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AIR FORCE October 15, 2009
NEW LOG ON THE JOB: 2OCU's OIC of Avionics, FSGT Marco Brugnatti, discusses a maintenance
job with avionic technicians LACs David Holme, Ryan Pratt and Michael Turon (now with 77SQN). FSGT
Brugnatti says a fitter can now complete a task without being accompanied by a mentor, thanks to the
introduction of the Air Force Skills Log.
Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
TWO important questions must be
asked within Air Force.
How can our senior leaders know
what's important to Air Force mem-
bers and how can Air Force and People
Strategies and Policy (PSP) Group devel-
op policies that work for airmen and air-
That's where the Defence Attitude
Survey (DAS) comes in.
Now is your opportunity to have your
say.This year, the DAS has changed
with the survey now being administered
entirely online to a 10 per cent random
stratified sample three times a year.
The DAS has also been extensively
reviewed to reduce the size of the sur-
vey, making it easier to complete and to
ensure it is aligned with broader Defence
research and personnel strategies.
The August administration of the
DAS was conducted entirely online for
the first time and yielded some good
response rates -- Navy 40 per cent, Army
44 per cent, Air Force 51 per cent and
civilians 59 per cent.
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin
thanked those personnel who took the
time to respond to the August adminis-
"I would like to extend my thanks to
those Air Force personnel who provided
valuable feedback in the August DAS,"
AIRMSHL Binskin said.
"I would now like to see an increase
in the response rates.
"If you are one of the 10 per cent
of Air Force personnel selected to par-
ticipate in the online DAS in October, I
strongly encourage you to take the time
to complete the survey.
"Your participation provides Air
Force's senior leadership with the infor-
mation required to ensure its personnel-
related policies and programs are meet-
ing the needs of you, the members."
DAS results are regularly featured in
AIR FORCE News.
The next DAS will be administered online
from October 23 to November 8.
The key results from the 2008 DAS
can be viewed at www.defence.gov.au
(Reports and Publications).
Having your say
New log for
By SQNLDR Sean Lacey
AVIONIC technicians and air-
craft structural fitters in Air Com-
bat Group (ACG) are being used
more effectively to ensure ACG is
better able to meet its roles.
In 2008, amendments to the ADF
Aviation Maintenance Management
Manual required ACG to re-evaluate
the way fitters were employed and
ACG found that most fitters were
employed on flightline tasks while
they progressed through their com-
petency journals. This placed the
bulk of the workload with the CPLs
and did not provide the most effec-
tive development of fitters.
To provide a more useable tech-
nical workforce able to produce
more serviceable aircraft, ACG
formed a technical workforce project
team which developed the Air Force
Skills Log as a direct replacement
for the competency journal.
The competency journal was
focused on providing fitters with an
aerospace industry Certificate IV,
whereas the skills log focuses on
progressing fitters through training,
on the job experience and assess-
ments leading to progressive task
authorisation. It improves the proc-
ess of recording a fitter's work his-
tory prior to assessment, and pro-
vides a basis for progressive task
authorisation in their Record of
Training and Employment (RTE).
They will still receive their
Certificate IV after completing the
skills log. However, ACG's prior-
ity is to ensure that the fitter work-
force is more effectively used and
is able to progressively exercise and
expand its task authorisations, thus
better preparing fitters to become
The project team has received
positive feedback from squadrons
and statistics indicate ACG has an
increasingly more useable fitter
The skills log increased the
number of authorisations in a fitter's
RTE. In June 2009, 36 per cent of
competency assessments were able
to correlate to more than one skill.
The impact is evident for units
such as 2 Operational Conversion
After arriving at 2OCU from the
RAAF School of Technical Training
in Wagga and completing relevant
courses, fitters were assessed as
competent and task authorised to
work on individual systems.
"The fitter can now work on a
job without being accompanied by a
mentor, freeing up a valuable person
for another job," OIC of Avionics,
FSGT Marco Brugnatti, said.
This doubles the efficiency of
the two fitters and gives members
a greater overall sense of belonging
within the unit, leading to a more
productive workforce and improved
2OCU's Senior Engineering
Officer SQNLDR Craig Darby said:
"2OCU has seen a steady increase
in personnel effectiveness since the
introduction of the skills log."
IF SOMEONE you know has
made an outstanding contribution
to Defence in the past 12 months,
you can nominate them for an
Australia Day Medallion.
The award recognises out-
standing contributions by indi-
viduals over the last 12 months or
service over a number of years,
and only rewards service which
has not been recognised before.
You may nominate anyone who
will be serving on Australia Day
next year, unless they received a
medallion for the same duties in
the past five years.
Submit nominations on Form
AD110 -- Nomination for Australia
Day Medallion through your chain
of command to your branch
head who will then forward it
to the Directorate of Honours
and Awards (DH and A). For Air
Command members, each FEG
Headquarters is to forward its
consolidated returns to the Staff
Officer Honours and Awards at
Nominations are due at DH and
A by November 10.
More information is available
at the DH and A website: www.
defence.gov.au/medals or on the
HQAC intranet website.
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