Defence People Group

Defence People Group (DPG) puts people first, and delivers high quality human resource outcomes across the Defence employment cycle, from strategy and policy development, through to implementation and service delivery.

The Group priority outcomes:

  • Enable Defence capability, by supporting the Defence mission through a collectively held people vision.
  • Works in partnership with the Services and Groups to create a common understanding of what Defence must make happen to deliver people capability and position Defence as an employer of choice.
  • Delivers integrated services through an agile, effective and efficient people system.
  • Builds a capable workforce, by developing and delivering an attractive and compelling employment offer.

Divisions and commands

People Capability Division

Plans and designs the Defence workforce structure and then recruits to the Australian Defence Force. This Division 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 Services 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.

Recruitment and Retention Division

Recruiting and Retention Division was Initiated as the R2D2 Tiger Team established on 12 April 2022 to identify requirements and is now responsible for the design and delivery of ways to recruit, retain, grow and sustain an additional 18,500 APS and ADF workforce out to 2040.

Joint Support Services Division

Joint Support Services Division manages strategic policy as it relates to ADF Reserves and Cadets, manages ADF participation in conventional and adaptive sports, both domestically and internationally, and manages Defence’s responsibilities in the Australian National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security.

Joint Health Command

Joint Health Command provides health care to ADF members and ensures the health preparedness of ADF personnel for operations, and, deployable elements of the Command for deployment in support of operations.

Australian Defence College

The Australian Defence College was established to meet the strategic needs of the ADF for joint professional military education and individual joint warfare training.