1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2005
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/01/2005
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With over 90,000 people, Defence is one of Australia's largest employers. Over half of this workforce (57%) are full-time ADF personnel, a significant proportion (23%) are employed in the ADF Reserves and the remainder (20%) are civilians (graph 4.7).
Men and women have equal access to employment in the ADF, with the exception of certain functions involving direct combat duties. Women comprised 13% of the ADF permanent workforce at 30 June 2004 (table 4.9) and are able to serve in all positions except those involving direct combat duties, including:
For health and safety reasons, women are not employed in areas where exposure to embryo-toxic substances could endanger their health. Women are not employed, for example, as surface finishers and electroplaters within the Air Force.