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Spring is a perfect time to not just
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The pleasure of owning a car,
caravan or a motor bike often comes
with expenses like repayments,
registration, petrol, repairs and of
Insurance may seem frustrating, but
how frustrating would it be if you had
to go without transport, or not be able
to take that weekend trip because you
didn't have the right type and the right
level of cover to properly protect the
lifestyle your family enjoys?
Now given the recent economic crisis,
you may be forgiven for wanting to
save a few dollars by trying to reduce
your insurance cover or perhaps
risking it and not renewing an existing
policy. However, this course of action
should be avoided because cutting
back on adequate cover could
eventually place your family under
unnecessary financial pressure and
risk a major lifestyle change, should
the worst occur.
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of the financial crisis, people without
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harder to recover and find themselves
without their car or home completely.
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By LEUT Heather Walker
A UNIVERSITY degree needn't be
out of reach, especially if the train-
ing and education received while
working in the ADF is taken into
The ADF Higher Education
Advanced Standing (ADFHEAS)
Scheme can get a university education
and an undergraduate or post graduate
degree off to a head start.
Members in transition from the
ADF or who plan to do so in the future
can still use ADFHEAS to obtain a
LCDR Glen Price said he got
approval for ADFHEAS in 2006.
"I was awarded advanced stand-
ing for four credit points toward my
masters degree at the University of
Southern Queensland," he said.
"This effectively halved the
requirements for my degree. The
opportunities that are provided
through the ADFHEAS scheme to
Defence members are incredible.
The scheme recognised my previous
Defence qualifications, which meant I
only needed to do half the subjects for
award of a masters. Studying in your
own time isn't easy, but it is definitely
worth the effort and the support of my
wife was invaluable.
"Once you start nibbling away,
doing one subject a semester (some
universities allow for three semesters a
year), it is surprising how quickly you
can gain an academic qualification
with the assistance of ADFHEAS."
LCDR Price said he got his
Masters in Engineering Management
after completing only four of the
required eight subjects.
"I give credit to the opportuni-
ties provided by ADFHEAS and the
Defence Civil Schooling Schemes,"
Army's CAPT Samuel Lee
applied to Southern Cross University
to complete a Bachelor of Business
"I used the General Service First
Appointment course from RMC
Duntroon and some previously-stud-
ied units to get advanced standing for
more than half of the degree," he said.
"I thoroughly recommend the
ADFHEAS scheme to any Defence
member trying to gain a tertiary quali-
Further information can be found at www.
Uni degree not out
of reach thanks to
Trainee aircrew jump into Jervis Bay
SPLASH!: Members of the Aircrewman Basic Rotary
Course, conducted at HMAS Albatross, recently com-
pleted surface swimmer jumps at nearby Jervis Bay.
INSET: From L-R are LSA Shane McCabe, LSA Ben
McNeil, LSA Leanne Billington and instructor POA Damien
Cox from 723 Squadron.
Photos: ABIS Justin Brown
AN ENHANCED travel plan-
ning and budgeting system
known as iTravel will be
rolled out from early next year
for Defence members and
iTravel is a next genera-
tion budget calculator and
its web-based user interface
is intuitive to use, according
to Director Integrated Travel
Solutions Brad Osborn.
"iTravel has been
designed and developed in
collaboration with major
stakeholders across Defence
and will streamline current
processes, particularly for our
military training movements,"
Mr Osborn said.
"Each year, Defence
makes some 300,000 domes-
tic trips and more than 4000
overseas trips, so the new
system supports a significant
amount of business.
"iTravel should be avail-
able from early next year, but
will operate side by side with
current processes for some
months while travellers get
used to the new system," Mr
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