Home' Army News : October 25th 2012 Contents A COMMON concern I hear from the chain of com-
mand is that we use up a lot of time and effort to
meet our compliance and assurance obligations.
Almost everyone in the Army has been involved
in audits and inspections that seem to occur on top of
more audits and
ance is essential
there are always
better ways to
end, the Army
has looked at the
ance and assur-
ance arrangements with the aim of reducing the
As a first step, the current 771 individual annual
audit activities have been combined into 60 multi-
domain audits and aligned with the three-year Force
This will reduce the level of disruption to units
and formations and the amount of time spent on
governance. For example, these improvements have
already freed up personnel in 3 Int Coy so they can
focus on their core business as well as reducing
direct costs by about $1.25 million year.
We can also look forward to further improvements
as ACAA continues to look for more ways to simpli-
fy and integrate our compliance activities that relate
to areas such as safety, security, finance, maintenance
and equipment accounting.
The benefits will flow through to all levels of the
Army, freeing up time and resources to train.
I encourage you to raise any ideas that may
support initiatives of this nature through your chain
From October 1 our members will enjoy increased Top Extras
benefits on dental, optical, physiotherapy, chiropractic,
alternative therapies and more. All for no extra cost. So if
you're not already with Defence Health, it's an extra reason
to join. Especially as we'll honour any waiting periods you've
served with your current fund. So join now and save.
Call 1800 335 425 or visit www.defencehealth.com.au Serving Defence families better
With our increased Top Extras
benefits you're laughing.
Maj-Gen Angus Campbell
Helping to ease
A say on reform
The fifth Strategic Reform Program survey is out soon
THE fifth Strategic Reform Program
(SRP) Change Readiness Survey will
be open for completion online from
Head of Strategic Reform
Management AVM Ian Smith said the
survey results would provide the sen-
ior leadership group and his office
with significant feedback.
"We will receive insight into how
Defence personnel are responding to
change and will assist in determining
how reform initiatives are planned
and implemented in the future," he
said.The previous survey, in November
2011, had 3402 responses and provid-
ed a valuable and comprehensive look
into how personnel were responding to
change and their understanding of the
"Defence is continuing to use this
feedback to help communicate more
effectively with personnel about the
SRP and its objectives, and what reform
means across the department," AVM
The fifth survey will build upon
these results, targeting the senior lead-
ership group and selected Defence per-
sonnel across Australia.
These personnel will receive emails
inviting their participation in the survey.
The confidentiality of the informa-
tion and the anonymity of respondents
will be ensured.
AVM Smith said it was important
that personnel at all levels and from all
locations participated in the survey to
ensure the results represented Defence
as a whole.
Your thoughts: Head of Strategic Reform Management AVM Ian Smith
works with graduate Shane Coles on the SRP Change Readiness Survey.
Photo by LAC Bill Solomou
Army October 25, 2012
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