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February 17, 2011
THE Senior Navy Women's Forum
(SNWF), comprising about 18 sen-
ior commanders, captains and com-
modores, was recently formed to
support Navy and Defence action
plans for the improved recruitment
and retention of women.
In a recent letter to participants,
Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane
said the forum was created to pro-
vide support and professional devel-
opment for members, to provide
mentors for junior participants of
the 2011 Navy Women's Mentoring
Program, and to network with, and
seek input from, other subordinate
groups to support the Head of Navy
People and Reputation (HNPAR)
and the Navy Women's Strategic
"Through your collective efforts,
I anticipate you will drive significant
reform in the organisation on the
employment and retention of women
and be seen as role models for all
ranks," VADM Crane said.
VADM Crane has agreed to spon-
sor the forum on an ongoing basis.
This is an initiative of the Navy
Women's Leadership Strategy and is
linked to CDF's broader Action Plan
for the Recruitment and Retention of
Navy Women's Strategic Adviser
for HNPAR CMDR Jenni Heymans
said forum members had consider-
able and significant skills, expertise,
experience and lengths of service.
"They are passionate about wom-
en's issues and the need for gender
balance at senior levels, and ensur-
ing that Navy is continually engaged
and educated on the benefits of a
more gender-balanced workforce,"
CMDR Heymans said.
"They are confident to voice their
opinions and have the initiative and
drive to help Navy reform across
The inaugural meeting of the
SNWF was held on November 22
last year. The forum intends to meet
formally every quarter.
Further information can be
obtained from http://intranet.
by contacting CMDR Heymans at jen-
(02) 6265 6179.
Senior Navy Women's Forum up and running
By Annabelle Haywood
THE New Generation Navy (NGN)
website on the Defence Restricted
Network has been updated to reflect
Navy's position entering the third year
of the program.
The updated website has been rede-
signed to make navigation easier and
with the assumption that all Navy mem-
bers know about NGN and the philoso-
phy behind it. The new website concen-
trates on NGN in action.
The site has been simplified to pro-
vide links to NGN achievements and
initiatives, as well as details of current
and future projects.
NGN Program Director CAPT
Warren Bairstow said because culture
change could only be successful if peo-
ple were engaged and on board, the web-
site also contained a resources page with
documents and current information.
"This will be particularly useful for
Navy's leaders, as some of the mate-
rial will include videos and presentations
for staff on NGN progress and its links
with the Strategic Reform Program and
Navy Continuous Improvement," CAPT
The new intranet site will be comple-
mented by a similar external web pres-
ence, containing current NGN news and
documents for download.
The new website can be accessed through
the Navy intranet at http://intranet.
NGN website updated
CONFIDENCE AND DRIVE: From left, CMDR Rachel Durbin, CMDR Jenni Heymans, CMDR Elizabeth
Mulder and CDRE Robyn Walker discuss the Senior Navy Women's Forum at Russell Offices
Photo: POIS Ollie Garside
By Amy Kelly and Leonie Gall
ADF members are happier than ever
with their pay packets, according to the
2010 Defence Attitude Survey (DAS)
The proportion of ADF members
who were satisfied with their salary
jumped from 38 per cent in 2008 to 50
per cent in 2010.
Defence commitment also remained
high with 86 per cent of ADF respond-
ents indicating they felt proud telling
others that they were a Service member.
Director General Workforce Planning
AIRCDRE Tony Needham said informa-
tion received from the DAS was impor-
"The survey presents both ADF and
APS Defence personnel with the oppor-
tunity to voice their opinions on a wide
range of employment related topics that
are of interest to Defence senior leader-
ship," AIRCDRE Needham said.
"The data collected in the DAS
allows us to analyse the attitudes and
opinions of the workforce and inform
policy decisions with data on how
a range of aspects of employment in
Defence are perceived."
First conducted in 1999, the DAS
survey has been held every year since
2001 and is Defence's primary means of
monitoring the organisational climate.
The current DAS was launched
on February 11 and will be open until
February 27. Members invited to par-
ticipate are encouraged to help Defence
improve and develop personnel policies
that enhance working conditions. The
survey should only take 10-15 minutes
For further information, visit the Directorate
of Strategic Personnel Policy Research
intranet site at http://aurora.cbr.defence.
Alternatively, email the DAS project manager
Happy in the Service
Defence Attitude Survey
Reform on women's
issues high priority
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