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October 28, 2010
By WGCDR Richard Bluck and
SQNLDR Deanna Nott
RESERVISTS will soon have the
opportunity to tell Defence about
their civil skills by completing an
The Civil Skills Data (CSD)
Project is a high priority activ-
ity flowing from the Defence White
Paper 2009 and the Strategic Reform
Program. It will see reservists' civilian
qualifications, skills and experience
uploaded to PMKeyS.
An information pack about the
project, including details of how to
complete the associated online e-sur-
vey, will be sent to the home address
of every active reservist in Australia,
including those on continuous full-
time service (CFTS).
As such, it is imperative that every
reservist ensures their home mailing
address is up-to-date on PMKeyS.
Further, it is important that reservists
prepare themselves for the e-survey by
finding details of licenses and quali-
fications so this data can be readily
entered into their home or work com-
All reservists (except those on
CFTS) who complete the e-survey will
receive half a reserve day's pay.
Having full visibility of the civil
qualifications, skills and experience
available within the ADF workforce,
regardless of how or when they were
acquired, will enable Navy, Army
and Air Force to more readily iden-
tify individuals with particular skills
needed in peacetime or for operational
deployment, especially during Defence
CSD will also provide unprec-
edented access to some of the niche
capabilities reservists offer the ADF.
In turn, it is hoped this will lead to bet-
ter use of the reserves.
Head of the CSD Working Team,
GPCAPT Carl Schiller, said the use
of members' civil skills acknowledged
their additional talents and would
hopefully provide them with a greater
sense of fulfilment in their ADF role.
"The effective use of CSD may
provide opportunities for deployment
or other diverse Service employ-
ment opportunities for our reservists,"
GPCAPT Schiller said.
"We regularly say reservists' con-
tributions are vital to Defence capabil-
ity and this is a fact. Recording this
Civil skills e-survey good to go
information in PMKeyS will provide
ADF-wide access to this data and will
truly allow reservists to offer more to
Each Service, Vice Chief of the
Defence Force Group and the Defence
Support Group is represented on the
tri-Service CSD working team that has
identified the data to be recorded and
developed a data capture strategy.
Director General Reserves -- Air
Force is the central data collection
agency for this activity.
"The CSD is a very exciting initia-
tive," GPCAPT Schiller said.
"Those with reserve experience
know how deep and wide are the fan-
tastic array of experiences among their
fellow reservists -- yet we sense that
relatively little of this has been entered
"The CSD project is not just a
once-off snapshot -- it will also provide
longer term solutions, with more user
friendly access to enable members to
enter and update their entries, after the
Civil Skills Data is expected to
flow into PMKeyS in early 2011.
For further information about the project
contact the CSD Communication Officer
Squadron Leader Deanna Nott on 0438
013 548. Note the initial phase of CSD
will not involve standby reservists.
HIGH PRIORITY: Reservists are being encouraged to tell Defence
about their civil skills by completing an e-survey which will see their civil-
ian qualifications, skills and experience uploaded to PMKeyS.
Photo: LSPH Nadia Monteith
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