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June 23, 2011
By Nadia Osman and Barry Woodhouse
ADF members participating in Project LASERR
can expect the next round of surveys to appear in
their inboxes and letterboxes shortly.
Project LASERR (Longitudinal ADF Study
Evaluating Retention and Resilience) involves a pair of
studies examining mental health and retention issues
for ADF members.
The project is segmented into two streams. The
first stream (Project LASER -- Retention) involves
gathering feedback from participants on their condi-
tions of service and job satisfaction, as well as gauging
their intent to continue serving or leave the ADF.
The second stream (Project LASER -- Resilience)
investigates the mental health and psychological resil-
ience of ADF personnel.
Chief Investigator Project LASER -- Retention
LTCOL Emma Little said Defence was such a large
and dispersed organisation that it was sometimes dif-
ficult for individuals to have their say on how it oper-
"These surveys ask important questions about why
members choose to stay in or leave their Service," she
"It's important for policy makers to be acutely
aware of issues that affect members' decisions. It's
only through members telling us something could be
done better that we get the opportunity to improve on
it. It is also good to know what Defence is doing well."
All personnel who enlist in the ADF are given the
opportunity to participate in Project LASERR. The
study requires participants to complete surveys at vari-
ous points in their careers during the first four years
of their military service. This allows ADF researchers
to determine factors that cause dissatisfaction with the
ADF and factors that promote psychological resilience
Chief Investigator Project LASER -- Resilience
Monique Crane said it was important to discover what
factors influenced the mental health of ADF personnel
so Defence could proactively prevent mental illness
and adequately care for its members' mental health.
"A range of factors may assist military personnel
to bounce back from potentially traumatic or difficult
events during their careers," Dr Crane said.
"The best thing participants can do is respond
to the surveys in an open and honest way so we can
determine what service and training Defence can pro-
vide to its personnel."
Data collected from these surveys will be used to
aid the development of psychological resilience train-
ing programs such as BattleSMART.
HMAS Cerberus open day
HMAS Cerberus will be open to the public on
October 23. If you are interested in a rewarding
career in the RAN or are seeking more information
about the ADF, all the information you need will be
available during the open day. Visitors will also see
a range of military activities on show, including vehi-
cles, armoury and other displays. The open day will
be held from 10am until 4pm and admission is free.
New housing for Aussie sailors
MORE than 3000 new permanent living-
in accommodation units for single ADF
personnel are to be constructed around
Australia under Phase 2 of the Single LEAP
(Living Environment and Accommodation
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Senator David Feeney signed the $4 billion
contract on June 8 in Melbourne.
Plenary Living (LEAP 2) Pty Ltd will
deliver the self-contained apartments to 14
bases from Townsville in north Queensland to
Rockingham in Western Australia.
Senator Feeney said environmental sus-
tainability and maintaining local heritage
would be incorporated into design features of
the new housing.
"This new housing will provide hundreds
of Australian servicemen and women with a
place to call home," he said.
The accommodation will be delivered
under a public-private partnership (PPP)
Plenary Living will be responsible for the
finance, design, construction, operation and
maintenance of the accommodation services
at the 14 bases for the 33-year contract term.
Construction cost is about $1 billion, with
ongoing provision for services for the follow-
ing 30 years costing about $3 billion.
The project is the third of its kind deliv-
ered under a PPP arrangement, following
successful delivery of Phase 1, which pro-
vided 1300 units at RAAF Base Amberley,
Enoggera Barracks and Holsworthy.
FUTURE PLANS: Parliamentary
Secretary for Defence Senator David
Feeney signs the Single Leap contract in
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
HQJOC travel warning
HQJOC has issued a warning to ADF personnel that
they are not permitted to take recreational leave in
'war-like' areas of operation. Members must check
with their chain of command before they commit
to any bookings to travel to these areas. Director
General Support at HQJOC BRIG Dianne Gallasch
said the warning followed an increase in the num-
ber of ADF Travel Restriction Waiver applications
received by HQJOC that did not meet the policy
requirement that travel to 'war-like' areas could
only be undertaken for compassionate or compel-
ling reasons. Information regarding Leave Travel
Restriction Waiver policy is in DEFGRAM 312/2011,
Chief of the Defence Force Leave Travel Restriction
Waiver Policy -- Guide for Applicants and Approving
Centenary celebration in Kingscliff
THE Kingscliff RSL sub-branch is holding a march
to celebrate the RAN's centenary on July 10 at
10am. The march will fall in opposite the Kingscliff
Bowls Club on Marine Parade and proceed to the
Cenotaph. If you would like to participate, RSVP by
July 7 to Hugh Aitken on (07) 5524 4534 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Medals are to be worn.
A light lunch and refreshments will follow the cer-
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