Defence Force Recruiting contract extended

Release details

Release type

Related ministers and contacts

The Hon Darren Chester MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Minister for Defence Personnel

Release content

9 January 2019

Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester today announced the signing of a two year extension to the Recruiting Services contract with ManpowerGroup. 

The Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) relationship with ManpowerGroup began in 2003 with the formation of the Defence Force Recruiting public-private collaboration – the first of its kind in the defence industry. 

Mr Chester said ManpowerGroup would continue to manage one of the largest and most complex recruitment process outsourcing programs in the world until late 2022. 

“Recruiting results for full-time roles in the ADF are currently at historically high levels," said Mr Chester.

“Australia has a world class defence force that all Australians can be proud of and anyone who is looking for a challenge, enjoys working a part of team with access to the best training the world has to offer should consider a career in the ADF. 

“This contract extension is recognition of ManpowerGroup’s commitment to providing contemporary recruitment expertise in a way that enables the ADF to find and employ the right talent to serve our nation into the future.” 

Defence Force Recruiting is managed from its headquarters in Canberra and has a candidate relationship management centre and 16 recruiting centres across Australia. More than 40,000 candidates are processed annually to fill vacancies in the Australian Navy, Army and Air Force.

Director of Recruiting Services Mr Glenn McPhee said ManpowerGroup was proud to deliver a unique and high performing solution for the ADF. 

“Over the past six years, ManpowerGroup has worked closely with Defence to evolve the nature of the Defence Force Recruiting model and helped achieve some best practice outcomes for Australians from diverse backgrounds, as well as strengthen overall fill rates,” Mr McPhee said.

“Our Defence Force Recruiting team is very proud to work alongside the men and women of the ADF and is passionate about achieving high standards for our client."   

The Recruiting Services contract covers the entire recruiting process – including marketing, recruiting operations, medical and psychological assessments, and the coordination of selection boards and employment offers.

For more information on Defence Force Recruiting, visit:

Other related releases