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Monday, 11 November 2002
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Senator Chris Evans asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 23 September 2002:

With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 2889 (House of Representatives Hansard, 22 June 1998, p. 5112):

(1) Given the Government's claim that, as a result of the reform program, the proportion of `combat-related positions' in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will increase to approximately 65 percent, what is the definition of `combat-related positions', for the purposes of this claim.

(2) can the following information be provided as at each of the following dates: (a) 30 June 1996; (b) 30 June 1998; (c) 30 June 2000; and (d) 30 June 2002: (i) the number of personnel in combat-related positions, as defined, and (ii) the total number of personnel in the ADF.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) Combat-related positions are composed of two elements: combat elements and combat related elements. The definitions, in the context of the answer to question on notice no. 2889, are as follows:

Combat elements - are those that are to, or are likely to, participate directly in the commission of an act of violence against an adversary in time of military conflict.

Combat-related elements - are those required, or likely to be required, to work in support of and in close proximity to elements performing combat duties. These elements are usually staffed by military personnel. They include those command, communication, intelligence, logistics and other support elements, which normally deploy to the Area of Operations.

(2) The requested data was collected up until 30 June 2001, and is shown in the table below. The Defence Reform Program gave emphasis to combat-related ratios. The Defence Reform Program was completed in June 2001 and data for the current year has not been collated.

30 June 1996

30 June 1998

30 June 2000

30 June 20013

Total Combat-Related Force 1





Total Force 2





Combat-Related Percentage






1 Personnel in Combat-Related positions

2 Total personnel in the ADF

3 Data for the final year of collection.