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Work is under way to automate the supply
of data to the metrics, many of which currently
require manual manipulation. Automation should
also allow drill down into the underlying data by
The HR Metrics System is used by senior
committees such as the Chiefs of Service
Committee, Service Chiefs, Group heads and their
staff to review workforce outcomes, progress and
initiatives. Benchmarks and tolerances are applied
to many metrics to enable ready assessment of the
data, and historical data is also used to provide
trend information and comparisons.
Most importantly, HRMeS provides metrics to
assess the adequacy and delivery of the Defence
brand promises. One example is remuneration.
HRMeS shows a consistent improvement in DAS
results for remuneration since 2006, brought about
by retention bonuses, new housing loan benefits and
the pay changes arising from the Graded Officer Pay
Structure and the Graded Other Ranks Pay Structure.
The Workforce Intelligence (WI) Project
Team has been working with representatives of
the Services and Groups to identify the rationale,
concept, method of implementation and resources
required to implement a Defence WI capability.
Senior HR officers in each of the Groups and
Services form the WI Steering Group.
Workforce Intelligence is defined as the
synchronised process of defining, gathering,
analysing and disseminating quantitative and
qualitative information that supports decision-
making on people matters.
Workforce Intelligence includes the
assessment of internal Defence workforce issues,
current and future, and external labour market
trends and developments affecting Defence’s
ability to attract and retain its desired workforce.
Examples of WI are long-term studies of labour
market shortfalls, the impact of technology, and
investigations into short-term issues such as
increased separations in critical categories.
By end-2009, a Defence WI capability will
be in place, with a central node in PSP Group
linked to a network of HR staff in the Services and
Groups. Commencing in 2010, Defence’s WI needs
will be satisfied through an annual cycle, where
those with the highest priority will be allocated
internal and external research and analysis assets,
and results provided at the right time to inform
decisions on workforce matters.
The work to date on HRMeS and WI provides
a solid basis for growth in HR knowledge and
expertise which will enable better, evidence-based
decision-making in workforce matters. The result
should be greater capability to attract and retain
the workforce Defence needs, and to proactively
mitigate the risks which will inevitably arise.
for Defence OHs champions
By Melanie Chaplin
Defence has been recognised in
five categories of the 2009 safety,
Rehabilitation and compensation
commission (sRcc) safety Awards
that were announced on 24
In its ninth year, the Awards recognise public,
private sector agencies and individuals within the
Comcare scheme who have achieved excellence
in workplace occupational health, safety,
rehabilitation and return-to-work practices. This
year attracted 52 entries across five categories.
category 1 - Leadership Award for Injury
Prevention and Management: Awarded
Commendation to Training Command ARMY.
category 3 - Best Solution to an Identified
Workplace Health and Safety Issue: Awarded
Finalist to NAVY Fleet Support Unit, Perth for
Confined Space Trainer.
category 4 - Best Individual Contribution to
Health and Safety recognises outstanding personal
achievements in improving and enhancing
workplace occupational health and safety.
category 4A - Employee who does not have
responsibility for OHS
Awarded Winner to Warrant Officer Class 2 Bruce
Awarded Commendation to Petty Officer Scott
category 4B - Employee with responsibility for
Awarded Winner to Mr Russell Power, OHS and
Environment Officer HMAS CAIRNS
category 5 – Rehabilitation and Return to Work
Award recognises demonstrated efforts towards
excellence and innovation in rehabilitation
and return to work programs for ill or injured
employees. Awarded Highly Commended to
Australian Defence Force Rehabilitation Program
“The Secretary of Defence and I extend our
congratulations to our newly-recognised Defence
OHS Champions for their outstanding efforts in
improving OHS within Defence. Their initiatives and
leadership exemplify our Defence values,” Chief of
Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said.
“OHS leading practice is a key capability
enabler and we expect it to be the way we do
business throughout Defence.”
Co-Chair of the Defence OHS Committee
and Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant
General Hurley, with Deputy Secretary People
Strategies and Policy Phil Minns, applauded the
individuals and teams who received these awards.
“We strive to improve the maturity of our
Defence OHS systems by collaborating, sharing
knowledge and applying what we have learned.
This is enhanced by the innovation and personal
dedication to leading practice demonstrated by the
awardees,” LTGEN Hurley said.
Winners of categories 2–4 of the 2009 SRCC
Safety Awards will feed into the National Safe
Work Australia Awards in 2010.
Further information and how to enter in
the 2010 Defence OHS Awards is available at:
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