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All Reservists (Active and Specialist) should recently
have received mail asking about your civil skills (formal,
self-claimed, experience) for the Civil Skills Data e-survey.
It is very important that you complete this survey as it
helps the Australian Defence Force better identify people
with specific skills that can be drawn upon for emergencies,
exercises and deployments.
You will receive a half day pay for preparing and completing
the survey and it will also help your Reserve career.
It's time to complete the Civil Skills Data e-survey
There's still time for you to complete the survey. Make sure
you have all your paperwork ready -- licences, degrees and
other qualifications -- before you start.
If you have any questions about the survey, or any of the
information collected, please email your query and PMKeyS
number to ADO.CivilSkillsData@defence.gov.au
You can complete the survey on your own or a Defence
computer, but you should complete it as soon as you can.
Visit www.civilskillsdata.com today
Skills in Reserve
Army April 14, 2011
MEMBER contributions for Group Rent
Scheme (GRS) and Living-In Accommodation
(LIA) will increase from May 12.
The 2011 updates to both GRS and LIA will
be reflected in pay packets from May 26.
The contributions for accommodation in
Service residences and rent allowance residences
are based on the rent paid to DHA by Defence.
Rents are independently assessed in rental
markets across Australia and updated annually on
Head People Policy Steven Grzeskowiak
said in the past the level of subsidy provided by
Defence had increased due to greater than expect-
ed fluctuations in the Australian housing market.
"It's a long-standing policy that Defence
should subsidise 50 per cent of the national cost of
housing for ADF members and their families," Mr
"As a result the CDF and Secretary have
decided that this year's GRS update will correct
the imbalance of the housing subsidy Defence
provides for members in rent bands two and three.
"The over subsidisation for Cpl(E) and lower
in rent band one will be corrected over a two-year
period in annual adjustments for 2011 and 2012."
In 2010, rent bands four and five (Col(E) and
above) were adjusted to achieve 50 per cent sub-
sidy, as were Sgt(E), SSgt, 2Lt(E) and Lt(E) in
rent band one.
Mr Grzeskowiak said changes would also be
made to the contributions made by members who
resided in LIA.
"The index provided by the Australian
Valuation Office for the 2011 LIA adjustment is
2.75 per cent, reflecting changes in market rents
for this type of accommodation."
For more details, follow the links on
intranet.defence.gov.au/pac/ or www.defence.gov.au/dpe/pac
Register your skills
By Flt-Lt Stephen McClelland
THIS year's Civil Skills Data
(CSD) Project is music to the ears
of ARes Lt Jacquie Thomas.
A member of 21 Const Regt,
Lt Thomas is a specialist in water
quality and testing through her
study and training at the University
"Up until recently, the Army
didn't officially know about my
skills in the field of water quality,"
"The CSD Project is a great
way of putting my civilian quali-
fications into the Army system, so
they can use my knowledge when
they need to."
Having full visibility of the
civilian qualifications, skills and
experience available within the
ADF workforce means Defence
can more readily identify individu-
als with particular skills needed
in peacetime or for operational
deployment, especially during
Lt Thomas has a Bachelor
of Science with Honours in
Microbiology and a Bachelor of
Arts in Politics and International
Relations. This year she will com-
plete her PhD in Environmental
Engineering, which has involved
research and collaboration with
Sydney Water and also the
Environmental Protection Agency
in the US.
"I know that my Defence col-
leagues will benefit from my civilian
skills -- and especially the engineer-
ing units at 5 Bde," Lt Thomas said.
"One of the reasons I chose the
engineers was because they have
the capability to provide clean and
sustainable water supplies to our
troops in the field on deployment
"It's easy to take good water
quality for granted. In my research
I take samples and look for par-
ticular micro-organisms, including
bacteria, that can be a health risk."
The head of the CSD Working
Team, Gp-Capt Carl Schiller, said
the use of members' civilian skills
acknowledged their talents and
would hopefully provide them with
a greater sense of fulfilment in their
"Those with reserve experi-
ence know how deep and wide the
array of experiences among their
fellow reservists are -- yet we sense
that relatively little of this has been
entered into PMKeyS," he said.
"The CSD is a very exciting ini-
tiative -- the effective use of civil
skills may provide opportunities
for deployment or other diverse
Service employment opportunities
for our reservists."
EVERY active reservist
in Australia should have
received an informa-
tion pack about the CSD
Project, including details of
how to complete the asso-
ciated online e-survey.
A follow-up reminder
postcard will be sent to all
reservists who are yet to
register for the e-survey at
It is important that
reservists prepare them-
selves for the e-survey by
collecting details of licenc-
es and qualifications so
this data can be entered
into their home, work or
All reservists (except
those on CFTS) who
complete the e-survey
will receive half a reserve
Diverse skills: Lt Jacquie Thomas is pictured here on RRF training
and in the Environmental Protection Agency lab in the US.
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