Commissioned Defence Force Officers

ANZSCO ID 139111

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
6,600
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
92%
Female Share
17%
Average age
33

Summary

Commissioned Defence Force Officers provide high level management to support the running of organisational units within the Australian Defence Force.

Specialisations: Air Defence Officer (Air Force), Armoured Corps Officer (Army), Artillery Officer (Army), General Service Officer (Army), Ground Defence Officer (Air Force), Infantry Officer (Army), Military Police Officer (Army), Observer (Navy), Security Police Officer (Air Force), Special Service Officer (Army).

Commissioned Defence Force Officers gain their position by advancing through the ranks of the Australian Defence Force.

Tasks

  • Establishes administrative and operational procedures by 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.

  • Represents the organisation in dealings with other organisations and the public.

  • Controls the collection and interpretation of management information to monitor performance.

  • Controls the use of, and accounting for, the assets and facilities of the organisation.

  • Prepares budgets and other management plans.

  • Prepares reports, authorises the release of information, and handles public relations activities.

Characteristics

Job Type
Managers
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Physical Demand
  • Light
  • Medium

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Commissioned Officers (Management), under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 92% of people employed as Commissioned Defence Force Officers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 26 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 51 hours per week in their main job. This is 7 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Public Administration and Safety
98.1%
2
Education and Training
0.9%
3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
0.2%
4
Manufacturing
0.1%
5
Other industries
0.3%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

27.4% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

10.9% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

19.1% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

4.9% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

4.4% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

0.5% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

4.5% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

27.8% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Commissioned Defence Force Officers All Jobs Average
NSW 27.4 31.6
VIC 10.9 25.6
QLD 19.1 20.0
SA 4.9 7.0
WA 4.4 10.8
TAS 0.5 2.0
NT 4.5 1.0
ACT 27.8 1.9


  • Around 69% of Commissioned Defence Force Officers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory have a large share of employment relative to their population size.

    The regions with the largest share of workers are:

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
33
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
17%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Commissioned Defence Force Officers is 33 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.

    Females make up 17% of the workforce. This is 31 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Commissioned Defence Force Officers All Jobs Average
15-19 6.0 5.0
20-24 16.8 9.3
25-34 30.5 22.9
35-44 21.4 22.0
45-54 16.9 21.6
55-59 5.6 9.0
60-64 2.1 6.0
65 and Over 0.7 4.2
Median Age 33 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Commissioned Defence Force Officers gain their position by advancing through the ranks of the Australian Defence Force.

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Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Commissioned Defence Force Officers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 26.1 10.1
Bachelor degree 29.7 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 12.7 11.6
Certificate III/IV 6.5 21.1
Year 12 22.2 18.1
Year 11 0.8 4.8
Year 10 and below 1.9 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Commissioned Officers (Management) who can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people, provide leadership, direction and planning.

Interests and demands

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