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Cpl Nick Wiseman
RESPONSIBILITY for work-
place safety will be placed back
on the individual rather than just
on employing organisations under
sweeping new laws which came
into effect on January 1.
The new Work Health and Safety
(WHS) Act "harmonises" work-
place health and safety laws across
Australia using model legislation to
simplify accountability resulting in
greater involvement from workers.
While the main change under
the new Act is the shift of respon-
sibility to the individual, Lindsay
Hock, from Defence Work Health
and Safety Branch, said ADF mem-
bers should, not only continue what
they were doing, but seek ways to
contribute to a cycle of continuous
improvement in safety.
"As long as ADF members con-
tinue to work safely, there is no need
to worry about being held account-
able," Mr Hock said.
"It's business as usual, if you
worked in a safe manner before the
new Act, what makes you think you
The new legislation now takes
into account any place ADF mem-
bers may work such as their normal
places of work, visiting workplaces,
home and even in the field.
With many ADF members issued
laptop computers and mobile com-
munication devices these days, the
lines between work and home are
Defence legal is currently work-
ing to determine exactly when a
member could be deemed to be "at
work" while at home and introduce
the necessary policies to ensure the
new legislation is applied.
While the WHS Act covers all
defence workplaces domestically,
Mr Hock said the CDF could declare
exemptions for operational areas.
"The exemption could apply to
those serving in war-like and non-
warlike overseas deployments," Mr
"The final decision would lie
with the Minister for Workplace
This exemption is not new, how-
ever, and was previously declared
by the CDF under the former OHS
SENIOR Defence fraud and ethics
administrators are calling for ADF per-
sonnel to be aware of conflicts of interest
when employing people into sensitive
The areas of procurement and con-
tract negotiations were identified in
particular where people employed with
Defence may be in conflict with sensi-
tive areas such as contract renewals.
A recent issue highlighted the poten-
tial problem when questions were raised
about the alleged influence of a person
employed in a contract renewal.
While two subsequent inquiries
found there was no unethical influ-
ence, a Defence audit of ADF Reserves
identified the need for awareness when
employing people in critical areas.
Director Fraud Control Policy and
Ethics Terry Riley said it was important
to understand that it was not in itself
wrong to have conflicts of interest and
they were not uncommon.
"This is hardly surprising given the
multitude of relationships and connec-
tions, both private and professional, that
we all have in our day-to-day lives," Mr
"The issue is how we go about deal-
ing with them when they arise in the
context of our obligations as public
office holders, as they can interfere with
perceptions about a person's objectivity
Mr Riley said although the case in
point involved a reservist, the principles
applied to all areas of Defence.
"This is about Defence procurement
across the board where we are getting
Defence people posted into areas that are
engaging in tender negotiations.
"People need to be thinking about the
issues as they arise -- we are not sure it is
even in the back of people's minds."
A Defence audit of reserves produced
seven recommendations which included
incorporating the engagement of ADF
Reserves into mandatory training, the
new e-learning package and ADF reset-
Mr Riley said there also needed to be
Conflict of interest
awareness in the recruitment process and
with the receiving unit.
He said the obligation to report per-
sonal conflict of interest issues as they
arose was crucial but on its own was not
"Sometimes individuals will not read-
ily recognise that their own personal cir-
cumstances may give rise to a perceived
conflict of interest -- sometimes these
issues can be quite subtle.
"They might not be attuned to the
wider implications for a particular activ-
ity as a result of their own personal cir-
Mr Riley said Defence managers also
needed to be conscious of the environ-
ment in which they operated and the pos-
sibility that such issues could arise at any
time that might have consequences for a
"Alert Defence managers may then
take appropriate steps to raise awareness
of the issue, to ensure that the organisa-
tion has an opportunity to act and deal
with the issue as necessary."
For more information refer to Defence Instruction
(General) PERS 25-6 Conflicts of interest and
declarations of interest.
Safety onus shifts
More emphasis on individual responsibility in new Act
Cpl Max Bree
THE first major recruiting campaign for the Army Reserve since
2005 will hit TV screens, movie theatres, newspapers and maga-
zines around Australia from January 29.
The ads feature everyday Australians pulling apart civilian
clothes "superman style" to reveal DPCUs.
Defence Force Recruiting's (DFR) director Air-Cdre Henrik
Ehlers said the campaign aimed to highlight reservists giving back
to their communities and raise awareness of their involvement in
recent disaster relief operations.
"We're hoping to distinctively raise the profile and
awareness of the Army Reserve and the opportuni-
ties the service presents," he said.
"We want to get people inspired to enquire
and hopefully join the reserves."
The new advertisements aim to more
accurately reflect the varying oppor-
tunities and changing roles of Army
"There was no significant
reduction in enlistments, but
over time we saw enquiry
levels plateau, which tends
to suggest a refreshed
advertising strategy is
required," he said.
"So we've taken
steps to enhance the
in the community."
The campaign will
be used for three
years or longer
online and out-
Reserves' super new
High risk: Those in procurement
and contract negotiation roles need
to be particularly aware of potential
conflicts of interest.
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