Defence is under fire – again – for blatant sexism in recruitment advertising, nominating “Female Opportunity” as a precondition of application.
CAPTION: Composite SEEK/DFR recruitment ad for Administration Assistant (Female). Digitally combined by CONTACT.
Singling out one ad on SEEK.com.au for Administration Assistant, Labor MP Jayne Stinson questioned if the Army was trying to point out that they considered the role was ‘women’s work’.
“I’ve read right through this ad and can’t understand why this is specifically pegged as a ‘female opportunity’,” Miss Stinson said on her Facebook page last weekend.
“It doesn’t appear that you need to be female to do this role.
“Can men not do admin in the Army?
“Does the Army need to point out what they consider ‘women’s work’?
“Are Army jobs not tagged as being for females not open to women?
“Are other jobs tagged as ‘male opportunity’?”
While Miss Stinson also asked, “Hey Australian Army can you shed any light on this?” she has also turned off the ability to comment on the post after receiving much largely supportive feedback, mostly in irate tones.
As pointed out to CONTACT fans in the past, this type of gender-based discriminatory advertising is actually rife in Defence as they attempt to achieve ambitious artificial female-recruitment quotas.
Then Chief of Army (now Chief of Defence Force) Lieutenant General Angus Campbell told a Senate Estimates hearing in 2018 that (and I paraphrase), ‘space at the head of the queue for all employment categories is held open specifically for women and if those spaces are not filled by women within six weeks of recruitment, only then will they be opened to men’.
While this story is about office work, General Campbell was actually mainly referring to infantry and other arms-corps positions in his statement to Senate Estimates.
Defence is on a mission to achieve a 15%-female workforce by 2023, with a long-term target of 25% (Women in the ADF Report 2015/16)
Other jobs currently advertised on SEEK as specifically ‘female only’…
Artillery Operator (Entry-Level) (Female Opportunity) Army
Communication and Information Systems Operator (Female Opportunity) Navy
Driver (Female) Army
Cryptologic Linguist (Full Training Provided) (Female Opportunity) Navy
AIA Signals Intelligence (Female Opportunity) RAAF
Maritime Logistics Officer (Entry Level) (Female Opportunity) Navy
Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer (Full Training Provided) (Female Opportunity) Navy
Geospatial Intelligence Analyst (Female Opportunity) RAAF