People numbers: staffing, by average strength

This section provides information on average staffing levels for 2007-08 and compares personnel numbers with estimates for the year. The DMO average workforce strength in 2007-08 was 7,253—that is, 259 below the projected estimate of 7,512. This was a consequence of the significant growth in projects and funds under management and the use of alternative labour, including Reservists, to meet the shortfall in the ADF permanent workforce.

Table 4.1 DMO Average Funded Strength/Full Time Equivalent
2006-07
Actual
2007-08
Budget
estimate
2007-08
Revised
estimate
2007-08
Actual
2007-08
Variation[5]
%
APS
Senior Executives 29 32 37 32 -5 -14
Senior Officers 1,225 1,339 1,440 1,388 -52 -4
Other APS Staff 3,697 3,741 4,050 3,884 -166 -4
Sub-total APS[1] 4,951 5,112 5,527 5,304 -223 -21
Backfilling of ADF Vacancies - 165 - - - -
Sub-total APS[1] 4,951 5,277 5,527 5,304 -223 -4
PSP Workforce[2] 298 301 263 181 -82 -31
Sub-total APS/PSP 5,249 5,578 5,790 5,485 -305 -5
NAVY
Star Ranked Officers 7 6 6 8 2 33
Senior Officers 50 47 48 54 6 13
Junior Officers 97 136 139 93 -46 -33
Other Ranks 127 156 157 122 -35 -22
Sub-total Permanent Navy[3] 281 345 350 277 -73 -21
Reserve Forces[4] 113 110 110 171 61 55
Sub-total Navy 394 455 460 448 -75 -16
ARMY
Star Ranked Officers 7 6 6 6 - -
Senior Officers 43 47 49 45 -4 -8
Junior Officers 167 210 204 167 -37 -18
Other Ranks 172 219 216 168 -48 -22
Sub-total Permanent Army[3] 389 482 475 386 -89 -19
Reserve Forces[4] 86 75 75 111 36 48
Sub-total Army 475 557 550 497 -53 -10
AIR FORCE
Star Ranked Officers 8 8 9 8 -1 -11
Senior Officers 79 79 92 87 -5 -5
Junior Officers 356 414 458 369 -89 -19
Other Ranks 320 350 357 330 -27 -8
Sub-total Permanent Air Force[3] 763 851 916 794 -122 -13
Reserve Forces[4] 50 50 50 29 -21 -42
Sub-total Air Force 813 901 966 823 -143 -15
Sub-total Permanent ADF Workforce 1,433 1,678 1,741 1,457 -284 -16
Expected ADF Shortfalls - -165 -254 - 254 -
Sub-total actual Permanent ADF Workforce 1,433 1,513 1,487 1,457 -30 -2
Sub-total Reserve Workforce 249 235 235 311 76 32
Sub-total APS/PSP 5,249 5,578 5,790 5,485 -305 -5
Total DMO Workforce 6,931 7,326 7,512 7,253 -259 -3

Notes

  1. Staffing numbers for APS are based on average full-time equivalent and include ongoing and non-ongoing personnel.
  2. Professional Service Providers are individuals under contract filling line positions.
  3. Staffing numbers for Permanent Forces are based on average funded strengths and includes Reservists undertaking full-time service. Reservists undertaking full-time service, as at 30 June 2008, were 39 (comprising Navy 27, Army 7 and Air Force 5).
  4. Reserve strength represents Reservists who undertook paid service.
  5. 2007-08 full-time equivalent Average compared to the projected estimate.

Australian Public Service staffing

The APS full-time equivalent average strength for 2007-08 was 5,304, which is 223 below the projected estimate of 5,527. This reflects modest growth from 2006-07 in line with forecasts, to meet the DMO's increasing workload and is offset by a corresponding decrease in the military and contractor workforces.

Professional Service Providers

As part of its total workforce, the DMO engages Professional Service Providers (PSPs) to fill APS line positions due to an inability to recruit or retain civilian staff with these skills. PSPs are not DMO employees but are employed under contractual arrangements. The PSP full-time equivalent average strength for 2007-08 was 181, which is 82 below projected estimate of 263.

Permanent military staffing—military workforce agreements

The CEO DMO and the Service Chiefs recognise that the posting of military personnel into the DMO benefits both the DMO and the Services, by supporting the DMO's understanding of the operational environment, bringing in specialist military skills, and allowing for Service interests to be represented within the DMO's internal processes. Individual military workforce agreements were established between the CEO DMO and the three Service Chiefs on 1 July 2005, and were renegotiated during 2007-08. The agreements govern the employment of military personnel within the DMO and address a range of matters, including:

The agreements are subordinate to the principles established in the Defence Policy for Military Staffing in the DMO, approved by the Minister for Defence on 21 July 2004. The policy was reviewed for its effectiveness during February to May 2007 and recommendations to amend some aspects of the policy were subsequently approved by the Minister on 9 August 2007.

The permanent ADF average strength in DMO for 2007-08 was 1,457, against the Chief Financial Officer Defence guidance of 1,763. This shortfall reflects the low permanent military staff numbers across the three Services, particularly in critical employment categories. The DMO has employed reservists and alternative civilian labour in vacant military positions, in line with the Policy, where personnel with the necessary skills and experience can be found.

ADF Reservists

The number of Reservists who rendered paid service with the DMO during 2007-08 was 311, which equated to 13,129 reserve days, or an average of 42 days per Reservist. This was an increase of 1,508 reserve days on 2006-07. The increased achievement is due primarily to the implementation of the DMO Reserve Employment Scheme which commenced in October 2007. The scheme included a targeted communication and marketing strategy to increase the use of reservists in DMO, to assist in backfilling over 254 permanent military vacancies.