Home' Army News : July 7th 2011 Contents AS PART of the Strategic Reform Program, the ser-
vice chiefs and I were involved in developing prin-
ciples to be used as a basis to reform hospitality and
The reform's aim is to ensure future hospitality and
catering services meet capability needs and are both
affordable and sustainable in the long run.
The Russell messes were the first messes to be
the review. The
there is no
Less than 5 per
cent of ADF
live-in at other
with meals from
base population at Russell, it was found that the messes
were significantly under used by Defence.
Financial data on the running costs of the messes
indicates that mess retention is not economically viable.
The proximity of alternate hospitality and catering
options available around Russell, through commercially
operated café facilities on base or at other Defence
messes in the region, was also a determining factor on
whether the Russell messes should be retained.
Under the review, the Non-Equipment Procurement
(NEP) Committee endorsed the closure of the Russell
mess facilities. The Defence Committee subsequently
agreed to this decision, which has also been noted by
the Defence Minister.
For those directly affected by the closure of the
Russell messes, you will undoubtedly have many ques-
tions, such as 'what will happen to your mess fees' and
'will you be required to become a member of an alter-
nate mess'. To answer these and many other questions,
a transition group has been established to work through
the details around the mess closure and to provide assis-
tance to the mess committee. Army is represented in
this group along with the other services and stakehold-
ers from the affected messes.
Over the coming months, a Defence-wide hospital-
ity and catering review will occur with the results to be
presented to the NEP Committee in September. Each
mess will be reviewed and recommendations will be
made regarding whether and how the mess 'form and
function' may change to become more affordable and
sustainable to Defence. It is acknowledged that all
messes are unique and therefore they will be considered
individually and on their own merits.
Optimised hospitality and catering services will
support us in finding savings that we can better use to
reinvest in capability. In total it is planned for the NEP
stream to provide $3.2b toward the $20b savings under
the Strategic Reform Program.
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Army July 7, 2011
FOR a smooth transition in October,
reservists should update the following
details in PMKeyS and CENRESPAYII as
soon as possible:
Home address (PMKeyS)
Contact details (PMKeyS)
Bank details (CENRESPAYII)
Marital status (CENRESPAYII and
Attendance Zone (CENRESPAYII)
By Angela Richards
RESERVISTS will soon have access
to payroll self-service facilities when
reserve payrolls are incorporated into
PMKeyS as part of the Technical
The project aims to provide a modern,
stable and supported technology platform
to build a long-term solution for Defence
The new system will improve the user
experience through web-based technology.
Changes will be supported by various busi-
ness processes familiar to CENRESPAYII
Beginning in October, the technical
refresh will be implemented in two phases:
Phase One implementation will start
on October 1 when the current reserve
payroll system, CENRESPAYII, will be
replaced with a more efficient system --
PeopleSoft Global Payroll.
Phase Two implementation is planned
for April next when the current PMKeyS
application will be migrated to the latest
web-based version of PeopleSoft. APS
payroll will move to PeopleSoft Global
Payroll and reservists will gain access to
self-service capability at this time.
For Phase One, reservists should look
for several changes:
Introduction of a fortnightly pay cycle.
Using PMKeyS ID instead of service
New-look payslip format.
Payslips sent to the home address
recorded in PMKeyS.
The introduction of a fortnightly pay
cycle will also cause a variation to payroll
processing cut off dates. The last pay day
on CENRESPAYII will be September 30
and the first pay day on Global Payroll will
be October 13 (for the processing period
Phase Two changes will include online
payslips and the ability to record attend-
ances online through self-service.
For more information visit the FAQs section of the
PMKeyS Technical Refresh Project intranet site at
or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Self service for ARes
STEPS RESERVISTS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATELY
New system: Reservists should ensure their personal details
on PMKeyS and CENRESPAYII are up to date in preparation
for a new payroll system.
By DCA Maj-Gen Paul Symon
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