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October 15, 2009
By CMDR Andy Clowes
Premier has praised the work
of reservists after accepting an
Employer Support Award on
behalf of the state public serv-
ice.The Queensland Government
is the largest employer of reserv-
ists in the state.
Health Minister and Acting
Premier Paul Lucas was presented
with a plaque by the Chairman
of the Defence Reserves Support
Committee (DRSC) for excep-
tional support to the ADF. The
Queensland Department of Health
alone employs more than 100 pro-
fessionals who provide direct sup-
port to ADF operations and exer-
cises around the world.
"In my travels around the
state, I am always pleasantly
surprised by the number of
Queensland Health staff who are
either current or former members
of the ADF," Mr Lucas said.
Discussions with the Acting
Premier ranged across the board
and included many examples of
reservists serving both the com-
munity in Queensland and the
ADF through operational deploy-
Reservists working with
Queensland Health have recently
deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan,
Solomon Islands, East Timor, Bali
and Banda Aceh following the
Mr Lucas was full of praise not
just for the health professionals,
but for the range of other reserv-
ists working within Queensland
Health -- including security offic-
ers, administration staff and logis-
In town for New Generation
Navy presentations the night
before, DGRES-N CDRE Ranford
Elsey was also on hand to discuss
opportunities for further strength-
ening the ties between Queensland
Health and the Navy.
"Benefits flow both ways and
Navy is always ready to support
employers of our reservists,"
CDRE Elsey said.
Contributing more than 10
per cent of Navy capability, the
reserves provide a potent force
By LCDR Brett Lane
RESERVISTS have been urged to "step up to the
plate" to ramp up their contribution to the bigger and
reshaped Navy of the future.
DGRES-N CDRE Ranford Elsey said reservists
had the skills and experience needed to help Navy
meet the challenges set out in the 2009 Defence White
Paper, New Generation Navy (NGN), Strategic Reform
Program (SRP) and continuous improvement initiatives.
In an information brief for reservists at HMAS
Stirling, CDRE Elsey said transformational change,
continuous improvement and issues in the 15 reform
streams of the SRP were everyday realities for many
NR members in their civilian roles.
"These are not things that are foreign to anyone in
the commercial workforce," he said.
"This is a culture of continuous improvement we
now need to get in Navy to drive us forward."
In one of a series of briefs across Australia, CDRE
Elsey acknowledged Navy needed to do some things
better in managing and using reserves. This included
notice for personnel on CFTS and general communica-
"There's a determination to do that," he said.
Significant improvements had been made, such as
through the remodelled NR website providing a rich
repository of information for the NR and PN -- and the
NR was, overall, ahead of the other two Services.
"In many respects Navy is being held up as the
model for where reserves need to be," he said.
CDRE Elsey encouraged NR members to embrace
NGN and think of themselves as part-time Navy.
In consultation with the member and the supervisor,
NR members should, wherever practicable, work the
hours of the establishment to encourage the philosophy
of total integration.
By LEUT Grant McDuling
ANY cut to the Navy Reserve
budget would mean a cut to
Navy capability, DGRES-
N, CDRE Ranford Elsey told
NR personnel in Brisbane on
At a well-attended meeting at
Bulimba Barracks, he also fore-
shadowed much tighter integra-
tion of the permanent and reserve
aspects of the Service.
CDRE Elsey and CMDRs
Glenn Tinsley and Andy Clowes
briefed attendees on a wide range
of topics and initiatives in Navy
and the expected impact on mem-
bers of the Navy Reserve.
CDRE Elsey said at the out-
set he would not be talking too
much about the reserve as such
because everyone is a member of
the RAN, "it's just that some hap-
pen to be part-time members".
"We are now talking about
much tighter integration between
the PN and the reserves," he
"The message from CN is
very simple -- without the reserve,
Navy would find it difficult to
maintain its current output and
that is in every facet of the work
"Any cut to the Navy Reserve
is a cut to Navy capability," he
"There will be a rearranging
of priorities, but any cut to our
funding will be a cut to Navy's
capability, because we are actu-
ally doing the job. We are not in
reserve waiting to do something
-- we are actually doing the job."
CMDR Tinsley explained the
Amphibious Capability Transition
Plan, which may see reservists
partially manning amphibious
CMDR Clowes then briefed
on Navy Reserve support serv-
ices and what was being done in
The Director-General Reserves-Navy, CDRE Ranford Elsey, has been touring Australia to brief reservists Australia-wide on developments in the world of
the Navy Reserve. His visits have taken him to Hobart, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Rockingham and Sydney and, at the time of going to press, he was due
to address more members of the Navy Reserve in Melbourne. While there have been consistent messages, such as the continuing drive for seamless
integration with the Permanent Navy and the need for continuing support from employers and state Defence Reserve Support Councils, the meetings have
varied somewhat from venue to venue. The reports below and opposite, from Fleet Base West, Brisbane and Fleet Base East, represent some of the issues
CDRE Elsey addressed and issues he and the briefing team accompanying him responded to.
Message is clear and consistent
CLEAR MESSAGE: DGRES-N CDRE Ranford
Elsey briefs reservists based at HMAS Stirling in
the Submarine Training Systems Centre cinema.
Photo: ABIS Morgana Salabert
Navy a model
QLD's largest reserve employer
multiplier and provide the ADF
with the flexibility it needs to be a
lean yet capable force. A number
of employer support functions
have recently been undertaken
in south-east Queensland and
the trend is set to continue as the
Navy and the DRSC explore new
ways of enhancing the relation-
ship between the ADF and reserv-
For more information on how the
DRSC or the DNRS State Director can
assist your employer, contact your
local Director, Naval Reserve Support
in your state at www.defence.gov.
OPPORTUNITIES: Acting Premier Paul Lucas is presented with
the Employer Support Plaque. (L-R) CMDR Andy Clowes, Acting
Premier Paul Lucas, DGRES-N CDRE Ranford Elsey and State
Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council -- QLD Tony
Difficult to maintain current output without Reserves
SMILES: CMDR Gavin Reeves with reserv-
ists WO Kurk Brandstater and ABSTD Carissa
Shchumacher during CDRE Ranford Elsey's visit
to HMAS Stirling.
Photo: ABIS Morgana Salabert
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