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A MEMORIAL to one of the
RAN's favorite sons lost in
World War II, CAPT Hec Waller
DSO and Bar RAN, is nearing
completion and will be unveiled
and dedicated in his home town,
Benalla, by the Senior Naval
Chaplain, REV Garry Lock, at
2pm on March 14.
The ceremony will be attended
by the Chief of Navy VADM Russ
Crane, AO, CSM, RAN, other
dignitaries, members of the Waller
family and the public, and sup-
ported by the RAN Band.
After a distinguished career in
the Mediterranean during 1940-
1941, CAPT Waller was lost
when HMAS Perth was sunk in
Indonesian waters in 1942.
It is believed the memorial,
located in the memorial precinct
of the Benalla Botanical Gardens,
will be the only purpose-built
and sculptured tribute to this
For further information contact the
President of the Benalla RSL, David
Cornish, on (03) 5762 5342 or (03)
5762 1118, or email kurrajong@
to RAN legend
Setting the example -- meet
Navy's new Face of Honour
By LCDR Fenn Kemp
NAVY'S nationwide search to find
a new Face of Honour has ended,
with a WA-based CPO submariner
chosen from an impressive list of
The 17-year Navy veteran admits
he is a little embarrassed by all the
attention, but when he told his wife
and three children about his new title,
they were very excited.
"When I explained the importance
of the Navy Values to my wife, she
took a real interest and is very excit-
ed," CPOCISSM Stuart said.
He said to be chosen as the Face
of Honour was humbling and a little
daunting, but he was ready to step up.
As for his leadership style, CPO
Stuart prefers to lead by example.
"I am more of a hands on person,"
he said. "If something is going to hap-
pen I'd rather be part of the solution."
Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane,
AO, CSM, RAN, said Honour encom-
passed everything Navy does.
"If you live by the Navy Values you
can't go wrong," CN said.
The competition was organised by
the office of HNPAR, RADM Trevor
Jones. Divisional officers were asked
to submit appropriate candidates late
Acting Director of Communication
and Coordination CMDR Liz Mulder
said the New Generation Navy project
was designed to highlight a funda-
mental Navy Value.
"We have heard a lot of talk about
Navy Values recently," CMDR Mulder
said. "Honour sums up what we all
strive to live by every day. Honour
is about doing our best -- not just for
ourselves but also for each other and
for Navy in general. Without Honour
we have no pride. 'Make Navy proud,
make Australia' proud is a key NGN
CPO Suart's face will now be
placed on the latest Navy Honour
poster series, which is due out in
coming months. Work has already
begun on updating the remaining
Navy Values posters throughout the
CPOCISSM Paul Stuart joined the RAN
in October 1993, starting out as a radio
operator and a direct entry submariner.
After completing his initial submarine
training, CPO Stuart joined HMAS Ovens
and achieved submarine sea qualification
After several operational deployments,
CPO Stuart began Collins class conversion
training and later posted to HMA Ships
Farncomb, Dechaineux and Collins.
CPO Stuart is currently working
out of HMAS Stirling in the Submarine
Operational Preparedness branch.
Who is he?
AS PART of a raft of new meas-
ures to accelerate reform of the
ADF Payroll and Pay System, the
Government has established a task
force to fix payroll problems.
The Pay Remediation Task Force,
to be co-chaired by VCDF LTGEN
David Hurley and Deputy Secretary
Defence Support Martin Bowles, was
announced by Defence Personnel,
Materiel and Science Minister Greg
Combet on February 2, with immedi-
Mr Combet promised a review
of the entire process for payment of
deployed allowances and to put in
place improved checks and balances to
ensure members are paid correctly.
"There is no doubt the ADF payroll
system still needs remedial work," Mr
"These measures are aimed at recti-
fying current deficiencies.
