Defence Force Members - Other Ranks
Defence Force Members - Other Ranks provide specialised military services to the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces.
guarding airfields and other defence force bases
serving as an infantry soldier
erecting bridges, building field defences, constructing temporary roads, clearing minefields, repairing airfields and demolishing targets using explosives
crewing armoured fighting vehicles
operating artillery, ground and surface-based defence systems, shipboard weapons and other advanced specialist military weapons and equipment
providing firepower and ground-based air defence
establishing and maintaining command, control and communications equipment and facilities
conducting surveillance, reconnaissance and boarding operations
maintaining personal arms and ammunition
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. However, projections data are not available for defence force occupations.
Earnings and hours
Around 94% of people employed as Defence Force Members - Other Ranks work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 28 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 50 hours per week in their main job. This is 6 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.
Most Defence Force Members - Other Ranks work in the Public administration and safety industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Defence Force Members - Other Ranks||All Jobs Average|
Around 46% of Defence Force Members - Other Ranks live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Queensland 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.
Age and gender
The median age of Defence Force Members - Other Ranks is 27 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 13% of the workforce. This is 35 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)
|Age Bracket||Defence Force Members - Other Ranks||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||0.2||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A number of military and academic requirements need to be satisfied, including basic recruit training, to join the Australian Defence Force.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Defence Force Members - Other Ranks||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||2.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||7.8||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.
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