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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 3,800 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 100.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • Unavailable Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 10.7% female Gender Share

The number of Commissioned Officers (Management) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 3,800 in 2017 to 4,100 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Commissioned Officers (Management) work in many regions of Australia. Many work in New South Wales.
  • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
  • Full-time: Almost all work full-time (100%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%), part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (74.2%).
  • Gender: 10.7% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20072500
20082200
20092100
20101200
20111900
20122000
20132200
20141200
20151800
20162800
20173800
20224100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Safety94.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.2

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 2017, 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
NSW52.931.6
VIC9.526.2
QLD14.419.7
SA8.86.7
WA7.210.8
TAS4.92.0
NT2.41.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-240.0-9.99.9
25-341.4-23.623.6
35-4424.3-21.721.7
45-5454.1-20.820.8
55-5917.4-8.88.8
60-642.7-6.06.0
65 and Over0.0-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-1012.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives.

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