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October 14, 2010
AIR FORCE BAND
October 14: The Ceremonial band will take part in the Tocumwal
Historic Aerodrome street march in Tocumwal, NSW, from
October 14: The Concert Band will give a free concert in Tocumwal
NSW as part of the Historic Aerodrome reunion from 2pm.
October 17: The Low Brass Ensemble will give a concert and
workshop at Camberwell High school from 2pm.
October 22: The Ceremonial Band will provide musical support to
the RAAF Base Richmond Freedom of Entry to the City to be held
at Pitt Town, NSW, from 10.30am
October 22: The Air Force Jazz Ensemble will provide musical sup-
port to the RAAF Base Richmond Sergeants' Mess spring ball.
Who's leaving after 20+ years' service
FSGT Warren Davey
WOFF Katrina Salvesen
SQNLDR Steven Williams
FSGT David Williams
WGCDR Dale Watson
CPL Terence McEarlen
WOFF Ian McPherson
FSGT Simon Flack
SGT Simon Wyton
SGT David Shaw
FLTLT Simon Tupperainen
Fraud proved a bad idea
A CONVICTION last month has
served as a timely warning for every-
one about fraud against the Common-
The mere mention of the word
fraud is usually enough to ensure that
ADF members stay on the straight
and narrow at all times.
Unfortunately, however, the idea
of being found guilty of committing
fraud is not enough to deter everyone
from doing the wrong thing.
An Army reservist was convicted
last month of two fraud offences in a
Northern Territory Court.
The reservist, who claimed to be
self-employed but was actually work-
ing full-time as a Northern Territory
police officer, pleaded guilty to
obtaining a financial benefit by decep-
tion and making a false claim for
Employer Support Payments (ESP).
He was sentenced to two months'
imprisonment (suspended) and must
be of good behaviour for 18 months.
He was required to pay back all of the
money and also now has a criminal
conviction on his record.
The Director of the Employer
Support Payment Scheme, Doug
Stedman, said it was disappointing
that the reservist abused the scheme.
"It is very concerning to our
organisation and provides us with a
good reason to remind Reservists that
they must ensure their claims are gen-
uine," Mr Stedman said.
"The ESP Scheme aims to enhance
employer support for Reserve ser-
vice and increase the availability of
Reservists to undertake Defence ser-
vice by providing financial support
to employers. Payments may also be
made to self-employed reservists."
The scheme was set up under a
Defence Determination detailing the
eligibility criteria for all ESP claims.
"Decision makers are responsible
for the approval of ESP claims. They
ensure only genuine claimants are
rewarded by the Scheme," he said.
"Everyone must be aware that
when there is any suggestion or evi-
dence that a claimant is trying to
obtain a financial advantage from
the Commonwealth by fraud or
deception, the matter is immedi-
ately forwarded to the appropriate
Defence agency for investigation.
"If investigation reveals that
a claimant has committed fraud or
deception, the facts will be submitted
to the appropriate authorities (normal-
ly Commonwealth Director of Public
Prosecutions) for prosecution.
"Reservists should remember that
this may lead to criminal prosecution
and loss of employment," he said.
Security clearances simplified
MAJOR changes to vetting processes mean all future ADF recruits
will be cleared to Secret during their initial training. The changes
follow the October 1 launch of the Australian Government Security
Vetting Agency (AGSVA). "Previously, ADF recruits were cleared
to Restricted and then later upgraded," head of the AGSVA Peter
Sinfield said. The AGSVA will also speed up vetting processes,
including requiring people to prove their identity only once, and
reducing much of the paperwork. "Changes to personal details can
be made online," he said. "Personnel can complete their clearance
forms and update their personal details and circumstances 24/7
from home or work."
General vetting enquiries can be directed to the AGSVA Client
Service Centre, 1800 640 450, firstname.lastname@example.org.
au or visit the AGSVA website: www.defence.gov.au/agsva
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