ABS Census: Service with the Australian Defence Force

29 Jun 2022

Key statistics

  • More than half a million Australians (581,139) have served, or are currently serving, in the ADF.
  • There are 84,865 current serving members and 496,276 former serving members.
  • One in twenty (5.3 per cent) of Australian households reported at least one person who had served or is serving in the ADF. 
  • 3,159 (3.7 per cent) of currently serving Australian Defence Force members, and 11,610 (2.3 per cent) of previously served, identify as having Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.