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A new nationwide program fosters diversity
by providing people with a disability
the opportunity to bolster Defence’s
Assistance Program members
Delta, Daniel and Robbie and
their coordinator, Bronwyn, with
the Maritime Patrol Systems
Program Office’s Data Manager,
Andrew Schulz, along with
Warrant Officer Christopher
Rhone and Corporal Leigh
Anderson in the office at RAAF
Photo: Corporal Craig Barrett
HE DEFENCE Administrative
Assistance Program (DAAP)
partners with local community
organisations to give people with a
disability the opportunity to engage
in meaningful work. Through this engagement,
the program provides administrative support to
bases in the regions.
The Secretary of Defence, Dennis
Richardson, earlier this year launched the
program at RAAF Base Amberley, which is
being delivered by HELP Enterprises.
“To the members of DAAP, I would say to
you that what you do is a very important job,”
“Defence achieves its strategic aims
through a lot of people working together.
DAAP work frees up staff whose time
would otherwise be taken up with fulfilling
“This helps Air Force put aircraft in the air.
You may not see a direct connection, but let
me tell you, there is a very real connection.”
The launch gave Dennis an opportunity
to meet the DAAP team in their workplace,
where they work on a roster system under the
supervision of HELP staff.
“The launch was a lot of fun, especially
going in the Globemaster C-17 and meeting
the Air Force puppies,” says Angela
Plumridge, of the DAAP team.
Her colleague, Cody Billington, says he
loves being part of the team and doing a range
of work such as shredding, mail-outs and
burning documents on to CD.
“The people in Defence are the nicest
people I’ve ever met,” says Cody, who adds
that he feels like he’s helping Australia in
some way by working for Defence.
The Senior ADF Officer at Amberley, Air
Commodore Scott Winchester, describes the
DAAP as a “win-win” for Defence.
“The DAAP provides meaningful and
rewarding work to participants that helps
to develop their abilities and contributes to
Defence outcomes on a daily basis,” Scott
A similar program, formerly known as
JobMatch, has operated in Canberra for more
than 20 years.
The new DAAP program began in 2014
with a pilot program in Enoggera.
Following the launch of the Amberley
program, DAAP teams have been established
at RAAF Base Edinburgh, HMAS Stirling,
Victoria Barracks in Melbourne, Lavarack
Barracks in Townsville and Holsworthy
Barracks in Sydney.
One will also be set up at Robertson
Barracks in Darwin by April 2017.
Defence has three Disability
Champions in our senior leadership
group: Dr Peter Lawrence, Chief
Information Officer; Philippa Crome,
First Assistant Secretary Ministerial
& Executive Coordination and
Communication; and Richard Oliver,
First Assistant Secretary People
Our Disability Champions promote
Defence’s disability programs
and policies and advise how we
can better support people with
disability in the workplace.
Each program will be delivered by local
Australian Disability Enterprises, including
HELP Enterprises, which has been engaged to
deliver the Queensland program.
According to Dennis, it is vital that an
organisation as big as Defence reflects the
diversity of the community it serves.
“Defence spends $32 billion of taxpayers’
money every year, and provides employment
for over 100,000 people – including the ADF,
the APS, contractors and reservists,” Dennis
“An organisation that large, which spends
that amount of the taxpayers’ money, in my
view has an obligation to put something back.”
For more information or to become part of
the Disability Employee Network, email
“TO THE MEMBERS
OF THE DEFENCE
I WOULD SAY TO YOU
THAT WHAT YOU DO IS A
VERY IMPORTANT JOB.”
SECRETARY OF DEFENCE
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