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The Transfield Services Garrison Support Services (GSS) team in South Australia recently
partnered with legendary Australian clothing and boot manufacturer RM Williams and
employment broker Northern Futures to coordinate an eight-week Indigenous pre-employment
program at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
The Aboriginal Employment Ready Project
was aimed at providing indigenous people
with exposure to new skills and possible
career pathways to increase their employment
opportunities, by becoming work ready.
The work ready program covered a wide range of
skills development including: team building, job
application techniques, improved communication,
time management, and a family well-being course.
TAFE South Australia Training Manager at the
Aboriginal Access Centre, Cheryl Cairns, said the
success of the pilot program was due largely to the
collaboration of a number of industry stakeholders.
“The enthusiasm and commitment that was
demonstrated when to getting to know the
participants and sharing valuable work-based
knowledge was instrumental to the success of the
program and was greatly appreciated by all,” Cheryl
Mock interview training, interview presentation
skills, site inductions, site and task training,
mentoring and general work assistance were some
of the activities provided to participants. Training
was also undertaken in the hospitality field which
included first-aid, white card, HACCP (food safety),
RSA (responsible service of alcohol) and manual
Program participant Mavis Betts said she felt proud
for completing the courses and enjoyed making new
friends who were a great support for each other.
“The course has helped me see what opportunities
there are available out there. I didn’t know that I
would like hospitality work, but I did, and Transfield
Services have now offered me casual function
work,” Mavis said.
Participants and organisers were very pleased
with the achievements of the eight graduating
candidates, with three candidates securing ongoing
Transfield Services Health, Safety and
Environmental Coordinator GSS-South Australia,
Bryan Collins, congratulated participants on their
“As an outsider I
could see the joy on
their faces as they
had a go at trying
something for the
very first time and
course was a lot of
work and effort but
that made it all the
Mr Collins said.
BeLOW: Transfield Services Health Safety and
Environmental Coordinator GSS-SA, Mr Bryan Collins, with
two participants from the work ready program.
programs directly coincides with the Transfield
Services Indigenous Participation Strategy and the
commitment outlined in Transfield’s Reconciliation
The program concluded with a presentation
ceremony, acknowledging Transfield Services, RM
Williams and Northern Futures support, along with
congratulating graduating participants.
LefT: A participant prepares food in the kitchen as a part of the work ready program at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
The facility is a joint project for Navy between
Defence Materiel Organisation, Navy Minor Projects
and Defence Support Group’s Infrastructure Division,
and has been specifically designed and built to
support a second bridge simulator.
The aim of the project was to provide an additional
full mission simulator in addition to four part-
mission simulators and a 10-personal computer
desktop simulator trainer, utilising the existing
However, investigations found that the proposed
solution did not fit within the allocated budget, and
did not capitalise on the best aspect of the site – the
view over Sydney Harbour.
There was also the challenge of incorporating a
new facility with an existing building. Another issue
with the site was the large manhole and sunken
entry which potentially affected the use of space for
future development and expansion.
A number of factors in addition to the budget
influenced the preferred solution.
The Defence White Paper 2009 plan to acquire new
ships during the next 15-20 years would require the
provision of a third bridge simulator.
With that in mind, the team set about master-
planning for a long-term building solution to
accommodate three simulators.
The ultimate configuration maintained long-term
office space that capitalised on the views across
the harbour and protected windows from the setting
sun. Once the concept had been developed for the
total facility, it was then pared back to the current
project brief requirements.
Meeting the building’s spatial requirements was
only part of the solution. The project also upgraded
aBOVe: Just like a warship –
the Bridge Training Facility at HMAS Watson.
the power supply and air-conditioning systems
to cope with the additional loads imposed by the
new simulators. The building’s fire protection
systems were also upgraded to support the
This project demonstrates how thinking outside
the square and designing for additional functions
can allow a building to accommodate Defence’s
The end result is a refurbished bridge simulator
facility that can house two complete mission
simulators and four part-mission simulators.
The facility is readily expandable to accommodate
a third simulator, has improved staff amenities
that maximise the best aspects of the site, and
provides a value-for-money solution for the Royal
The Bridge Training Facility was completed
in November 2009, ready to receive the
Kongsberg Maritime’s Bridge Simulator System
in October 2010, for the first intake of students
in January 2011.
The newly refurbished $1.8 million Bridge Training Facility at
HMAS Watson has utilised a diverse range of options to deliver a
simulator that puts students right at the helm of a Navy warship.
Defence was recognised in two categories of the 2010
Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
(SRCC) Safety Awards announced on 23 September.
In its tenth year, the Awards recognise public and
private sector agencies as well as individuals within
the Comcare scheme who achieved excellence in
workplace occupational health, safety, rehabilitation
and return-to-work practices.
This year attracted 17 finalists across five categories.
Defence was successful in the following two
Winner in Category 5 – Best
Individual Contribution to
Health and Safety
Air Force, RAAF Base Darwin, Rigging subject
matter expert – Mr Bruce Hansen
Mr Hansen identified a weakness in policy and
practice associated with ‘Rigging’ operations
associated with antenna maintenance and working at
heights. He then developed policy and procedure to
address these gaps and influenced a change in RAAF
policy and procedures that are now the accepted
Highly commended in Category
6 – Rehabilitation and Return to
Navy – HMAS Kuttabul, Clinical Pilates
Rehabilitation Program, Dr Anna Lewis,
Dr Anna Lewis established the Clinical Pilates
Rehabilitation Program in 2003 to assist injured
RAN members achieve a reduction in pain, improved
mobility and considerably shortened return to work
timeframes. Since its inception, more than 600
Defence personnel have participated in the program,
seven Defence members have had decisions reversed
on medical discharge and many continue with self-
Bruce Hansen will now be entered into the National
Safe Work Australia Awards in 2011.
Senior Defence representatives at the SRCC Awards
included Deputy Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal
Geoff Brown; Deputy Secretary People Strategies and
Policy, Mr Phil Minns; Head People Capability, Major
General Craig Orme; and Director General Mental
Health, Psychology and Rehabilitation, Mr David
Further information and how to enter in the 2011
Defence OHS Awards is available at: www.defence.
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