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Army April 14, 2011
SUITABLE Army members could now
be eligible to transfer to the Defence APS
under the Public Service Act.
As part of the Strategic Reform Program's
civilisation process, 457 Army positions will
be civilianised by June 30, 2013.
The aim of the process is to create sav-
ings without changing the function of Army's
Section 72 transfers are just one of the
methods used to meet Army's civilianisation
This method enables a military member to
transfer to the APS without going through the
standard merit selection process.
Director General for Army Personnel Brig
Gerard Fogarty said Section 72 transfers were
a voluntary process for eligible members.
"This method of civilianisation enables
Army to retain the skills of the military mem-
ber, with no change in the function of the
"Members can continue to work in the
jobs that they enjoy and have stability."
Each request for a Section 72 transfer
must be approved by the Public Service
"Section 72 enables Army to rebalance
its APS and military workforce. This process
has been approved by the CDF and Defence
Secretary," Brig Fogarty said.
Members interested in being considered for a Section
72 transfer, should refer to CA Directive 20/2010
to understand the process and expected eligibil-
ity requirements. Further information can also be
obtained from DGPers-A Defence website under work-
ARMY is moving into the second year of the
Strategic Reform Program and continues to meet its
reform targets while accepting new capabilities into
In his reform update CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie said
some of the completed reforms reflected significant
improvements in unit efficiency.
For example, 2/14LHR (QMI) has streamlined
ASLAV usage to achieve potential cost reductions of
$250,000 in RPS and almost $800,000 in the consump-
tion of tyres.
Lt-Gen Gillespie said Army had made a terrific start
to identifying efficiencies and improvements through
the SRP. "There has been some excellent work under-
taken as part of the CA's Challenge and I am delighted
with the energy that all of Army's command teams have
brought to this process," he said.
Detailed analysis of the management of a specific
fleet of equipment, called fleet screens or deep dives,
look at supply and demand. A total of 16 have so far
identified smarter ways to manage the cost of owner-
ship of Army's equipment.
Forces Command recently identified potential sav-
ings of $1.6m in warehousing equipment.
These savings, once realised, can be reinvested in
capability such as helicopters, artillery, new vehicles
and personal equipment under Force 2030.
Five Lean-based Rapid Improvement Exercises have
been conducted within 1 Avn Regt, 6 Avn Regt, the
School of Infantry, RMC and CATC.
These activities have proven to participants there are
often better and more effective ways of doing business
that enhance capability while still achieving efficiencies.
"Just because we've always done things a certain
way doesn't mean that we've always provided the
greatest 'bang-for-buck' ratio," Lt-Gen Gillespie said.
"By reducing waste, the ADF will be able to rein-
vest in capability.
"For Army, some examples of what this will mean
over the next 10 years include new vehicles, artillery,
helicopters and of course personal equipment,"
More reform activities will be conducted through-
out Army as issues that suit the rapid improvement
approach are identified.
The full version of the CA's Reform Update can be found at the
CA's Challenge site at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/armyweb/
Reforms on target
Bang for buck: Savings in administrative costs resulting from the Strategic Reform
Program can be reinvested in new equipment purchases, such as artillery and vehicles.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
CONSTRUCTION has started on the new ADF
Military Law Centre at Victoria Barracks in Sydney.
Turning the first sod for the construction of the
new, purpose-built facility on March 16, Defence
Parliamentary Secretary David Feeney said the facil-
ity would house both the ADF Military Law Centre
and the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.
The legal centres will continue to train future
ADF legal officers and other officers from the Asia-
Pacific region in facets of military and international
law.The purpose of the Asia Pacific Centre for
Military Law is to facilitate cooperation among
military forces of the region in the research, training
and implementation of the laws governing military
Lay down the law
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