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A NEW two-year ADF Workplace
(WRA) was recently approved by
the Defence Force Remuneration
The WRA began on November
4 and ends on November 3, 2011.
From November 12, ADF members'
salary and salary-related allowances
increased by 3.5 per cent.
Members will see the change in
their pay slips from November 26.
The increases apply to all members
up to the rank of CAPT.
The WRA is the military version
of workplace bargaining and delivers
across-the-board pay rises for ADF
members in return for improvements
Member support was a key fac-
tor the DFRT examined when con-
sidering approval of the WRA pay
increases. Commanders were asked
to survey their units and 87 per cent
of about 29,000 ADF members sur-
veyed supported the proposed pay
The new WRA will increase ADF
salary by a total of 6.2 per cent, paid
up front and at the mid-point over
the two year period of the WRA.
The pay increases are:
3.5 per cent with effect from
November 12, 2009
2.7 per cent with effect from
November 11, 2010
For more information, visit the Defence
Pay and Conditions website http://
intranet.defence.gov.au/pac and click on
the WRA 2009-11 link.
REASON TO SMILE: ABWTR Christie-Anne Piper musters files on
board HMAS Darwin. All sailors can expect to see changes in their
pay slips from November 26.
Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy
By LEUT Kelli Lunt
AS PART of its final tasking in the
MEAO, HMAS Toowoomba (CMDR
Ivan Ingham) joined CTF50 -- the
Carrier Strike Group assigned to the
Middle East -- to provide important air
defence to the nuclear-powered aircraft
carrier USS Nimitz.
Nimitz operates in the Northern
Arabian Sea providing a vital platform
to launch aircraft, F/A18 (Hornets), F/
A 18E/F (Super Hornets) and EA 6Bs
(Prowlers), in and out of Afghanistan.
The aircraft capability on Nimitz pro-
vides direct fire support for combat troops
in Afghanistan, including Australians,
with their aircraft flying daily strategic
The Anzac class frigate was called
upon to replace USS Sampson, a member
of the CTF50 group that was temporarily
reassigned to another task.
Toowoomba's bridge teams were kept
busy with high speed manoeuvring at
very close range during the tasking.
Working with Nimitz also led to an
opportunity for a cross-deck exchange so
sailors from both ships could learn about
the roles and duties of their counterparts,
reinforcing interoperability and devel-
oping understanding within a maritime
operational environment, as well as forg-
The tasking also included a RAS with
the aircraft carrier.
Toowoomba is now en route back to
Australia after her replacement, HMAS
Stuart, arrived in the MEAO as part of
Be sure to check out the December 10 edition
for a first-hand account of one sailor's amaz-
ing cross-deck experience in USS Nimitz.
November 26, 2009
HMA Ships Perth and
Warramunga have joined
forces in an unprecedented
Perth is preparing
to undertake the Anti-
Ship Missile Defence
(ASMD) upgrade and, with
Warramunga's recent return
from the MEAO, the partner-
ship has served as a way to
achieve concurrent ASMD
baseline trials and Mariner
Skills Evaluation (MSE).
The unusual circum-
stances mean that both
ships are under a single CO,
CMDR Bruce Legge, until
"While it may sound cool
to have two simultaneous
commands, in actual fact it's
simply hard work at all lev-
els," CMDR Legge said.
"Nevertheless, this is an
excellent opportunity for the
Warramunga crew who were
able to complete their MSE
While Perth was at
sea conducting trials,
alongside to conduct an
period and also fulfilled the
role of harbour training ship
for Plan TRAIN.
Scheduled for comple-
tion in late 2010, Perth's
upgrade will provide a supe-
rior missile defence system
that will set the standard for
the remaining Anzac frig-
-- LEUTs Gary McHugh and
BIG MOTHER: HMAS
Toowoomba conducts a RAS
with USS Nimitz in the MEAO.
Photo: PO Nathan Minett
Toowoomba's timely tasking
More cash for
DFRT approves new WRA
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