Home' Navy News : June 6th 2013 Contents ATTENTION ADF MEMBERS
YOUR SEA GOING AND SUBMARINE SERV ICE ALLOWA NCES
ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE !
In July the Defence Force Remu neration Tr ibunal (DFRT) is scheduled to consider
changes to allowances paid to compensate ADF members for the conditions (or
“disabilities”) faced during sea service. These disabilities include uncomfortable living
and working conditions, long working hours and the impact on home life.
The DFRT will be considering all contemporary aspects of “disability” and whether the
allowances meet the ADF’s capability requirements, including whether the allowances
help in retaining experienced personnel.
The DFRT will consider the ADF’s proposal for a revised structure and amounts paid,
including the introduction of a minor war vessel rate and increased entitlements in three of
the current four Tiers of payments. It is also proposed that a reduction in the first Tier of
payments will be offset for currentmembers by a Non Reduction Allowance.
The Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA) can place YOUR thoughts on this matter
direct to the Tr ibunal. We are an independent Defence Service Organisation able to speak
directly to the Tr ibunal on your behalf, and we stand apart from the Commonwealth and
the ADF when they present their case
If you want to know more about what is proposed , or wish to submit your views - in
confidence - to the DFWA , please email email@example.com
The DFWA would need to hear from you no later than 20 June 2013 in order for us to
develop our case in time for the July Tr ibunal Hearings.
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INTERESTS OF YOU AND YOUR FA MILIES
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www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS June 6, 2013
THE ADF Theatre Project has started its
recruitment process and opportunities to
participate still exist for serving members
who have been wounded or injured or
become ill in service.
Participants will perform a role in a
stage play inspired by their personal expe-
riences, as well as reflecting on the past
decade of ADF operations.
In the first step of the recruitment pro-
cess for the project, 13 applicants from
the Navy, Army and Air Force recently
came to Canberra to attend a two-day
Attendees shared their personal sto-
ries and gained a greater understanding
of what the project might mean to their
rehabilitation and recovery.
“Everyone has an artist within them,”
according to Army officer and profes-
sional actor LTCOL Warwick Young,
who took the group through mini acting
workshops to give them a small taste
of what lay ahead for those who were
selected to continue with the project.
By the end of day two, the partici-
pants were eager to progress to the next
phase where they would attend six weeks
of acting workshops in Sydney – along-
side some of Australia’s finest theatrical
talent – and share their personal expe-
riences with the writer to support the
development of the script.
The ADF Theatre Project is a col-
laboration between Defence and Sydney
Theatre Company. It provides the oppor-
tunity to personnel with various wounds
Play your part
ROLE PLAY: Personnel from each service visited HMAS Harman to attend
Photo: CPL Guy Young
LEUT Lauren Rago
THIRTEEN Navy members from HMAS
Kuttabul and Fleet Headquarters walked,
jogged, danced and crawled for 24 hours
around a 400m track to raise money for
the Cancer Council.
The fundraiser was held at Centennial
Park in Sydney from May 18-19 as part
of the annual Relay for Life.
Relay for Life raises the awareness of
cancer as well as money through spon-
sorships and donations.
WO Mark Donlan, one of the team
managers, said the activity achieved
many personal and organisational goals.
“This year was the first time Navy
participated in the Eastern Suburbs
Relay. It highlighted Navy’s support to
community and helped spread the Cancer
Council’s message,” he said.
“I think our participation also showed
Navy’s support to its members who have
loved ones affected by cancer and it pro-
vided a fun, team-oriented event for all
Morale within the Navy team was
high as members set up camp in a very
recognisable A-frame military tent along-
side 14 other teams and about 500 par-
In a nod to more nefarious mariners,
members dressed up in pirate parapher-
nalia and the team’s fake but very realis-
tic mascot Phil the Parrot won the award
for the best relay baton.
The overnight six-degree chill didn’t
slow exhausted members who pounded
the track around Centennial Park collec-
tively making thousands of laps.
Team treasurer LEUT Nikki New said
the event was not only fun, healthy and
physically demanding, but was also good
for the soul.
“As someone whose family has been
closely affected by cancer, I thoroughly
enjoyed participating in the event and
was happy that we were able to raise
over $6000 to go towards funding cancer
research and initiatives,” she said.
“We’re really happy to bank this
money for such a worthy cause and very
thankful for all the support from our
friends and family as well as the Fleet.”
Personnel find a treasure
to donate for a cause
TEAM SPIRIT: Members from HMAS Kuttabul’s relay team get together in
front of their tent before the event at Sydney’s Centennial Park.
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
DEFENCE medical practition-
ers and engineers have deployed
on Pacific Partnership 2013 to
provide humanitarian and civic
assistance across the Pacific from
May 25 to August 19.
Australia’s largest contin-
gent, on board HMAS Tobruk,
will deliver medical, dental,
veterinary and engineering aid
to Vanimo and Wewak in Papua
New Guinea from June 13 to
Specialists and command staff
will also be on board USS Pearl
Harbor to deliver assistance
to Samoa, Tonga, the Marshall
Islands and Kiribati.
A team of five Navy clear-
ance divers from AUSCDT-1
will deploy on board HMNZS
Canterbury as part of the New
Zealand Defence Force-led
Operation Pukaurua and will
work closely with NZ, US,
French and Canadian specialists
to remove and destroy unexplod-
ed ordnance left over from WWII
in the Solomon Islands.
Australian contingent com-
mander SQNLDR Paul Howard
said the mission would be of
value to all involved.
“A clear advantage of plan-
ning and operating this mission
will be our ability to provide a
natural disaster or humanitarian
assistance response in the future,”
“The annual Pacific
Partnership is an opportunity to
work with our regional military
partners on improving the qual-
ity of life of some of our closest
In Papua New Guinea, com-
bined Australian, US, Japanese
and Canadian military medical
practitioners will run medical
clinics, basic health awareness
fairs and train local doctors and
The engineers will replace
plumbing, fix flooring, leaking
roofs and rebuild classrooms in
schools throughout the town-
ships, to benefit nearly 5000
SQNLDR Howard said
Tobruk’s ship’s company would
also get involved in the mission.
“General basic engineering
tasks completed by volunteers
from the ship’s crew will make
repairs to some public buildings,
sport facilities and memorials,”
SQNLDR Howard said.
“The crew is also looking
forward to sports carnivals and
health fairs, as an opportunity to
meet the locals.”
The mission marks the eighth
year of Australian participation.
sail for Pacific
and injuries, ranging from post-trau-
matic stress disorder to physical inca-
pacities, to participate in a unique per-
forming arts program to support their
Director General ADF Theatre Project
BRIG Alison Creagh said the project
would be a positive experience for par-
“We know that theatre can make a
meaningful difference in the rehabili-
tation journey for individuals and we
expect participants of the ADF Theatre
Project will experience benefits such as
improved confidence and self-esteem as
they share their experiences and gain new
skills,” she said.
LCPL Craig Hancock said he attend-
ed the selection centre to tell his story.
“I think the ADF Theatre Project is a
good way to tell our story of what we
experienced in Afghanistan,” he said.
The project will open in Sydney in
February, before touring to various loca-
tions around Australia.
Participants will be provided with full
health support to align with their indi-
vidual rehabilitation requirements.
Interested personnel are encouraged
to talk to their CO.
For more information visit: http://legacy/
on the DRN or contact LTCOL Roger Holmes.
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