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January 31, 2013
FLTLT Julia Ravell
and Deanna Nott
RESERVISTS can now arrange time away
from their civilian workplaces, with a new
all-in-one form designed to streamline noti-
fications regarding reserve service.
The Office of Reserve Service
Protection introduced the form that replac-
es ad-hoc individual arrangements with
Director Linda Jelfs said web form
AE380, released on November 28, would
clarify employers’ obligations and respon-
sibilities when reservists needed to be
“Before the AE380, only Army reserv-
ists were able to hand their civilian
employer a form that formally notified of
their requirement to undertake reserve ser-
vice and often this was misleading as it was
called a ‘training notice’,” Ms Jelfs said.
“The AE380 ensures that employers
will be properly notified about deploy-
ments and refers employers to the rele-
vant ADF contact if the absence of their
employee will seriously impact their busi-
nesses or organisations.
“Our intent is that the form will help
reduce the administrative burden on
employers so they can focus on the ben-
efits of having highly trained and motivated
reserve personnel in their organisation.”
For more information contact the Office of
Reserve Service Protection: 1800 671 988,
email email@example.com or visit www.
Sunset clause for payments
notifications gives clarity
Increased leave provides flexibility
THE number of carer’s leave
days for ADF members that can
be approved in a calendar year
has doubled from five to 10.
The changes came into effect
on December 1 last year as part of
Defence’s commitment to provid-
ing more flexibility to meet family
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon said
the improvements supported
Defence’s Pathway to Change
strategy, particularly the rec-
ommendations of the Review
into Employment Pathways for
APS Women in the Department
of Defence and Elizabeth
Broderick’s Review into the
Treatment of Women in the ADF.
“The reviews encouraged
Defence to provide more assis-
tance to serving men and
women to balance their work
and family commitments,” Mr
“Extending carer’s leave is
one step towards wider cultural
reform in Defence.”
Further information is available at www.
AN ADFA midshipman has won a pres-
tigious essay competition, beating about a
dozen other hopefuls.
In November, MIDN Nam Nguyen,
was announced the winner of the 2012
Commodore Harry Adams Essay
Competition, held by the Australian Naval
His essay, Action, Reaction: Are
Vietnam’s growing maritime forces pos-
tured toward countering China?, focused
on Vietnam’s current and future maritime
forces, and whether the country’s build-up
of maritime forces is increasing tensions
“I felt this topic was important as both
countries are two of the most vocal over
territorial claims in the South China Sea.
It’s a dispute that is at risk of developing
into a major military conflict,” MIDN
“I found that researching this topic
gave me a better appreciation for the geo-
political climate that Australia is finding
itself increasingly involved in.”
CDRE Bruce Kafer praised MIDN
Nguyen’s efforts and said ADFA’s junior
officers had a thirst for knowledge about
issues impacting Australia’s defence.
“We encourage ADFA’s midshipmen
and officer cadets to develop and broaden
their thinking on relevant strategic issues
in their studies at the Academy,” he said.
“This enhances their understanding
of the rationale for our national defence
strategy, and the role of the ADF in imple-
menting that strategy.”
MIDN Nguyen will travel to the UK at
the end of the year and spend several days
at the Britannia Royal Naval College at
Dartmouth as part of his prize.
FOUR junior Navy officers made a
clean sweep of the triservice awards
at the ADFA Graduation Parade on
In a rare achievement, given that mid-
shipmen comprise less than 20 per cent
of the trainee officers at the Academy,
they received four of the six prizes
before being promoted the next day to
Governor-General Quentin Bryce pre-
sented ADFA’s most prestigious award,
the Commander-in-Chief ’s Medal, to
SBLT Douglas Phillips.
The medal is awarded to the most
outstanding graduate in military and aca-
demic achievement as well as leadership,
personal example and performance of
SBLT Phillips said he was challenged
every day at ADFA.
“It’s been a fantastic experience,” he
said. “I’m truly humbled to have been
recognised as a potential leader.”
SBLT Matthew Bell received the
CDF Sword of Honour for Leadership
from VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin.
The award recognises the highest
standard of leadership and officer devel-
opment displayed among the graduating
“The skills and lessons that I learned
will be invaluable to my career and to me
as a junior warfare officer,” SBLT Bell
The other two recipients were SBLT
Cleo Telford, who received the RSL
Sword of Honour, and SBLT James
Ferrari, who received the CN's Prize.
Commandant ADFA CDRE Bruce
Kafer said the junior officers had worked
hard. “They have been positive leaders
among their colleagues,” he said.
“Their achievements augur well for
their future careers as Navy’s junior lead-
Top of the class Award-
STANDING TALL: SBLT's James Ferrari, Matthew Bell, Douglas Phillips and Cleo Telford receiving their
awards at the ADFA Graduation Parade.
Photo: John Carroll
THE second round of changes to
the Employer Support Payment
Scheme (ESPS) began on
January 1, 2013.
These changes strengthen the
governance and management of the
scheme by ensuring that all claims
are considered and decided by the
Services to ensure that capability
requirements are supported.
The new determination stream-
lines and simplifies a previously
complex set of arrangements, to
support principled-based decision-
making vested in the Services.
Importantly, the determination
will now contain a sunset clause.
The sunset clause means that
Defence will undertake a review
of the scheme this year to enable
advice to be provided to Government
early next year on the effectiveness
of the scheme in delivering a value-
for-money, required and meaningful
capability to the ADF.
Defence Parliamentary Secretary
David Feeney said the Service
Chiefs now had full control of both
policy and administration of the
scheme after 10 years of operation.
“The unique capability require-
ments of each service can now
be supported in a manner which
offers best value for money to the
Services, the broader Defence com-
munity and the Australian people,”
Senator Feeney said.
Deputy CN RADM Trevor Jones
said oversight and management of
the scheme would continue to be
conducted from within Navy People
Career Management Agency.
“I welcome this legislative
change which gives Navy greater
management and fiscal control over
its workforce,” RADM Jones said.
Claims continue to be made
through the Navy ESPS Officer in
NPCMA and will be decided by
Director General Navy People.
This will ensure payments are
aligned with capability and the
Services can record exactly where
reservists, who are the subject of
Employer Support Payments, work,
and how this contributes to Defence
Senator Feeney also said that
having the career management/per-
sonnel management areas admin-
ister the scheme ensured payments
were aligned to capability and had
appropriate and adequate perfor-
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