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The premier joint forum for military and
civilian members with responsibility for
delivering logistics outcomes in Defence
will be held at the Australian Defence
Force Academy on July 7-8.
Sponsored by Joint Logistics Command,
the Australian Defence Logistics Conference
2011 is open to all interested ADF and APS
Defence personnel keen to advance their
knowledge of the profession of logistics
and engage with their peers in other
Groups, Services and the Defence Materiel
The theme for conference is empowering
logisticians for transfor mation.
The Commander Joint Logistics,
Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib, said the
conference will explore how to prepare
logisticians for transfor mation in the
“The demands on the skills and
knowledge of professional logisticians are
changing in a context of new capabilities
platforms, new sustainment models
and increasingly complex support
arrangements involving allies and private
contractors,” AVM Staib said.
Confirmed keynote speakers include John
Gattorna, who is internationally renowned
and respected as a supply chain thought
leader and writer, and Lieutenant General
Claude Christianson (retd), the Director
of the National Defense University’s Center
for Joint and Strategic Logistics.
The conference will be par ticularly
beneficial for logisticians in the Navy, Army
and Air Force, DMO and the Department
of Defence involved in leading and
implementing logistics refor m, managers of
new capability projects and human resource
and educational practitioners involved with
logistics workforce development.
> Details of the program and registration
arrangements are available on the Joint Logistics
Command intranet site at http://intranet.
defence.gov.au/JLC.There is no conference
registration fee, however, all delegates are to
register by Friday, June 24.
Defence will reduce
Australian Public Service
costs and planned growth to
the APS workforce by 1000
over the next three years
under the Strategic Reform
The changes were announced on May
6 by the Minister for Defence, Stephen
Smith, and the Minister for Defence
Materiel, Jason Clare.
The estimated $300 million savings
generated from these reforms will be
returned to Government and offset
the Government’s overall Budget
requirements and surplus targets.
The Deputy Secretary for Strategic
Reform and Governance, Brendan
Sargeant, said he appreciated that there
had been a number of queries about
“how this process will work, who
will be affected and how it would be
“I also appreciate that when changes
like these are announced there is an
element of anxiety for staff members
who are naturally concerned that their
workplace may be impacted,”
Mr Sargeant said.
“My key message to staff is that
we are not taking a ‘salami-slicing’
approach. The reduction in planned
growth of 1000 FTE (full-time
equivalent) positions will be handled
through the next phase in shared
services reform. This reform will
be based on a review of current
arrangements in for the provision of
“The aim is to eliminate overlap and
duplication of function across Defence
and to develop better ways of providing
The shared service review will start
May and will be due at the end of July for
expected implementation in August.
The review team will be lead by
the Strategic Reform and Governance
Executive with participation and
assistance from Defence Groups. The
Defence Committee will be updated
weekly on progress.
Group Heads and Service Chiefs
will provide information to personnel
as the review is progressing. Further
details of the review will be provided
in coming weeks.
“We will be consulting fully with
staff representatives during this process
to meet our commitment to change
management in the Defence Enterprise
Collective Agreement,” Mr Sargeant said.
“We believe that given the three-year
time frame within which to achieve
these savings, we can effectively manage
transition arrangements for people
who might be affected with minimal
“Any workforce reductions required
will be primarily achieved through
natural attrition, some reductions in
hiring new staff and, if required, some
limited voluntary retrenchments.”
Curbs on costs
By Michael Weaver
Defence civilian staff on the job at Russell Offices in Canberra.
Photo: Leading Seaman Paul Berry
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