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March 17, 2011
By SPR Nick Wiseman
CORPORATE knowledge loss is
the Navy's newest enemy with
Project Storm examining this
problem within the maritime envi-
The project, led jointly by
Defence and the University of
Wollongong, aims to measure and
manage the impact of knowledge
loss as the workforce continues to
age and retire.
Chief Investigator Peter
Massingham from the University of
Wollongong said society was get-
"There is an increasing risk of
en masse retirement and all the
corporate knowledge built up by
these people walking out the door
in a very quick time frame," Mr
Project Storm involves an inten-
sive continual change program
including annual auditing of Navy
engineering staff via surveys from
which they can measure changes to
Initial key findings have found
that knowledge loss is continuing
to increase, however, leadership is
working hard to manage the impact
of declining capability.
The project started in 2008 and
is now looking to focus on solu-
tions, implementing lessons from
the past two years and putting in
place systems, processes and poli-
cies.Other solutions will be to pro-
duce documents such as standard
operating procedures, policies and
training programs to better manage
this knowledge loss.
Existing procedures such as
position handovers will be stream-
lined to allow people to absorb
the knowledge quicker and hit the
ground running when posting into a
Mr Massingham said they were
initially studying areas believed to
be at the biggest risk.
"This was determined to be
the engineering and technical
side and, if successful, it will be
rolled out to the rest of the Navy
and even Defence [as a whole]," Mr
"We're turning Navy into a
learning organisation where it can
learn from experience and imple-
ment solutions to manage this
Project Storm protects
By SBLT Wade Bemet
The ship's company of HMAS Paluma
(LCDR Mhanda Tökesi) have been
leading the charge in military fitness
while helping the volunteers at the
Young Animals Protective Society
(YAPS) in Cairns.
During the last 18 months Paluma's
crew has engaged in twice-weekly phys-
ical training with most sessions involv-
ing team sports or circuit training. Once
or twice a month, however, the crew
works up a sweat at the local YAPS ani-
Paluma's CO, LCDR Mhanda
Tökesi, said it was wonderful to help
such a worthy cause.
"Unwanted pets can cause havoc on
the local environment and native animal
habitats and of course the crew also get
a good workout running and walking the
dogs," LCDR Tökesi said.
YAPS Animal Refuge Shelter rescues
dogs and cats in the Cairns region. They
board and find new homes for aban-
doned, abused and unwanted animals.
The shelter protects many cats and
dogs until the right families come along,
while some live out their days there as
permanent guests. All facilities are run
by dedicated volunteers, supporters and
For more information visit www.yaps.org.au
Paluma leads the pack
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: ABHSO Roek Dyer and SMNMT Reece Dotchin
work up a sweat running dogs at the Young Animals Protective Society
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