Commissioned Defence Force Officers provide high level management to support the running of organisational units within the Australian Defence Force.

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).

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

Tasks

  • Establishes administrative and operational procedures by taking account of the organisation's operating environment.
  • Makes policy decisions and accepts responsibility for operations, performance of staff, achievement of targets and adherence to budgets, standards and procedures.
  • Establishes lines of control and delegates responsibilities to subordinate staff.
  • Represents the organisation in dealings with other organisations and the public.
  • Controls the collection and interpretation of management information to monitor performance.
  • Controls the use of, and accounting for, the assets and facilities of the organisation.
  • Prepares budgets and other management plans.
  • Prepares reports, authorises the release of information, and handles public relations activities.

More about Commissioned Officers (Management)

All Commissioned Officers (Management)

  • $2,834 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Commissioned Defence Force Officers

  • 6,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 51 hours Average full-time
  • 33 years Average age
  • 17% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Commissioned Defence Force Officers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 6,500 in 2011 to 6,600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Commissioned Defence Force 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 (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 51 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 33 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (23%).
  • Gender: 17% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Weekly Earnings

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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 Safety98.4
Education and Training0.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.2
Manufacturing0.1
Other Industries0.4

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.
StateCommissioned Defence Force OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.431.6
VIC10.925.6
QLD19.120.0
SA4.97.0
WA4.410.8
TAS0.52.0
NT4.51.0
ACT27.81.9

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 BracketCommissioned Defence Force OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-196.0-5.05.0
20-2416.8-9.39.3
25-3430.5-22.922.9
35-4421.4-22.022.0
45-5416.9-21.621.6
55-595.6-9.09.0
60-642.1-6.06.0
65 and Over0.7-4.24.2

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 QualificationCommissioned Defence Force OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate26.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree29.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV6.5-21.121.1
Year 1222.2-18.118.1
Year 110.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.9-12.512.5

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

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Public Safety VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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