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HE strength of our relationship with our
nearest neighbour, Papua New Guinea
(PNG), has been reinforced through our
successful support of the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
PNG hosted the year-long program of APEC
meetings, which culminated in the APEC Leaders’
Summit of presidents and prime ministers from 21
Pacific Rim member countries in Port Moresby from
The Australian Government was pleased to
support PNG in its APEC year. It was a privilege
for Defence to work with colleagues in the PNG
Government, defence force and police to provide
appropriate security and support.
We have had a long and deep security relationship
with PNG over many decades and our support to this
significant event is an extension of that.
I had the pleasure of visiting PNG recently, in
the lead-up to the APEC Leaders’ Summit. Along
with dignitaries and defence officials from PNG, I
had the opportunity to tour the landing helicopter
dock HMAS Adelaide, one of the Defence assets that
supported APEC. We were all impressed by Adelaide’s
capabilities and the professionalism of its crew.
I congratulate the ADF and APS personnel who
contributed to the success of our efforts in support of
the PNG Government.
Corporate Plan offers sweeping view
FROM time to time we all need to step back and
consider the big picture.
To get the best overview of our main
organisational objectives and priorities, I recommend
having a look at the 2018-19 Defence Corporate Plan.
The plan, which the Chief of the Defence Force
and I released in late June, will help all Defence
personnel gain an understanding and appreciation of
what we are striving to achieve.
A requirement of the Public Governance
Performance and Accountability Act, the plan sets
the direction for the Department and underpins the
business plans of the Groups and Services.
Our focus is on two key outcomes: defending
Australia and its national interests, and protecting and
advancing Australia’s strategic interests.
The Secretary reflects on
APEC, looks at the corporate
big picture, provides tips
to our graduates and offers
words of appreciation
The 2018-19 Corporate Plan describes how
Defence will build organisational capability to
support our national security interests and promote
them in a region that is growing more complex
and challenging. In addition, it covers how we
will continue to build a single integrated Defence
organisation and continue our reform journey.
We will continue to standardise services,
remove duplication of functions, professionalise the
workforce and ensure single, clear lines of ownership
We all have a role to play. We should all know
what our job is, where it fits into the big picture,
have or acquire the skills to do the job and have
the maturity to be accountable for our actions or
The Defence Corporate Plan is available at www.
Advice to graduates
I ENJOYED the chance to speak to the graduate
cohort in Adams Auditorium at the Australian
Defence Force Academy in Canberra recently. I
urged the graduates to not sweat so much about their
futures, but to do the sort of work they love doing.
Often, people who are passionate do great things with
My other advice was to read, read, read – briefs,
media releases, speeches, from ministers, opposition
members, senior leaders, think tanks and academics,
to know what opinion makers are thinking and
I spoke about the key challenges facing the
Department: a constant balancing act of competing
priorities, capability acquisitions and resourcing.
We are a much more cohesive and unified
organisation because of the First Principles Review,
but there is still more work to do to realise One
Defence outcomes and behaviours.
I told the graduates there was a clear
understanding across senior levels that a diverse
workforce is a strong workforce and we are a better
organisation when we are a diverse organisation.
I mentioned I have been involved in the APS
Review, which is focusing on what the public service
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