Defence Force Senior Officers manage organisational units of the Australian Defence Force through subordinate officers.

Also known as: Air Force, Army, or Navy Senior Officer.

Specialisations: Admiral (Navy), Air Chief Marshal (Air Force), Air Commodore (Air Force), Air Marshal (Air Force), Air Vice Marshal (Air Force), Brigadier (Army), Captain (Navy), Colonel (Army), Commander (Navy), Commodore (Navy), General (Army), Group Captain (Air Force), Lieutenant Colonel (Army), Lieutenant General (Army), Major General (Army), Rear Admiral (Navy), Vice Admiral (Navy), Wing Commander (Air Force).

You will need to enter the Australian Defence Force and progress through the ranks to advance to the rank of a Defence Force Senior Officer.

Tasks

  • Provides strategic direction and management, directs subordinates to meet objectives, achieve specific goals.
  • Plans manoeuvres, policy and ensures set standards are meet.
  • Consults with immediate subordinates and fellow defence heads (where appropriate) on such matters as methods of operation, equipment required and personnel.
  • Studies and analyses relevant data, reviews recommendations and reports, takes responsibility for preparation and presentation of information to the appropriate arms of military forces.
  • Decides or approves senior (and/or other) appointments.
  • Authorises missions, along with government approval.
  • Represents military arm at conferences, negotiations, official occasions, and liaises with other organisations.

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Defence Force Senior Officers

  • 1,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 50 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 16% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Defence Force Senior Officers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 1,000 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Defence Force Senior Officers 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (87%, 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 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (69%).
  • Gender: 16% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Safety97.6
Education and Training0.7
Manufacturing0.5
Retail Trade0.4
Other Industries0.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateDefence Force Senior OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.231.6
VIC8.825.6
QLD12.320.0
SA3.47.0
WA3.110.8
TAS1.12.0
NT2.41.0
ACT37.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketDefence Force Senior OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-241.1-9.39.3
25-345.3-22.922.9
35-4424.9-22.022.0
45-5444.8-21.621.6
55-5914.0-9.09.0
60-647.2-6.06.0
65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationDefence Force Senior OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate67.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree14.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV2.1-21.121.1
Year 125.1-18.118.1
Year 110.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

You will need to enter the Australian Defence Force and progress through the ranks to advance to the rank of a Defence Force Senior Officer.

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Knowledge

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  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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  1. Contact With Others

    98% Important

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  2. Telephone

    98% Important

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  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    97% Important

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  4. Electronic Mail

    97% Important

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  5. Deal With External Customers

    96% Important

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