An APS reserve could save defence costs


By Marcus Hellyer*

Last month, I looked at Defence’s growing external workforce, in particular its 6,500 or so contractors, who provide ‘skills that would normally be maintained in the Australian Public Service or Australian Defence Force … to perform day-to-day duties of Defence’ (here and here).

I did this not to advocate a particular balance between Defence’s internal and external workforces but to highlight the coming challenge for the defence organisation and industry.

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