1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2007  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2007   
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As one of the largest employers in Australia, Defence has a diverse workforce of just over 91,000 people made up of:

  • 51,000 permanent ADF personnel comprising the Navy, Army and Air Force;
  • 22,000 Reserve members, with the Army employing around 70% of Reserves; and
  • 19,000 Australian Public Service (APS) civilian staff consisting of permanent, temporary and part-time employees. This includes 5,000 from the DMO which became a prescribed agency within the Defence portfolio on 1 July 2005.

    About 1,000 Defence APS civilian staff are also members of the active Reserves and are counted in both categories.

    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 <http://www.defence.gov.au/annualreports/>.


    The Department of Defence and the Defence Housing Authority have a purchaser-provider relationship, with Defence the purchaser of housing, relocation and related services.

    The Defence Housing Authority was established in 1987 to provide accommodation for members of the ADF and their families. The Authority provides complete relocation solutions including arranging removal requirements; payment of entitlements; allocation of homes and a smooth move out process. Staff support ADF members at 16 Housing Management Centres in major regional centres and another 13 outposts around Australia and help families move when the ADF member is posted to a new location.

    Over the past few years, the Defence Housing Authority has adopted a more strategic approach to the business of providing houses, focusing on the most cost effective means of providing housing at community standards. For more information about the Defence Housing Authority, refer to <http://www.dha.gov.au>.

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