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Army May 27, 2010
SENSIBLE flexible work arrangements offer a
win-win for all stakeholders says CDF ACM Angus
Voicing his concern the ADF was not making
enough use of the many policies available, ACM
Houston said that when not on operations or in key
training activities, the ADF must work harder to allow
its people to make use of the arrangements available.
"Commanders should understand my intent and use
it to inform their decisions," ACM Houston said.
"We are working hard to ensure the ADF completes
the missions we are given by government but does
so in a way that ensures our people can balance the
demands of their military service with their commit-
ments to their families.
"The key is to offer longer-term career options that
take into account the challenges and demands of an
ADF career and the challenges and demands of family
and home life."
Having heard that some people had been denied
access to some of the policies and others had not asked
to use the policies out of concern that they would be
rejected "out of hand", ACM Houston reiterated that
flexible working arrangements were a key tool for
commanders at all levels to "look after our people".
"The service chiefs have agreed implementing flex-
ible work practices is a high priority for them. They
will, as a priority, ensure flexible arrangements are
approved when requested," ACM Houston said.
"The key change we have to make is to shift from a
single unit perspective to an ADF-wide and career-long
CDF encouraged those thinking of using the flex-
ible working arrangements to approach their chain of
command. He wanted commanders to think about how
they could make flexible work arrangements work for
them and their people.
"Service in the ADF makes unique demands of our
people in operational theatres and on major exercises.
These deployments and key training events require
a 24/7 commitment over long periods away from
home, in tough and often hostile environments," ACM
"To balance that, we need to make sure we look
after our people and ensure we understand that at dif-
ferent times we need to offer flexible work arrange-
ments to meet their needs. That way we can all win."
SIX candidates have now been
selected as the new detach-
ment commanders for the
Army Personnel Co-ordination
The commander is an ARA
major's position which will be
targeted only from current ARA
WO1s whose education, training
and experience are suited to these
The candidates were appointed
under the Prescribed Service
Officer Commissioning scheme to
the rank of major pay group 5-1
for a fixed period of service (FPS)
of three years. On completion of
FPS, members will transfer to the
ARes as a major, to then compete
on their merits.
These officers will start train-
ing in mid July to enable them
to support and co-ordinate Army
personnel during their transition
Additionally, the detachment
commanders will command and
manage select personnel posted to
the non-Army group and as Army
personnel not related to establish-
DGPers-A Brig Gerard Fogarty
said selecting the first six was a
difficult decision as the calibre of
applicants was high.
"There was a great inter-
est in the APCD roles. We had a
very high standard of applicants
go to the selection board, and I
am pleased to say that we now
have six very suitable and capa-
ble people for the positions," Brig
The first six will be placed in
the following areas: Brindabella
Park, ACT; Leeuwin Barracks,
WA; Edinburgh Park, SA; Wagga
Wagga, NSW; RAAF Base
Williamtown, NSW; and Defence
Plaza -- Melbourne, Victoria.
The second round of the selec-
tion process opened last month
for the next six candidates to be
Those interested in applying
for the APCD detachment com-
manders' positions should visit the
APCD link on the Soldier Career
Management Agency website and
have their applications submitted
to SCMA no later than June 1.
The APCD detachment com-
manders will be supported by an
ARes WO1/WO2 in each loca-
tion.Any reserve personnel inter-
ested in applying for one of these
positions should follow the APCD
link on the SCMA website.
For further information on all APCD
positions email Capt Kate Thomas, SO2
Transitions, at kate.thomas@defence.
First commanders selected
Flexibility: Cpl Todd Dickson, 10FSB, with his
family on his return from the Middle East. CDF
wants soldiers like Cpl Dickson to be able to
balance their military service with commitments to
Photo LCpl Mark Doran
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