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September 29, 2011
By Deanna Nott
Police Service (QPS)
members who are also
ADF reservists can
be assured their mili-
tary and civil employers
will negotiate employment arrange-
ments following the signing of a
Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) between the two organisa-
Head of Cadet, Reserve and
Employer Support Division MAJGEN
Paul Brereton joined with Police
Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart to
sign the MOU at Police Headquarters,
Brisbane, in late August.
The MOU forms the basis of a
mutually understood approach to the
employment of reservists and better
management of a shared workforce.
"The key point for reservists who
are serving in the QPS is that they can
now be comfortable that their military
and civil employers will consult and
reach agreement over how they will be
employed when there is competition
for their talent," MAJGEN Brereton
said.QPS Deputy Commissioner
(Regional Operations) Ian Stewart
said the MOU signing formalised the
excellent relationship between the two
He said the QPS employed about
220 members who were ADF reserv-
"This shows not only their commit-
Sharing the workforce
ment to the community they serve but
to Australia as well," he said.
The MOU signing follows previ-
ous agreements in Tasmania, Western
Australia, New South Wales, South
Australia and the Northern Territory.
Director of the Office of Reserve
Service Protection, Linda Jelfs, said
Tasmania Police was the first of the
country's policing organisations to
sign a formal MOU with Defence.
"We started working on MOUs
with our police and emergency ser-
vices about two years ago," Ms Jelfs
"There is a lot of negotiating
involved with a focus on discussing
what needs the organisation has and
then aligning those with Defence's
She said having the Defence
Reserve Service (Protection) Act in
place meant there was something con-
crete to work around.
"We are developing strong MOUs
with our State and Territory policing
organisations and are currently work-
ing on MOUs with other emergency
services, and the final police MOUs
with the Australian Federal Police and
Victoria Police," she said.
EVERYONE'S A WINNER: Head Cadet, Reserve and Employer
Support Division MAJGEN Paul Brereton, Defence Reserves Support
Council Queensland Chair Margaret Goody and Queensland Police
Service Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart at the Memorandum of
Understanding signing ceremony in Brisbane.
By LEUT Andrew
A GROUP of
civil employers of
pated in a showcase of
the Weapons Training Simulation
System (WTSS) at Simpson
Barracks in Victoria on August 30,
exposing them to the types of train-
ing undertaken by their employees
while on ADF time.
The group was shown the facilities
by members of Army's 4th Combat
Service Support Battalion and learnt
how the WTSS helps ADF members
improve their marksmanship skills.
The employers took part in a
qualifying shoot and several scenarios
under the instruction of their ADF
The event was run by Defence
Reserve Support in Victoria, which is
headed by MAJ Jacquie Kingston.
"This WTSS display is a great
way for civilian employers to gain
exposure to the ADF while not tak-
ing the additional time off work to
participate in exercises Boss Lift or
Executive Stretch," MAJ Kingston
said.The Defence Reserve Support
team in Victoria holds several events
for civilian employers -- relevant
to the Navy, Army and Air Force --
throughout the year.
By making civilian employ-
ers aware of the commitment their
employees make when serving in
the ADF, the reserve contribution to
Defence becomes more flexible.
The Defence Reserves Support
Council provides a link between the
ADF, employers and the communi-
ty, and enhances the availability of
reserves by promoting the benefits of
employing part-time members of the
For more information, visit
Balancing the relationship
Participants of Exercise
Executive Stretch take a
look at HMAS Broome
from the water.
Photo: GNR Shannon Joyce
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