Home' Army News : September 1st 2011 Contents REFORM activities are continuing to achieve effi-
ciencies and identify savings around Army.
Recently, the Soldier Career Management Agency
(SCMA) conducted the first five-day rapid improve-
ment event (RIE) that targeted a specific area with no
special lead-in training for participants.
It was also the first time the current Lateral Transfer
and Trade Transfer processes were mapped from end-
Participants conducted detailed analysis that identi-
fied a number of initiatives that when implemented will
streamline the process and reduce the costs involved.
These initiatives could reduce the cost of both
transfer processes by up to $175,000 a year in staff
wages which equates to 409 days a year in staff hours.
These efficiencies will free up more time to conduct
future improvement activities.
This SCMA activity provides a benchmark for
future tactical level RIEs within Army.
It is another example of commonsense, smart prac-
tices that are typical of Army's approach to reform.
For more information about reform activities inArmy visit the
Army Reform intranet site at
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Army September 1, 2011
WORKPLACE induction training is about
to get an overhaul as the new Work Health
and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) comes
into effect on January 1, 2012.
The Act marks an historic point in health
and safety law reform as, for the first time,
all states and territories will operate under a
single legal framework.
Brig Andrew Bottrell, Army HQ, said
this meant Army needed to take a good, hard
look at the way it was doing things.
"As a first step, our OHS and other key
policy documents will be amended to reflect
Work Health and Safety (WHS) require-
ments," he said.
"The ArmySAFE Manual, as well as the
TRAMM-L and related health polices, are
being updated to reflect the Defence WHS
Manual and the requirements of the new
Further to this, Brig Bottrell said revised
training and information sessions would be
developed for a range of appointments with-
The Work Health and Safety Act 2011
represents a new way of looking at safety
governance and reflects the changing
nature of work in the modern world. It
comes into effect on January 1 and, for
the first time, the Commonwealth with
all the states and territories will operate
under a single legal framework.
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"The information and training sessions
will target the SLG, CO/RSM, ACOSTC,
safety appointments and individuals.
"Also, the broader Army will be engaged
in an information campaign over the remain-
der of this year. If you are reading this, then
you are seeing one part of that campaign and
come the new year, we will all participate in
a new-look induction program, known as the
Force Preservations Induction (FPI)."
Col Phil Langworthy, Directorate of
Assurance and Safety, said the FPI differed
from the Force Preservation Awareness
(FPA) package introduced earlier this year.
"FPA standardised the delivery of annual
mandated training such as equity and diver-
sity, fraud and security," he said.
"Conversly, the new FPI training is a leg-
islated requirement, which means everyone
working in or visiting Army workplaces
will have to possess the minimum level of
information, knowledge and instruction to
safely complete their tasks or activities."
From January 2012, induction training
must be conducted during postings, detach-
ments, courses, short visits or other tasks
which require duty in a new workplace.
"The main difference between the
one-size-fits-all FPA and the new FPI is
that induction training will be tailor-made to
the unique geographic and workplace char-
acteristics of every unit, garrison, range
or other Army workplace."
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By DCA Maj-Gen Paul Symon
Changing paths: SCMA recently identified ways
to streamline the trade transfer process and
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