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Army September 27, 2012
UNDERSTANDING the new Australian
Government Security Classification
System (AGSCS) has just become easier
thanks to a new desktop reference tool.
The tool, in the form of a pencil box, is
designed to increase the awareness of chang-
es to the national security classifications.
The head of Defence Security Authority's
Security Policy and Plans, Pat Burke, said
the tool would assist staff to apply Defence's
transitional classification system, effective
from last month.
"While most government agencies were
required to implement the AGSCS with a
2012 deadline, Defence has been given an
extension until August 2013. This is due to
the scale of Defence operations and the con-
siderable amount of work required aligning
Defence's ICT systems," Mr Burke said.
"However, to cater for these differing
implementation timelines, a transitional
classification system will operate until the
department can adopt the AGSCS in full."
The pencil box illustrates how the protec-
tive markings for the transitional classifica-
tion system map to both the previous clas-
sification system and the AGSCS, with each
classification system displayed on a separate
The reference tool is now available at
selected Customer Service Centres, Defence
Support Group Regions, and through the
DSA regional offices. Copies can be ordered
online at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/secu-
For more information including a fact sheet, visit
the Transition Management Portal at http://intranet.
ADF health services transitioned
from single services to tri-ser-
vice clinics under Joint Health
Command in January.
JHC wants to hear from ADF
members who use health ser-
vices about how clinics could be
JHC and the Strategic Personnel
Policy and Research (DSPPR)
Directorate have a customer satisfac-
tion survey running until November
16 to understand perceptions of
the quality of services and identify
opportunities for improvement.
ADF members who access
JHC health services from
September until November may
receive an email to participate
in the private and confidential
The information provided will
help JHC gauge the quality from
the perspective of the patient and
also improve the level of healthcare
into the future.
For further information on the survey,
contact the team by email to
Efficient security classifications are on their way with tools to help users
Your say on health
Security secrets: A pencil box tool (pictured inset) will make changes
to security classifications easier.
Photo by Cpl Mark Doran
AFTER-hours medical support is
set for a boost with the relaunch
of the 1800 IMSICK service on
The enhanced 24-hour hotline
service will now be provided by
Medibank Health Solutions (MHS)
under a new contract.
Commander Joint Health
Command RAdm Robyn Walker
said she was pleased to be able to
provide the world-class telehealth
capability through MHS.
"This is part of the new ADF
health services contract which aims
to provide a national, integrated
healthcare services solution and
assist Defence to streamline and
optimise healthcare services with
innovation and technology," she said.
When calling the service ADF
members can expect to talk with a
registered nurse who will require
personal identification and geo-
graphical information to help.
Depending on the nature of the
illness or injury, entitled personnel
will be appropriately triaged, with
potential outcomes including:
provision of advice on self-care;
referral to a health facility; or
transfer to an emergency service
or all-hours support line (for
mental health issues).
The 1800 IMSICK num-
ber should be used if a member
becomes ill or injured after hours
or is not close to a Defence health
facility. In an emergency always
is just a call away
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