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June 9, 2011
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is a quality, affordable non-government secondary school,
educating girls in a Catholic environment
for its strong focus on pastoral care
ADF mentor on site
technology rich environment
and neighbouring NSW centres
To find out more about Merici College
see our bsite at www.merici.act.edu.au
or contact the Enrolment Officer Ms Trish Ryan on (02) 6243 4102
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Caters for ADF families in the ACT
Air Force Band
June 12: The Ceremonial Band will
support the 3 Wing AAFC parade
at RAAF Base Richmond from
June 17: Force 10 will perform at
the Royal Children's Hospital in
June 22: The Ceremonial Band
will support the 1RTU graduation
parade at RAAF Base Wagga from
To confirm dates and timings,
call (03) 9256 2514.
No 315 (City of Canberra) Squadron
AAFC (formerly 15 FLT NSW AIRTC)
will celebrate its 60th anniversary
on September 17. As part of the
celebrations, 315SQN invites all
former squadron members to
attend a parade and squadron open
day at the Multi User Depot, HMAS
For more information, visit the
315SQN website at http://share-
default.aspx or contact CO
315SQN FLTLT (AAFC) Rob
West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
au or FSGT Glen Jones at glen.
Air Force fire and res-
An Air Force fire and rescue reunion
will be held at the Olims Hotel in
Canberra from October 28-30. The
reunion will include a reunion din-
ner and dedication of a plaque to all
serving and former members of the
Air Force Fire and Rescue Service at
the RAAF Memorial Grove.
More information from Pat
Mildren on (07) 4728 5261 or
Air Forc e Band
IT ISN'T acceptable to hide behind the
old adage "to err is human".
Instead, we should aim for excel-
lence in all we do, be professional,
accountable and contribute to the global
war on error with a targeted approach to
better understand ourselves and our own
That's according to human-perfor-
mance expert Dr Tony Kern who, during
a four-day forum in Canberra recently,
challenged the conventional wisdom on
human error. He introduced the alterna-
tive concept of empowering individuals
to recognise and strive for perfection
rather than merely compliance.
"When we hide behind this wall
of 'people make mistakes and there's
nothing we can do about it', it impacts
not only quality of life but safety," Dr
Kern said. "Errors do happen, but many
can be controlled with little more than
enhanced knowledge and serious per-
The Directorate of Defence Aviation
and Air Force Safety-facilitated forum
was attended by ADF personnel
involved in safety.
The aim of the forum was to increase
the ADF's practical human-factors (HF)
capability by exposing ADF participants
to contemporary HF training and practi-
cal tools, which will be trialled across
the ADF over the next 12 months.
Dr Kern said accountability and
responsibility were not politically incor-
"There's nothing wrong with telling
someone we are giving them the tools
and expect them to use them," he said.
"For far too long we've focused on
minimum standards of safety for opera-
tional performance. We have to be able
to expect that, given new tools, people
can strive for precision to ensure we all
take more control and accountability for
making the system safer.
"The key that opens the door to all
It is the role of each individual to decide
whether or not they use the information,
tools and technology they have been
"This is not about fixing problems.
Often safety is perceived as fixing some
deficiency and that's not what this is
about. This is about triggering latent
potentials within people, believing that
the human side of the man-machine
interface is just as capable of solving the
safety problem as any technology."
For more information, contact the
Deputy Director of Human and Systems
Performance, WGCDR Ben Cook, at email
email@example.com or visit www.
DEFENCE's online training website
Campus achieved a major milestone
on May 9 when its millionth student
Navy's AB Jenna Harvey was
the historic graduate after she com-
pleted the Introduction to Security
Campus was launched in 2003.
Director General Defence
Education, Training and
Development BRIG Peter Gates
said the one millionth Campus
course completion was a significant
milestone for Defence as it moves
to take greater advantage of tech-
nology for the delivery of training
"Campus is used to deliver about
3000 courses to all Defence mem-
bers and has the capacity to support
other forms of e-learning, includ-
ing mobile and other technologies,"
BRIG Gates said.
"Campus is a key part of our
future learning and development
The owner of the Introduction
to Security course, the Security
Communication and Skilling
Business Domain, was delighted
that it was their course that took
Campus over the one million mark.
Assistant Director of Security
Communication and Skilling,
Debra Moloney said: "It's great to
get more exposure for our Campus
course and I'm pleased she found it
convenient and user-friendly.
"Our team has worked hard to
ensure the course is up to date and
engaging. This is the second ver-
sion of the course and when it was
changed we tried to and make it
more attractive," she said.
Meanwhile, the Campus man-
agement team is working to
improve Campus for both students
and content owners.
One project that has had a huge
impact on the way Campus func-
tions is the Learning Management
System (LMS) Upgrade, which
started on May 23.
This moved Campus to a new
delivery platform, meaning Defence
personnel can enjoy a faster and
more streamlined e-learning experi-
ence. It has also provided a stable
foundation for Campus to build and
expand upon in future.
As well as the LMS upgrade,
Campus is currently working
with stakeholders on other inno-
vative technologies and enhance-
ments, such as Virtual Classrooms
Systems and improving the quality
of course content through a Content
Developers Resource Centre.
The Campus team is also
exploring the possibility of access
to a LMS from outside the DRN
If the live trials are successful
and the initiatives are supported into
the production environment, these
projects will contribute significantly
to training for service personnel and
will assist Defence in achieving its
savings targets within the Strategic
Good enough just isn't
good enough in the
global war on error
Police career on the radar for students
THINK SAFE: Dr Tony Kern, left, pictured here with GPCAPT Alan
Clements, Director of Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety, has offered the
ADF a new approach to safety.
Photo courtesy DDAAFS
Security Police member LAC Adam Stewart demonstrates a police vehicle radar to Peter Burford
during a tour of the 24SQN Military Working Dog and Security Police facilities at RAAF Base
Edinburgh by 50 students undergoing a Certificate III in Police Studies at the Adelaide TAFE.
Photo: LACW Nicci Freeman
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