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May 27, 2010
sst of running our bases is big business. Defence
ne of the largest real estate portfolios in
a: 25,000 buildings, 6000 other structures and
items of plant and equipment that all have to
tained in a safe and effective condition.
ing to national standards so that products and
are delivered consistently across all bases.
re it makes sense to do so, consolidation of
that have low usage.
st of health care is rising and is a constant pres-
Defence's budget. We need to reduce this pres-
hout compromising patient care or services.
nalising health facilities, especially where there
eral facilities near each other (e.g. in Canberra
Lavarack, Enoggera and Robertson Barracks).
erting contracted health workers into Australian
ning our medical screening policy to wider
nity standards where appropriate.
VALS cost a lot of money every posting cycle.
Army is working to lower the frequency of removals to
decrease the overall removals bill.
Maximise back-to-back postings and increase the
duration of postings where possible, consistent with
operational and career development requirements.
Impose some reasonable limits on the number
of vehicles and pets that can be relocated at
Find waste -- this could be money spent on unneces-
sary items, time that could be better used, or an indi-
vidual or group whose skills aren't being used well.
Work out how you can reduce waste -- think crea-
tively about how resources and skills could be more
effectively used, and work as a team with your mates
to come up with a plan for a more efficient way.
Point the waste out to your boss and let him or her
know how you and your mates think it can be reduced.
If you, your mates and your boss think it's an idea
that has the potential to be useful in other parts of
Army, take the following action:
• push it up through your chain of command;
WHAT TO DO
• prepare and submit an Army Suggestion Scheme
• get your proposal ready for the whole-of-Army brief
to be held in the last quarter of 2010. Your CO and
RSM will brief CA, through the chain of command,
on how your unit is going with reform.
If you have an issue relating to a piece of kit, then
also use the RODUM system.
HOW TO FIND OUT
SRP is really just about sav-
The main effort in Army for SRP
is to produce better capability
outcomes for Army and Defence.
Reforms will focus on getting rid of
waste and inefficiency and redirecting the
savings to capability -- and that's the smart-
est way to get more bang for our buck. Also,
under Adaptive Army we have restructured,
but our processes and ways of working
haven't caught up and we need to work on
them. SRP is our opportunity to do this. The
intent of SRP is to reduce the unnecessary
workload on people and remove bottlenecks
in our systems and processes so that we can
be more productive without working harder.
There is no waste in my
workplace -- what we need is
more people and money!
Experience with other military
and industrial organisations
shows that waste is everywhere
-- we just don't always recognise it. The evi-
dence also shows that planned improvement
programs like SRP are the best way to find
waste, get rid of it and to put time and effort
back into the workplace. The outcome for
Army will be more capable units and forma-
tions. Ultimately it will mean that we all work
more effectively in achieving this outcome
and also avoid wasted effort.
Someone from Canberra is
going to come and tell me
how to do my job.
You know your job better than
anybody and Army HQ and our
senior officers don't have a monop-
oly on good ideas. Many of the best ideas
in our history have come from our diggers.
Army's roll-out of SRP will provide some com-
monsense tools and support to help you and
your unit identify and implement good ideas
Reserve training has been
cut by SRP.
Any reduction experienced in
Army Reserve Training Salaries
(ARTS) within FY 09/10 was
not directly linked to SRP. Army's ARTS
budget was in fact larger for FY 09/10 than
for 08/09, but several factors caused reduc-
tions in parts of the reserve. Current opera-
tional commitments resulted in resources
being prioritised, with some units getting less
money than last year and others getting more;
there has been a significant increase in the
number of reservists than there were a year
ago -- all drawing on the same pool of pay;
resource issues this year were exacerbated by
a delay in dealing with the pay rises granted
under the Graded Officer Pay Structure and
the Graded Other Ranks Pay Structure; and
finally, because the ARA was under-strength
in previous years, pressures like these used to
be overcome by topping up the ARTS budget
from ARA salaries, which was not possible in
FY 09/10 as the ARA is now overstrength.
A MATTER OF FACTS
up if they have suggestions that will benefit Army under the Strategic Reform Program.
Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
Contribute: Ideas for reform are being sought.
Over the next two months our generals,
COs and RSMs will ensure everyone in the
Army has the opportunity to attend a verbal
briefing and Q&A session.
Visit the internet and DRN for more detail:
• SRP on DRN: http://intranet.defence.
• SRP on the internet: http://www.defence.
• Published reform initiatives: http://
• 2009 White Paper -- Force 2030:
Army will regularly feature articles on
what the key reforms mean for Army.
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