867 31 759 4,198
2004-05
Navy Officers 178 22 - 50 250
Other ranks 815 224 2 310 1,351
Army Officers 349 28 1 91 469
Other ranks 1,578 659 3 504 2,744
Air Force Officers 277 20 2 55 354
Other ranks 620 61 19 72 772
Total ADF Officers 804 70 3 196 1,073
Other ranks 3013 944 24 886 4,867

Notes

  1. Figures in this table show actual staff.
  2. Non-effective personnel (personnel on maternity leave and leave without pay) and Reserves completing periods of full-time duty are not included.
  3. 'Voluntary' includes redundancies and resignations.
  4. 'Involuntary' primarily comprises members who were medically unfit or unsuitable for further training.
  5. Adjusted from 200 to 201 to account for one retrospective separation.
  6. Adjusted from 515 to 516 to account for one retrospective separation.
  7. Adjusted from 69 to 70 to account for one retrospective separation.

Table 3.20 APS Separations 2003-04 and 2004-05
Voluntary (1) Involuntary (2) Resignation/
Retirement (3)
Transfers (4) Total
2003-04
SES 8 1 7 6 22
Senior Officers 34 13 183 51 281
Other Staff 91 110 1,314 132 1,647
Total APS 133 124 1,504 189 1,950
2004-05
SES 2 - 9 8 19
Senior Officers 49 26 210 60 345
Other Staff 647 (5) 94 1,406 160 2,307
Total APS 698 120 1,625 228 2,671

Notes

  1. Voluntary figures include Voluntary Redundancies - commercial support program, Defence reform program or program initiated.
  2. Involuntary figures include abandonment (forfeit), breach of conduct, death, invalidity retirement, involuntary redundancy, lack of qualifications, non-performance and term probation.
  3. Resignation / retirement includes complete non-ongoing, resignation and retirement.
  4. Transfers include transfers/promotions to other agencies.
  5. Increase from 2003-04 due to non-core Defence Integrated Distribution System transitional employees.
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