Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester is encouraging all serving members to review the ADF Total Workforce Model (TWM) as part of an overhaul of the ADF to increase flexibility and capability.
Under the TWM, permanent ADF members will have the ability to transition between a range of full-time and part-time service arrangements. Part-time patterns of service available include days-per-fortnight, weeks-per-month, months-per-year or a combination of all three.
This means the ADF is able to access skills and experience of the entire workforce, while ensuring members can enjoy a career in the ADF as well as pursue other interests.
Minister Chester said, "We know that Australians value flexible workplace policies, and workforce management practices are changing all the time. In this respect, the ADF is no different to any other organisation."
The Australian workforce is facing a skills shortage. Over the next decade, the number of people leaving employment will be much more than the number of people joining the workforce, creating strong competition for people.
The ADF TWM has been developed to meet this challenge; to attract and retain the people the ADF needs. Research and feedback from over 10,000 ADF personnel revealed that permanent members want more flexibility and Reservists are seeking more opportunities to serve.
"The capability of the ADF, now and into the future, depends on our ability to attract and retain highly skilled people. We invest a lot in drawing the best and brightest to the ADF; it makes sense that we must also invest in retaining them by offering more flexible ways for them to serve," Minister Chester explained.
The TWM enables the ADF to draw on the skills and experience of its entire workforce in a more agile and integrated way, so the services can access the right people at the right time to get the job done.
More information about the Total Workforce Model is available here.