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Army August 30, 2012
PROTECTED information can now
be shared through the DRN as part of
Defence's move towards the Australian
Government Security Classification System
From August 1, information classed as
"protected" under the new system can be
emailed to other connected agencies.
The change should only affect DRN
users who share protected information with
other government departments and Defence
is not expected to generate its own pro-
tected information at this time.
The DRN's Microsoft Outlook security
drop-down menu has been modified to
include the protected classification, ena-
bling users to apply the appropriate classifi-
cation to emails.
Operational areas that currently receive
protected information from other agencies
via the Defence Secret Network can either
continue this arrangement or choose to
receive this information through the DRN
depending on their business needs.
Similar changes to Objective, Nexus
and other corporate applications will be
progressively implemented as the transition
to the AGSCS continues across Defence's
The only application that will not be
able to exchange protected emails is Lotus
Notes. Changes to Lotus Notes are still
being investigated and are expected to be
put into action over the coming months.
For more information, visit the transition manage-
ment portal at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/dsa/
A NEW career management cycle
is being rolled out, with posting
orders being issued in the first
quarter of each year.
In the past, the cycle for other
ranks commenced at the beginning
of each year with the Promotion
Personnel Advisory Committee lay-
ing the foundations for the following
year's postings. This led to posting
orders being issued by middle of the
There have been mixed views
on the effectiveness of this meth-
odology, and so the Directorate of
Soldier Career Management Army
(DSCM-A) has undertaken an exten-
sive review of the cycle to better meet
the needs of the Army and soldiers.
A key finding was the need for the
cycle to be more closely aligned to
principle Army planning directives as
well as the other career management
DSCM-A has advised the revised
cycle will provide a focused planning
and posting period, including detailed
liaison and engagement. This will be
achieved by re-orienting the com-
mittee timing to the last quarter of
each year. This will allow the career
advisor to engage with the chain of
command and individuals in the first
quarter of each year to better inform
posting planning and the subsequent
Members will have noticed there
has been limited career guidance
interview tours this year. This has
been necessary to allow for the pro-
protected Posting cycle changes
New cycle will make it easier for commanders and personnel to plan for moves
cess to be realigned. To implement
the new cycle, DSCM-A will bring
forward next year's committee into
the latter quarter of this year to con-
duct a second PAC this year for a
January 14 start.
To facilitate this alignment
it is imperative that units and for-
mations are proactive in the 2012
Performance Appraisal Report pro-
cess. The key dates for PAR submis-
sion are on the DSCM-A website.
Career management: Changes to the posting cycle should help troops plan their next move, while also
helping to meet the needs of the Army.
New posting cycle
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