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workers and their partners and immediate family members. VVCS is a specialised, free and
confidential Australia-wide service.
VVCS can provide you with:
• Individual, couple and family counselling including case management services
• After-hours crisis telephone counselling via Veterans Line
• Group programs including Anger Management, Depression, Anxiety, Lifestyle Management and
• Support on transition from military to civilian life, including The Stepping Out Program
• Information, self-help resources and referrals to other services.
We can help you work through issues such as stress, relationship, family problems and other
lifestyle issues as well as emotional or psychological issues associated with your military service.
If you need support or would like more
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call or visit our website.
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SPIT POLISHED PRESENTATIONS
June 9, 2011
Expressions of Interest
Role: Combat Control
Closing date : July 1
Role: Remuster to
Closing date : July 26
Closing date: July 29
Role: Military Skills
Closing date: July 29
For information on
how to apply, log on
to People Central
via the PMKeyS
portal on the DRN
MORTGAGE subsidy assistance
under the Defence Home Owner-
ship Assistance Scheme (DHOAS)
is available to reserve members
who have completed an eight-year
qualifying period and who have
accrued a service credit under the
To qualify, active members of
reserve units must complete effec-
tive reserve service of at least 20
days within a financial year.
The 20 days must include at
least one day of reserve service,
with the other days made up of
either reserve service, permanent
service, CFTS or, in certain cir-
cumstances, required unpaid
Director Relocations and
Housing Alan McClelland said he
was keen to remind reservists that
only effective service was recog-
nised under DHOAS legislation
for the purpose of determining a
member's eligibility and the level
of subsidy entitlement.
"It is important for reserve
members to understand that if they
fail to render effective service,
DHOAS legislation determines that
they effectively stopped being a
member of the ADF for that entire
service year," Mr McClelland said.
"Ineffective service can sub-
stantially reduce the subsidy ben-
efit -- or cease it altogether.
"I urge all reserve members to
be mindful of this requirement."
He said that if members
believed exceptional circumstances
had prevented them from perform-
ing effective service as a reserve
member, they might still be able to
have their service deemed effective
under Regulation 20.
"Recognised exceptional cir-
cumstances include the correction
of a record-keeping error or where
a service-related medical condition
made the member medically unfit
to serve during the year.
"However, exceptional cir-
cumstances would generally not
include civilian employment or
where service was not offered.
"If seeking Regulation-20 con-
sideration, members must submit
their applications through their
unit for endorsement by their com-
"After endorsement, appli-
cations can then be submitted to
the Director-General Personnel of
Army, Navy or Air Force as appro-
Mr McClelland said if members
had any concerns about their eli-
gibility for a Subsidy Certificate,
they should review the scheme's
website or speak with a DHOAS
Comprehensive information about
DHOAS is available at www.dhoas.
gov.au or by calling 1300 4 DHOAS
(1300 434 627) or emailing dhoas@
LCDR Helen Walker and
SQNLDR Deanna Nott
A SURVEY designed to gauge the effectiveness of the
Employer Support Payment Scheme is being sent to
reservists, their military supervisors and civilian em-
Cadet Reserve and Employer Support Division
Directorate of Employer Support Payment Scheme
(ESPS), through Defence contractor Dipolar, will
contact a select group who received Employer
Support Payments in the financial year 2009/10 via
email or regular mail.
The director of ESPS, Doug Stedman, said the
objective of the scheme was to enhance employer
support for reserve service to increase the availability
of reservists for Defence service.
"As with any Government program involving the
expenditure of public monies, it is important that we
monitor how well the program is achieving its objec-
tives," he said.
"This short 10-minute survey will help us meas-
ure the value of the reserve service undertaken by
reservists for which ESPS payments were made.
In addition, the survey will seek to provide data on
issues such as how do employers find out about the
ESPS and where do they go to seek advice on ESPS
The survey data will also be used to assist
Defence staff and Defence Reserves Support Council
members in managing the employment of reservists.
scheme survey to
READ THE SIGNS: Mortgage subsidy assistance under
DHOAS is only available to reservists who have completed
an eight-year qualifying period and have accrued at least 20
days' effective service within a financial year.
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
DFA calling families
to have their say
DEFENCE Families of Australia (DFA) has
called for opinions from Defence families as
the organisation prepares for its annual DFA
Conference in August.
DFA is inviting views on deployment, relo-
cations, education and childcare in its annual
pre-conference surveys and meetings before
the August conference.
A DFA spokesperson said all comments
were welcome at any of the scheduled region-
al DFA pre-conference meetings and families
could also register their thoughts online at
The survey closes on June 30. Families
who complete the survey will be eligible to
win one of ten $50 gift vouchers.
For more information on the DFA pre-conference,
call 1800 100 509 or email www.dfa.org.au
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