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Are you a current serving ADF member
and from a culturally or linguistically
diverse background? Then you are
encouraged to sign up for the ADF
Multicultural Recruitment Strategy
Defence Force Recruiting is aiming to boost
the numbers of people from culturally diverse
backgrounds in the ADF and make the idea of a
career in the Services more attractive.
The new Alumni Program will support members
from culturally and linguistically diverse
backgrounds to speak at schools, universities
and community events about their experiences
in the ADF.
In coming weeks, Defence Force Recruiting will be
providing more information regarding the Program.
If you want to help raise awareness about life in
the ADF, then you are encouraged to volunteer for
the alumni program.
For more information, please email DFR.alumni@
LeFT: Officer Cadet Jahan Barr has signed
up for the ADF Multicultural Recruitment
Strategy Alumni Program.
Seven years for Orion
Air Force’s AP-3C Orion aircraft have
marked seven years crucial support to
Australian and coalition forces in the
Chief of Air Force Air Marshal (AIRMSHL) Mark
Binskin said the Orions had flown more than 1750
missions involving 16500 flying hours supporting
Operations Bastille, Falconer, Catalyst and Slipper.
“This milestone is a great tribute to the men and
women of Air Force’s Surveillance and Response
Group who have worked long hours flying and
maintaining the Orions,” AIRMSHL Binskin said.
“Maintenance staff have often worked in 50C-plus
temperatures to achieve a very high aircraft
The RAAF Orion detachment in the Middle East
includes approximately 88 people and two aircraft.
AIRMSHL Binskin said that AP-3C Orions were
among the best intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance aircraft in the world, and could
transmit real-time surveillance pictures, providing
essential situational awareness to commanders on
“Many of our AP-3C Orion people have done
four and in some cases five deployments to the
Middle East,” AIRMSHL Binskin said.
“I understand the impact this has on personal
lives and I thank their families and friends in
Australia for the vital support they provide.”
A program promoting female leadership
in the Royal Australian Navy is being
expanded into 2010, and will for the
first time include a women’s mentoring
program for 50 Navy women.
Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and
Science Greg Combet said the Navy Women’s
Leadership Program was the first of its kind in
the Australian Defence Force and had involved
28 women in 2009.
“The Program provided the opportunity for female
leaders, from the rank of Leading Seaman to
Commander and APS equivalents, to participate
in five Australian Women and Leadership Forum
events,” Mr Combet said.
He said the Government was committed to
improving opportunities for women in the ADF to
undertake leadership roles.
“The female officers, sailors and public servants
who completed the program provided extremely
positive feedback and have indicated strong
enthusiasm and motivation to implement their new
skills in the workplace.”
Mr Combet said the Program followed the
objectives of the Chief of Defence Force Action
Plan for the Recruitment and Retention of Women
in the ADF, and was being run as part of the New
Generation Navy initiative in a bid to improve the
Navy’s culture, leadership and structure.
Defence engineers can receive
formal recognition from Australia’s
peak professional body for engineers
following the renegotiation and signing
of an agreement between Defence and
The renewed agreement provides opportunities
for all Australian Defence Organisation engineers
to undertake funded professional development to
achieve Chartered or Engineering Executive status.
The signing of the agreement continues the strong
collaboration between Engineers Australia and
Defence. The new all-of-Defence agreement also
provides direct savings to Defence, arising from
discounts negotiated with Engineers Australia.
The agreement is win-win for Defence and
Engineers Australia, as it provides follow-on
benefits to the broader community. Defence and
the broader community receive direct benefits from
having upskilled engineers. Defence also retains
its engineers as they further their professional
development, and Engineers Australia increases its
On 18 August 2009, the Chief of the Defence Force,
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, and the-then
Acting Defence Secretary, Stephen Merchant,
confirmed Defence’s commitment to the Engineers
Australia professional development program, in
signing an overarching Memorandum of Agreement
between Defence and Engineers Australia.
For more information on these new arrangements,
including how Defence members can obtain
Chartered or Engineering Executive status, refer
Soldiers return home
from East Timor
More than 70 soldiers from Townsville-
based 2nd Battalion Royal Australian
Regiment have returned home to
Australia following a successful
deployment to East Timor.
Another 180 soldiers will also soon return and be
replaced by soldiers from the 8/9th Battalion RAR
based in Brisbane.
The Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner,
applauded the achievements of the returning
personnel in assisting one of Australia’s closest
“I congratulate the soldiers returning to Australia
on the success of their mission,” Senator Faulkner
“The improved security conditions that have
emerged during the deployment of these soldiers
has enabled the ISF mission to evolve.
“Our soldiers now perform fewer direct security
tasks and increasingly focus on capacity-building
and training of the East Timorese Defence Force.
“This shift could not have been considered were
it not for the excellent work completed by these
service men and women.”
LeFT: AP-3C Orion ‘Lara’ commences
a night mission over Iraq. The aircraft
has just marked seven years of
service to Australian and coalition
forces in the Middle East.
soldiers meet with
The Australian Special Operations Task Group (SOTG)
and Afghan partner forces recently met with village
elders and religious leaders in Chenartu, north-east
of Tarin Kowt.
During the meeting, village leaders and
representatives were consulted to gain an
understanding from the community of their key needs
and ideas for development proposals.
The Commanding Officer of the SOTG hoped to
continue to reap the benefits of the combined
operations with Afghan partners,
“Our partner force bring with them a unique
understanding of local conditions,” he said.
“Conducting these operations in close cooperation
with our partner force allows us greater clarity and
understanding of the community’s needs.”
New submarine office
A new Australian Submarine Program Office will
be established in Adelaide next month to manage
submarine availability required by Government.
Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and
Science Greg Combet said the new office was a
vital step towards achieving the submarine output
The Office will commence work in March and operate
as an integrated product team of Navy, Defence
Materiel Organisation and Australian Submarine
Corporation personnel led by DMO’s Director General
Submarines Commodore Bronko Ogrizek.
HMAs Success inquiry
A fresh inquiry into a range of equity and diversity
issues on board HMAS Success was launched in
The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal
Angus Houston, said that while he remained
confident that the military justice system was
working well, aspects of the system needed to
The Chief of the Defence Force also announced
the appointment of the Hon. Roger Gyles AO QC to
conduct a new Commission of Inquiry into a range of
matters arising from equity and diversity issues on
board HMAS Success.
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral (VADM) Russ Crane said
that appropriate behaviour from personnel ashore
and at sea was fundamental to the New Generation
“Equally important is my commitment to ensuring
that all my personnel have access to a fair, robust
and just inquiry system and that they are supported
throughout the process,” VADM Crane said.
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