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Army May 12, 2011
FORCOMD has embraced the
CA's Challenge by eagerly sub-
mitting almost 400 SRP-related
proposals to Army HQ.
The proposals covered a
range of reform themes including
training, aircraft maintenance,
equipment use, printing of
corporate publications, and
reviewing white fleet vehicles and
A notable example of reform
came from 7 Bde. The 2/14
LHR (QMI) established a tyre-
maintenance shelter and made
adjustments to ASLAV tyre oper-
ating pressures to better suit the
terrain. As a result the unit's tyre
consumption was reduced by 30
per cent and is expected to lead to
about $800,000 in annual savings.
Increased use of simulation
in weapon training is expected
to lead to significant savings in
high-explosive ammunition in the
early stages of training. Forcomd
is working with Army's training
centres to realise the benefits of
The majority of proposals
were great ideas requiring further
analysis. Many of them will
supplement health and training
reforms already under way within
Forcomd. Some examples included
smarter ways of reducing the
wastage of pharmaceuticals and
By DCA Maj-Gen Paul Symon
WORK is under way to prepare the
new case for Defence's next Workplace
Remuneration Arrangement (WRA).
A team has been set up within
Defence to prepare the case, which will
be considered by the Defence Force
Remuneration Tribunal (DFRT) in
The WRA is the means by which all
ADF members up to the rank of colonel
receive regular increases in pay and sala-
ry-related allowances (Service Allowance
for example). The old WRA expires on
The WRA is offered in return for pro-
ductivity and organisational improve-
ments introduced by the ADF.
Information provided by the
Directorate of Military Salaries and
Allowances-Policy said after approval by
the DFRT, the new arrangement should
begin on November 4 with the first pay
increase on November 10.
Consultation with ADF members to
seek suggestions, gain their views and
assess the measure of support for the
WRA proposals is an integral part of the
ADF case to be put to the tribunal.
Updated information will be pro-
vided on the Defence intranet, which
seeks suggestions, general messages and
a focus group.
A WRA team will also visit most
major bases and units across Australia
from late May to July 2011.
The presentation team will have
industrial relations representatives from
DGPers-A and a member of the WRA
The presentations will cover ADF
pay-setting arrangements, the nature of
the Defence Employment Offer, Strategic
Reform Program and the specific pay
proposals for the next WRA.
There will also be a question-and-
answer session after each presentation.
The WRA team will visit units and
bases at the dates and times shown in the
For more information on the WRA, or to contrib-
ute to its development, go to
http://intranet.defence.gov.au/pac/ and click on
the link "Workplace Remuneration Arrangement
(WRA)". Members can also email contributions
and comments to email@example.com
to deliver results
medical treatment through to cost
reductions by conducting courses in
units rather than training centres.
A small amount of proposals
will not be progressed further
as they were either incorporated
within wider reforms, not feasible
or not related to reform.
Overall results confirm that
reform continues at all levels in
Forcomd. Army has embraced the
need to reform and is adopting a
more cost-conscious culture.
If you have a good idea that you'd like
share, send it through the chain of com-
mand or the Army Suggestion Scheme.
More information on this can be found on
the reform site at: http://intranet.defence.
Keswick Barracks May 31
16 AD Woodside May 31
SASR Swanbourne June 1
Robertson Barracks June 8 9am / 10.30am
/ 1.30pm / 3pm
Lavarack Barracks June 10 11am / 1.30pm
June 16 10.30am /
1.30pm / 3pm
Holsworthy June 27
June 28 10am
June 29 10am
Puckapunyal June 30 10am / 2pm
July 1 9am / 11am
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