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Army November 24, 2011
By Angela Richards
THE reserve payroll system was
incorporated into PMKeyS on
October 4 and more than 10,000
payments have been made to
reserve members since implemen-
A number of changes to reserve
pay forms and processes have
occurred, including a move from
monthly to fortnightly pay cycles,
a new-look payslip now delivered
to members' home addresses, and
a new WebForm (AE126-1) for
attendance diaries, applicable from
Until October 4, five days of
continuous reserve training trig-
gered an automatic payment to
members in the CENRESPAY II
payroll system. The introduction
of the new system has changed
this process, with all payments --
including five days of continuous
training payments -- now paid on
a fortnightly basis, in line with
the fortnightly pay cycle in place
across the whole of Defence.
New payroll cut-off
It's essential that all reserve
members are aware of pay-related
deadlines to avoid delays to pay-
ments. The RPAC cut off time
is 4.30pm AEST/AEDT on the
Wednesday of off-pay week, for
payment the following Thursday.
Any requests for off-cycle
payments to reserve members
will only be approved in cases of
genuine hardship. Any attendance
THE outcomes of an officer occupation survey will
be used to shape future training and employment
requirements for officers.
DGPers-A Brig Gavan Reynolds welcomed the
results of the 2009 survey where 4077 officers from
lieutenant to lieutenant colonel responded.
"The occupational analysis outcomes will be used
to inform both officer training requirements and future
officer employment category reviews," Brig Reynolds
said.The survey was used to measure the all-corps tasks
officers performed in their current jobs to quantify both
the range and time spent on each task. Most respond-
ents were in the ranks of captain and major.
In terms of all-corps tasks, most officers identified
they were mainly employed in general service, unit
operations and administration roles. The largest propor-
tion of time was spent on managerial tasks and as rank
increased, time spent on managerial tasks increased as
training and operational tasks decreased.
An electronic copy of the report can also be accessed on the DRN
Directorate of Strategic Personnel Policy Research website.
Officer survey results released
Ask the boss:
The survey found
that time spent on
tasks increased with
increases in rank.
Photo by Cpl
MEMBERS in receipt of DHOAS or who
have applied for the subsidy before receiv-
ing posting orders need to be mindful of
the occupancy obligation provided under
the DHOAS legislation.
As the peak posting period gets closer
members need to be aware of the requirement
to occupy a DHOAS property for 12 months
from when the subsidy starts.
Director Relocations and Housing Alan
McClelland said payments would not be jeop-
ardised if members intended to occupy the
home for 12 months but then received a new
DVA can approve a reduced period of
occupancy if a member is being posted and
service requirements prevent them from
occupying a DHOAS property for the full 12
Additionally, Mr McClelland said mem-
bers who received a posting order and are
unable to move into the DHOAS home before
that posting takes effect could be adversely
"[They] will either not be eligible for
subsidy, or will have their subsidy payments
ceased, depending on the member's situa-
tion," Mr McClelland said.
Members are encouraged to notify DVA
of any change in circumstances by lodging a
change of circumstances form, which can be
downloaded from the DHOAS website.
Where postings are concerned, members
are requested to notify DVA of their posting
before they vacate the DHOAS subsidised
For further information or advice about
DHOAS and its occupancy provisions
members can call a subsidy adviser on
1300 424 627 before they take up their post-
ing or make changes to their DHOAS loan.
Change of circumstances forms are available at
changes on track
diaries not submitted before the
fortnightly pay cut off will be pro-
cessed during the following pay
A detailed reserve pay calendar
for the 2011/2012 financial year is
available from each reserve unit,
the PMKeyS support intranet site,
the PMKeyS online library or by
PMKeyS Self Service for
PMKeyS Self Service (PSS)
will not be available to reserve
members until 2012 as Phase 2 of
the Technical Refresh is scheduled
to occur next year.
This phase will see the intro-
duction of PSS functionality for
reserve members with DRN access
and enable reservists to access pay-
slips and record attendances online.
Are you a new enlistee
or recently transferred
from the ADF?
If so, ensure all com-
has been submitted
for processing -- this
includes the provision
of current bank account
details to facilitate pay-
Are your bank account
details up to date?
If you're a reserve
member and wondering
why you aren't receiving
payments, you may be
one of over 150 mem-
bers who don't have up
to date bank account
details in PMKeyS. It is
your responsibility to
ensure that your details
are up to date.
Do you know when
reserve pay cut-off is?
Check the PMKeyS
online library for details
about fortnightly reserve
pay cut-off deadlines.
Need further assis-
Call 1800 DEFENCE for
all payroll queries.
Check your pay: Several changes to reserve payroll systems have already
been implemented, with more to come over the next few months.
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