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August 19, 2010
By Annabelle Haywood
A SEAMAN officer is now balancing
Navy work and life as a mother with a
flexible work arrangement.
LEUT Katey Mouritz joined Navy in
2003 as a seaman officer and served on a
number of sea deployments until becom-
ing pregnant with her son in 2008.
Since returning to work in 2009, she
has worked as the Public Affairs Officer
for HMAS Stirling.
"Since returning from maternity
leave, being able to work a four-day
week on part-time leave without pay
has been a good way to ease back into
work -- it is obviously a huge life change
and responsibility having a child," LEUT
"To have that day off allows me to
spend extra time with my son, as well as
continue with my Navy career, which I
enjoy so much."
"Without these flexible work options
I may not have been able to return to
Navy at all," she said.
LEUT Mouritz's supervisor is CMDR
Elizabeth Mulder, who said the back-
ground and experience LEUT Mouritz
brought to the position was invaluable in
her work in Navy Public Affairs.
"LEUT Mouritz's previous experi-
ence as a seaman officer makes her a real
asset to the Navy Public Affairs area,"
CMDR Mulder said.
"LEUT Mouritz'a approach to her
working routine is an excellent example
of how more flexible working arrange-
ments can benefit both the employee and
Further information on flexible work options
can be obtained from divisional officers, or
through the 'What's New' section of the NGN
page on the Navy intranet.
WO-N invites sailors'
questions in new forum
Flexible work options
making life better
WORK-LIFE BALANCE: LEUT Katey Mouritz is making good use of Navy's
flexible work options after returning to work from maternity leave last year.
Speak to your divisional officer if you'd like to explore your flexible work
Photo: ABIS Lincoln Commane
IF YOU have a question for the
Warrant Officer of the Navy, Mark
Tandy, you can now ask away
courtesy of the Navy intranet
WO-N Tandy said he began the
'Ask WO-N' forum for all Navy per-
sonnel, so they could ask any ques-
tions they might have.
"Questions could range from
performance assessment to uniforms
to leave arrangements," he said.
"When you visit the forums page
of the Navy intranet you will also
notice that the Directorate of Navy
Uniforms and the Directorate of
Navy Employment Conditions have
also created forums -- so there are a
range of expert options available for
sailors to tap in to."
'Ask WO-N' is available to all
Navy personnel able to access the
Navy intranet through a DRN ter-
Responses can take a few days
to appear, but WO-N Tandy has
emphasised that all enquiries will be
answered, even if it is just to refer
the enquiry to a more suitable area.
"My position as the sailors' rep-
resentative means I can voice their
concerns to senior managers -- but
unfortunately, it also means I am not
always as accessible as I would like
to be," WO-N Tandy said.
"This forum is a way for sailors
of all ranks to reach me and air their
concerns if they have not been able
to successfully do so through their
'Ask WO-N' is accessible through the
'Forums' link on the Navy intranet
(select 'Navy forums' on this page) or
KEEN TO HELP: Warrant Officer
of the Navy, Mark Tandy, speaks
with sailors at HMAS Cerberus.
A new 'Ask WO-N' forum has
been created on the intranet so
sailors can ask WO-N questions
Photo: ABIS Andrew Black
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