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Army August 4, 2011
ONE hundred and eighty of the
Army's non-deployable military
positions have been identified for
civilianisation in this financial year.
Civilianising these support posi-
tions will help Army continue to
rebalance its workforce, freeing up
military personnel for increases in
combat and combat-related roles.
This will allow us to employ our
people in the jobs they signed up for,
and to meet our obligations under
the Strategic Reform Program.
More than 170 military positions
were identified for civilianisation
in the last financial year, and most
have already been filled or have APS
recruitment action under way.
By June 30, 2013, a total of 457
of Army's non-deployable military
positions will be civilianised.
To help fill the new APS posi-
tions, suitable Army members may
be eligible to transfer to the Defence
APS under Section 72 of the Public
Service Act. Section 72 transfers
also contribute to Army's associated
military workforce reductions.
Members interested in being
considered for a Section 72 trans-
fer should refer to Chief of Army
Directive 7/2011 to understand the
process and the expected eligibility
For more information go to the DGPers-A
website and click on the workforce reform
tab at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/
By DCA Maj-Gen Paul Symon
SURVEY responses for the biggest
reform of reserve service in 60 years
have been extended to August 19.
More than 23,000 surveys from the
Reserve Reform Stream (RRS) were
mailed to permanent and reserve tri-
service personnel to shape the devel-
opment of a new employment model
It makes the data one of the most
important and comprehensive bodies
of work undertaken to inform reserve
RRS Director Jerome Reid said
the current SRP driven reserve reform
agenda had provided multiple chan-
nels to empower ADF personnel to
shape their own future.
"All good change is informed
by evidence and reform should be
guided by those who will most feel the
impacts of this change," Mr Reid said.
The data generated by the survey
will be used by the RRS to develop a
Predictive Behaviour Model (PBM).
The PBM is a sophisticated deci-
sion-support tool that enables complex
and difficult decisions to be made by
considering solid evidence with regard
to Defence capability requirements,
costs, benefits and member impact.
The PBM will allow Defence to
understand attitudes and preferences
More time to have
a say on reforming
with regard to a number of issues
affecting service in the ADF.
The behaviour model will also help
determine what employment offer
works best for Defence and its reserv-
ists, in delivering optimised capability
into the future.
The RRS team will analyse cur-
rent and historical facts to make pre-
dictions about the future of reserve
service and what it needs to look like
to be competitive in a tight human
Ultimately, the reform seeks to
provide a range of innovative and con-
temporary employment options that
better match the changing work-life
needs of the current and future reserve
This will allow Defence to attract
and retain personnel to secure
The human engagement balanced
with capability needs will underpin the
entire span of the RRS project.
"We have some of the best people
in the world and my experience has
taught me that empowering Defence
force members is critical to achieving
success," Mr Reid said.
More information on the RRS is available at
ADF parents are able to access the
Government's Paid Parental Leave
(PPL) Scheme, which provides up
to 18 weeks of parental leave pay at
the national minimum wage without
affecting Defence-specific benefits.
The scheme is available to eligible
working parents who are the primary
carers of children born or adopted from
January 1 this year.
Despite its title, the scheme does not
provide leave, but provides a payment to
complement other types of leave -- paid
or unpaid -- including maternity, adop-
tion, parental, annual and long service
It is separate from Defence's parental
and maternity leave provisions. Receipt
of PPL does not affect access to any of
the Defence provisions.
The eligible parent must be absent
from work on paid or unpaid leave or
on a break in training for reservists to
receive the pay. It must be taken in one
continuous period from the date of birth
or adoption of the child.
If the parent returns to duty before
the end of the 18 weeks, their pay will
Personnel wishing to claim PPL
scheme payments must do so via the
Family Assistance Office. Information
about eligibility can be found at www.
Before lodging claims through the
FAO, personnel should discuss leave
intentions with their supervisors.
More information is provided in
Changing uniform: The civilianisation of some military positions may be an opportunity for some soldiers
to join the APS.
Baby bonus: The new Paid Parental Leave Scheme is available to ADF
parents on top of generous parental leave benefits provided to Defence
Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko
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