Home' Army News : February 18th 2010 Contents 2 NEWS
Army February 18, 2010
Rod Horan: (02) 6265 4650
David Edlington: (02) 62667609
Sharon Palmer: (02) 6266 7612
Sgt Andrew Hetherington: (02) 62667614
Cpl Zenith King: (02) 6265 2151
Bill Cunneen: 0402 155 220
Fax: (02) 6265 6690
Mail: The Editor, Army, R8-LG-038,
Department of Defence, ACT 2600
Web site: www.defence.gov.au/news/
Tim Asher: (07) 3332 7651 or
0414 552 662
Phone: (02) 6266 7607
Army is published fortnightly by Defence
Newspapers. It is printed under contract by
Capital Fine Print. The material published is
selected for its interest. The views expressed
in published articles are not necessarily those
of Defence or Army. Every advertisement is
subject to Directorate of Defence Newspapers
approval and the Directorate of Defence
Newspapers may, at its discretion, refuse to
accept an advertisement. The Directorate
accepts no responsibility or liability in relation to
any loss due to the failure of an advertisement
to appear or if it appears in a form which is not
in accordance with the instructions received by
the Directorate of Defence Newspapers. The fact
that an advertisement is accepted for publication
does not mean that the product or service has
the endorsement of the Department of Defence
The Soldiers' Newspaper
Face of Army
AS PART of a raft of new measures to
accelerate reform of the ADF Payroll
and Pay System, the Government has
established a task force to fix payroll
The Pay Remediation Task Force, to be
co-chaired by VCDF Lt-Gen David Hurley
and Deputy Secretary (Defence Support)
Martin Bowles, was announced by
Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel
and Science Greg Combet on February 2,
with immediate effect.
Mr Combet promised a review of the
entire process for payment of deployed
allowances and to put in place improved
checks and balances to ensure members
are paid correctly.
"There is no doubt the ADF payroll sys-
tem still needs remedial work," Mr Combet
said. "These measures are aimed at rectify-
ing current deficiencies.
"The Task Force will drive the ongoing
reform of the ADF pay and personnel proc-
esses, and report to ministers on a monthly
basis. In keeping with the Strategic Reform
Program, this will include the consolidation
of all military payroll processing under one
area of responsibility within 18 months."
Remediation of pay issues for members
deployed to operational areas such as the
Middle East Area of Operations is a key
focus of the Task Force. This includes the
recent issues that have been experienced
with the overpayment of the International
Campaign Allowance (ICA).
The Task Force, in conjunction with
Headquarters Joint Operations Command,
is fully checking all personnel in receipt of
ICA for pay day February 18, 2010.
"Defence have already embarked upon
a 'technical refresh' of the current human
resource and payroll system. This refresh
will upgrade the technology and provide
a modern platform that will stabilise the
current system and prepare for the devel-
opment of a robust payroll system of the
future," Mr Combet said.
The Government has also endorsed
a long term plan which will replace
Defence's current three pay systems with a
more modern personnel ICT system, with a
maturity date of around three to five years.
"It is important Government and ADF
members can have confidence in the integ-
rity of pay and personnel processes," Mr
Combet said. "The Government under-
stands that the volume of manual transac-
tions, which last year amounted to over
three million, means human error is always
a possibility. But the number of incorrect
payments is unacceptable."
THE TASK AHEAD
Mr Combet has directed the Task Force to achieve the follow-
ing 10 objectives:
Review and report on the adequacy of existing payroll proce-
dures and compliance with them.
Create a small specialist deployed civilian payroll administra-
tion cell that will drive consistency between the in-theatre
and in-country payroll processing.
Undertake quality assurance checks of International
Campaign Allowance payments.
Promote a common customer access channel including the
1800 DEFENCE number for members and their families to
contact about pay related issues.
Review the entire process for payment of deployed allowanc-
es and put in place revised checks and balances to ensure
members are paid correctly.
Enhance quality assurance processes that provide greater
focus on control, supervision and checking of personnel data
from local commander to the transactional processing area.
Widen the current performance management regime to
include control and compliance reporting on payment of ADF
Develop a systematic forward-looking audit program to sup-
port the controls and compliance reporting around payroll
Emphasise the mutual responsibilities and accountabilities
of all personnel involved in the pay process, to meet their
responsibilities on pay administration.
