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DEFENCE FORCE RECRUITINg
Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) in conjunction with Fairness and Resolution Branch are
developing a range of initiatives designed to better recruit and retain individuals from diverse
By Aoife Cooper
They aim to acquire stronger numbers in
women applying for positions within Defence by
introducing two new strategies.
Australia has long been known as a country
that prides itself on accepting others and giving
individuals a fair go, with equal opportunities
for everyone regardless of age, gender, sexual
preference or race.
Defence Senior Leadership and the Australian
Federal Government have made commitments
to increasing this diversity through the Defence
White Paper 2009 and a number of supporting
This commitment is of key importance for
developing recruitment and retention policy.
The ADF Recruiting Strategic Plan 2007-17
outlines the need for strategies to attract and
recruit individuals from a wider pool of talent to
address recruiting shortfalls, improve recruiting
performance, build organisational capability, to
provide strength within ADF through diversity of
people and skills.
This ensures that the ADF is reflective of
the community it serves, which is becoming
The White Paper policy identifies these two groups
as pertinent to direct future recruitment efforts.
LefT: As part of a recruiting initiative in the Northern
Territory, Leading Aircraftwoman Deborah Booker presents
the best on ground award in the Air Force Women’s
Division to Palmerston Magpies player Nicky Waterman
at the Defence Jobs AFL Northern Territory Carnival at TIO
for a diverse
DFR together with Fairness and Resolution Branch
launched the initiative designed to better the CDF’s
Action Plan for the Recruitment and Retention
of Women, the Recruitment of Women Strategy
(RoWS), and the Multicultural Recruitment and
Retention Strategy (MRRS).
Both the multicultural and women’s strategies
focus on raising the profile of the ADF as an
employer of choice for women and Australians of
culturally diverse backgrounds to serve in the Navy,
Army and Air Force.
In particular, the strategies aim to generate
awareness and understanding of employment
opportunities available for both groups, and how
the ADF can provide an enriching career. It is
important to the ADF to incorporate the differing
values and lifestyles that are important to
individuals of differing demographic backgrounds.
MRRS and RoWS aim to assist in achieving higher
rates of enquiry, application, and enlistments,
while providing support mechanisms that can lead
to higher retention rates of women and serving
members from culturally diverse backgrounds.
DFR is actively increasing involvement in local
community events and activities focused on
women and Australians from culturally diverse
Defence personnel interact with people from
ethnically diverse and women’s groups to discuss
ADF lifestyle and dispel myths about serving in
Recent activities included a ‘Women in Defence
Camp’ for secondary school students in Sydney,
women’s expos, professional breakfasts,
International Women’s Day events, women’s
breast cancer triathlon, as well as ‘women in
project management’ and ‘women in medicine’
Organiser of the recent ‘Women in Defence Camp’
and DFR Careers Counsellor at the Parramatta
recruiting centre, Air Force Corporal (CPL) Amelia
Stafford said the tours offered women that don’t
have regular military exposure the opportunity to
visit Defence bases.
“We also wanted to break down some
misconceived ideas about what being in the
Defence Force is all about,” CPL Stafford said.
“The event was very successful and tour
questionnaire feedback was positive. The girls had
a good time; they really enjoyed themselves.
“Following their experience, the girls agreed they
would definitely put forward an application for the
Defence Force,” she said.
Events to attract diverse personnel have included
participation at multicultural festivals, workers in
uniform expo and an event called Football with
Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Barry Rice, Career
Promotion Team Manager at the Perth recruiting
centre, explains their recent involvement with
Football with the Fuzz.
“This event aims to break down traditional barriers
between ethnic groups and Defence at an event
specifically designed to bring diverse cultures
together,” CPO Rice said.
“The event had culturally diverse ADF members
present and provided invaluable opportunities for
potential recruits and ADF members to mingle. This
opportunity established creditability between the
ethnic groups and the ADF and allowed individuals
to contemplate an ADF career.”
It is also important to have culturally diverse ADF
members involved in MRRS.
“The best way to achieve the MRRS aims overall
is have willing ADF members from culturally
diverse backgrounds to supplement DFR personnel
“This will make this integration process more
efficient and there will be credibility in our
multicultural recruiting aims,” CPO Rice said.
If you would like to be involved with MRRS and
RoWS events, or for more information, please
feel free to contact Miss Aoife Cooper, RoWS and
MRRS Project Officer, aoife.cooper@defence.
The Trucking Yard Eagles celebrate their win in the Army Community Division with Australian Defence
Force representatives at the Defence Jobs AFL Northern Territory Carnival at TIO Stadium, Darwin.
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