"The Task Force will drive the
ongoing reform of the ADF pay and
personnel processes, and report to min-
isters on a monthly basis. In keeping
with the Strategic Reform Program,
this will include the consolidation of
all military payroll processing under
one area of responsibility within 18
Remediation of pay issues for mem-
bers deployed to operational areas such
as the Middle East Area of Operations
is a key focus of the Task Force. This
includes the recent issues that have
been experienced with the overpay-
ment of the International Campaign
Allowance (ICA). The Task Force, in
conjunction with Headquarters Joint
Operations Command, is fully check-
ing all personnel in receipt of ICA for
pay day February 18, 2010.
"Defence have already embarked
upon a 'technical refresh' of the cur-
rent human resource and payroll sys-
tem," Mr Combet said.
"This refresh will upgrade the tech-
nology and provide a modern platform
that will stabilise the current system
and prepare for the development of a
robust payroll system of the future."
THE TASK AHEAD
Mr Combet has directed the Task
Force to achieve the following 10
Review and report on the adequa-
cy of existing payroll procedures
and compliance with them.
Create a small specialist deployed
civilian payroll administration cell
that will drive consistency between
the in-theatre and in-country pay-
Undertake quality assurance
checks of International Campaign
Promote a common customer
access channel including the 1800
DEFENCE number for members
and their families to contact about
pay related issues.
Review the entire process for pay-
ment of deployed allowances and
put in place revised checks and
balances to ensure members are
Enhance quality assurance proc-
esses that provide greater focus
on control, supervision and check-
ing of personnel data from local
commanders to the transaction
Widen the current performance
management regime to include
control and compliance reporting
on payment of ADF allowances.
Develop a systematic forward-look-
ing audit program to support the
controls and compliance reporting
around payroll processing.
Emphasise the mutual responsibili-
ties and accountabilities of all per-
sonnel involved in the pay process,
to meet their responsibilities on pay
Issue further official advice outlin-
ing the steps being put in place to
improve the payroll system. This
advice will also emphasise the obli-
gation of personnel to meet their
responsibilities on payroll matters
including review of payslips and
notification of errors as soon as
WHO TO CONTACT
Defence members, managers
and commanders can contact
the Defence Service Centre
on 1800 333 362 or email
any pay matter. In some instances
these may be referred to the cen-
tral Military Pay Administration
Centre operated by Defence
Support for more detailed investi-
Pay staff or people with queries
about the task force or the Payroll
Improvement Project, can email
(02) 626 63474 or fax (02) 626
78834 for information.
Watch the DRN home page for
news about the Task Force's intran-
et and internet sites going online.
THE CDF and the Secretary
of Defence have issued a Joint
Directive that reiterates the
responsibilities and accountabili-
ties of members and commanders.
Commanders at all levels and
administrative staff are responsible
for ensuring they observe due dili-
gence, and correct processes and
controls are implemented, to ensure
pay issues are identified and recti-
fied as soon as possible.
In addition, each individual has a
mutual obligation to ensure that the
pay and allowances paid each fort-
night reflect their circumstances.
Personnel are encouraged
to check their Salary Variation
Authority online regularly.
In line with Defence values, all
members have a responsibility to
report any anomalies they discover
in a timely manner through their
chain of command, and/or to their
supporting administrative staff.
If you have a deployment pay
issue, and are still deployed, contact
your in-country or ship pay repre-
If you have returned from
deployment and have a query
regarding your deployment pay,
you need to contact your supporting
administrative staff, or contact the
nearest Customer Service Centre
in your location or by calling 1800
Ensure that you have your
Pay and Allowance Entitlement
Calculator at hand when making
Pay system action
The Government has also endorsed
a long term plan which will replace
Defence's current three pay systems
with a more modern personnel ICT
system, with a maturity date of around
three to five years.
"It is important the Government
and ADF members have confidence
in the integrity of pay and personnel
processes," Mr Combet said.
"The Government understands that
the volume of manual transactions,
which last year amounted to over three
million, means human error is always
a possibility. But the number of incor-
rect payments is unacceptable."
Take responsibility for your pay
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