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Thursday, 27 June 2013
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Defence: Senior Staffing

(Question No. 1525)

Mr Robert asked the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 30 May 2013:

In respect of new Australian Defence Force positions referred to in the Defence Portfolio Budget Statements 2013-14 (page 22), (a) what 2 One Star and above positions were created, and why, and (b) what 59 Senior Officer positions were created, and why.

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

(a) and (b) The numbers that are identified in Table 10 (page 22) of the Defence Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2013-14 do not refer to positions, but rather the forecast of the average number of personnel who will be paid in each financial year.

There were 99 vacant approved senior officer positions (Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel equivalent as defined in the PBS) as at 21 June 2013. The planned growth of personnel at senior ranks, as has been identified in the PBS 2013-14, reflects the requirement to reduce gaps at these rank levels and is part of the overall ADF growth plan.

The ADF workforce is currently below Average Funded Strength guidance and is forecast to be 1,249 below funded guidance in FY 2012-13. The total forecast growth in the PBS 2013-14 for the ADF Permanent Force from FY 2012-13 to FY 2013-14 is 2.7%; this reflects the need to grow the workforce towards Average Funded Strength guidance. The forecast growth of senior officers and star ranked officers as identified in the PBS is proportionate to the total planned workforce growth.