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efence support group’s
Public Private Partnerships
(PPP) Branch has had
reason to celebrate lately,
with recognition of its
hard work on Defence
Director General Public Private Partnerships
Branch, Commodore (CDRE) Bob Morrison, said that
a number of recent achievements have allowed the
branch to work enthusiastically towards further
In August, the ACT Chapter of the Australian
Institute of Project Management awarded the
Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC)
facility at Bungendore a Project Management
Achievement Award that recognises construction/
engineering projects valued at more than $100 million.
“The award honours outstanding achievements
in project and program management and promotes
innovation and best practice,” CDRE Morrison said.
Also this year, the HQJOC project, a public private
partnership project managed by PPP Branch in DSG’s
Infrastructure Division, was nominated by Infrastructure
Partnerships Australia for the National Infrastructure
Project of the Year. The project won the category from a
field of four nominees.
“HQJOC, completed on time and on budget, was
the first PPP project by the Australian Government for
the construction and maintenance of a facility on a
greenfield site,” CDRE Morrison said.
CDRE Morrison, who took up the position of
DGPPP in July 2009, said the success of the HQJOC
Project is testament to the work undertaken by then
Director General HQJOC Project, Air Commodore
Jack Plenty, who led the project team from 2005, and
Brigadier Wayne Budd who followed from 2007 until
his deployment on operations in June 2009.
“There is a dedicated and committed team of
people here in PPP Branch, some who have been here
since the HQJOC project began,” CDRE Morrison said.
“They also deserve public recognition for
all of the hard work and perseverance they have
demonstrated over the life of the project.”
he is looking
and deliver high value and complex projects that are
suited to the PPP acquisition and delivery model.
“One of the next challenges is to progress
Phase 2 of the Single Living Environment and
Accommodation Precinct (LEAP) project which aims
to address deficiencies in permanent and long-term
on-base accommodation for our sailors, soldiers and
airmen and women.”
Single LEAP Phase 1, delivered on time and
on budget under PPP arrangements earlier this
year, resulted in the construction of 1395 living in
accommodation units at Holsworthy Barracks, RAAF
Amberley and Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera in
Brisbane. Single LEAP Phase 2 plans to deliver more
than 3000 additional units at various Defence sites
Triple A rating for PPP team
An innovation to make your travel plans
easier is coming. iTravel is a new tool
that has been developed by Defence
support group’s Integrated Travel
solutions (ITs) team.
Director ITS Brad Osborn said that embracing
opportunities to implement new technologies forms
part of Defence Support’s reform, and will help
streamline processes for Defence personnel.
“Travel is dynamic on every front and the travel
industry has been at the cutting edge of introducing
technology to assist us in getting from place to place
as quickly and pain free as possible,” Mr Osborn said.
“Ten years ago, who would have imagined that
most of us would be booking holiday airline tickets
“This is an all-in-one budget and itinerary tool
for overseas and domestic travel that includes both
individual and group travel facilities.”
iTravel is coming
What’s in it for me?
iTravel has two parts, one for independent travel, and
one for group travel.
There are many advantages for the independent
1. The new iTravel tool incorporates both a domestic
and overseas section—you will not have to
complete two separate budget calculators if you
are travelling both domestically and overseas in the
2. Each trip you organise will be saved on your
personal iTravel profile—if you are a regular
traveller you will be able to copy past itineraries
to save you time.
3. No password will be required to log into iTravel,
as iTravel will be attached to your personal
DRN profile. This also means you will be able to
access your iTravel details nationally when you
log on to the DRN.
4. You will also be able to give other people access
to view and administer your personal iTravel site.
For example, if you are out in the field, or out of
the office, you can organise and authorise other
people to make changes to your itinerary, which
will change your budget.
5. Once you set your own personal profile on iTravel,
the system uses new intuitive technology, which
means many fields in the tool will self-populate
each time you enter data, to save you time.
6. Meals for the duration of your trip will be
automatically calculated once you enter your
The group travel section will primarily be used by ITS
in Townsville who organise a large amount of Defence
travel for group enlistment and group training travel.
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