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By Sqn-Ldr Deanna Nott
THE effectiveness of the Employer
Support Payment Scheme (ESPS) will
be measured in an upcoming survey of
Army reservists, their military super-
visors and civilian employers.
The ESPS Army research survey will
be launched soon and it is anticipated
about 900 reservists and their military
supervisors will be contacted via email.
The ESPS was introduced in 2001
and provides financial assistance to eli-
gible employers to help offset the costs
of releasing ARes employees for most
categories of ADF service.
Self-employed reservists are also eli-
gible to claim ESPS payments while
absent from their own businesses under-
taking Defence service.
Cadet, Reserve and Employer
Support Division's Director of the
ESPS, Doug Stedman said the survey
was important to help manage reservists
in the future.
"Our division understands there are
so many surveys being conducted this
year," Mr Stedman said.
"However, I must stress that this sur-
vey will provide us with valuable infor-
mation and is short -- it will only take 10
minutes to complete."
He said the aim of the research was
to measure the effectiveness of the ESPS
program in achieving the scheme's
objectives of supporting Defence capa-
bility by enhancing employer support
for the reserves and improving avail-
ability of reservists to render reserve
"The research also seeks to measure
the value of reserve service undertaken
by reservists for which ESPS payments
"We also hope this research will
provide us with information to help us
better manage reservists and help with
recruitment and retention."
For more information about the survey, contact
the ESPS research project officers via
THIS will be my last Strategic
Reform Program (SRP) column
as my tenure as DCA comes to
In our third year of the SRP, I
can honestly say Army is making
Many units and commands have
embraced the challenge to remove
waste and inefficiencies in our work-
places and some great work has
been done this year to improve the
way we operate across all levels.
There have been higher-level
initiatives like the 36-month force
generation cycle, and initiatives to
remove risk buffers in sustainment,
and streamlining the way units man-
age their processes.
We are also beginning to see the
benefits of what is to come with the
introduction of the new Tiered Body
Armour, the M777A2 Howitzers and
the roll-out of the G-wagons in early
But, Army will need to maintain
reform momentum if Force 2030 is
to be fully realised.
I wish all of you the very best in
tackling the challenges that lie ahead
and I look forward to following the
progress in the coming years.
By DCA Maj-Gen Paul Symon
Now let's talk about garrison
support services. In the April 28 edi-
tion of Army, readers were notified
that reforms were beginning to take
effect on these services.
From November 1, meal choices
will be standardised across the ADF,
in accordance with the Defence
Catering Manual (DCM).
Larger messes with 50 or more
diners will offer four main cours-
es for lunch and dinner meals, and
smaller messes with fewer than
50 diners will offer at least three
In addition, the cold buffet/sand-
wich bar will continue to be avail-
able. Dessert will no longer be pro-
vided at lunch meal times, although
fruit will be available.
Importantly, all meal choices will
continue to meet the quality, por-
tion size, religious and nutritional
requirements set out in the DCM
and the ADF ration scales. Diners
will still have a variety of food
options, provided through a more
sustainable delivery model.
These reforms will deliver great-
er efficiency and assist in eliminat-
ing waste in hospitality and catering.
The Service Chiefs and I support
this reform under the SRP.
Army continues to work col-
laboratively with Defence to meet
its savings targets under the SRP.
These savings will be reinvest-
ed to fund new capabilities under
For more information on reform refer to
DEFGRAM Implementation of the Defence
Catering Manual -- changes to meal choices
in ADF dining facilities, or go to the Army
Reform intranet site and watch the Smart
Practices video http://intranet.defence.gov.
Survey to help ARes
Employer assistance: The Employer Support Payment Scheme provides
financial aid to employers of reservists. The ESPS survey is designed to help
ensure this support is going to the right people.
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