Defence Force Members - Other Ranks provide specialised military services to the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces.

    You must complete basic recruit training to join the Australian Defence Force.

    Tasks

    • guarding airfields and other defence force bases
    • serving as an infantry soldier
    • erecting bridges, building field defences, constructing temporary roads, clearing minefields, repairing airfields and demolishing targets using explosives
    • crewing armoured fighting vehicles
    • operating artillery, ground and surface-based defence systems, shipboard weapons and other advanced specialist military weapons and equipment
    • providing firepower and ground-based air defence
    • establishing and maintaining command, control and communications equipment and facilities
    • conducting surveillance, reconnaissance and boarding operations
    • maintaining personal arms and ammunition

    All Defence Force Members - Other Ranks

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 110 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 50 hours Average full-time
    • 27 years Average age
    • 13% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Defence Force Members - Other Ranks (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 110 in 2018 to 100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be less than 1,000 job openings over 5 years.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Defence Force Members - Other Ranks work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and the Northern Territory have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, 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 27 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (37%).
    • Gender: 13% 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
    2008100
    2009100
    2010100
    2011100
    2012100
    2013100
    2014100
    2015100
    2016300
    2017100
    2018100
    2023100

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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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 Safety99.0
    Education and Training0.2
    Manufacturing0.2
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.1
    Other Industries0.5

    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 Members - Other RanksAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.731.6
    VIC9.825.6
    QLD35.920.0
    SA6.57.0
    WA6.410.8
    TAS0.32.0
    NT8.61.0
    ACT4.71.9

    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 Members - Other RanksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-198.2-5.05.0
    20-2428.5-9.39.3
    25-3437.9-22.922.9
    35-4414.6-22.022.0
    45-548.5-21.621.6
    55-591.7-9.09.0
    60-640.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.2-4.24.2

    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 Members - Other RanksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV26.5-21.121.1
    Year 1240.6-18.118.1
    Year 116.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below7.8-12.512.5

    You must complete basic recruit training to join the Australian Defence Force.

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