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Away pay Train anywhere
Members can now access many Campus courses from wherever they are
ONLINE learning is taking a sig-
nificant step forward with a new
version of Campus that enables
mandatory training and other web-
based courses to be completed
anywhere via the internet.
Campus has only been avail-
able within the Defence Restricted
Network in the past, although the
majority of course content was
unclassified. Now courses will
be available from the Defence
Learning Branch's website as well
as a webpage for the new version
called Campus Anywhere.
Reservists should receive an
email from Campus with their
Campus Anywhere logins, tempo-
rary passwords and the weblink by
Lt-Col David McLure was one
of the first reservists to access a
course on Campus Anywhere and
said it made training much easier.
my choosing without having to
wait for one to be organised for a
group. It allows me to take the ini-
tiative to expand my own knowl-
edge. It's great," he said.
Phase 2 is under way to allow
all Defence members to register
their interest on DRN Campus
and be provided access. Phase 3,
later in the year, will allow for-
eign nationals, students, grads,
contractors and potentially cadets
employed by Defence to gain
access through a sponsor process.
One of the benefits of an
online learning system is cost
savings compared to face-to-face
Campus Anywhere will be
transferred to Campus DRN and
then on to PMKeyS. But an indi-
vidual cannot start a course on
one system and complete it on the
With about 220 courses ini-
tially available, individuals will be
able to access mandatory learning
and other key corporate training
and generic lessons.
Army Education and Training
Development's Col Deb Bradford
said it provided an optimal learn-
ing environment for soldiers.
"Army is currently working
towards developing 25 per cent of
its training competencies in a syn-
thetic environment," she said.
"Access to Campus Anywhere
will enable Army to design future
e-Learning that supports this strat-
egy with the knowledge that such
training can be undertaken at a time
and place to suit the Army learner."
Defence Learning Branch
director general Cdre Daryl Bates
said about 35 per cent of Defence
people, including reservists, cadets,
ADFA/Defence colleges, deployed
and deploying personnel, did not
have regular access to the DRN.
"This presents challenges for
them to effectively access corporate
learning and in particular, manda-
tory training," Cdre Bates said.
Cdre Bates said close moni-
toring of the system's load and
performance would also allow any
tweaks required before finalising
the rollout by the end of June.
More information on the Campus Anywhere
project can be found on the Learning
Solutions website at http://intranet.defence.
gov.au/vcdf/sites/LearningSolutions and the
Campus web page on the DRN.
DEFENCE staff who receive a living away from
home allowance will be required to provide a dec-
laration for the allowance following a legislative
change to the fringe benefits tax component.
Defence is now required to pay fringe benefits
tax on living away from home allowance benefits
that were previously exempt.
Defence will pay the tax, not the individual,
but staff receiving the allowance are required to
complete a living away from home declaration
(form AD 706) each fringe benefits tax year and
for each period of the allowance if there have been
Staff can submit the form electronically to
the Defence Tax Management Office using an
The form can be completed after April 1 each
year, or when the person no longer receives the
Assistant Secretary Financial Services Ben
Wright said there were many types of living
away from home allowance, which included
accommodation, food and meal allowances.
"To reduce the financial impact on Defence
staff, the fringe benefits tax regulations have been
amended to make living away from home allowance
benefits non-reportable for Commonwealth
employees, including Defence military and APS
employees, and therefore excluded from payment
summary reporting," Mr Wright said.
"Your living away from home allowance benefit
should not appear in your reportable fringe benefits
For more information, contact Defence Tax Management
Office on 1800 806 053 or taxation.management@defence.
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