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February 2, 2012
By CPL Nick Wiseman
RESPONSIBILITY for workplace
safety will be driven back to the
individual rather than just to employ-
ing organisations under sweeping
new laws which came into effect on
The new Work Health and Safety
(WHS) Act "harmonises" the work-
place health and safety laws across
Australia using "model" legislation,
to simplify accountability and result
in greater involvement from work-
ers.While the main change under
the new Act is the shift of respon-
sibility to the individual, Lindsay
Hock from Defence Work Health
and Safety Branch said ADF mem-
bers should not only continue doing
what they were doing, but seek ways
in which they could contribute to a
cycle of continuous improvement in
"As long as ADF members con-
tinue to work safely, there is no need
to worry about being held account-
able," Mr Hock said.
"It's business as usual; if you
worked in a safe manner prior to the
new Act, what makes you think you
The new legislation now takes
into account any place an ADF
member may work, such as their
normal workplace, visiting work-
places, home and even in the field.
With many ADF members
being issued laptop computers or
Blackberry communication devices,
the lines between work and home
are getting blurred.
Defence Legal is working to
determine exactly when a member
could be deemed to be "at work"
while at home and introduce the
necessary policies to ensure the new
legislation is applied.
While the WHS Act covers all
Defence workplaces domestically,
Mr Hock said the CDF could declare
exemptions for operational areas.
"The exemption when allowed
could apply to those in war-like and
non-warlike overseas service," he
"The final decision would lie
with the Minister for Workplace
This exemption is not new, how-
ever, and was previously declared
by CDF under the former OHS Act
Although some significant
changes have come into effect with
the new legislation and ADF mem-
bers should make themselves aware
of the new laws, they should con-
tinue as they have in previous years
to contribute to a culture of health
and safety in Defence.
By Michael Brooke
HMAS Melbourne recently passed a
highly challenging URE and MRE to set
her sights on another deployment in the
Gulf of Aden.
CO Melbourne CMDR Rick
Boulton said the entire ship's company
had worked extremely hard to get the
upgraded FFG ship-shape and squared
away for Operation Slipper.
"The men and women embarked in
Melbourne will make a vital contribution
to the Australian Government's commit-
ment to ensuring maritime security, sup-
porting anti-terrorism and countering
piracy in the Gulf of Aden," he said.
CJOPS MAJGEN Ash Power praised
Melbourne for completing the URE and
MRE with almost an entirely new crew,
after an 85 per cent change out in 2011.
The new ship's company also fea-
tures a number of young sailors mak-
ing their first operational deployment,
By Michael Brooke
DIVERS from Australian Clearance
Dive Team One (AUSCDT 1) boarded
and secured merchant vessels in Sydney
Harbour recently as part of specialist
training in the lead up to deploying on
Using rigid hulled inflatable boats,
the Divers honed their skills in advanced
CO AUSCDT 1, LCDR Brett Dawe,
said pre consulted commercial merchant
vessels were used as targets, with the
teams approaching, boarding and secur-
ing the vessels.
"The specialist Enhanced Boarding
Capability (EBC) team are an important
part of the ship's company deployed on
Slipper," he said.
LCDR Dawe said the focus in 2012
is on supporting operations with a num-
ber of AUSCDT 1 personnel at 20 EOD
Sqn deploying to Afghanistan for EOD/
IEDD support and three AUSCDT 1
Enhanced Boarding Capability rotations
"This team is currently working up
to ensure they deliver the high level of
proficiency required when they deploy
in the next rotation of Slipper this year,"
LCDR Dawe said.
"The divers taking part in this train-
ing all have experience in specialist
counter-terrorism units within Australia
and they will provide a key contribution
to the maritime effort for counter piracy,
counter terrorism and maritime interdic-
AUSCDT 1's program for 2012 will
be very high tempo and challenging,
with the team participating in three
major domestic exercises including
the Triton Storm and MCM series, two
major international exercises including
RIMPAC and a Work-Up/URE.
"In among this program we will be
assisting trial and acceptance activities
for up to four major dive systems," he
for Op Slipper
New rules in for
set for next
CMDR Boulton said. "The crew
includes a lot of young sailors who are
very motivated and above all highly
excited that their first trip overseas is an
operational deployment," he said.
Melbourne's deployment in February
follows her milestone in 2010 as the first
upgraded FFG to deploy to the MEAO.
During the deployment, Melbourne
steamed more than 77,430km, conduct-
ed 125 aircraft surface searches, and
hundreds of queries of commercial and
A major feature of the deployment
was that she successfully responded to
14 distress calls in relation to suspected
JUMPING ON BOARD: Clearance Divers from AUSCDT 1 conduct a
sweep of the aft deck of the suspicious vessel in Sydney Harbour. Left,
boarding the aft deck from the RHIB.
Photos: ABIS Alan Lancaster
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