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June 9, 2011
By LEUT Todd Austin
THE second of the Performance behav-
iours, "Be Cost Conscious", concerns
our understanding of the cost implica-
tions of the decisions we make, to find
solutions that are enduring, efficient and
This particular behaviour is being
used throughout the Fleet. The team at
the Anzac Ship Capability Improvement
Project (ASCIP) at HMAS Stirling dem-
onstrates this behaviour daily.
The Director of Navy Continuous
Improvement, CAPT Jonathan Sadleir,
said this program was one of seven
Continuous Improvement Projects under
way as a collaborative effort between
the sustainment and capability managers
across Navy. The ASCIP has been inves-
tigating and prosecuting possible savings
and efficiencies over the last 15 months.
"What we are trying to do is enable
Navy across all ranks to make capability
and sustainment decisions in a cost-con-
scious manner with as much relevant data
as we can," CAPT Sadleir said.
"If a commander in both an operation-
al and administrative position can under-
stand what they are truly meant to deliver
with respect to capability, and understand
what their resource base is and what the
implications are in using this resource
in an appropriate manner to achieve the
Chief of Navy's outcomes, this will ena-
ble them to ensure a positive outcome."
ASCIP Regional Coordinator WO
Stephen Hazell, who works closely with
the Frigate Group, said tremendous sav-
ings were possible through the project.
"We are supporting the SPO and
Capability Manager and their teams in
ensuring that these potential savings don't
affect capability," he said.
"If there is any potential impact, we
are ensuring that Navy is aware and
knows the impact -- it's not a slash and
Cost-conscious activities are also
being conducted through the Fleet
Support Units (FSU) around Australia.
LEUT Wayne Oakley, the OIC at FSU
at HMAS Coonawarra, works in asso-
ciation with Defence Maritime Services
(DMS) to increase efficiency with the
maintenance of the 14 Armidale-class
patrol boats in Darwin and Cairns.
"We look at our capability on a daily
basis and we engage with DMS and
establish what FSU can provide, and this
can help save Navy money," he said.
"By doing this, FSUs around Australia
have a lot of capacity and capability to
save Defence dollars."
CAPT Sadleir said Navy was con-
tinuing to look at ways to efficiently
and effectively deliver capability and
act on the numerous ways this would
be achieved throughout the Service and,
most importantly, ensuring these changes
were sustainable in providing a path to
"In a perfect world, the Navy
Continuous Improvement Program would
not need to exist and being cost conscious
would naturally be implemented in each
capability across Navy," he said.
"What we need to look at is how can
we transition into a space where this is
the reality. Success may be judged by my
ability to put myself out of business."
More information on New Generation
Navy's Signature Behaviours is avail-
able online via the Navy Intranet site
Leading the way
DEFENCE Families of Australia
(DFA) has invited families to par-
ticipate in its annual pre-conference
survey and meetings.
The survey and meetings form the
basis of DFA's annual conference in
August where national delegates will
meet the Minister for Defence Science
and Personnel, commanders, Defence
policy advisers and stakeholders such
as Defence Community Organisation,
Defence Housing Australia and Toll
This year's survey topics include
deployment, relocations, education and
child care. DFA is also seeking evalua-
tion for the National Defence Families
Families that complete the survey
will be in the running to win one of 10
$50 gift vouchers.
The survey closes on June 30.
For more information visit www.dfa.org.
FORMER CDF GEN Peter Cosgrove
has thrown his support behind the
launch of the Defence Alumni Network
(DAN) scheduled for July 5.
GEN Cosgrove recorded a video clip
promoting the organisation, initiated by
Services and People Strategies and Policy
Group, to connect with the ex-Service
The video was shot at the Royal
Military College and will feature on the
DAN's internet portal.
DAN Project Manager CAPT Harry
Lok said he was delighted to have the
support of GEN Cosgrove.
CAPT Lok said the internet portal
would provide a comprehensive alumni
program, including social networking,
information, news and events designed to
attract and engage former members.
DAN members will be able to create a
profile, post pictures, direct email to other
members and form groups.
The latest job opportunities for both
reserve and permanent work will also be
"One of the great aspects of the DAN
will be its ability to help members find
their mates through the site's search facil-
ity," CAPT Lok said.
The DAN is supported by a small
team of contractors and reserve personnel
who will keep content fresh and interest-
ing.From July 1, ex-Service personnel
will be able to register on the DAN and
connect with their friends and the ADF.
Defence Alumni Network ready to launch
NETWORKING: Defence Alumni Network Project Manager CAPT Harry Lok and former CDF GEN
Peter Cosgrove take a break at the Royal Military College in Canberra after recording a video clip pro-
moting the network, which will help members of the ex-Service community reconnect.
LIVING THE BEHAVIOURS: OIC at HMAS Coonawarra's Fleet Support Unit LEUT Wayne Oakley
(inset) knows the importance of operating in a cost-conscious manner because of his work to increase
maintenance efficiency with the Armidale-class patrol boats. Here, SMN Megan Costello throws a line to
assist in a seaboat recovery aboard HMAS Wollongong.
Photos: SGT Rob Nyffenegger (main) and ABIS James Whittle (inset)
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