Issue further official advice outlining the steps being put in
place to improve the payroll system. This advice will also
emphasise the obligation of personnel to meet their respon-
sibilities on payroll matters including review of payslips and
notification of errors as soon as possible.
WHO TO CONTACT
Defence members, managers and commanders can
contact the Defence Service Centre on 1800 333 362 or
email@example.com regarding any pay matter. In some
instances these may be referred to the central Military Pay
Administration Centre operated by Defence Support for more
Unit Pay Representatives, or people with queries about the
task force or the Payroll Improvement Project, can email
ADF.PRT@defence.gov.au, phone (02) 626 63474 or fax (02)
626 78834 for information.
Watch the DRN home page for news about the task force's
intranet and internet sites going online.
THE CDF and the Secretary of Defence
have issued a Joint Directive that reiter-
ates the responsibilities and accountabili-
ties of members and commanders.
Commanders at all levels and admin-
istrative staff are responsible for ensuring
they observe due diligence, and correct
processes and controls are implemented, to
ensure pay issues are identified and recti-
fied as soon as possible.
In addition, each individual has a mutual
obligation to ensure that the pay and allow-
ances paid each fortnight reflect their cir-
Personnel are encouraged to check their
Salary Variation Authority online regularly.
In line with Defence values. all mem-
bers have a responsibility to report any
anomalies they discover in a timely manner
through their chain of command, and/or to
their supporting administrative staff.
If you have a deployment pay issue, and
are still deployed, contact your in-country
If you have returned from deployment
and have a query regarding your deploy-
ment pay you need to contact your sup-
porting administrative staff, or contact the
nearest Customer Service Centre in your
location or by calling 1800 333 362.
Ensure that you have your Pay and
Allowance Entitlement Calculator at hand
when making the enquiry.
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
SOLDIERS from 1 Fd Regt deploy-
ing to Afghanistan on Op Herrick
were farewelled by more than 200
family and friends at Gallipoli
Barracks on February 10.
The 15 soldiers travelled to
Colchester Barracks north of London,
where they will train with their
British counterparts, 7 Para Royal
Horse Artillery, who they will serve
with in Helmand province later this
year. In the UK they will take part in
six months of mission specific train-
ing, which includes conversion to the
British SA80 rifle and the L118 Light
Gun, and a realistic mission rehearsal
CO 1 Fd Regt Lt-Col Dave Kelly
said the men were physically, mental-
ly and technically prepared to under-
take the task ahead of them.
"They have been provided with a
fantastic opportunity to apply their
trade in a warlike environment," Lt-
Col Kelly said.
"The deployment was the culmi-
nation of hard work by all members
of the unit, which has enabled the
pre-deployment training and prepara-
tion to be successful."
This involved an intensive six
months of patrolling and advanced
They practised operating out of
forward operating bases, providing
live-fire defence of gun positions,
direct and indirect fire, deploying
between FOBs and local defence
"They were also assessed at stage-
six gunnery, which certified them to
fire at danger close distances in sup-
port of friendly troops, and conducted
casualty-under-fire and counter-IED
training drills," Lt-Col Kelly said.
Reviewing the farewell parade,
Commander 7 Bde Brig Paul
McLachlan wished the sixth rotation
of Australian gunners and the second
from 1 Fd Regt to deploy to Helmand
province a safe journey.
"To the deploying soldiers, may
your comms never drop out and your
ammo bays never run out. Remember
your heritage as Australian gunners
and give them hell," he said.
Pay system action
need to be
First stop England, then Helmand
Good luck: Comd 7 Bde Brig Paul McLachlan inspects the
15 men deploying on Op Herrick during the farewell parade at
Photo by LCpl Chad Anderson
Farewell: Cpl Corinne Boer is
leaving Army after three years. She
has been a key member of the
newspaper's editorial team, covering
assignments throughout Australia as
well as in East Timor, Vietnam and
Israel. In the last 12 months she has
honed her editing and layout skills as
well as kept up her role as a reporter
and photographer. We thank her for
her excellent contribution and wish
her luck in her new civilian career in
Links Archive February 4th 2010 March 4th 2010 Navigation Previous Page Next Page