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.

    You will need to have extensive on the job experience and progress through the ranks of your profession to advance to the rank of a Commissioned Officer (Management).

    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

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    All Commissioned Officers (Management)

    • $2,834 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 1,600 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 50 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 15% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Commissioned Officers (Management) (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 1,600 in 2018 to 1,700 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Commissioned Officers (Management) work in many parts of Australia. The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,834 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 50 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 15% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20082200
    20092000
    20101200
    20111900
    20122000
    20132200
    20141100
    20151900
    20162800
    20171900
    20181600
    20231700

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsCommissioned Officers (Management)All Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings28341460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety97.4
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing0.9
    Education and Training0.7
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.3
    Other Industries0.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    NSW29.331.6
    VIC13.725.6
    QLD18.720.0
    SA5.57.0
    WA6.010.8
    TAS1.22.0
    NT3.91.0
    ACT21.41.9

    Age Profile

    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 BracketCommissioned Officers (Management)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-194.5-5.05.0
    20-2412.6-9.39.3
    25-3423.7-22.922.9
    35-4421.2-22.022.0
    45-5425.1-21.621.6
    55-599.0-9.09.0
    60-642.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    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 QualificationCommissioned Officers (Management)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate25.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree26.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV9.7-21.121.1
    Year 1218.5-18.118.1
    Year 111.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.7-12.512.5

    You will need to have extensive on the job experience and progress through the ranks of your profession to advance to the rank of a Commissioned Officer (Management).

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • Australian citizenship or permanent residency

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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.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      84% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Public safety and security

      82% Skill level

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

    3. Law and government

      73% Skill level

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

    4. Education and training

      72% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Psychology

      71% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Contact with people

      98% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    2. Telephone

      98% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      97% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Electronic mail

      97% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    5. Contact with the public

      96% Important

      Work with customers or the public.

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