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DEFENCE has been subjected to con-
siderable commentary in the Australian
media over the past few years regarding
a 'culture of unacceptable behaviour'.
A voluntary survey is being launched
to determine if the media-portrayed
understanding of Defence aligns with
Head of People Capability MAJGEN
Gerard Fogarty believes the launch of
the Whole of Defence Unacceptable
Behaviour Survey will allow members
to tell their story directly to decision
makers, and provide a realistic view of
"Defence is committed to achieving
a workplace where everyone is consist-
ently treated with dignity and respect,
and our people enjoy coming to work
each day," he said.
"This survey will give us an idea of
the level of unacceptable behaviour that
exists in our organisation, the type of
behaviour, when and where the incidents
The survey will run from September
6-16, with invitations emailed out to
randomly selected members.
The questions are personal in nature
but, to maximise privacy, the survey link
can be forwarded to a personal email for
participants to complete away from the
workplace. All responses will remain
The responses will provide a bal-
anced view on the culture that exists
today, help track improvements in cul-
tural reform, and target reform efforts.
Because of its anonymity, the survey
is not suited for reporting incidents.
To report an incident of unac-
ceptable behaviour, personnel should
contact their CO or manager, the ADF
Investigative Service on 1300 233 471,
or the Sexual Misconduct Prevention
and Response Office on 1800 796 776
For more information email the survey team
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
A SIGNIFICANT element of Navy's
plan to rebuild the naval engineering
and maintenance capability was pre-
sented to Australia's Defence engi-
neering fraternity on August 7 by
Head of Navy Engineering RADM
RADM Uzzell spoke at the 2013
Defence and Industry Engineering
Forum hosted by the Defence
Materiel Organisation at RAAF Base
Rebuilding the naval maintenance
and engineering capability in support
of Navy's fleet has been the main task
for him since he was promoted into his
position after the release of the Rizzo
Report in 2011.
The report, titled Plan to Reform
Support Ship Repair and Management
Practices, made 24 recommendations
on reforms required to improve the
maintenance, engineering and opera-
tional availability of Navy's fleet.
One of the main outcomes from the
report for Navy was a recommendation
to rebuild its engineering capabilities.
"In the past, significant engineer-
ing support for the ships we had in
the fleet was provided by the US and
Royal Navies, the parents of those ves-
sels," RADM Uzzell said.
"From the mid to late 1980s it was
decided to build ships and submarines
Survey to gauge your views
in Australia using adapted or unique
designs, so we had to develop the engi-
neering support capability for those
vessels because it wasn't going to be
provided by anyone else.
"We are the parents of those vessels.
"As was made obvious by Mr
Rizzo, we had not sufficiently built
that capability. So now, we are rebuild-
ing naval engineering capability for
the current context of our fleet."
The element of the plan outlined at
the forum centred on the formation of
technical bureaus comprising subject
matter experts to ensure the engineer-
ing community is the master of the
technologies that Navy employs.
"We are establishing bureaus which
will be run and staffed by experts in
engineering disciplines or naval tech-
nologies, such as ships hulls and struc-
tures, which will provide technical
services and products to the Systems
Program Offices (SPOs) that manage
the maintenance and engineering sup-
port for our in-service vessels, and to
acquisition and modification projects.
"They will assist SPOs and Projects
in developing solutions to technical
issues, in delivering materially seawor-
thy vessels, and in keeping the fleet
materially seaworthy," RADM Uzzell
"Other bureaus will focus on tech-
nologies associated with ship and sub-
marine firefighting systems, power
generation systems, electronic counter
measures, radars, sonars, optical sen-
sors, and weapons systems.
"I also foresee a bureau that, on
behalf of SPOs, would analyse the
effectiveness of the preventative main-
tenance we conduct to understand what
improvements we might make to it."
RADM Uzzell said the bureaus
would be staffed by Navy, APS, and
potentially industry personnel.
"In addition to providing these ser-
vices and products, the bureaus will
need to produce our future experts.
We will need to attract the right people
to the bureaus -- those with experience
and those that have just completed uni-
versity, institute of technology courses,
or have some experience in naval engi-
neering," he said.
"We will need to employ them at
the entry-level and then educate and
mentor them in our technologies. You
cannot obtain a deep understanding of
electronic counter measure technology
at a university or institute, so they will
have to develop that through employ-
ment in a bureau."
The main benefit of the bureaus
for Navy will be the ability to provide
expert engineering support to the fleet
"We will be able to respond more
adequately to technical challenges in
our unique circumstances, rather than
waiting for someone else to do it for
us, which will save time and money
and, it is expected, deliver top-notch
The first technology-based bureaus
are expected to be operational by the
end of the year.
RADM Uzzell will be visiting
Naval establishments in September
and October to present on the Strategic
Plan for Naval Engineering and Naval
More information on the rebuilding of engi-
neering is at http://intranet.defence.gov.
ONGOING MAINTENANCE: AB Shane George works on the tail rotor of an MRH-90 helicopter; right,
avionics aircraft technician LS Dom Whitingham tends to a Seahawk.
Photos: LAC David Cotton, LSIS Yuri Ramsey
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