Home' Navy News : June 20th 2013 Contents 18 PERSONNEL
www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS June 20, 2013
THE Chief Information Officer
Group (CIOG) will launch its ICT
Self Service Portal as the new CIOG
homepage on the DRN on June 27,
making information more accessible.
A suite of icons will be rolled out
across the new homepage, which will
represent ICT services delivered by
These icons will help customers nav-
igate the website and identify services.
Further improvements will be
made during the coming months.
This will include an information
subscription service to inform custom-
ers when IT systems will be unavail-
able, as well as making the homepage
compatible for mobile devices.
The launch of the new CIOG
homepage is part of a broader strat-
egy by the group to improve the cus-
The group’s more internally
focused homepage will move to a “for
CIOG staff” website accessible from
the top toolbar of the new CIOG
The website will be live on the DRN at http://
ciogintranet/pages/ from June 27.
DEFENCE employees who use
the transitional system to com-
municate with other government
agencies will soon do so via a
new classification system that will
be unveiled during August.
After 12 months of preparation,
the Australian Government Security
Classification System (AGSCS)
will be implemented across
Chief Security Officer Frank
Colley said one of the benefits of
the new system would be the abil-
ity of government agencies to share
information more easily.
“The switchover from the
transitional classification system
will commence with the release
of updated policy in the Defence
Security Manual. This will be avail-
able at the end of June,” Mr Colley
“The Defence Security
Authority, Chief Information
Officer Group and Australian
Signals Directorate (formerly the
Defence Signals Directorate), will
advise when ICT systems are ready
to handle the new protective mark-
A number of resources have
been created to help Defence
employees understand how to
implement the AGSCS.
“We have an AGSCS classifi-
cation and marking ready-reckon-
er and pencil box ready for you
to download or order from the
Security Portal. They are excellent
summary guides to assist you to
identify how to select an appropri-
ate security classification or mark-
ing,” Mr Colley said.
“We also have frequently asked
questions about the AGSCS, ICT,
personnel and physical security
on the Security Portal, as well as
information security management
guidelines on marking and handling
sensitive and security classified
An implementation video is also
available on the portal.
Further information is available from
local security officers, Group or Service
security advisers, supported by local
DSA regional offices.
Products are available from http://
New classification system
New ICT site more accessible
CONVERSION: Tools to help Defence personnel with the change to the new Australian Government
Security Classification System are available on the DRN.
Photo: CPL Nick Wiseman
SGT Dave Morley
A NEW mortuary affairs (MA) course
for all ADF members is now available
The 30-minute Level 1 E-Learning
Course aims to provide an overview of
MA along with an increased awareness
of the MA system.
Head People Policy and Culture
Richard Oliver launched the course in
Canberra on June 12.
The online Campus course explains
why MA is important and will help ADF
members better understand the various
administrative functions and arrange-
ments that should be considered to help
prepare and assist families in the event
of a member’s death.
Such considerations include the
preparation/updating of wills, regularly
updating PMKeys with next of kin and
primary emergency contact details, and
an awareness of the permanent ADF
Director of Military People Policy
CAPT Michael Beard encouraged every-
one to complete the course.
“It’s all part of Defence’s duty of
care to ensure personnel are appropri-
ately prepared for potential MA situa-
tions,” he said.
“This initiative will complement wider
efforts to improve personnel administra-
tion and our resilience program.
“It’s about encouraging people to
start talking about death and its conse-
quences. If people are better prepared
they will hopefully be more resilient.”
CAPT Beard said learning and talk-
ing about mortuary affairs would enable
SORTING THINGS OUT: MAJ Sonia Byway, SQNLDR John Cotterell and
CAPT Michael Beard look at the new mortuary affairs training course.
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
Level 1: General mortuary affairs
Level 2: Advanced-level training
aimed at members involved in per-
joint mortuary affairs officer and key
Level 3: Specific training package
for OICs or those assuming com-
mand and middle-level managers
with responsibilities in the event of a
unit members death.
Level 4: Specific and detailed train-
ing for pre-deployed members likely to
have mortuary affairs responsibilities,
including handling human remains.
the MA system to better support families
in the event of an unexpected death of an
“While none of us like to admit it, we
need to think about and discuss how an
event resulting in death could impact our
families and what we can do now to sup-
port them in a time of grief and beyond,”
Launching the course, Mr Oliver
thanked all those areas involved in success-
fully developing the important initiative.
The Level 1 course is the first of four
MA training modules that will eventually
be developed for inclusion in relevant
The initial course and the three
additional modules will be designed to
inform those who are likely to have spe-
cific mortuary affairs responsibilities.
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