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July 5, 2012
SENIOR sailors gained invaluable
insights into the issues confronting Navy
when WO-N, in company with CWO-
Fleet, CWO-CM and CWO-DS, con-
ducted leadership engagement sessions
in Sydney from June 4-8.
WO-N WO Mark Tandy said
the warrant officer and senior sailor
engagement sessions addressed the
strategic challenges facing Navy and
allowed for discussions about cultural
and leadership change.
"The leadership engagement initia-
tive is designed to provide enlisted per-
sonnel with a better understanding of
the strategic issues confronting CN,"
"The leadership engagement is
a component of NGN's Signature
Behaviours of communicating well and
frequently, to improve workplace u nder-
standing of organisational tasks and
The leadership discussions focused
on removing training bottlenecks that
impact on sailors, restructuring FSU-
Australia, the Rizzo Review recom-
mendations, absorbing new technologies
such as the Landing Helicopter Dock
and the Air Warfare Destroyer, cultural
reform initiatives, Navy's capacity for
high-end warfighting and the implica-
tions of the recent budget.
WO Tandy said challenges were
compounded by the economic climate
which has seen some Strategic Refor m
Project(SRP) savings fast-tracked along
with general belt-tightening across
"However, importantly for Navy this
budget also includes the reaffirmation
of the Government's ongoing commit-
ment to the future submarine program,
commitments to hold our uniformed
workforce strength at current levels and
to provide additional funds to maintain
Navy's ageing capabilities," he said.
"In managing the impact of these
adjustments on Navy, CN's focus
remains on the provision of ships, air-
craft and properly trained people for
operations and the generation of our
core maritime and war fighting skills."
WO Tandy said in terms of leader-
ship and culture there were signs of suc-
cess with Navy's three cultural change
programs -- NGN, SRP and Pathway to
He said although the NGN initia-
tive was only three years old it had
already contributed to a 35 per cent drop
in unauthorised alcohol consumption,
70 per cent reduction in illicit substance
abuse, 60 per cent drop in unacceptable
behaviour and a 77 per cent reduction in
abuse of power.
"It's going to take time, but the ben-
efits are already being seen across the
organisation" he said.
The sessions were conducted at Fleet
Headquarters, HMAS Kuttabul, HMAS
Penguin, HMAS Watson and HMAS
Waterhe n as well as Defence Plaza.
THE Navy signature behaviour
of 'communicate well and regu-
larly' was the major theme when
the Command Warrant Officer
Divisional System (CWO-DS) visit-
ed Naval establishments in Sydney.
CWO-DS WO Robert Drew
visited Fleet Headquarters, HMAS
Kuttabul, HMAS Penguin, HMAS
Watson and HMAS Waterhen as
well as Defence Plaza from June
4-8 to explain the importance of
regular divisional meetings and the
new divisional Handy Billy system.
WO Drew said divisional meet-
ings ensured regular communication
through the chain of command.
"Divisional staff listen to divi-
sional member's suggestions and
opinions, and disseminate them up
the chain of command," he said.
"This ensures the strategic
requirements of Navy are rein-
forced, including instilling ADF
standards of personal conduct and
behaviour, providing a balanced
approach to divisional expectation."
All personnel are expected to
contribute at divisional meetings,
which should comprise no more
than 15-30 people and be held
The divisional toolbox, located
within the Navy toolbox section of
the Navyweb homepage, contains
a series of presentations for divi-
sional staff to use as the foundation
of monthly divisional meetings.
These presentations contain
accurate, current and key messages
for all personnel, and will ensure
they are kept well informed of Navy
and Defence issues.
WO Drew said the divisional
Handy Billy had also been rolled
out to further assist divisional staff
to locate information within the
"The site is designed to act as
a favourites page, containing links
and redirections to reference docu-
ments and web pages containing
important, relevant and current
information to be used in support-
ing and managing Navy people,"
Handy Billy is also designed for
personnel to research information
for personal development and edu-
cation, to promote self reliance and
For further information contact CWO-DS
WO Robert Drew on (02) 6265 3623 or
STRATEGIC THINKING: CWO WO Martin Holzberger addresses senior sailors in Sydney to discuss
leadership engagement and communication.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
'Handy Billy' to help with
CURRENT and former
reservists who attended
the Reserve Forces Day
celebrations on July 1
were presented with an
certificate signed by
"I join my fellow
Australians in honouring
our reservists, their com-
passion, and their dedi-
cation to the safety and
security of our nation,"
Ms Bryce said.
This year's celebra-
tion paid tribute to
Australia's Boer War
servicemen and recog-
nised their descendants,
marking the 110th
anniversary of the war.
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