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FORTHE ADF -2016 SURVEY
Wo uld youliketobeapartofensuring that the package of benefits available to all ADF
members (the Defence Employment Package or DEP) is the best it can be?
The permanent ADF DEP study is agreat opportunity to have your sayonthe financial
and non financial aspects of your employment package.This year,wewill be inviting a
sample of each Service to takepart, so if YO Ureceive an invitation by email, we would
love youtoparticipate.The study will be open from 7-21 March 2016.
Around 7March, selected members will receiveanemail from the Directorate of People
Intelligence and Research in Defence People Group on the Defence Restricted Network.
The email will ask them to participate in the internet-based surveyapplication, which
will be facilitated by the Defence contractor,True Choice Solutions of NewYork. The
ADF DEP surveywill takeabout 15-20 minutes to complete.
While the surveyisvoluntary, the greater the response from those invited to participate
the better understanding the ADF will have of what is important to members in their
package.For example,all three Services areworking to improvework-lifebalance for
their members, and the surveywill assess work-lifebalance measures. Responses will be
anonymous and reported findings will be aggregated, so we encourage open and honest
Of course,any outcomes of the surveywill have to be considered by the Services in the
So hereisYOUR opportunity to makeareal difference to help shape the DEP
forthe ADF into the future.
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February 25, 2016
Sgt Dave Morley and
Cpl Max Bree
A MEMORIAL to honour those
Australians killed in the 2004
Boxing Day tsunami was opened by
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in
Canberra on December 3.
The memorial features the names of
the 26 Australians killed in the disaster
and sits in Kings Park on the shores of
Lake Burley Griffin.
Operations clerk Cpl Kylie Nicholas,
of Unrecovered War Casualties – Army,
deployed for three months with 1JSU,
now 1 Sig Regt, a week after engineers
and medical staff responded to the crisis
on December 26, 2004.
She was part of the headquarters in
Medan, but also worked at ground zero
in Banda Aceh.
“The sigs were working out of the
morgue in Banda Aceh, so the conditions
were not great, however, we felt the need
to do all we could quickly to make an
impact,” she said.
“I was taken aback by the devasta-
tion, and was overwhelmed by the power
of nature and how a community could
be flattened. I was amazed by the spirit
of the locals who survived and their
resilience, which made me want to help
Six months after coming home,
Cpl Nicholas was standing in a shopping
centre where UNICEF had a picture of a
trawler that had been washed 6km inland
during the tsunami.
“Seeing this photo drew me back
to Banda Aceh and I remembered the
destruction, the loss of life and how raw
were the emotions people felt and it
reduced me to tears,” she said.
“Attending the Boxing Day tsunami
memorial at Kings Park after all this
time, I still felt a little overwhelmed and
was emotional on the day.
“However, I was proud to represent
Army and proud that the ADF was able
to respond to its first major humanitarian
mission and we were able to achieve so
much in a short period of time.
“I think it’s important for Australians
to remember those who lost their lives
and the impact this sad event had on us
as a nation.”
Cpl Nicholas believed, collectively,
Australians should be proud of how
they responded swiftly to a neighbour-
ing country in need and lived up to the
national ethos of helping out a mate.
“The memorial is a fitting gesture to
this moment in history and it is located
in a beautiful position in the nation’s
capital, where ordinary Australians and
visitors can stop and pause to remem-
ber,” she said.
Cpl Nicholas featured in an Army
story during her Sumatra deployment
and she still has a copy of it.
“I actually became engaged while
on deployment and that was the only
moment of personal joy I had while
undertaking this task,” she said.
In opening the memorial, Mr Turnbull
acknowledged the ADF and Department
of Foreign Affairs personnel involved in
the relief operation.
“Today also reminds us just how dan-
gerous this work can be,” he said.
“We pay tribute to the nine Australian
military and medical personnel who died
when their Sea King helicopter crashed
on Nias Island in Indonesia during rescue
He said survivors and those who lost
loved ones carried the burden of the
national memory of the disaster.
“Now we have a place where we
can reflect on these events, reflect on
Australia’s contribution, reflect on
Australia’s loss,” he said.
“But above all, reflect on the love for
those who were lost, and those who our
servicemen and women, our diplomats,
our aid workers, cared for in the after-
More than 230,000 people died
during the Indian Ocean tsunami on
Boxing Day 2004 when a 9.1 magnitude
earthquake struck off the west coast of
Sumatra in Indonesia.
The resulting tsunami was one of the
most horrific natural disasters in record-
PM opens tsunami memorial
I was amazed by the
spirit of the locals
who survived and
their resilience ...
Cpl Kylie Nicholas,
who deployed on
Operation Sumatra Assist
Cpl Kylie Nicholas
looks at the newly
opened memorial to the
Australian citizens lost
in the 2004 Boxing Day
tsunami. Cpl Nicholas
served on Operation
Sumatra Assist in the
aftermath of the tsunami.
Photo by Cpl Max Bree
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