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www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS August 15, 2013
SBLT Katherine Mulheron
HUNDREDS of family and friends
gathered on July 26 to watch as 63
of Navy's newest sailors graduated
from the Recruit School at HMAS
Cerberus, ending the first stage of
General Entry Intake 313,
Getting Division, will be remem-
bered as the last Getting Division to
graduate from RAN Recruit School.
CN VADM Ray Griggs
announced last September that
Recruit School divisions Waller,
Rankin, Getting and Moran would
be renamed in honour of sailors,
rather than officers, who were lost
in the service to their country.
Getting Division was established
in 1961 and named in honour of
CAPT Frank Edmond Getting, who
was captain of HMAS Canberra (I)
which came under long-range torpe-
do fire from several Japanese cruis-
ers on August 9, 1942.
CAPT Getting was severely
wounded yet remained at his post,
refusing medical treatment.
He was later evacuated to an
American hospital ship, but died of
his wounds and was buried at sea.
Reviewing officer for the parade
DCN RADM Michael van Balen
said it was a privilege to share the
occasion with guests.
"Many have travelled long dis-
tances to be here today and the
Navy greatly values the support you
provide," RADM van Balen said.
RADM van Balen congratulated
the graduates and encouraged them
on their journey to pursue their
training and service to Navy, taking
them another step closer to serving
at sea and defending Australia and
Getting Division will be succeed-
ed by Emms Division in honour of
LS Francis Bassett Emms, a leading
cook who served aboard HMAS Kara
Kara (I) during the Japanese air raids
on Darwin on February 19, 1942.
Despite a severe stomach
wound, Emms manned a machine
gun throughout the raid and it was
only at the end of the battle that the
extent of his injuries was realised.
He was transported to the hospital
ship Manunda but died en route.
End of an era
DEFENCE's efforts in raising com-
munity awareness of suicide preven-
tion have been recognised at Suicide
Prevention Australia's Living is For
Everyone (LiFE) awards.
Defence received a LiFE Public
Sector Award for its ongoing com-
mitment to promote and develop
suicide prevention practices,
aligned with the Australian suicide
Commander Joint Health
Command RADM Robyn Walker
said the issue of suicidal behav-
iour and death by suicide was a
major concern to Defence and the
"Suicide prevention has been
an important focal point in the
ADF since 2002 and Defence has
developed a program -- the Defence
Suicide Prevention Program --
that incorporates policy guidance
for individuals, commanders and
health providers as well as specific
suicide awareness and skills train-
ing," RADM Walker said.
"This is an important area of
work for Defence and the LiFE
award also recognises the Defence
Suicide Prevention Program."
Defence members requiring further
information or support with suicide pre-
vention can access their on-base health
facility, or call 1800 IM SICK (1800 467
425), a national 24-hour health support
call service for Defence personnel with-
in Australia. Members and their families
can also call the 24-hour confidential
counselling support service All-hour
Support Line (ASL) on 1800 628 036.
Website will help
ADF home buyers
Defence effort on suicide recognised
DEFENCE marked the fifth birth-
day of the Defence Home Ownership
Assistance Scheme (DHOAS)
by launching the Department of
Veterans' Affairs' new DHOAS web-
site on July 1.
The site provides information in
It also includes additional search
options on the home page, such as key
issues highlighted in the rolling ban-
ners and other features.
The DHOAS has helped more than
24,000 current and former ADF mem-
bers and their families buy a home.
Defence launched the scheme in
2008 as a recruitment and retention
It pays a monthly subsidy into eli-
gible members' DHOAS home loans
and is designed to reward members'
loyalty to the ADF, offering higher
subsidy payments the longer they have
Senior contracts manager in
the Directorate of Relocations and
Housing Tony Job said the scheme
had proved very popular and when
DHOAS turned five, it had issued
more than 40,000 subsidy certificates.
In June 2013, subsidy payments
were made into more than 17,500
DHOAS home loans provided by one
of three Defence-nominated home loan
providers -- ADCU, Defence Bank or
"Members who have taken up
DHOAS are from across all the ser-
vices and ranks, and from throughout
Australia," Mr Job said. "The most
popular locations for DHOAS home
loans are Queensland and NSW."
DHOAS keeps pace with housing
costs by paying subsidy on loan limits
that are reviewed every year in line
with changes in Australia's median
This financial year, the median
house price increased to $520,271, a
substantial increase from $483,440 last
financial year, and a low of $429,073
Mr Job said that Defence had con-
firmed the continued appointment
of the DVA as scheme administra-
tor. DVA assisted members with their
applications for subsidy certificates
and paid their monthly subsidies.
For enquiries, call DHOAS on 1300 434 627
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL DAY: Reviewing officer DCN RADM Michael van Balen stops to speak to a graduate of
Getting Division (above) as General Entry 313, Getting Division parade (below). Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett
MAKING IT EASIER: The new Defence Home Ownership Assistance
Scheme home page.
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