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By Squadron Leader Deanna Nott
Defence is encouraging all
Australian Defence Force
reservists to share their civilian
skills and experience through
the Civil Skills Data Project.
Every active reser vist in Australia has been
sent an information pack encouraging
them to complete an online e-survey at
www.civilskillsdata.com. Reser vists who
complete the e-survey can claim half a
Reser ve day’s pay, recognising the time
taken to complete the sur vey.
The Civil Skills Data (CSD) Project
is a high priority for Defence and
takes into account the valuable civilian
qualifications, skills and experience that
reser vists use across Defence.
This information will help the Navy,
Army and Air Force identify people with
specific skills needed in peacetime or for
operational deployment, especially during
The Head of the CSD Working
Team, Group Captain Carl Schiller,
said the use of members’ civilian
skills acknowledged their talents
and would hopefully provide them
with a greater sense of fulfilment
in their ADF role.
“We regularly say that reser vists’
contribution is vital to Defence
capability and this is a fact.
Recording this information in
PMKeyS will truly allow reservists
to offer more to Defence.
“Those with Reser ve experience
know how deep and wide are the
fantastic array of experiences among their
fellow reser vists – yet we sense that relatively
little of this has been entered into PMKeyS.
“The CSD project is not just a once-off
snapshot – it will provide longer term
solutions, with more user-friendly access
to help members enter and update their
entries, after the initial e-sur vey,”
GPCAPT Schiller said.
An information pack about the project,
including details of how to complete
the online e-sur vey, was sent to the
home address of every active reservist in
Australia, including those on Continuous
Full-Time Ser vice. This will soon be
followed by a reminder ‘post card’ to those
reservists who have not yet registered for
the e-sur vey online.
The initial phase of CSD will not involve
standby reser vists. Payment for the time
taken to complete the survey will not be
made to reser vists on Continuous Full-
Time Ser vice.
To complete the e-sur vey, visit
Call for reservists
to register civil skills
A book launched on April 4 at
Royal Military College Duntroon
honours the career of
General Sir Phillip Bennet.
The Last Knight: A Biography of
General Sir Phillip Bennett AC, KBE,
DSO, by Rober t Lowry, provides a fresh
perspective on a career that spanned
the evolution of the post-World War II
Army and the bureaucratic tensions that
followed the formation of the Australian
The launch of The Last Knight was well-
attended by Sir Phillip’s peers from his
defence force and political career.
Sir Phillip was at his most engaging,
autographing books and receiving,
alongside of author Robert Lowry, the well
wishes from the nearly 100 attendees.
Major General Jim Molan (retd), who
launched the book, first met
Sir Phillip as a young officer and later
when Sir Phillip was Chief of the
Defence Force. Major General Molan,
focusing on his own more than 40 years
experience, provided an insight into Sir
Phillip’s career and its relevance today.
(left) is an Army Reserve soldier on an
eight-month full-time deployment with the
International Stabilisation Force in East
Timor. He is serving alongside his 29-year-
old son Andrew in ISF’s Anzac Infantry
Company. However, the elderWhitrod has a
bit of seniority up his sleeve – he previously
served for 20 years in the Regular Army.
The Secretary of Defence, Dr Ian Watt,
launched his new online newsletter,
V1EWPOINT, in February.
V1EWPOINT provides an insight
into the Secretary’s priority issues by
communicating high profile and general
interest stories affecting Defence and
the broader Australian Public Ser vice.
The newsletter is published quarterly
and hosted on the Secretary’s Intranet
site at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/
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