Commissioned Officers (Management) provide high level management to support the running of organisational, geographical and operational units and sections within the defence forces and fire and police services.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Many workers have an Advanced Diploma/Diploma instead of a Bachelor Degree.

Tasks

  • establishing administrative and operational procedures by taking account of the organisation's operating environment
  • making policy decisions and accepting responsibility for operations, performance of staff, achievement of targets and adherence to budgets, standards and procedures
  • establishing lines of control and delegating responsibilities to subordinate staff
  • representing the organisation in dealings with other organisations and the public
  • controlling the collection and interpretation of management information to monitor performance
  • controlling the use of, and accounting for, the assets and facilities of the organisation
  • preparing budgets and other management plans
  • preparing reports, authorising the release of information, and handling public relations activities

Job Titles

  • Commissioned Defence Force Officer
  • Commissioned Fire Officer
  • Commissioned Police Officer
  • Commissioned Defence Force Officer

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

    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 Fire Officer

    Provides high level management to support the running of a geographical or operational section of a fire service.

    Specialisations: Fire Investigator, Inspector (Fire Services)

  • Commissioned Police Officer

    Provides high level management to support the running of a geographical or operational section of a police service.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    1,700
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    80.5%
  • Female Share

    19.5%
  • Full-Time Share

    98.2%

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This is a very small occupation employing 1700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Commissioned Officers (Management) work in most parts of Australia.
  • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Public Administration and Safety; Education and Training; and Construction.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 35.5 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 55 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 6 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 8 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20051000
20062500
20072300
20081500
20092200
2010800
20111800
20122200
20132100
20141800
20151700
20201900

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryCommissioned Officers (Management)All Jobs Average
Full-time98.268.4
Part-time1.831.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)35.540.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety84.5
Education and Training6.1
Construction4.8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCommissioned Officers (Management)All Jobs Average
NSW39.631.8
VIC21.325.5
QLD12.119.8
SA15.66.8
WA5.511.2
TAS1.02.0
NT0.01.1
ACT4.81.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCommissioned Officers (Management)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-240.0-9.99.9
25-346.1-23.423.4
35-4431.2-21.721.7
45-5415.1-21.121.1
55-5917.2-8.78.7
60-6430.4-5.95.9
65 and Over0.0-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryCommissioned Officers (Management)CategoryAll Jobs Average
Males80.5Males53.6
Females19.5Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Many workers have an Advanced Diploma/Diploma instead of a Bachelor Degree.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

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

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Law and Government

    97% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  2. Public Safety and Security

    95% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. English Language

    81% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Psychology

    81% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  5. Administration and Management

    80% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    91% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    91% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  3. Getting Information

    91% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    91% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  5. Documenting/Recording Information

    90% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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