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SENSIBLE flexible work arrangements offer a win-win
for all stakeholders, says CDF ACM Angus Houston.
Voicing his concern that the ADF was not mak-
ing enough use of the many policies available, ACM
Houston said when not on operations or in key training
activities, the ADF must work harder to allow its people
to make use of the arrangements available.
"Commanders should understand my intent and use it
to inform their decisions," ACM Houston said.
"We are working hard to ensure that the ADF com-
pletes the missions we are given by Government but
does so in a way that ensures our people can balance
the demands of their military service with their commit-
ments to their families.
"The key is to offer longer-term career options that
take into account the challenges and demands of an ADF
career and the challenges and demands of family and
home life," CDF said.
Having heard that some people had been denied
access to some of the policies and others had not asked
to use the policies out of concern that they would be
rejected "out of hand", ACM Houston reiterated that
flexible working arrangements were a key tool for com-
manders at all levels to "look after our people".
"The Service Chiefs have agreed that implementing
flexible work practices is a high priority for them. They
will, as a priority, ensure that flexible arrangements are
approved when requested," ACM Houston said.
"The key change we have to make is to shift from a
single unit perspective to an ADF-wide and career-long
CDF encouraged those thinking of using the flexible
working arrangements to approach their chain of com-
mand. He wanted commanders to think about how they
could make flexible work arrangements work for them
and their people.
"Service in the ADF makes unique demands of our
people in operational theatres and on major exercises.
These deployments and key training events require a
24/7 commitment over long periods of time, away from
home, in tough and often hostile environments," ACM
"To balance that we need to make sure we look after
our people and ensure we understand that at different
times we need to offer flexible work arrangements to
meet their needs. That way we can all win."
Wollongong crew score first up catch
A seaboat from HMAS Wollongong (LCDR Anita Sellick) comes alongside SIEV125 to transfer suspected illegal immigrants back
to HMAS Wollongong for passage to Christmas Island. The Armidale Class Patrol boat was conducting her first operational patrol
of the year. INSET: CO HMAS Wollongong, LCDR Anita Sellick, at the helm of her patrol boat at Christmas Island.
Photo: SGT Rob Nyffenegger
Tribal destroyer seeks old boys
THE HMAS Arunta Association invites all
former and current crew members, families
and friends to celebrate the 70th anniversa-
ry of the launching of HMAS Arunta 1.
The first Arunta was launched by
Lady Gowrie, wife of the (then) Governor
General, in 1940.
The Tribal class destroyer was commis-
sioned, after sea trials, in March 1942.
Often referred to as a greyhound
because of her turn of speed, Arunta 1 saw
active service in the period 1942-1956 and
remained in operation reserve from 1957
The current Anzac class frigate, HMAS
Arunta II, was commissioned in 1998.
To mark the launch of Arunta I,
the association plans to host a lunch at
HMAS Cerberus in Westernport (Vic) on
November 28, including a tour of the base.
For further information contact
Secretary HMAS Arunta Association
Bruce Roberton at Secretary@arunta-
assoc.com or on 03 9764 0336.
Officer with HMAS
Newcastle LEUT Shane
Savy is the latest winner of
the Chief of Navy Sword.
The sword is awarded
to the overall dux of the
junior non-warfare officers
"I congratulate LEUT
Savy for his exceptional
achievement and exem-
plary performance," said
the Chief of Navy, VADM
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