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Tuesday, 11 October 2011
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Defence: Senior Executive Service

(Question No. 564)


Mr Briggs asked the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 25 August 2011:

How many staff were employed by the Minister's department in the Senior Executive Service (ie, SES) on 1 July (a) 2008, and (b) 2011.


Mr Stephen Smith: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The number of Senior Executive Service in Defence includes Chiefs of Division and Medical Officers Grade 6. "Relief staff" are counted for non-SES officers on long-term acting in SES/Chief of Division positions which were either vacant, or where the incumbents were taking leave, acting in higher positions or on overseas duty.

(2) The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) became a prescribed agency in 2007 and therefore, reports SES figures separately to Defence.

(3) The combined number of SES in the Department of Defence and DMO are as follows:

(a) 1 July 2008: 157 (i)

This figure is made up of

Defence: 125 (ii)

DMO: 32 (iii)

(i) This figure is inclusive of 16 Chiefs of Division and 1 Medical Officer. These classifications are not SES classifications for the purposes of the Public Service Classification Rules 2000, but are included in Defence's public reporting of senior leaders.

(ii) This figure includes 12 relief staff for (i.e. where the incumbent has acted at the SES level for 4 weeks of more).

(iii) This figure includes only permanent SES officers. There were no DMO relief staff reported in SES positions on 1 July 2008.

(b) 1 July 2011: 172 (i)

This figure is made up of

Defence: 136 (ii)

DMO: 36 (iii)

(i) This figure is inclusive of 16 Chiefs of Division and 2 Medical Officers. These classifications are not SES classifications for the purposes of the Public Service Classification Rules 2000, but are included in Defence's public reporting of senior leaders.

(ii) This figure includes 19 relief staff (i.e. where the incumbent has acted at the SES level for 4 weeks or more).

(iii) This figure includes 4 relief staff. (i.e. where the incumbent has acted at the SES level for 4 weeks or more).