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September 2, 2010
By Michaela Walsh
AN EXECUTIVE assistant's dedi-
cation and hard work was recently
recognised when she was a finalist
for a national award.
Louise Mortimer has worked as
executive assistant (EA) to Director-
General Reserves -- Navy for two-
and-a-half years. She was nomi-
nated by her boss, CDRE Ranford
Elsey, for Category One of the
EXPAND EA/PA of the Year Award.
Although Ms Mortimer didn't
win the award, which was presented
in Canberra on August 5, she was
one of only four nominees to pro-
gress to the interview stage and
Ms Mortimer said she was sur-
prised and honoured by the nomina-
"I had no idea that I had been
nominated until I got a phone call
from CDRE Elsey telling me about
the interview," Ms Mortimer said.
"During the interview I was
extremely nervous, but I just tried to
do my best."
EXPAND is a public sector net-
work of EAs, Personal Assistants
(PA) and equivalent job descrip-
The organisation aims to raise
the importance of EA and PA roles
and provide support where neces-
sary.EXPAND's EA/PA of the Year
Award has been running for 12
years, however, this year it was split
into two categories -- Category One
for APS levels 2-5 and Category
Two for levels 6 and above.
CDRE Elsey said Ms Mortimer
came from a commercial back-
ground as a manager with no expe-
rience in Defence or as an EA, but
TOP OF HER GAME: Louise Mortimer with her nomination award
at the EXPAND EA/PA of the Year Awards, held in Canberra on
A STRONG boating safety mes-
sage was at the heart of Navy's
Australian Hydrographic Service
(AHS) exhibition at the Sydney
International Boat Show.
The event, held at Darling
Harbour, welcomed nearly 75,000
visitors from July 29 to August 3.
Hydrographer of Australia,
CDRE Rod Nairn said the AHS boat
show stand showcased the service
that Navy delivers to all mariners
in Australian waters, providing offi-
cial, trustworthy nautical charts that
are constantly updated.
"There are nearly 230,000 boat
licenses and almost 500,000 regis-
tered boats in NSW alone," he said.
"It's vitally important for
all skippers to know that NSW
Maritime Regulations require them
to carry up-to-date official AHS or
Admiralty paper charts if they are
going offshore," CDRE Nairn said.
There have been a number of
serious boating accidents in the past
few years as a result of mariners
not using official charts to navigate,
and relying too much on non-official
chart plotters and GPS data.
The AHS used the boat show as a
platform to educate the public about
the dangers of not carrying official
charts, the difference between offi-
cial and non-official charts, and the
use of GPS devices.
The AHS was situated with-
in metres of the entrance, in the
'Marine Precinct' -- a grouping of
12 Government or regulatory bod-
ies, including Boating Industry
Australia, AMSA, NSW Maritime
and the NSW Water Police.
"Working together with other
regulatory organisations has served
to raise the profile of the AHS, and
provided a central hub for people to
have their boating safety questions
answered," CDRE Nairn said.
"This was our most successful
year to date, which is only fitting as
we celebrate our 90th anniversary in
The AHS welcomes volun-
teers from the broader Navy com-
munity to 'man the stand' at the
next Sydney International Boat
Show in early August 2011. If
you are interested you can contact
for more information.
Every year there are queries
from people interested in joining the
Navy and learning more about what
The Sydney International Boat
show is now in its 43rd year, filling
more than 28,000m² of undercover
displays and a custom-built marina
showcasing more than 200 vessels.
For more information on the Australian
Hydrographic Service go to
AHS brings safety
message to mariners
SAFETY MESSAGE: Staff from the Australian Hydrography Service were on-
hand at the Sydney International Boat Show to answer peoples' questions.
Navy EA's hard
work pays off
had realised remarkable success in
her career change.
He said for Ms Mortimer to
make it through to the finals was
proof of her success as an EA within
"It is a real credit to her ini-
tiative, intelligence, professional
demeanour, pleasant disposition and
charming personality," CDRE Elsey
said.The 2010 award for Category
One went to Melbourne-based
Keryn Roberts from the Department
of Immigration and Citizenship.
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