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Monday, 22 August 2011
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Defence: Strategic Reform Program

(Question No. 743)

Senator Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 5 July 2011:

With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program 'Indicative Workforce Implications':

(1) As at 30 June 2011, how many uniformed personnel, full-time and part-time, were employed.

(2) As at 1 January and 30 June 2011, how many uniformed personnel were employed on the projects.

Senator Chris Evans: The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

As at 30 June 2011, there were 58,995 full-time and part-time permanent uniformed personnel employed. This number, like the workforce data detailed in Strategic Reform Program: Making It Happen, reflects full-time equivalent average numbers, known as Average Funded Strength (AFS) for military personnel. Using the AFS approach, Defence counts full-time and part-time service as one overall average quantity.

The Government provisioned an additional 1,201 full-time equivalent uniformed personnel for

2010-11 under the White Paper, as reflected in the Strategic Reform Program: Making It Happen.

This workforce has been allocated to the Services to implement a range of White Paper initiatives including the Defence Capability Plan. The breakdown by Service is Navy: 566, Army: 392, and Air Force: 243.

These personnel ranged from sailors, soldiers and airmen/women to senior officers on an as needed basis according to the particular White Paper projects and initiatives being actioned, including through the Strategic Reform Program.

Because of the breadth and depth of the White Paper initiatives, the number of personnel varied throughout the specified period and it is not possible to provide a specific total referenced to each White Paper project.