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May 26, 2011
Tell us about the
other hats you wear
All Reservists (Active and Specialist) should recently
have received mail asking about your civil skills (formal,
self-claimed, experience) for the Civil Skills Data e-survey.
It is very important that you complete this survey as it
helps the Australian Defence Force better identify people
with speci c skills that can be drawn upon for emergencies,
exercises and deployments.
You will receive a half day pay for preparing and completing
the sur vey and it will also help your Reserve career.
It's time to complete the Civil Skills Data e-survey
There s still time for you to complete the survey. Make sure
you have all your paperwork ready licences, degrees and
other quali cations before you start.
If you have any questions about the survey, or any of the
information collected, please email your query and PMKeyS
number to ADO.CivilSkillsData@defence.gov.au
You can complete the survey on your own or a Defence
computer, but you should complete it as soon as you can.
Visit www.civilskillsdata.com today
Skills in Reserve
DIVERSITY, including gender diversity,
has long been recognised as a vital dynamic
in the most effective use of an organisa-
That is why Air Force has introduced an
exciting new strategy to better manage the
range of talents provided by its workforce,
improve the ratio of females employed
within the service, support new Air Force
parents and improve the system for flexible
The new initiative is called the Gender
It is predicated on the basis that gen-
der diversity will be an important tool for
ensuring that the service has a sustainable
workforce that can deliver maximum capa-
bility into the future. This will be achieved
by accessing the broader talent pool avail-
able from both genders, and by developing
and harnessing the strengths provided by
the differences they offer in leadership,
communication, personality characteristics
and work methodologies.
Director General Personnel -- Air Force
(DGPERS-AF) AIRCDRE Bob Rodgers
said the need for improving female partici-
pation in Air Force had never been greater.
"Females represent over 50 per cent of
the Australian population, yet in Air Force
they represent only about 17 per cent,"
AIRCDRE Rodgers said.
"We need to be actively trying to
change this trend and provide greater
female participation in our workforce."
A range of education and development
courses designed to support both genders
are to be offered under the strategy. More
than 100 course places will be provided
across a range of training and personal
development opportunities to assist with
new parenting, flexible employment and
career development opportunities.
The strategy will be rolled out in three
Phase 1 -- Mentoring and development
opportunities, which started this month;
Phase 2 -- Supporting new parents,
which starts in July; and
Phase 3 -- Improving the flexible
employment system, which also starts
DGPERS-AF will provide sponsorship
for the programs in the 2011/12 timeframe.
Nominations are now open for Phase 1.
All course costs are funded by DGPERS-
AF, with parent units retaining responsibil-
ity for any associated travel costs.
"I hope this strategy will provide the
foundations to move Air Force forward
into the future on this issue," AIRCDRE
Further information about the programs
being offered is available on the DGPERS-
AF intranet site or through your unit's
administration officer. Alternatively, contact
SQNLDR Jade Deveney at jade.deveney@
defence.gov.au for the program list and
say on SRP
NEW TOOL TO HARNESS TALENTS: Air Force's new
Gender Diversity Strategy will access the broader talent
pool available from both genders. Pictured is CPL Lyn
Farrier and LAC Stephen Domagalski working together at
RAAF Base Amberley.
Photo: LACW Kylie Gibson
DEFENCE personnel will have the
chance to share their thoughts on the
Strategic Reform Program (SRP) un-
til June 3 as the Strategic Reform and
Governance Executive conducts its
third SRP Change Readiness Survey.
The confidential survey -- which
started on May 23 -- is intended to
assess the extent to which Defence
personnel are adopting the SRP's
culture of continuous improvement,
and are committing to cost-conscious
This will then assist in determin-
ing how reform initiatives are planned
for and implemented in the future by
providing the Senior Leadership Group
(SLG) and the executive insight into
how Defence is managing change.
The survey will target the SLG and
a random sample of Defence person-
nel across Australia. Those selected
personnel will receive emails inviting
their participation, with an electronic
link to the survey.
The information the survey pro-
vides about the change readiness of
Defence will help shape future reform
initiatives under SRP.
Feedback is appreciated, and per-
sonnel in regional and remote areas are
encouraged to participate to ensure that
the results are not centrally focused.
For more information on the survey, refer
to DEFGRAM 301/2011.
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