Home' Defence Magazine : Issue 2 2011 Contents 27
Think about consequences:
do you have a will?
Having an up-to-date will is
something that everybody needs to think
about, whether you are a member of the
ADF or APS, and whether you are going
to be absent from home.
If you do not have a will, your estate
may be distributed according to the laws
of intestacy, rather than according to
A will doesn’t need to be a
complicated document, nor does it need
to be an expensive exercise.
Members of the ADF can speak to a
Defence Legal Officer about their will,
or legal will kits are available at post
offices and newsagencies.
Think about your
relationship: is your partner
Before you go, think about whether
to have your partnership recognised by
Defence. Having a Defence recognised
interdependent partnership means
that you may be eligible for financial
entitlements and conditions of ser vice
that apply to a member with dependants
as defined in the ADF Pay and
If your partner is not formally
recognised by Defence, they may not
receive suppor t from DCO while you
are deployed, nor can they receive
housing, relocation, child care, or
education and employment assistance.
If you are injured during your ser vice,
non-recognised par tners may not receive
bereavement payments or compensation.
You can have your partner formally
recognised by Defence simply by
completing web form PE357 –
Application for Recognition of an
Interdependent Partnership and
providing it to your commanding officer.
Get it together before you go!
These hints are just a few things to
consider before you leave your family
for lengthy periods.
A career in Defence brings with it a
plethora of opportunities and, with just
a bit of prior planning, you can make
sure your Defence career doesn’t come
at the expense of your family life.
It’s a GEM!
An important milestone has been reached
in providing Defence with a timely
and accurate information management
solution to support all aspects of
managing the Defence estate and garrison
Defence and CSC Australia Pty Ltd
signed a contract to develop the Garrison
Estate Management System (GEMS) on
in DSG’s Chief
Bindle, said a number
of systems were
used across Defence
(DSG) to manage
estate and garrison
the Defence Estate
Management System, the Contract
Accountability and Performance
Management system and a large number
of databases and spreadsheets.
“The current systems are generally out-
moded, heavily customised and often only
available to a few individuals. GEMS will
address these problems,” Ms Bindle said.
The estate and garrison services are key
inputs to Defence capability. GEMS will
be used by DSG staff around Australia to
improve the efficient and effective delivery
of estate and garrison ser vices. It will also
provide analytical tools and performance
infor mation to support decision making in
these areas, ensuring that Defence obtains
better value for money.
GEMS is therefore a key enabler for
the building maintenance and garrison
ser vices reforms and savings under the
non-equipment procurement stream of
the Strategic Reform Program. Savings in
these two categories
total $1.17 billion for
10 years to 2018-19.
GEMS will be a
par t of the Defence
SAP environment and
The first GEMS
module will be rolled
out later in 2011 with
the project due to be
completed by the end
Located in Fairbairn Park Canberra,
the GEMS project team brings together
members from DSG, Chief Information
Officer Group (CIOG) and CSC Australia
Pty Ltd.The project team is working with
Defence Support business areas and CIOG
to implement the project.
For more information please visit
the GEMS project intranet site,
or email the team at
The GEMS integrated project team.
GEMS is therefore
a key enabler
for the building
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