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Defence People Group

The Defence People Group (DPG) delivers high quality human resource outcomes across the Defence employment cycle from strategy and policy development, through to implementation and service delivery. We put people first and deliver on our commitments.

DPG was established on 30 May 2012 in response to the standing up of the Chief Operating Officer Organisation and ongoing Defence reform, such as Shared Services and the Defence Culture Reviews.

It brings together people elements from across the Australian Defence Organisation to deliver sustainable people capability in line with the People in Defence Blueprint, and contributes to Chief Operating Officer Organisation's mission by delivering integrated people systems and building a capable workforce.

Ms Rebecca Skinner is Deputy Secretary Defence People.

DPG is part of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Organisation, and consists of three Divisions:

  • People Capability Division plans and designs the Defence workforce structure and then recruits to the Australian Defence Force. It also takes care of ADF families and the ADF community.

  • People Policy and Culture Division develops and maintains a safe Defence working environment drawing on effective people management and a competitive employment package. This Division focuses on diversity and inclusion strategies, APS career management, and evolving Defence culture under Pathway to Change.

  • People Solutions Division recruits the Defence APS workforce; manages the pay and benefits for our people; recognises and rewards commitment, high performance and potential; supports a fair and respectful workforce by reinforcing Defence values. The Division also manages complaints and complex case resolution.