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Information and communication
technology (ICT) functions have
transitioned to the suburb of Mitchell
in Canberra, after several initiatives
were identified as part of the Strategic
Reform Program through the Defence
Information and Communications
These included the need for
standardisation and consolidation of ICT
ser vices across Defence and the reduction
of high ‘business as usual’ costs.
The IT Service Management Directorate
has consolidated a number of Defence
New program to strengthen
ICT service functions
transition to Mitchell
Asuite of training programs that will
empower Defence families to build on
their wellbeing and psychological health has
been launched by the Minister for Defence
Science and Personnel,Warren Snowdon.
The FamilySMART program was
developed to foster resilience among
Defence families to deal with the
extraordinary challenges they face.
The programs have been developed by
the Defence Community Organisation
in consultation with Defence’s Mental
Health Branch and will be delivered
by 26 Defence social workers across
Australia who have been trained to
deliver the programs.
The first stage of the scheme will
start in October and involve programs
in Darwin, Townsville, Cairns and
Brisbane. It will be expanded to a
further 10 locations in early 2012.
FamilySMART complements the
BattleSMART psychological resilience
program that seeks to strengthen the
ability of ser ving ADF members to cope
with and manage stressful situations.
Registrations are open for the Royal
Australian Navy’s 2012 Sea Power
Conference, at the Sydney Convention
and Exhibition Centre, from January 31
to February 2, 2012.
The conference to be held will explore the
broad theme of ‘The Naval Contribution to
National Security and Prosperity’.
“It offers an intensely fulfilling
program covering the latest in Australian
and international maritime affairs,
from protection of seaborne trade and
conser vation of ocean resources, to
enforcement of maritime sovereignty and
the preser vation of good order at sea,”
the Director of the Sea Power Centre,
Captain Gordon Andrew, says.
Guest speakers include:
Professor Henry Ergas, Senior
Economic Adviser, Deloitte Australia
and Professor of Infrastructure
Economics, University of Wollongong
Professor Geoffrey Till, Director,
Corbett Centre, King’s College London
Dr Norman Friedman, international
naval consultant and author
Dr Sam Tangredi, Director of San Diego
Operations, Strategic Insights Inc
Rear Admiral Rowan Moffatt, RAN,
Head Future Submarine Project
Dr Christian Bouchard, Laurentian
Captain Frank van Rooyen, South
African Institute of International Affairs
Major General Martyn Dunne (rtd),
CNZM, NZ High Commissioner
Admiral Maritime Datuk Mohd Amdan
bin Kurish, Director General Malaysian
Maritime Enforcement Agency
The conference is open to all Australian
and foreign defence personnel free of
charge. Non Defence personnel can
attend the three day event from $750.
Concessions and single day tickets are
available from $510.
For more information, visit
ser vice desks into the Defence Ser vice
Centre – Mitchell and implemented the
Defence Ser vice Delivery Platform to
standardise processes used to manage
ser vice requests.
The functions of the following service
desks are now provided by the ICT
Ser vice Desk:
Defence Online Ser vices Domain
Defence eBusiness Infrastructure,
the Defence Financial Systems
Customer Support Centre.
Major Allan Hamley is greeted by his wife and son after his return to Australia from deployment in Iraq
with Security Detachment 16 last year. Photo: Corporal Kim Allen
for reporting into allegations of sexual
or other forms of abuse in Defence has
been extended to September 30.
Since the ‘ADFA Skype incident’
was drawn to public attention in April,
a large number of public or private
allegations of sexual or other forms of
abuse in the ADF and Defence have been
drawn to attention.
These allegations are being dealt with
methodically and at arm’s length from
Defence by law firm DLA Piper.
The DLA Piper ReviewTeam is
currently focused on assessing the
allegations and preparing its report to
the Minister for Defence.
The review team has received more
than 1000 allegations – some from
people who contacted the team directly,
and some referred from the Minister’s
Office or the Defence Department.The
review team also has before it allegations
reported in the media.
The Minister for Defence, Stephen
Smith, says the allegations are all of concern
and are being dealt with methodically.
“The DLA Piper review team has
advised that while a great amount of
work has been done, due to the volume
of allegations, the Review Team requires
more time to collect and test relevant
information in relation to the allegations
it is considering,” Mr Smith says.
“While the role of the DLA Piper
Review Team is not to fully investigate
allegations, it must report, based on the
Deadline extended for review
The Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason
Clare, has released the request for tender
for the sale of the Navy’s remaining Sea
The request for tender includes:
five complete helicopters
a simulator, and
associated unique equipment and parts.
“The Sea Kings will be withdrawn from
service in December 2011,” Mr Clare says.
“They’ve been the workhorse of the Navy,
having flown in excess of 60,000 hours in
operations in Australia and overseas.
“The latest example of their work was
the disaster relief and search and rescue
missions they conducted during the
Mr Clare announced on June 7 that
Sea King Shark 07 would be preserved
at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra,
with the remaining aircraft to be offered
for sale by tender.
“This is a really versatile helicopter
and a proven capability.The Sea Kings
could be used for a range of things like
Sea King helicopters for sale
information provided to it, an evidence-
based and reasoned initial assessment
of each allegation.”
He says the review team must also
report those allegations which, based
on the information available, require
further attention, and make appropriate
recommendations on the way forward.
“It is important that the review team
has adequate time to carefully assess and
complete a methodical, reasoned and
evidence-based initial assessment of each
allegation,” Mr Smith says.
The terms of reference for the review
are attached and can be found on the
DLA Piper website:
fire fighting, disaster relief, search and
rescue, by another Navy or commercially,”
Mr Clare says.
The sale of the Sea Kings will be
marketed across the world, including
major Defence expos in the United
Kingdom and Canada in September.
Submissions close on November 1.
The tender documentation is available
for download after registering on the
AUSTENDER website www.tenders.gov.au.
Further information is available by
Sea King Shark 07 takes off from the aft flight deck of HMAS Kanimbla during Exercise RIMPAC 2010.
Photo:Able Seaman James McDougall
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