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December 8, 2011
NAVY was a finalist in the 2011
and Inclusion Awards in the cat-
egory of Gender Diversity.
The awards are held annually
to recognise and profile private
and public sector organisations
committed to creating diverse and
The Head of Navy People and
Reputation, RADM Allan du Toit,
said it was a fantastic opportunity
for Navy to broadly communicate
its efforts to address gender diver-
sity and improve leadership devel-
opment and career potential for
women, as well as their participa-
tion in more senior levels in Navy.
Navy's nomination focused
on the creation of a strategic
advisory role reporting to Navy's
senior leadership and advising on
female employment and workforce
participation, the ongoing resourc-
ing of the women's leadership
and mentoring programs, and the
development of a women's leader-
While Navy did not win,
Diversity@Work was impressed
with the Service's efforts to sup-
port the recruitment and retention
of its female workforce.
Navy's status as a finalist sup-
ports ongoing work to establish
the organisation as an employer of
choice, which provides a safe and
inclusive workplace for all.
By Graham McBean
OUTGOING Commanding officer
of HMAS Cerberus CAPT Mark Hill
says his two years at the helm have
brought both highs and lows but ulti-
mately rich reward.
CAPT Hill assumed command of
the establishment on December 11,
2009, and will hand over the reins
to CAPT Katherine Richards on
He will be taking leave after his
departure and then prepare for deploy-
ment in the new year.
A former CO of the RAN Recruit
School, CAPT Hill said posting to
HMAS Cerberus brought with it many
challenges in command and leadership
where nearly 20 per cent of the Navy
He said preparing new sailors for
their first postings was an important
responsibility but watching the devel-
opment of new sailors from civilian to
military life was particularly reward-
"I always say that given the time
we can train pretty much anybody to
do anything in terms of vocational
skills," CAPT Hill said.
"The harder part is the hearts and
minds campaign of instilling the Navy
and Defence values that set our people
apart from the community.
"But by and large, most of the time
the vast majority of our people are
excellent ambassadors for the Navy."
CAPT Hill said the importance of
Navy culture had always been at the
forefront of recruit training but he was
Rich reward for outgoing CO
particularly proud of the emphasis he
and his team had placed on enhancing
the culture at Cerberus.
Fortnightly CO, executive officer
and senior warrant officer forums with
trainees enabled discussion about the
Navy and community expectations of
the people who wear the uniform.
He said the community expected
ADF people to maintain a high moral
and ethical standard, perhaps beyond
that of their former civilian lives -- and
people must accept that.
"We devoted a lot of effort into
talking about our culture and talking
about the requirement for leadership
and individual responsibility," he said.
"We put a lot of effort into that and
I think it pays off."
It was a sad counterpoint to a large-
ly positive two years when two sailors
died in a vehicle accident earlier in
2011, which impacted heavily on all
those in the establishment.
CAPT Hill said the tragedy had
brought forward the character and
strength of the close-knit community in
coping with the loss.
"I am very proud of the way our
people responded to what was a very
difficult time for us all," he said.
BEST PART OF THE JOB:
Outgoing Commanding Officer of
HMAS Cerberus CAPT Mark Hill
presents RCTGX Jarryd Madden
with an award for academic excel-
lence and, above, an aerial view of
Cerberus, Navy's largest training
Photos: LSIS Nina Nikolin
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