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A NEW living-in accommodation (LIA)
booking service has been introduced in
south-east Queensland and will be rolled
The program began on September 1
after Defence signed a five-year contract
in June with Defence Housing Australia
(DHA) to provide a national online book-
ing and allocation service for LIA.
DHA now manages the booking
and allocation of LIA for RAAF Base
Amberley; Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera;
Borneo Barracks, Cabarlah; Swartz
Barracks, Oakey; and Kokoda Barracks,
Canungra. The initial rollout is being
assessed to ensure the best service is
provided when the transition occurs in
Relocations and Housing director
Alan McClelland said collaborative work
between DHA, Service representatives,
garrison contractors and DSRG staff had
ensured a successful implementation of
A dedicated DHA LIA Contact
Centre in Brisbane is available to help
members access the system.
"The new system is providing ADF
personnel, units and Defence administra-
tion with real-time information on the
availability and use of LIA and has been
well received within the south Queensland
locations," Mr McClelland said.
For members, online booking means
real-time LIA confirmation or a quick
referral to other options when LIA is full.
The next location to transition to the
LIA booking and allocation service will
be north Queensland, from November
18. The service will cover HMAS
Cairns, Lavarack Barracks and RAAF
The remainder of the country will
progressively transition to the service by
the end of April 2014.
Further information will be provided
to Defence members once transition
dates are identified.
For bookings and information, email the Contact
Centre at LIA@dha.gov.au or call 139 342.
HMAS Albatross' first major resi-
dential construction project in
more than 40 years was opened on
The 170 new units are part of
Single Living Environment and
Accommodation Precinct (Single
LEAP), a Defence initiative to
improve living-in accommodation for
All apartments have a kitchenette
and en suite, telephone and internet
access, balcony and undercover park-
ing.The facility also provides barbe-
cue shelters, sporting facilities, car
wash bays and a recreation pavilion.
The $35 million project was com-
pleted in Albatross's 65th anniversary
year and was managed by Plenary
Living and built by Richard Crookes
CO Albatross CAPT Gordon
Andrew said many personnel who
had been posted to the base in its
earliest days would consider the new
facilities the height of luxury.
"In 1948 the base had been moth-
balled for two years after the air
force left and personnel moving into
accommodation had to first remove
the snakes and spiders who had taken
up residence," he said.
"The facilities consisted of tin
huts, each one holding 20 sailors
with one toilet at the end of the hut
and outside showers shared by four
of those blocks, and the amount of
hot water available for the showers
depended entirely on the duty stoker
keeping the boiler up."
In 1951 there were officers and
sailors still living in tents and caravans,
with aircraft packing cases as annexes,
at the back of Nowra showground.
The new units replace accom-
modation built in the 1970s which,
while considered state-of-the-art at
the time, were showing signs of age.
LS Ashley Gamble recently
moved into one of the new units and
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DEFENCE One -- D1 -- is the new
people system name after a nation-
wide competition was held invit-
ing Defence personnel to suggest
names for the new system.
More than 480 names were sub-
mitted from across the country.
Mark Nicholas, of the Chief
Finance Officer Group in Adelaide,
suggested the winning name.
First Assistant Secretary
Human Resources Development
Craig Pandy said Mr Nicholas's
description of the name was sim-
ple, easy to use and showed ADF
and APS people business require-
ments were "number one", which
captured the true intent of the new
"It is important to remember
we are not renaming PMKeyS,
but naming a brand new system
designed to meet whole of Defence
human resource needs," Mr Pandy
"Defence One will provide a
single, unified people system for
Defence, which will replace not just
the functionality of PMKeyS, but
also a number of other systems."
For his efforts, Mr Nicholas
was presented with a certificate of
appreciation by Chief Information
Officer Peter Lawrence in late
Mr Nicholas said it was an hon-
our to receive the recognition.
"It was fantastic that Dr
Lawrence made the time to come
and present the award in person,"
"I am looking forward to see-
ing the new system implemented in
"I came up with the name as
I am an officer in the Australian
Air Force Cadets and they have
a personnel management system
called CadetOne, which the cadets
have shortened to 'C1'. I thought
heading forward towards the new
Defence generation, Defence One
or 'D1' was a logical choice."
The Defence One Project com-
prises three releases:
Release 1a in 2015 will migrate
military pay into the new people
system (PeopleSoft HCM V.9.1)
with reserve and APS payroll.
Release 1b in 2017 will remove
customised and outdated func-
tionality and replace it with
PeopleSoft HCM V.9.2.
Release 2 in 2018 expands on the
functionality delivered in Release
1b with better integration and
improved analytics reporting.
said he was impressed with his new
"The units are self-contained
so I can prepare my own meals in
the kitchenette and it's a definite
improvement to have your own bath-
room," he said.
"There is significantly more room
available to move around, the air con-
ditioning and wired internet are real
luxuries and, of course, nothing beats
the feel of a new room."
CAPT Andrew said the upgrade
was indicative of major plans for
"There are exciting times ahead
and this project is just part of the
significant rejuvenation and moderni-
sation taking place at Albatross over
the next few years, which will see
the arrival of the new aircrew train-
ing school, new helicopters and all
the facilities associated with these,"
Major LEAP for base
BRAND NEW LOOK: The interior of the new
accommodation (main) opened at HMAS Albatross
by Plenary Group project manager Phil Dark and CO
HMAS Albatross CAPT Gordon Andrew (below).
Photos: ABIS Sarah Williams
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