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February 4, 2010
NGN continues positive change
NEW Generation Navy has been
focused on generating positive
changes to benefit all of Navy.
NGN will be continuing to
develop and initiate changes during
2010, which will affect a wide range
of areas and members of the Navy,
with several major culture projects
being finalised in the next couple of
To ensure that you are up to date
with these changes and how they
might benefit you and your ship-
mates, you can find details on all of
the NGN projects and policies online
and consolidated into a monthly
From Leadership tools to work-
shop information, the latest develop-
ments and changes can be found at
web/sites/NGN/-- LEUT Todd Austin
Keep up to date on NGN
Making the change is
making a difference
By LEUT Todd Austin
MORE than 1000 Navy members
have enthusiastically attended the
"Making the Change" facilitator
training workshops, the first step in
embedding the Signature Behaviours
into our culture.
One recent workshop conducted
at HMAS Kuttabul in December was
attended by Deputy Chief of Navy,
RADM Davyd Thomas.
"It was great to witness the process
and now we need to drive this change
through into the workplace," RADM
"It's thought provoking and will
make a difference once it gains trac-
tion. I think the 1000 mark is a fantas-
tic effort and the positive results are
starting to show."
NGN MTC facilitator CMDR Gary
Brown was pleased to see the commit-
ment by all Navy personnel who have
attended the workshops.
"Making the Change workshops
are just a start in establishing the
Navy's Signature Behaviours in our
everyday activities," CMDR Brown
"It's tremendous how personnel
EMBRACING CHANGE: Deputy
Chief of Navy RADM Davyd Thomas
works with Navy members at a recent
Making the Change workshop con-
ducted at HMAS Kuttabul. More than
1000 Navy members have attended
the workshops so far, with many more
scheduled to attend this year.
Rejoining Navy easier than ever thanks to NGN
By LEUT Todd Austin
NAVY is short of numbers in cer-
tain specialist categories, and ex-
members who have the skills and
experience in these critical areas
-- like LSETSM Craig Simpson -- are
rejoining Navy after a break work-
ing in the private sector.
LS Simpson recently returned to
full-time Navy service and said com-
ing back to Navy had been a change
for the better.
"I can definitely say that the
grass is not always greener on the
other side," he said.
After an extensive Navy career,
LS Simpson was lured by the oppor-
tunity to work on an off-shore oil rig
with the possible prospects of better
pay and conditions.
"It's a different environment
outside the Navy, with businesses
working towards profit rather that
the product," he said.
"In the Navy you are striving for
excellence in your work, to be the
best you can, rather than how much
money there is to make."
The effort of the Rejoin Case
Management Team (RCMT) has
assisted Navy in helping qualified
people come back into full-time
RCMT's CMDR Greg Clancy said
his team was always delighted to
assist the return of those who had
taken a break.
"It's always a pleasure to have
former sailors ask about returning
and to allay their natural apprehen-
sion," CMDR Clancy said.
"Having the professional knowl-
edge and personal experience of pre-
vious Servicemen and women return-
ing to the Navy is invaluable."
RCMT has been able to drastically
shorten the rejoin process for person-
nel in critical categories, with some
applications being completed within
For more information on the Rejoin
Case Management Team go to rejoin.
WELCOME BACK: LSETSM Craig
Simpson on Diamantina Pier, Fleet
Base West, following his recent return
to full-time Navy service.
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
from able seamen right through to the
Deputy Chief of Navy are embracing
The workshops have been conducted
at numerous Defence locations around
Australian over the last four months.
Further information on "Making the Change"
can be found at http://intranet.defence.gov.
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