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Deputy Secretary Intelligence
and Security (I&S), Mr Stephen
Merchant, announced the launch of the
first annual Defence Excellence in Security
Awards on August 15.
Suppor ted by the Secretary and CDF,
the awards have been established to honour
and celebrate outstanding achievements in
security by those working for Defence.
“The awards are now open for
nominations from individuals or groups
in Defence and Defence industry—APS,
ADF, DISP members—who have
displayed exceptional performance in
security practices,” Mr Merchant says.
“There are many unsung heroes—
some in formal security roles, others
not—who are doing outstanding work
in security every day.
“By recognising their efforts we aim to
raise awareness about key security issues
and to embed a culture that security is a
natural par t of business and everyone’s
responsibility, every day.”
There are four award categories:
Outstanding performance by a security
specialist: nominees in this category will
need to demonstrate an exceptional
level of commitment and application
of security policy above and beyond
their everyday responsibilities. Persons
eligible for this award include those in a
formal security role or those working as
part of a security specialist team.
DepSec I&S award for outstanding leadership
in security: open to anyone with
responsibility for leading and managing
people, from a team leader, super visor,
manager/commander, to a company
executive, SES or a star-ranked officer.
Outstanding contribution to security by a team:
the team could comprise two people or
a whole unit or branch, and may include
4 . tstanding contribution to security by
an individual: this award recognises an
individual who has made an exceptional
contribution to security and who is not
in a formal security role, not a security
officer or other security specialist.
“The sorts of actions for which people
might be nominated include their
response to a specific security incident,
improvements they’ve made to workplace
security or a demonstrated commitment
to exceptional security practice in
everyday work,” Mr Merchant says.
“In the leadership category we would
also be looking for someone whose
day-to-day leadership suppor ts a strong
security culture in their team.”
Who can nominate
Any Defence or DISP employee can
submit a nomination for themselves or a
team they belong to, or another person or
For example, a security specialist might
nominate a leader, individual or team or a
fellow security specialist.
Nominations are open from August 15
until October 17.
How to enter
Individual entry forms for each of the
four categories are available online. Defence
or DISP employees simply need to:
Choose the appropriate award
category—noting that an entry can
only be submitted under one category.
6. the electronic entry form for
the chosen category.
Gather any supporting material.
Email the entry form and any
supporting material to the Security
Online access to the entry forms
differs according to the relevant
DRN users: intranet.defence.gov.au/
DSN users: visit the DSA site on the
DOSD users (DISP companies):
Awards to honour outstanding
The Australian Military Medicine
Association’s (AMMA) 20th anniversary
conference will be held at the Crown
Conference Centre, Southbank,
Melbourne from October 21-23.
The theme of ‘Military Health:
Shaping the Future’ will by elaborated
upon by keynote speakers Professor
James Ryan, who is the Emeritus
Professor for the Centre for Trauma,
Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine at St
George’s University of London, and
Professor Patrick McGorry, who was
the 2010 Australian of theYear and
is the Executive Director of Orygen
The patron of the AMMA is the
ADF’s Surgeon-General, Major General
Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Security,
Mr Stephen Merchant.
visit the DSA site on the DSN
(DISP Companies) (navigate to the Security Portal)
Monday 15 August 2011
Monday 17 October 2011
Assessment and judging
The first of many
The awards program is being managed
by the Defence Security Authority and
will culminate in an awards ceremony in
Canberra in March 2012.
Up to three finalists will be identified for
each category and invited to the ceremony,
where the winners will be announced.
Medics to mark 20 years
Battle of Britain commemorations
TheVice Chief of the Defence Force
and Chief of Joint Operations will co-host
counterparts from at least 12 countries at
the inaugural JointWarfare Conference
at the National Convention Centre in
Canberra from October 12-13.
The focus will be on the development
of joint capability against the backdrop of
Day one will address joint capability
concepts and challenges and day two will be
delivered from a joint operations perspective.
Representatives from the United Kingdom,
the United States, Singapore and NATO will
make presentations at the conference.
The conference will be of particular
interest to those engaged in the
employment or development of
capabilities with significant joint aspects.
Further information is available from
the conference website at:
The AMMA president, Dr Greg
Mahoney, says papers presented will
stimulate important discussion and bring to
the fore new developments that encompass
a broad range of topics, including trauma
surgery, mental health, health surveillance,
operational health, veterans’ health,
research, ethics and many other streams.
“We encourage you to take the
opportunity to attend what we know
will be an excellent and challenging
event and take the opportunity to
meet your colleagues and exchange
ideas and celebrate and reflect on the
achievements of AMMA during the past
20 years,” Dr Mahoney says.
Information on the conference can be
found on the website at:
The Battle of Britain commemorations
at the AustralianWar Memorial on
September 15 saw, for the first time,
representation from the former enemy
nations that took part in the battle.
This year marked the 71st anniversary
of the classic air battle that proved to be
a turning point in the SecondWorldWar.
“The Battle of Britain was the first major
campaign to be faught principally by air
forces. It marks the first defeat of Hitler’s
military forces, with air superiority seen as
the key to victory,” says organiser Lieutenant
Colonel Paddy Mahony (Rtd).
“Our vision is that the first annual
Defence Excellence in Security
Awards will be one of many,”
Mr Merchant says. “And that over
the years these awards will play an
integral role in embedding security
as a natural part of Defence’s
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