Home' Navy News : April 11th 2013 Contents Are you posting to
a new base that
is in an adjacent
location to your
current base and
wish to remain in
your current rental
property or Service
entitlement is based on
your posting locality.
For Rent Allowance
localities have different
rent ceiling rates
determined by Defence.
You may also need to
obtain approval to live
outside your posting
outlines that the rent
ceiling rate applicable
to your Rent Allowance
calculation is the lower
rate of the adjacent
For Service Residences
and Rent Allowance it
is important to contact
your regional DHA
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Your housing updat
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The review is a requirement of the Department of Defence, as detailed in PACMAN reference 7.6 .35.
If you don’t respond by the due date your RA may be suspended, as detailed in PACMAN reference 7.6 .36 .
Rent Allowance Review
The Rent Allowance Review begins on 23 April.
If you receive Rent Allowance (RA) you may be
included in this years review.
What is the RA Review?
The RA Review looks at your personal circumstances
Here’s what to do – it’s online and easier than ever.
Services at www.dha.gov.au and complete the review
If you haven’t used this service before, contact us on
You can follow the prompts online if you’ve forgotten
your login details.
Are you being deployed during April, May or June?
You may still need to complete the review and should
April 11, 2013
OPERATING hours at the majority
of Defence bars will be reduced from
The change better aligns bar hours
with peak usage, however bar trading
periods will vary between bases and bars,
where some hours might increase, reduce
or stay the same.
The changes were agreed to by the
Defence senior leadership last year.
Chief Staff Officer Support Command
CAPT Neville Teague said the revised
operating hours had been developed in
consultation with relevant Navy bases
and, wherever possible, had been allo-
cated to locations and trading periods to
reflect the demands of bases.
“Inefficiency and wastage in Navy
messes and clubs needed to be addressed,
while recognising the important role they
play in Service culture and ethos,” CAPT
“At a time when the Defence budget
is under pressure, and we are striving to
adopt cost conscious behaviour across
our business, this arrangement is unsus-
The changes are consistent with, but
separate from, the findings and recom-
mendations of the 2011 Hamilton Review
into the Use of Alcohol in the ADF.
The changes also complement initia-
tives being developed under the Pathway
THE successful medical treatment
and care for 5500 ADF personnel
at the ADF Ward at St Vincent’s
Hospital was celebrated by senior
ranking officers and staff at a clos-
ing down ceremony on March 20.
The ward provided advanced
treatment and care for personnel,
including soldiers wounded in
Afghanistan and sailors injured in
serious accidents or with life-threat-
One of the ward’s most seriously
injured patients was ABCD Paul de
Gelder, who lost his right hand and
left leg when he was attacked by
a bull shark in Sydney Harbour in
The ward closed after providing
Sydney-based personnel with recov-
ery care, treatment and rehabilitation
for the past five years.
Commander Joint Health RADM
Robyn Walker said the 24-bed ward
was leased to Defence in 2008
to accommodate patients while
Balmoral Naval Hospital was under-
going extensive renovations.
“The partnership with the hos-
pital brought numerous benefits
including a high level of treatment
with the bonus of simultaneously
avoiding duplicating costs, public
money and resources,” she said.
“Access to digital radiology,
online pathology, bedside specialist
consults, emergency and surgical
services in a modern hospital such
as St Vincent’s has changed the way
Defence delivers healthcare to its
The lease enabled medics to
expand their knowledge by engaging
with civilian specialists and staff,
participating in case reviews and
from watching various procedures.
“ADF medics and nurses gained
important on-the-job training where
they were exposed to greater learning
opportunities including information
sessions with highly qualified civil-
ian specialists,” RADM Walker said.
The lease for the ward expired on
March 31 and will not be renewed
by St Vincent’s Hospital.
RADM Walker said alternative
locations for a new ADF ward in the
Sydney region were being investigat-
ed, but this would not reduce health-
care entitlements for ADF personnel.
MEMORIES: Staff from the ADF Ward at St Vincent’s Hospital at the
ward’s closing ceremony in Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Cassie McBride
Bar hours to change
THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN
A SAilor working in the hull workshop at FSU-SE on
February 6 severely injuring his wrist. A leading sea-
man and able seaman rendered first aid and transport-
ed the sailor to the health centre. Doctors and medics
continued with treatment before an ambulance took the
sailor to hospital where he underwent surgery.
The actions by the sailors ensured that blood loss was
minimised and the patient was cared for and managed
carefully while being moved to the medical centre.
A SEnior sailor appeared in a local court for a num-
ber of indictable offences, including threatening to kill.
The member received a 12-month good behaviour
bond from the magistrate and was terminated from the
to Change strategy. Contracted bar staff
will soon collect data to help inform
future reform and alcohol management
This will comprise bar attendance
numbers and a breakdown of sales for
high-strength and low-strength alcohol.
Consistency in bar management,
alcohol pricing and profit disbursement
arrangements will be finalised during the
coming months for implementation in
2013 and 2014.
CHANGE: operating hours at most
Defence bars will change from the
end of the month.
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