Home' Navy News : July 18th 2013 Contents ALL ADF members undergoing a
domestic removal will be provided
with an uplift on any day within a
nominated week, rather than on a
specified day within that week, as
part of changes to take effect from
Director of Relocations and
Housing Alan McClelland said the
changes did not involve an adjustment
to policy or relocation entitlements.
"While Toll Transitions uses their
best endeavours to achieve a mem-
ber's preferred uplift date, this is not
always possible, and when it is pos-
sible, it often incurs additional costs
to the services removals budget," he
In 2012, Defence conducted a
three-month trial of the whole-of-relo-
cation cost model. The trial showed
that Defence's costs could be signifi-
cantly reduced where the uplift takes
place on another day within the same
week as the member's preferred uplift
The reasons for this are:
Taking advantage of cost differ-
ences in services arising from the
day the service is supplied.
Considering all relocation costs
across each day of the requested
uplift week when making the uplift
Choosing the day of the week that
provides the most cost-effective
combination of costs.
Since the introduction of the
pre-application for relocation, mem-
bers have been nominating a week
in which they plan to uplift and Mr
McClelland said the initiative was an
extension of the process.
Members will submit their appli-
cation for relocation in the usual man-
ner, nominating a preferred uplift
Toll will determine the removal
cost, select the best value for money
uplift date within the requested week
and advise the member.
"Members will be required to
accept the allocated uplift date, how-
ever their interests will be protected
as commanding officers can approve
the preferred uplift date where opera-
Varied removal dates good for budget
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CHANGES to Defence housing poli-
cy will enable ADF members to have
a non-dependant person reside in
their Defence-subsidised housing for
the purpose of providing child care.
As of July 1, a non-dependant
person such as a family member or
au pair will be able to occupy a ser-
vice residence or a rent allowance
property on a full-time basis to assist
members and their families with
child care and support.
Assistant Director Military
Conditions and Housing Policy Bob
Jones said the changes would give
members a greater degree of flex-
ibility when considering options for
"Defence is committed to being an
employer of choice and this change
is another example of Defence's
commitment to supporting members
through the changing stages of their
life and career," Mr Jones said.
"It also recognises the unusual
patterns of work commonly associ-
ated with Defence service.
"The changes complement a
range of enhancements to family-
friendly policies, such as the recent
improvements to carer's leave,
which is also aimed at assisting
Defence families who need help
with the care of children."
In-home child carers will not
be recognised as dependants by
Defence and there is no change to
benefits such as the number of bed-
rooms or removals.
Defence will not be part of any
contract or arrangement between the
member and the carer or any organi-
sation that facilitates the arrangement.
Members will be responsible
for providing any remuneration to
the carer, complying with relevant
labour laws and providing the neces-
sary liability or worker's compensa-
It is a member's responsibility to
inform Defence Housing Australia in
writing when their housing circum-
stances have changed.
A resident child care form has
been developed to gather informa-
tion and feedback and may be used
to notify Defence Housing Australia
of any changes.
The form is available on the
People Connect website.
Further information is available at http://
intranet.defence.gov.au/pac/ or www.
For enquiries about Defence housing
policy, email housing.policyinquiry@
Room for a carer
UPLIFT OPTIONS: Having
flexible removal dates
will significantly reduce
DEFENCE is conducting a large-scale research
project across Navy, Army and Air Force to
understand flexible work within the ADF.
The research will help in the design of a
workforce model to provide enhanced flexible
career options to ADF members.
Research Fellow from the ANU College of
Medicine, Biology and Environment, Samantha
Crompvoets, is leading the research.
"There is limited information currently
available on what flexible working arrange-
ments are in place in Defence, why they are
requested, who is requesting them, and what the
outcomes are," Dr Crompvoets said.
"We need a clearer picture of how flexibility
is already applied in the ADF and of how it
might be applied in the future.
"This diary study will provide some clar-
ity around how formal and informal flexibility
applies in the context of the day-to-day experi-
ences of ADF members from all three services."
Selected ADF members will complete a
confidential diary over a five-day working week
to describe their current working arrangements.
Dr Crompvoets said COs, warrant officers
and XOs were also being asked to take part in a
short interview to provide their insights on cur-
rent flexible working arrangements.
Flexible work practices are high on the
agenda for Defence and the 2013 White Paper
recognises that Defence's approach to its peo-
ple needs to be flexible to build a more respon-
sive and integrated workforce.
The research will inform a report submitted
to Defence senior leaders later this year.
A LEADING seaman
from HMAS Waterhen
has developed a vol-
unteer program for the
Artamon Public School
in NSW. Members will
listen to the students
read and interact with
them one on one. The
program will run at the
school for six weeks
and commenced on
June 4. It is designed
to bring Navy person-
nel into the classroom
to break down any
barriers within the com-
AN ABLE seaman was
found to have con-
mine during a random
test under the PST
Program. The member's
service was terminated
in early June 2013.
tional reasons or extenuating personal
circumstances exist," Mr McClelland
"This approval will need to be pro-
vided by the member to Toll at the
time they submit their application for
There will be little if any impact to
members who submit their application
Defence will conduct a review
of these new arrangements early in
For more information, contact Toll
Transitions on 1800 819 167.
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