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DELIVERING THE WORLD’S BEST
SMALL ARMS TO AUSTRALIA.
THE Defence Administrative Assistance
Program (DAAP) is a community part-
nership with local Australian Disability
Enterprises to provide employment oppor-
tunities for people with disability. The pro-
gram provides participants with the chance
to be part of a professional and inclusive
organisation and develop the skills and
confidence to pursue opportunities in the
Acting Defence Secretary Brendan
Sargeant launched the final DAAP team in
the national implementation of the program at
Robertson Barracks in Darwin in May.
First Assistant Secretary People Policy
and Culture Justine Greig has been instru-
mental in the journey of the DAAP imple-
CO Joint Logistics Unit – North Lt-Col
Lara Bullpitt-Troy said they found the DAAP
has enriched their work area on many levels.
“The DAAP provides us with a unique
opportunity to gain additional manpower in
what is currently a resource constrained envi-
ronment,” she said.
“The program has enabled us to complete
tasks that were a priority to the unit, but
unable to be completed due to competing
“In this regard the program has been a
workplace multiplier. More importantly,
the presence of the team has provided my
staff with an opportunity to work with some
DAAP now operates in Brisbane, Sydney,
Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Townsville and
Darwin, delivering services such as scanning,
shredding and assistance at local events.
To date, 98 participants have a valued role
in Defence as part of the DAAP.
Celebrating our diversity
July 27, 2017
THE most important aspect of anyone’s ADF
career is the safe handling of their personal
weapon, whether they are either working within
Australia or overseas.
However, a recent survey conducted on behalf of
the COMDT of the Combined Arms Training Centre
revealed not everyone does.
SO2 Small Arms Policy and Safety Branch Maj
Paul Hopkins said of the 600 service personnel
asked, not one could confidently name and explain
one of the principles of weapon safety.
“From this, the COMDT CATC Col Marcus
Constable decided to simplify them to ensure these fun-
damental safety principles would be easy to learn and
recall,” Maj Paul Hopkins said.
“The safe handling is the first step to conduct any
small arms activity, regardless of complexity.
“The aim of this exercise was not just to come up
with a memory jogger but to ensure the safe handling
of weapons message was instilled in trainees at ab-
initio training and then reinforced in all subsequent
weapon training and live fire activities.”
The new principles have been encapsulated in the
Treat every weapon as if loaded. Never assume a
weapon is unloaded. If the state of the weapon
is unknown conduct safety precautions to ensure
the weapon state is identified. Failure to do so may
result in the weapon discharging; causing damage
to equipment, injury, death or compromise security.
Handle every weapon with care. Though in-ser-
vice weapons are robust, the operator must be
mindful that the safety catch could be set to fire and
the trigger could be accidentally squeezed by the
operator’s fingers or equipment. Many small arms
will also be fitted with various ancillary-sighting
systems and devices and any undue treatment may
affect the zero of the weapon, damage attachments
or other ancillary equipment.
Identify your target before you engage. Operators
are to make a positive identification of the threat
they intend to engage. In addition to a positive iden-
tification of the target, operators are to ensure that
the area directly behind the target is clear of non-
combatants or high value equipment.
Never point your weapon at anyone you do not
intend to engage. Muzzle awareness refers to
the operator being aware of the direction in which
the muzzle is pointing. Pointing the weapon at
someone who is no threat can be perceived as a
threat. Personnel are not to accept a weapon being
pointed at them except during controlled force-on-
Keep your weapon on safe and finger off the
trigger until you intend to engage. In-service
weapons are reliable and safe. Weapons will not
discharge if set at SAFE and will not discharge if
the trigger is not squeezed. Operators are to check
the safety catch regularly (operators are not to
play with the safety catch as a means of checking).
Operators are to keep their fingers off the trigger
outside of the engagement sequence.
THE process for payment of bond and rent
advances will change from August 7.
Members will be able to apply for and
have advances deposited into their bank
account, once they have been advised of
allowance entitlement by Defence Housing
Benefits of the change include:
members no longer need to secure a prop-
erty before applying for this entitlement;
bond and rent advances will be for 100
per cent of the members rental ceiling for
rank and location; and,
bond and rent advances recovery will
commence from the first pay after receiv-
ing the advance.
Under the new process, members will still
be required to provide receipts for acquittal.
Previously payment was provided to mem-
bers on application after securing a place
of residence. The new process now means
members no longer need to secure a place of
residence for the payment to be made.
“By making the advances available as
soon as entitlement has been confirmed,
members will now have funds readily avail-
able to secure properties,” DGPERS-A Brig
Leigh Wilton said.
“These changes will benefit members and
will make the entire process of applying for
bond and rent advances more efficient.”
For more information contact SO1 HCMS-A Lt-Col
Andre Vanderwalt or visit dha.gov.au or requests for
an advance can be made via online.dha.gov.au
Changes to the bond and rent
Working towards improved safety
Weapon safety is an important part of the ADF.
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