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ApplicAtions are open for the
2013 navy safety Awards, recognis-
ing excellence in health and safety.
the awards were introduced in
2004 to recognise personnel and
organisations that make a consider-
able contribution to navy safety.
All navy units/ships/establish-
ments/organisations are eligible and
commanding officers are encouraged
to submit nominations.
Entries close June 30 and awards
will be presented for the most out-
standing achievement across five
category 1 – Best Workplace Health
and safety Management system.
For demonstrated commitment
to continuous improvement of
WHs using an integrated systems
category 2 – leadership Award for
injury or Disease prevention and
Management. For organisations
that demonstrate commitment to
continuous improvement in WHs
and injury or disease prevention and
management performance through
leadership and best practice in the
category 3 – Best solution to an
identified Workplace Health and
safety issue. For excellence in
developing and implementing a
solution to an identified WHs issue.
Entries for this award may include a
product solution, design/engineering
innovation, training program, aware-
ness raising activity or other risk
control measure that reduces the risk
of work-related injury and disease.
category 4a – Rehabilitation
and Return to Work Award – an
organisation. For organisations
that demonstrate excellence in the
development and implementation
of rehabilitation and return to work
programs for ill or injured workers.
category 4b – Rehabilitation
and Return to Work Award – an
individual. For individuals who
demonstrate excellence in develop-
ing and implementing rehabilitation
and return to work programs for ill
or injured workers.
category 5 – the cMDR Dave Allen
Award for safety Excellence. For
an individual who has made an out-
standing contribution to safety. this
award is named after the late cMDR
Dave Allen, who served as Director
navy safety systems 2001–2003
and developed many of navy’s
safety systems still in use today.
Entry forms and instructions are available
on the Safety Management System – Navy
intranet site: http://intranet.defence.gov.
lcDR John sperring is a man of
many hats and celebrated 40 years in
ADF on March 6.
He has spent 18 years in the
navy after earlier serving 12 years in
the Army and 10 in the RAAF.
A long-term resident at the
Australian Hydrographic office,
lcDR sperring said he had enjoyed
the different roles and services he had
worked in over four decades.
“i have enjoyed my time at the
Hydrographic office, in fact my time
through all three services,” lcDR
“it is a point of pride for me that i
have this great collection of hats.
“i reached the rank of warrant
officer, working primarily in Army
intelligence, but also served in the
infantry as a machine gunner, an
orderly room clerk and a police inves-
tigator serving overseas in Malaysia.”
He moved from the Army to Air
Force where he taught intelligence
courses before spending two and a
half years with the Jindalee over-the-
horizon-radar team as its first intel-
ligence officer, operations officer and
relief executive officer.
“i retired from the RAAF after
working for navy in the then Joint
intelligence centre and Maritime
intelligence centre as a watch officer
during the First Gulf War,” he said.
“While working as a combat sys-
tems operator with (then) cApt Russ
crane, i was persuaded to do the
service trifecta and joined the navy
Reserve as an intelligence officer at
Celebrating a trifecta
Awards open for excellence in safety
DEFEncE staff who receive a living
away from home allowance will be
required to provide a declaration for
the allowance following a legislative
change to the fringe benefits tax com-
Defence is now required to pay
fringe benefits tax on living away
from home allowance benefits that
were previously exempt.
Defence will pay the tax, not the
individual, but staff receiving the
allowance are required to complete
a living away from home declaration
(form AD 706) each fringe benefits
tax year and for each period of the
allowance if there have been different
staff can submit the form elec-
tronically to the Defence tax
Management office using an elec-
the form can be completed after
April 1 each year, or when the person
no longer receives the allowance.
Assistant secretary Financial
services Ben Wright said there were
many types of living away from home
allowance, which included accommo-
dation, food and meal allowances.
“to reduce the financial impact
on Defence staff, the fringe benefits
tax regulations have been amended to
make living away from home allow-
ance benefits non-reportable for
commonwealth employees, including
Defence military and Aps employees,
and therefore excluded from payment
summary reporting,” Mr Wright said.
“Your living away from home
allowance benefit should not appear
in your reportable fringe benefits
For more information, contact Defence Tax
Management Office on 1800 806 053 or
THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN
Two leading seamen, of Attack Five, assisted
an injured maintenance contractor near the small
boats landing at HMAS Coonawarra. After hear-
ing cries for help, they rushed to help and saw
the man in the water surrounded by blood. They
pulled him from the water and applied first aid to
his injured arm until a first aid attendant arrived.
Their swift actions ensured the contractor
was recovered from the water quickly and the
bleeding managed until further help arrived.
A junior sailor from a Major Fleet unit at Fleet
Base East was noticed not wearing the correct
uniform while in public and was approached by
the Command warrant officer – Fleet Command.
The member appeared before a Discipline
officer for an infringement under the DFDA and
received two days’ restriction of privileges.
in november 1995, lcDR
sperring joined the Australian
Hydrographic office in Wollongong,
working for cApt Geoff Geraghty
and lEUt Brett Brace.
“lEUt Brace has since gone on to
become cDRE Brace and, in January
this year, became the Hydrographer of
Australia,” lcDR sperring said.
During his time in the Australian
Hydrographic service, lcDR
sperring has filled a number of staff
positions across operations, hydro-
graphic development, executive sup-
port and capability, including man-
agement of navy reserve time in the
branch, and said he hoped to do more.
“there are no retirement plans in
my immediate future as i am happy
to continue to work in areas that i am
needed, balancing it with my passion
TOP COLLECTION: LCDr john Sperring proudly displays his three
service hats from his 40-year ADF career.
May 9, 2013
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