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This section contains additional detailed information, further to that contained in the hardcopy of the Defence Annual Report 2005–06.

Group Contributions

Defence Personnel Executive

During 2005–06, the Defence Personnel Executive's top priorities were to shape the Defence workforce to deliver capability and to develop and apply policies to sustain and conserve the Defence workforce. We continued to support our people, both military and civilian, by consolidating and improving our personnel planning, policies and services. With the expanded demands on the ADF, the focus for this year has been on keeping people in the military and recruiting new military personnel, especially in critical areas.

In 2005–06 the Defence Personnel Executive comprised:

  • Workforce Planning, Research and Retention—responsible for Defence-wide strategic personnel planning and research, including the Defence Workforce Plan, the Defence People Plan, critical categories recovery strategies, and implementing a Ministerial directed review of retention and recruitment.
  • Defence Force Recruiting—responsible for ADF recruitment policy, contracts and operations, including providing input into the strategic planning process and promoting ADF careers.
  • Defence Education, Training and Development—provides non-operational education and training policies and delivers services, including business skilling, a variety of on-line training courses and senior management training.
  • Personnel Policy and Employment Conditions—develops policies relating to salaries, allowances and conditions of service for military and civilian personnel.
  • Occupational Health, Safety and Compensation—provides an administrative framework for the management of health and safety issues as well as the supporting products and services. The branch is also responsible for Defence's occupational health and safety management system.
  • Defence Health Service—provides a range of medical, dental and mental health care for Australian Defence Force members, including injury and suicide prevention, drug education, mental health during and after deployment, and long-term health studies.
  • Personnel Systems—delivers a human resource and payroll management system, including self service options, a data storage strategy and software upgrades.
  • Defence Community Organisation—provides support for ADF members and their families. Programs include child care, education support (including for families with special needs), support for families of new ADF members and spouse employment assistance.
  • Career Management Policy—responsible for managing and developing senior ADF and APS senior staff, honours and awards, equity and diversity, military personnel policy and formal complaints. On 30 January 2006, a new Fairness and Resolution Branch was formed within the Defence Personnel Executive. It combined into one branch the responsibility for complaint resolution, equity and diversity issues, and alternative dispute and conflict resolution processes.
  • Resource Management—Personnel Executive—responsible for governance and coordination, financial and business management, and human resource management resources for the Group.

Organisationally and administratively the Australian Defence College is also part of the Defence Personnel Executive. The College is responsible for providing career education to military officers and other officials from Australia and overseas to promote the learning and development of leaders and managers. The College comprises three tri-Service educational organisations: the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, the Australian Command and Staff College and the Australian Defence Force Academy.


The Group's total spend for 2005–06 was $489.8m against a budget of $482.2m. This included:

  • $252.8m for Group managed items,
  • $236.6m for items managed on behalf of the portfolio, and
  • $0.4m against a capital budget of $1m.

As at 30 June 2006, the Defence Personnel Executive included 996 military personnel, 1,362 Australian Public Service staff and 884 Professional Service Providers.2, 3

Key Achievements for 2005–06

The key achievements for the Defence Personnel Executive are listed and summarised in Chapter Four—People.

  1. Figures are actual staff numbers and are not average funded strengths. [ back ]
  2. Includes 873 Defence Health Service Professional Service Providers. [ back ]

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