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Army February 3, 2011
It pays to serve
By Amy Kelly and Leonie Gall
ADF personnel are happier than ever with
their pay packets, according to the latest
Defence Attitude Survey (DAS) results.
The proportion of ADF members who
were satisfied with their salary jumped from
38 per cent in 2008 to 50 per cent in 2010.
Defence commitment also remained high
with 86 per cent of the 7493 ADF respondents
indicating they felt proud telling others that
they were a service member.
Workforce Planning Director General Air-
Cdre Tony Needham said the survey gave
Defence personnel the chance to voice their
opinions on a range of employment-related
"The data collected in the DAS allows us
to analyse the attitudes and opinions of the
workforce and inform policy decisions with
data on how a range of aspects of employ-
ment in Defence are perceived," Air-Cdre
Defence-sponsored childcare, free medi-
cal and dental, spouse employment assistance
and subsidised housing continue to rate as
important to respondents' decisions to stay in
In general, job satisfaction was high
among ADF respondents with 70 per cent
indicating they were satisfied with their cur-
Also encouraging was the proportion (86
per cent) of ADF respondents who had a clear
understanding of how they contributed to
their unit's goals.
The 2010 DAS results were drawn from
survey data collected during February, June
and October last year.
Following an extensive review two years
ago, the DAS is now administered entirely
online three times a year to a 10 per cent ran-
dom sample of Defence public servants and
The next survey will be launched on
February 11 and will be open until February
27. Air-Cdre Needham said the survey would
take about 10-15 minutes to complete and
encouraged all personnel who received it to
take the opportunity to provide feedback.
For more information, visit the Directorate of Strategic
Personnel Policy Research intranet site at http://aurora.
cbr.defence.gov.au/DSPPR/default.shtml or contact the
DAS project manager at Defence.Surveys@defence.
Rank completion bonus milestones
ALL members eligible for the Army
Expansion Rank Completion Bonus
(AERCB) should have their admin-
istration checks finalised by March
1, according to Army Headquarters
PMKeyS eligibility reports should
now have been received by units.
Individuals are responsible for reviewing
and confirming their report's accuracy.
AERCB documentation will be pub-
lished on Web Forms later this month.
Certifications should not be signed
until after the AERCB service obligation
has been completed.
For more information go to the
Electronic Manual of Personnel
Administration on the Defweb.
Questions on an individual's eligibility
should be directed to SCMA for soldiers
and DOCM-A for officers.
SOLDIERS being posted while receiving Defence
Home Ownership Assistance Scheme payments
can usually continue to receive the subsidy provid-
ed they follow administrative procedures, Army
Headquarters Personnel Branch has advised.
A condition of eligibility for the DHOAS sub-
sidy payment is that members occupy their subsi-
dised home for 12 months from when the subsidy
commences. However, if a member moves into a
DHOAS-subsidised property with the intention of
staying for 12 months and is later issued a posting
order, then payments can continue.
Members should first advise the Department of
Veterans' Affairs (DVA) with a change of circum-
stances form available from the DHOAS website.
DVA can approve a shorter occupancy period
before a member relocates to ensure subsidy pay-
Those members who have elected to build their
home and are receiving the DHOAS subsidy dur-
ing the construction process must officially occupy
the home before posting out in order to continue to
receive the payments.
If a member receives a posting order and is
unable to move into his or her DHOAS-subsidised
home before relocating, DVA must cease subsidy
payments. Members can re-apply for a new subsidy
certificate and re-commence payments once able to
occupy the home and remain in the property for 12
Once members have occupied their subsidised
homes for 12 months, they can continue receiving
subsidy payments, regardless of whether or not they
reside in the homes, as long as the existing DHOAS
loan remains current and is not paid out.
should tell DVA
Money matters: Defence personnel are happier with their current pay and conditions
compared to two years ago.
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