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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/02/2008   
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As one of the largest employers in Australia, Defence has a diverse workforce of just over 91,700 people , as at 30 June 2007, made up of:

  • 51,476 permanent ADF personnel comprising the Navy (12,700), Army (25,486) and Air Force (13,290)
  • 19,550 Reserve members, comprising the Navy (1,850), Army (15,000) and Air Force (2,700)
  • 19,506 Australian Public Service (APS) civilian staff consisting of permanent, temporary and part-time employees (includes 5,006 from the DMO, which became a prescribed agency within the Defence portfolio on 1 July 2005)
  • Contractors and Australian industry also contribute to the Defence workforce by providing support in a variety of areas and are an important element of the total Defence effort.

Detailed information on the Defence workforce can be found at <>.

Defence Housing Australia (DHA)

DHA provides high quality housing and relocation services to members of the ADF to meet the operational requirements of the Department of Defence.

DHA (known as the Defence Housing Authority until 2006) was established in 1987. It currently manages about 17,000 residences in all states and territories, worth approximately $6b. DHA acquires houses through a mix of construction, purchase and leasing. Properties are located in metropolitan, regional and remote areas throughout Australia.

DHA provides complete relocation solutions, arranging for about 25,000 relocations each year. This service includes arrangement of removal requirements; payment of entitlements; allocation of homes and a smooth move-out process. Staff support ADF members from 32 Housing Management Centres and other offices located across Australia.

DHA has an innovative sale and leaseback program, which ensures efficient use of DHA's capital, allowing DHA to develop quality residential properties in key locations across the country, sell them to investors and then lease them back.

For more information about the DHA, refer to its website <>.

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