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RESERVISTS can look forward to sweeping changes
in the way their pay is administered from July 1 next
year, which will remove many of the current frustra-
tions and delays.
With the exception of a limited number of reserve
personnel, Air Force reserve pay is currently pro-
cessed through the pay sections of the respective
reserve city squadrons.
Now, work is under way to transfer the pay data
entry function for reservists from the squadrons to the
Reserve Pay Administration Centre (RPAC), which is
located at Bandiana, during the first half of 2011.
RPAC processes about 8 per cent of Air Force
reserve pay, all of Navy Reserve and 20 per cent of
Army Reserve pays.
From July 1, all reserve
pay will be transacted
through Global Payroll,
which is a module of
PMKeyS. This important
step will mean that mem-
bers will be able to receive
their pay on a fortnightly
basis, removing the need
for them to either wait until the end of the month or
else be subject to the 'five consecutive days trigger',
and there will be improved reporting at unit level for
Planning is also under way for reserve pay attend-
ance diaries and associated allowances to be pro-
cessed through PMKeyS Self Service (PSS) from
Members who have access to PSS will be able
to claim days worked through PSS without the need
to complete the current Reserve Attendance Diary
(RAD). Instead, the diary will automatically be sent
to the member's supervisor for authorisation before
being uploaded into the pay system.
Members will also be able to update their bank
details, personal details, emergency contacts and
view their payslips through PSS.
Those members without PSS access will still be
able to claim their pay by completing their RAD as
they currently do.
For the present, the governance functions will
remain with the squadrons.
This important new initiative is one of the reform
streams emanating from the Strategic Reform
WGCDR Tony Smith from the office of the
Director General Reserves--Air Force said the need to
deliver a reliable and timely pay service to reservists
was an integral part of the SRP.
"The new Global Payroll system is currently
being developed, and as a result not all the questions
that members and units may have can be answered,"
"Updates will be provided on a regular basis as
more information becomes available."
Any questions can be directed to WGCDR Tony Smith
on 0407 663 797 or WOFF Garry O'Connor on 02 6265
2490. Reserve members can also direct general pay
inquiries to 1800 DEFENCE.
AN INCREASED presence by Toll officers
to provide greater supervision at removal
uplift and delivery will be one of the chang-
es ADF members will notice with the new
contract arrangements with Toll Transitions
that started on July 1.
The Director of Relocations and
Housing, Alan McClelland, said the new
contract also included the introduction of a
smaller carton kit for removals by recruits
Mr McClelland said that the new
micro-carton kit is to be used primarily
for single recruits and students to pack
their clothing and other items of a personal
The new micro-carton kit will include
a port-a-robe, four tea chests, two book
cartons, 25 sheets of packing paper, a roll
of tape and a black marker pen.
"This will make the quantity of pack-
ing materials more realistic with the actu-
al needs of the members and reduce the
amount of waste that has been evident
under past practices," Mr McClelland said.
Members are reminded that the car-
ton kits issued are not the total pre-pack
solution for their removal. Mr McClelland
stressed that there are no changes to the
existing standard carton kits and mini-car-
ton kits currently used by ADF members
undertaking a Defence removal.
Members are encouraged to contact Toll
Transitions on 1800 819 167 for more
information on their entitlement to carton kits.
Removal changes coming A NEW Defence health-care ser-
vice has begun with Joint Health
Command's Home Health Care
Program (HHCP) starting in the
Operating out of the Duntroon
medical centre, the HHCP recog-
nises that a patient's recovery is
enhanced by clinical care at home,
as long as nursing supervision and
support are in place.
Commander Joint Health
MAJGEN Paul Alexander said
the pilot program is expected to
deliver a range of benefits to ADF
members while they are recu-
perating from illness, injury and
surgery. The program will end on
December 31 and be evaluated
before expansion is considered.
"The HHCP is designed to pro-
vide ADF patients with high qual-
ity clinical care at home with sup-
port for themselves and their fami-
lies," MAJGEN Alexander said.
Qualifying members will be
under the care of a medical officer
and able to attend a pre-admission
Central to the success of the
HHCP is the Home Health Care
Nurse (HHCN) who will attend
to any pre-operative require-
ments such as measuring for anti-
embolism stockings and crutches
or other equipment, as well as
coordinating blood tests, medical
imaging, sick leave and referral to
allied health professionals.
The day following discharge
home from hospital the HHCN
will telephone you to arrange the
first home visit.
They will then assess the need
for home visits based on the type
and extent of your surgery or ill-
The HHCP operates five days per
week from 8am-4pm. For further
information contact the Director
Nursing services on (02) 6265 9389
or MAJ Lynda White on (02) 6265
Home health-care program takes off
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