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October 11, 2012
ADF members incorrectly accredited
with additional leave on Operation
Resolute will not have to repay
Defence for leave already paid out,
nor will their leave balances be
On September 17, CDF GEN David
Hurley and Acting Defence Secretary
Brendan Sargeant agreed to the use of
a section 58B Defence Determination
to authorise the leave incorrectly
accrued by ADF members between
July 17, 2006, and March 29 this year.
In July 2006, when setting up Op
Resolute, the operation was recorded
on PMKeyS as a non-warlike deploy-
ment instead of a peacetime operation.
The anomaly caused members
assigned to the operation to accrue
additional leave associated with non-
The resulting overstated leave
balance averaged out at three days a
person, with impacted ADF members
accruing additional leave at a rate of 10
days a year for time spent assigned to
Op Resolute during the period before
the anomaly was rectified.
Director Service Conditions and
Housing Policy Peter Redston said
ADF members had taken the incorrect-
ly accrued leave in good faith before
Defence made them aware of the error.
"This was a significant factor in the
decision not to adjust leave balances
down, or to require that ADF members
pay back money if the leave had been
paid out," he said.
Defence corrected PMKeyS on
March 29, recording Op Resolute as
"I acknowledge members had come
to expect this leave, but there is no
eligibility to additional recreation leave
for Op Resolute other than that associ-
ated with peacetime seagoing service
already being credited," Mr Redston
"Defence Determination 2012/42,
authorising the leave in question, is now
in place to prevent any retrospective
financial impact on Defence personnel."
A WAIVER has been granted
allowing personnel with a Defence
restricted clearance to have ongo-
ing access to the Defence Restricted
Network (DRN) after its reclassifi-
cation as a protected network.
Head Security Policy and Plans
at the Defence Security Authority,
Pat Burke, said the waiver meant
members who held a restricted
clearance could access protected
information and systems in accord-
ance with need-to-know principles.
"The waiver covers all Defence
employees, including APS, ADF
permanent and reservist members,
external service providers and the
commercial sector," he said.
"The waiver will be used to
address the transition period until all
restricted clearances are phased out.
In the meantime, users are reminded
that classified information should
always be controlled on a need-to-
For more information visit http://intranet.
ADF personnel will have the
opportunity to register for a
public ballot next year to deter-
mine the 10,000 pilgrims who
will attend the centenary of the
Anzac landings at Gallipoli in
Minister for Veterans'
Affairs Warren Snowdon
said the ballot would be con-
ducted because the Anzac
Commemorative Site at Anzac
Cove had a maximum capacity
of about 10,000 people.
"We recognise that many
Australians will want to attend
Anzac Day commemorations at
Gallipoli in 2015, however, we
face some significant realities
that mean not everyone will be
able to do so," he said.
"Due to geographical and
safety constraints, a limit of
10,000 public places exist
for the dawn service, with
Australia to be allocated about
80 per cent of the total."
Mr Snowdon said the public
ballot system for the allocation
of attendance passes would
ensure an equitable allocation
of Australian places to the cen-
An online survey comprising
40 questions asks what connec-
tions people and their families
have to the ADF and if they
are a direct descendent of an
Australian veteran who served
in the Gallipoli campaign.
The survey is available at www.gal-
Resolution for mix-up
Information on a need-to-know basis
VITAL WORK: Sailors incorrectly credited leave while serving on Op Resolute between July 2006 and March this year will not have to repay leave
already paid out.
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
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