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www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS October 10, 2013
A RECENT review of HR data has
revealed that only 16 per cent of
the Defence workforce has their
ethnicity recorded on the diversity
section of PMKeyS.
Cultural background is one of
three diversity data categories that
can be easily updated or amended
using PMKeyS Self Service. The
others are language background
and current disability information.
A fourth category of citizenship
can only be updated in paper form
Deputy Secretary Defence
People Group Carmel McGregor
is concerned that these low self-
identification numbers will limit
Defence's ability to improve peo-
"While we recognise that diver-
sity extends far beyond the catego-
ries we record on PMKeyS, it is still
useful in forming a picture of the
diversity that exists in our organisa-
tion," Ms McGregor said.
Defence uses the diversity data
from PMKeyS to build more inclu-
sive policies, establish business
cases for new support services and
to inform important policy deci-
"With an incomplete picture of
the diversity that exists in our cur-
rent workforce our people might
miss out on key support services,
as we can't be sure of where they
are needed most," Ms McGregor
"If we had a comprehensive
database we could improve access
to networking opportunities simi-
lar to the Defence Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Network,
or determine if we have the right
number of mobility parking spots
in each of our locations."
Defence members are being
encouraged to visit their personal
profile on PMKeyS Self Service
and update their diversity informa-
tion, even to select the 'chose not
to give this information' option in
Direct managers and senior per-
sonnel do not have access to indi-
vidual records, but senior leaders
may, from time to time, be provid-
ed with a summary of diversity sta-
tistics specific to their workforce.
Log in to PMKeyS.
In the employee self
service section, select
'my personal details'
then select 'workplace
equity and diversity'.
Update the relevant
fields and save any
example, if you have
an indigenous back-
ground, you would click
on the code search tool
marked with a magnify-
ing glass and select the
Under 'update disability
Information' the disabil-
ity code search tool will
list a number of catego-
ries, select the category
that applies. If you don't
have a disability, select
the 'no disability' code.
about mental health
CDF GEN David Hurley wants to bust
the myth within Defence that if you seek
help for mental health issues it will nega-
tively impact your career.
In a video address for ADF Mental
Health Day on October 10, GEN Hurley
asked members to think about the real
impact of not gaining assistance.
"I'd like to challenge the misconcep-
tion within our organisation that seeking
help with mental health related issues
will limit your future career options," he
"Let's think about this matter in terms
of risk. What is the risk to your career if
you don't get help? What is the risk to
your long-term health, your safety, and
what is the risk to your family and your
"Some people who don't get help
may reach breaking point, with no con-
trol over where or when -- what are the
CDF said members needed to weigh
up the possible consequences of doing
"To my mind, to not take action or
seek assistance for mental health con-
cerns as early as you can runs a greater
risk of affecting your ability to do your
job and, as a result, affecting your future
career prospects," he said.
"Seeking help will help you be
healthy and when you're healthy you
reduce the risk of damaging the things
that really matter."
The theme of this year's ADF
Mental Health Day, which coincides
with World Mental Health Day, is the
link between healthy living and good
ADF members are being encour-
aged to recognise that link and reflect on
their own mental health and that of their
colleagues through a range of activities
being held until October 31.
These include command-led activities
on bases, ships and selected deployments
to help promote open discussion of men-
TAKE THE TIME: Defence members are being encouraged to update their personal
profile on PMKeyS.
Photo: CPL Nick Wiseman
tal health issues, the causes, symptoms
and services available.
As well as the CDF's video address,
members are being encouraged to view
the 2013 ADF Mental Health Day
Fighting Fit video, which tells the story
of four ADF members who have expe-
rienced a significant and life-changing
event that physically and psychologically
impacted their lives.
To view the videos, or for more informa-
tion on ADF Mental Health Day, visit
IN DISCUSSION: ADF Mental
Health Day encourages members to
talk about mental health issues.
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