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Army May 23, 2013
THE review into the Treatment of
Women in the ADF is already having
an effect on diversity in Defence, ensur-
ing the ADF remains an employer of
The Director of the ADF Review
into the Treatment of Women Project,
Gp-Capt Dee Gibbon, said practical
guidelines had been developed to assist
leaders and managers at all levels in
response to personnel asking what they
could do to improve diversity and flex-
ibility in the Defence workforce.
Building on the momentum estab-
lished by the Broderick Phase Two
Report into the Treatment of Women in
the ADF, the CDF and Service Chiefs
unanimously agreed to implement all 21
Gp-Capt Gibbon said these recom-
mendations were not about providing
advantage to one group over another.
"Defence, like most organisations,
understands that diversity is critical to
its future success," she said.
"Most of the review recommen-
dations are not specifically directed
towards women, but have been designed
to develop a progressive, flexible and
inclusive organisational culture that will
appeal to both men and women through
different life and career changes."
Women represent 14 per cent of
personnel in the ADF and this number
has increased by only two per cent dur-
ing the past 20 years, something that
Gp-Capt Gibbon admits is too slow and
out of step with other relevant indus-
"That is why external organisations
such as law firms and banks, to name
a few, are improving their workplace
flexibility, encouraging higher numbers
of women into leadership positions and
putting measures in place to increase
their workplace diversity," she said.
"One of the greatest criticisms of the
review stems from the perception that
there will be quotas or targets for wom-
en's promotion at all rank levels across
the ADF. This is completely incorrect.
"The Broderick Review focuses on
ensuring everyone has the opportuni-
ty to be competitive for promotion by
ensuring fair and proportionate access
to promotion courses, command experi-
ences and training that will enable all
ADF personnel to compete in fair com-
petition on their own merits.
"These changes will result in a fair-
er system for all, resulting in a work-
place that is modern, equitable and in
step with other organisations, including
other defence departments around the
An overview of the recommendations can be
found at https://defencereview.humanrights.
Contact Gp-Capt Gibbon at dee.gibbon@
defence.gov.au for further information on the
Broderick Review reforms.
For Army-specific information contact
Lt-Col Brad Orchard on bradley.orchard@
ARMY Personnel Administrative
Centres were among the key items
on the agenda when Defence's
HR professionals gathered for the
annual People Expo in Canberra on
Defence People Group hosted the
expo, where information was shared
on people reform programs across
Defence People Group Deputy
Secretary Carmel McGregor said the
expo was a signature gathering of
people professionals and stakehold-
ers from across Defence to showcase
success and innovation in the per-
"The presentations covered a
broad scope of reform programs
and cultural change initiatives in
the single services, VCDF Group,
Intelligence and Security Group and
the Defence People Group," she said.
The presentations included an
update on Navy's leadership devel-
opment program, the Air Force
New Horizons program, the Army
Personnel Administrative Centres,
implementation of the Broderick
Review recommendations and the
Suakin reserve reform program.
Ms McGregor said three question
and answer sessions highlighted the
issues that were of most concern and
"We had a range of questions that
generated discussion on issues that
are quite new for Defence, such as
widespread access to flexible work,
mentoring programs and the reforms
under Suakin," she said.
Attendees were encouraged to
browse the kiosks that showcased
the fields of diversity, organisational
culture, performance management
reform and work health and safety.
For more information on the People
Expo visit the PeopleConnect site on
the Defence intranet.
Our people on show
Success and innovation within the People domain in the spotlight at Defence expo
People power: Defence Force Recruiting's Capt Petrina Baldwin and Maj Helen Mammino speak with People Expo delegates. Photo by Grace Costa
Housing pay eligibility
AN investment property might
make sound financial sense, but
ADF members should be aware
of the potential impact on their
Defence housing assistance.
Housing assistance is based
on a member's need and bed-
room requirements and is pro-
vided to members posted to
locations where they do not
own a suitable home, accord-
ing to Military Conditions and
Housing Policy assistant director
"If a member decides to lease
out a suitable own home and is
unable to occupy it, the home
will remain a suitable home and
the member will not be eligible
for housing assistance if they are
posted to the location," he said.
The ADF Pay and Conditions
Manual defines a suitable own
home as a property owned by
the member or any of their
dependents in the posting loca-
tion and with enough bedrooms
for the member's family.
A home purchased using
any form of Defence housing
assistance, such as the Defence
Home Ownership Assistance
Scheme, Defence Home Owner
Scheme, Defence Service
Home Loan, Home Purchase
Assistance Scheme or the Home
Purchase or Sale Expenses
Allowance will be considered
suitable for the member's post-
ings to the location irrespective
of bedroom numbers.
Mr Jackson said some invest-
ment schemes enabled members
to purchase property and lease it
for extended periods.
"A suitable own home pur-
chased under one of these
schemes will still be considered
a suitable home and the mem-
ber will not be entitled to a ser-
vice residence or rent allowance
when posted there," he said.
Seeking independent professional
financial advice before purchasing
a home and reading chapter 7 in
Pacman is recommended.
Have a say on conditions
WHAT do you think about your job? Your leaders?
Defence? Want to have a say about future changes?
There is still time to have YourSay and to influence
important Defence decisions about your pay, your
conditions, and your workplace.
About 3500 people had their say in February,
revealing eight out of 10 Army members think job
security is important and nine out of 10 members are
satisfied with their job security.
YourSay remains open for responses until May
27. Contact the YourSay research team at your.say@
Abuse report cut-off
DEFENCE personnel are reminded that May 31
is the cut-off date for registering new reports of
abuse alleged to have occurred before April 11,
2011. Members wishing to register an allegation of
abuse need to contact the Defence Abuse Response
Taskforce via the Government Hotline on 1800 424
991 or at DART@ag.gov.au, provide their contact
details and state that they wish to bring a complaint to
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