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Army September 1, 2011
DEFENCE Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon announced a
$3m boost to the Partner Education and
Employment Program on August 11.
The increase effectively doubles the
amount of program funding available
for education and employment support
to Defence families.
"Under these expanded arrange-
ments, the partners of our junior person-
nel will be eligible to apply for a one-
off payment of up to $3000 to access
vocational training and other education
opportunities to help them become job-
ready," Mr Snowdon said.
Applications for the expanded
Partner Education and Employment
Program will be available from the
Defence Community Organisation
website every November, starting this
Mr Snowdon made the announce-
ment when he met with the national
executive of Defence Families of
Australia (DFA) in Canberra during the
organisation's annual national confer-
ence on August 9.
He said 2011 was a significant year
for DFA, marking its 25th year repre-
senting Defence families. "Defence
Families of Australia plays a key role in
providing Defence families with a voice.
Looking after families: Families will
receive double the one-off payment
for education. Photo by AB James Whittle
The final evaluation phase of a
Government initiative trialling the
provision of basic healthcare to ADF
families is under way.
ADF members and families are
encouraged to have their say regarding
the current and potential future delivery
of healthcare to ADF families.
The trial, which began in May 2009
and is scheduled to end on June 30,
2012, provides access to free basic
healthcare for ADF families living in
remote and regional locations.
An estimated 16,000 dependants
are eligible to participate in the trial.
Feedback from ADF families participat-
ing in the trial, as well as from families
in other Defence locations, is essential
to ensure families are adequately rep-
resented when Joint Health Command
provides trial outcomes and recommen-
dations to the Government.
To participate in the survey follow the link pro-
vided on the ADF family health website at www.
i-healthcare.htm or contact ADF family health
on (02) 6266 3547.
"It brings the views of Defence
families to Defence leadership -- and to
me -- and ensures that matters that are
important to families are heard."
Mr Snowdon said discussion cov-
ered a wide range of issues important to
Defence families and he welcomed the
Applications are available at www.defence.gov.
au/dco and further information on DFA is avail-
able at www.dfa.org.au.
$3m boost for
Have your say on health
TWENTY-four members of the 4th
Canadian Ranger Patrol Group were
welcomed to the Northern Territory
by Norforce as part of a 17-day
cultural exchange and professional
Held from August 3-19 the activ-
ity aimed to introduce members of
the Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
to Norforce, show how the unit
operated throughout the Northern
Territory and generate camarade-
rie, respect and a shared knowledge
between the two units.
The role of the Canadian
Rangers is to provide a military
presence in sparsely settled north-
ern, coastal and isolated areas of
Canada which cannot conveniently
or economically be covered by other
elements of the military -- similar
to the role Norforce undertakes to
conduct surveillance and reconnais-
sance across the Top End.
On the beat: Canadian Ranger Derek Ito and Norforce Pte Drew Perry work together during a bush
tracking exercise at Kangaroo Flats training ground.
Photo by AB James Whittle
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