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efence graduates are getting
a taste of what it really
means to work alongside and
support our Defence forces
thanks to a new scheme
providing study tours to regional
Defence bases and establishments.
The tours form part of Defence’s annual
Graduate Development Program (GDP) managed by
the Defence Education Training and Development
team, within Defence Support Group (DSG). The
GDP is designed to recruit high-calibre university
graduates across a wide range of disciplines into
successful careers with Defence.
The 10-month program is a carefully-managed
introduction to Defence that combines three
varied work rotations with a range of training and
development opportunities, all designed to provide
graduates with a strong basis upon which to build
their careers as public servants in Defence.
GDP project officer Julie-Ann Calvi said the
first of the 2009 study tours was a rewarding and
enjoyable experience for all.
“Sixty five graduates attended this year's study
tours, of which there were two, one in May and the
other in August,” Julie-Ann said.
“During this tour, graduates met the serving
members of the ADF who may well be affected by
decisions they make back in Canberra in the future.”
This year’s tour also provided opportunities for
graduates to experience first hand, both operational
and support elements of Defence.
“The more exposure the graduates have to ADF
members, in conjunction with briefings on various
areas visited, the more valuable,” Julie-Ann said.
The tour to the Northern Territory included a visit
to HMAS Coonawarra where graduates experienced
a rigid hull inflatable boat ride. They also visited the
Northern Territory’s other military bases, including
RAAF Base Darwin where Headquarters Northern
Command (NORCOM) and Northern Forces Command
provided an insight to military and civil maritime
surveillance and response operations.
Robertson Barracks gave the graduates the
opportunity to fire a steyr on the Weapon Training
Simulation System (WTSS). The Army’s 1st Brigade
was on exercise at the Mount Bundy Training
Centre, so the group travelled to Mount Bundy to
experience 1st Brigade’s capability.
The week culminated with a visit to RAAF Base
Tindal. Along the way, the graduates visited the
Adelaide River War Graves Cemetery where they
had a sombre reminder of the sacrifices made by our
Service personnel and civilians during the bombings
of Darwin during WWII and visited the resting place
of Wing Commander Archibald R.Tindal for whom
RAAF Tindal is named.
At RAAF Tindal, graduates visited 75 (Fighter)
Squadron where they had the opportunity to sit in
the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet and take a test flight
in the simulator.
“A visit to the Military Working Dog section
highlighted the diversity of capabilities within our
Defence Force,” Julie-Ann said.
“The tour was a wonderful experience for
the graduates and a unique opportunity to better
understand the work of our armed forces and to put
into perspective the work they will do to support the
experience the sharp
end of Defence
study tour participants
Rebecca Moloney and
The Defence education Training
and Development (DeTD) explorer
website was recently launched,
providing a single integrated portal
through which Defence staff can
access information on the wide range
of professional development services
In launching the DETD Explorer website, the
Director-General of Defence Education, Training
and Development, Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Ian
Pearson, thanked website authors Steve Funnell
and Beck Cliff.
“Through the Explorer website Defence
employees now have quick and easy access to
first-level support for training and development
opportunities for both individual and organisational
needs,” AIRCDRE Pearson said.
The Explorer website incorporates:
■ training and courses
■ study support
■ workplace qualifications, and
■ professional development
■ analysing the need for training
■ training design and development, and
■ training delivery and evaluation.
Improving access to training and
development information online
Why not take the opportunity to explore the education, training and development opportunities in Defence at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/dsg/sites/DETDExplorer/.
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