Home' Navy News : May 10th 2012 Contents THE space that for merly housed the
three mess facilities at Russell Offices
has been transformed into a conference
centre that will provide a much needed
The mess facilities were closed
in November last year as part of the
Defence-wide Hospitality and Catering
Review, a strategic reform initiative.
Located on the ground floor of build-
ing R2, the centre comprises four confer-
ence rooms, two seminar/meeting rooms,
a large breakout area with DRN access
and a kitchenette.
Each of the four conference rooms has
video-teleconference capability, with one
featuring a secure VTC system with the
capacity to seat 20 people.
The availability of such a large secure
conference room fills a gap in Defence's
The two seminar/meeting rooms can
be combined and offer the flexibility to
conduct large and small seminars, work-
shops and conferences, while lecture
style seating enables up to 100 people to
use the space. The four projectors and
screens enable numerous set-up options.
Visit the Defence Support Group website for
more information. Room bookings can be
made by calling Conference Centre Bookings
on (02) 6265 6500 or email bookingscprus.
Call 1300 112 114
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THE Navy Directorate of
Leadership and Ethics (DNLE) is
getting back to business as usual
after the success of a key element of
the New Generation Navy program.
Established in July last year, the
directorate has progressed major
initiatives such as consolidating
and advancing a 360-feedback pro-
Taking charge of the directo-
rate, CMDR Grant Dale said the
program was available to offic-
ers and sailors who enrolled in a
Navy Leadership Development
The workshop offers leaders a
detailed insight into their leader-
ship style, and their strengths and
opportunities of their approach.
DNLE has also researched, and
prepared for publication, an exami-
nation of Leadership: Cases and
To be released later this year,
the publication highlights ideas of
crew resource management, which
arose in the field of aviation.
Crew resource management
offers significant benefit to leader-
ship in high technology systems
(like Navy) where people operate
in tightly coordinated teams, and
where the consequences of error
can be catastrophic.
CMDR Dale said this research
would have a major effect on the
practice and development of leader-
ship in the Navy.
"The ideas are world-leading
and we have illustrated them with
case studies, that demonstrate their
broad relevance and potential," he
Another element of this publi-
cation is the relationship between
leaders and organisational culture.
"We have explained the obliga-
tion of leaders to have a construc-
tive effect upon the organisation's
culture," CMDR Dale said.
"In the case studies, we really
see the disastrous consequences
which are inevitable when leaders
neglect organisational culture."
CMDR Dale said the research
had benefited from CMDR Paul
Moggach joining the directorate.
Squadron, Paul brings an enor mous
wealth of practical experience to
this Directorate," he said.
"He has elevated our apprecia-
tion of ethics, and his inf luence on
the research behind our forthcom-
ing publication has been enormous-
Pointing to the practical effect
of this work, CMDR Dale said the
DNLE was making a significant
contribution to Navy's thinking
about risk, and to the approaches
taken to risk, safety and organisa-
"We are really on the front foot
with this," he said.
"The work we do will help Navy
leaders to exercise a strong and eth-
"Our work will also help Navy
as an organisation, to build resil-
ience and to manage risk and error
in accord with world's best prac-
TRIALS of the new Defence maternity
uniform have been extended to allow
expectant mothers to have continued
access to the Disruptive Pattern Combat
Uniforms or Disruptive Pattern Navy
The unifor ms are available to
women when cams are the authorised
dress of the day.
This will allow expectant mothers
a wider choice of clothing rather than
being limited to the cur rent non-com-
bat mater nity gar ments.
The Disr uptive Patter n Mater nity
Unifor m Trial provides two sets of
mater nity shirts and trousers.
The trial will continue to bridge the
gap through to the establishment of a
long-term contract, due early next year.
The new maternity uniforms are
proving to be successful based on the
positive comments provided to the
New conference centre
TAKING CHARGE: CMDR Grant Dale says the new research will strengthen leadership.
Photo: LS Brenton Freind
NEW LOOK: ABWTR Sally Judd in
the Pregnancy DPNUs on trial.
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