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March 15, 2012
A $300 MILLION
maintenance and repair
contract for the Anzac Class
Frigates has been awarded
to Naval Ship Management
Australia. The five-year
contract will provide better
outcomes for industry and
a more effective, value-for-
money outcomes for Navy.
The announcement follows
extensive consultation with
industry on a new approach
to contracts for repair and
maintenance. In contrast to
the previous arrangements
which required every new
maintenance activity to be
individually contracted out,
the grouping of ship repair
and maintenance tasks offers
the potential for significant
cost savings. Contract
negotiations are expected to
be finalised by June.
Ride for museum
TO MARK the 50th
anniversary of Australia's first
involvement in the Vietnam
War, the inaugural Tour of
Duty bicycle event is being
run by Vetride. Participants
are riding from Echuca
to Melbourne over four
consecutive days. The field
of nearly 50 riders includes
an ex-RAN Vietnam veteran.
More information can be
accessed at http://vetride@
vvaavic.org.au/ or through
organiser Maurie Benson by
phoning 0417 588 886.
subsidies under the Defence
Home Ownership Assistance
Scheme (DHOAS) must
provide effective service to
ensure their entitlements
don't change, according to
Relocations and Housing
Director Alan McClelland. "If
a reservist fails to perform
20 or more reserve days in a
service year, the member's
continued eligibility or
entitlement to the DHOAS
subsidy could be adversely
affected," Mr McClelland
said. Reservists should
notify the Department of
Veterans' Affairs if they are
unable to meet the effective
service requirement. A DVA
representative will be able to
discuss the options available
to individual members. For
more information go to www.
dhoas.gov.au or call
1300 434 627.
Reviews herald change
Cpl Max Bree
CHANGE is on the way after
the release of a series of reviews
delving into Defence culture in
Canberra on March 7.
Defence Minister Stephen
Smith, CDF GEN David Hurley and
Defence Secretary Duncan Lewis
released six reviews covering the
personal conduct of ADF personnel,
use of alcohol in the ADF, use of
social media in Defence, Defence
public service women's leadership
pathways, management of incidents
and complaints, and allegations of
sexual and other abuse in Defence.
A report into the ADFA 'Skype
incident' which prompted the cul-
ture reviews will not be made public
because of privacy concerns and an
ongoing police investigation.
"The ADF has had a mirror in
the form of six reviews held up to it
over the past 11 months. As any of
us normally do when we look into a
mirror, we see strengths and we see
flaws," GEN Hurley said.
In response, Defence has pro-
duced a strategy, The Pathway to
Change: Evolving Defence Culture.
The strategy outlines steps toward
culture change, including re-exam-
ining the organisation's values,
reviewing the handling of miscon-
duct and diversifying the senior
"The type of deep and far-reach-
ing reform we are seeking will take
time and a sustained effort from all
Defence staff over many years,"
GEN Hurley said.
"But make no mistake -- we are
committed to tackling our cultural
challenges at their source."
He said recommendations
from the review into the treatment
of women at ADFA were already
being implemented, including a new
residential support officer scheme,
which puts junior officers in their
final years at ADFA in place to pro-
vide live-in supervision and peer
support for cadets.
"As Defence members we under-
stand that we are quite rightly held
to higher standards and greater
scrutiny than the majority of the
Australian society," GEN Hurley
"And while we strive for a clean
record, if things do go wrong, we
must be able to demonstrate that we
have the moral courage to act and
the ability to respond in an appro-
priate and timely manner."
The reviews made 109 recom-
mendations, with 85 fully accepted
by Defence. The remaining 24 have
been accepted in principle.
Defence Minister Smith said
the reviews were a frank and sober
assessment of the past. "But it's also
a very constructive and positive way
forward," Mr Smith said.
The reviews were initiated last
year after an incident in which a
male ADFA officer cadet streamed
internet video of consensual sex
with a female cadet to cadets in
another room without the woman's
ADFA Commandant CDRE
Bruce Kafer has resumed his duties
after the Kirkham Inquiry into the
incident found no wrongdoing with
his handling of the matter.
Reports released in full were:
Personal conduct of ADF personnel --
Found members were aware of the expectations
on them and a relatively small number failed to
live up to those standards. Its recommendations
included simplifying policy and the complaints
Use of alcohol in the ADF -- Recommendations
included a review of alcohol prices at ADF bases
and preparation of an evidence-based alcohol
management strategy for Defence.
Use of social media in Defence --
Recommended a review of all ADF policies in
relation to social media and a review of social
media training within Defence.
Defence APS women's leadership pathways
-- As a result of the report Defence will begin
a rotation program for senior women at Senior
Executive Service Band 2/3 with the broader APS
and establish a central maternity leave pool to
manage the full-time equivalent liability associ-
ated with maternity leave.
Management of incidents and complaints
-- Recommended Defence reduce the current
backlog of grievances, simplify training and infor-
mation on complaint and develop an improved
process to manage grievances.
The reports can be viewed online at:
Commitment on cultural challenges
Stokers off and
racing with FPR
LSIS Paul Berry
TWO MT sailors with unique internships
have had a dream start in the 2012 Ford
Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercar
Industry outplacement program.
PO Clint MacGregor and LS Ash
Schmidt met with FPR team leaders on
February 20 and were put straight to work
at the FPR Victorian workshop.
As a result of their hard work, Team
Navy driver Chaz Mostert dominated
round one of the Dunlop V8 Supercars
Series in Adelaide on the weekend of
The Ford Performance Racing young
gun drove his V8 to victory in both races,
placing the Team Navy Falcon FG on top
of the championship table.
POMT MacGregor said their first
week on the job had been momentous.
"What struck us was the level of pro-
fessionalism," PO MacGregor said.
"Ash and I were blown away with
their work ethic and skill and knew that
we would love working here."
LS Schmidt was put to task in the
composite workshop, producing glass
reinforced plastic and carbon fibre com-
ponents for the V8 Supercar.
PO MacGregor started work on
a $500,000 Computer Numerated
Controlled machine, machining intricate
components for the race car sub-frame
assembly and internal cabin.
The pair will rotate through FPR
workshops during the next 12 months and
will provide pit crew support at almost
every race meeting for the season.
"We have seen the similarities
involved in getting the cars ready for the
Clipsal 500 held in Adelaide and getting
our own ships ready for sea after mainte-
THEY'RE RACING: POMT Clint MacGregor and LSMT
Ash Schmidt (pictured left) in the FPR workshop; and
(main) Chas Mostert takes the chequered flag.
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