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PeOPLe STRATegieS AnD POLiCy
According to the 2010 Defence
Attitude Survey (DAS) results,
ADF and APS members are happier
than ever with their pay packets.
The proportion of ADF members who
were satisfied with their salary made an
impressive jump from 38 per cent in 2008
to 50 per cent in 2010. APS satisfaction
increased from 52 per cent to 61 per cent
during the same period.
Defence commitment also remained
high with 86 per cent of ADF respondents
indicating they felt proud telling others
they were a serving member. A further 77
per cent of APS respondents said they felt
proud to be a Defence employee.
Director General Workforce Planning,
Air Commodore Tony Needham, said
information received from the DAS was
“The survey presents both ADF and APS
Defence personnel with the opportunity
to voice their opinions on a wide range
of employment related topics that are of
interest to Defence senior leadership.
“The data collected in the DAS allows us
to analyse the attitudes and opinions of
the workforce and inform policy decisions
with data on how a range of aspects of
employment in Defence are perceived.”
Defence-sponsored childcare, free
medical and dental, spouse employment
assistance and subsidised housing
continue to rate as important to
respondents’ decisions to stay in the ADF.
In general, job satisfaction was high
among ADF respondents with 70 per cent
indicating they are satisfied with their
Also encouraging was the proportion
(86 per cent) of ADF respondents who
had a clear understanding of how they
contribute to their unit’s/section’s goals.
Following an extensive review in
2008-09, the DAS is now administered
entirely online three times a year to a
10 per cent random sample of Defence
APS and ADF personnel.
DAS results are fed directly to senior
leaders across Defence via the Human
Resource Metric System (HRMeS). This
system is also accessed by those responsible
for personnel policy development,
evaluation and implementation.
The data is updated on a rolling basis
to maintain a 30 per cent sample for
reporting and allowing for breakdowns
by group and service.
AIRCDRE Needham thanked those
who took the time to provide valuable
feedback in the DAS.
“With your support we have seen a
positive increase in response rates since
August 2009, compared to previous
years,” AIRCDRE Needham said.
“If selected to participate in future
administrations of the DAS, I strongly
encourage you to contribute to this important
project and have your feedback heard.
“Only then can we know how to
improve personnel policies and initiatives
to better meet your needs.”
Results from the 2009 and 2010 DAS
are now available in the Human Resource
First conducted in 1999, the DAS survey
has been held every year since 2001 and
is Defence’s primary means of monitoring
The 2011 Defence Attitude Survey was
launched on February 11.
is everybody happy?
Survey shows increase in satisfaction
By Amy Kelly and Leonie Gall
For further information, please visit
the Directorate of Strategic Personnel
Policy Research intranet site via:
Alternatively, email the DAS project
Queries about HRMS can be directed to:
• The information collected in the DAS is
primarily used to inform the development
and evaluation of new and existing
personnel policies in areas such as
conditions of service, job satisfaction,
family mobility, career management and
retention. Ultimately, this contributes
to the development and evaluation of
personnel initiatives, with the overall aim
of improving service and employment
conditions, and responding to the needs
and interests of Defence personnel.
• The DAS also provides an avenue for the
analysis of trends and changes within
Defence’s organisational climate over
time. This assists our senior leadership
to identify areas in which Defence is
performing well and also to identify areas
where there is room for improvement.
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