1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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1294-11 Commissioned Defence Force Officer

Provides high level management to support the running of an organisational unit within the Australian Defence Forces.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification and at least 5 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • establishes administrative and operational procedures, taking account of the organisation's operating environment
  • makes policy decisions and accepts responsibility for operations, performance of staff, achievement of targets and adherence to budgets, standards and procedures
  • establishes lines of control and delegates responsibilities to subordinate staff
  • controls the selection and training of staff
  • represents the organisation in dealings with other organisations
  • controls the collection and interpretation of management information to monitor performance
  • controls the use of, and accounts for, the assets and facilities of the organisation
  • prepares reports for superior officers, giving information and recommendations concerning defence policy, and authorises the release of information
  • prepares and executes operational and tactical plans during war to achieve objectives set by headquarters and commanding officers
  • performs ceremonial and public tasks, and coordinates industrial and public relations activities

Captain (Army)
Commander (Navy)
Flight Lieutenant
Lieutenant (Navy and Army)
Lieutenant Colonel (Army)
Lieutenant Commander (Navy)
Major (Army)
Pilot Officer
Flying Officer
Squadron Leader (Air Force)
Sub-Lieutenant (Navy)
Wing Commander (Air Force)

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