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THE review into the treatment of
women in the ADF is already having
an effect on diversity in Defence,
ensuring the ADF remains an
employer of choice.
The Director of the Review into
the Treatment of Women, GPCAPT
Dee Gibbon, said practical guidelines
had been developed to assist leaders
and managers at all levels in response
to personnel asking what they can do
to improve diversity and flexibility in
the Defence workforce.
Building on the momentum estab-
lished by the Broderick Phase Two
Report into the Treatment of Women
in the ADF, the CDF and service
chiefs unanimously agreed to imple-
ment all 21 recommendations.
GPCAPT Gibbon said these
recommendations were not about
providing advantage to one group
“Most of the recommendations
are not specifically directed towards
women, but have been designed to
develop a progressive, flexible and
inclusive organisational culture that
will appeal to both men and women
through different life and career
changes,” she said.
Women represent 14 per cent of
personnel in the ADF and this num-
ber has increased by only 2 per cent
during the past 20 years, something
GPCAPT Gibbon admits is too slow
and out of step with other relevant
“That is why external organisa-
tions such as law firms and banks,
to name a few, are improving their
workplace flexibility, encouraging
higher numbers of women into lead-
ership positions and putting measures
in place to increase their workplace
diversity,” she said.
“One of the greatest criticisms of
the review stems from the perception
that there will be quotas or targets for
women’s promotion at all rank levels
across the ADF. This is completely
“The Broderick Review focuses
on ensuring everyone has the oppor-
tunity to be competitive for promo-
tion by ensuring fair and proportion-
ate access to promotion courses,
command experiences and training
that will enable all ADF personnel to
compete in fair competition on their
“These changes will result in a
fairer system for all, resulting in a
workplace that is modern, equitable
and in step with other organisations,
including other Defence departments
around the world.”
• For an overview of the recommenda-
tions, visit http://www.defencereview.
• For further information on the Review
reforms, contact CMDR Wendy Gould
a fairer system
NUSHIP Canberra’s first crew will
start training at the Landing Helicopter
Dock (LHD) ship Training Facility
in Sydney this week in what marks a
major milestone for the ADF’s evolv-
ing amphibious capability.
More than 700 personnel will be
trained over the next two years at the
facility while the two Canberra-class
LHDs are completed and commis-
sioned into service.
Defence Material Minister Mike
Kelly opened the training facility in
Mascot on April 24.
The establishment contains class-
rooms with high-tech simulators that
create a LHD virtual ship that will
give sailors, soldiers and airmen a real
understanding of what it will be like
to operate the systems on board the
Navy’s biggest and newest warship.
The sailors and ADF personnel
will be familiar with the ship’s sys-
tems before they even step on board,
because the training simulators can
replicate any scenario, incident or
event the LHDs may encounter.
Deputy Commander Amphibious
Afloat Support Group CMDR Ashley
Shanks said NUSHIP Canberra’s crew
should not feel overwhelmed by its
new technologies, but excited by the
learning opportunities at the facility.
“The sailors are going to be so
much better trained for the challenges
of integrating the LHD into service, as
it’s a capability that we have not had
before,” he said.
The contractor, BAE, has even con-
structed a marine evacuation system
where crews can be trained in emer-
gency evacuation procedures.
Additionally, there is a simulator
that provides a virtual tour of the LHD.
NUSHIP Canberra’s Amphibious
Operations Officer, LTCOL Richard
Mogg, said he was impressed by the
facility, one of the most advanced
training facilities in Australia.
“The focus of the training here
will be on the personnel posted to the
ship’s electrical and mechanical engi-
neering departments and systems,” he
LTCOL Mogg said Army personnel
posted to NUSHIP Canberra would
undertake four to six weeks of training
at the facility to familiarise themselves
with systems associated with operat-
ing the well-dock, vehicle-deck and
LTCOL Mogg said personnel from
NUSHIP Canberra would participate
this year in Exercise Talisman Sabre,
where they would have the opportunity
to undertake amphibious warfare train-
ing exercises while embarked in US
Navy Seventh Fleet warships.
“Ex Talisman Sabre will give the
crew the hands-on experience they need
to supplement the training they do here
at the LHD Training Facility, so we can
hit the ground running when Canberra
and Adelaide come on-line,” he said.
A virtual reality
QUICK EXIT: CMDR David Walter demonstrates the evacuation system
procedure at the new LHD Training Facility in Mascot, Sydney.
BLUEPRINT: ADF personnel will be able to virtually tour the LHDs from
the new training facility in Sydney.
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