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August 4, 2011
FLTLT Julia Ravell
WEARY reservists returning from
deployment, exercise or operational
service can now be granted paid re-
serve days to recuperate under a
new Conditions of Service provision
in the Pay and Conditions Manual
This provision can also be applied
to reservists performing duties at a
location away from their place of resi-
dence over a weekend, public holiday
or rostered day off in certain circum-
Previously, there was no allow-
ance in reserve days made for the time
needed to recuperate from a deploy-
ment or for when it is not practical to
return home between duty days.
The Cadet, Reserve and Employer
Support Division Reserve Staff
Officer Reserve Policy, SQNLDR
Barry Robinson, said the provision
to pay reservists for days spent recu-
perating or when it was impractical
for them to return home from their
place of duty was a welcome measure
for the ADF to meet its duty of care
towards its reserve members.
“In the past, reservists who came
back from intense deployments had to
return to their civil workplaces and only
have time to recuperate at their own
expense,” SQNLDR Robinson said.
“Fatigued workers can be a risk
to workplace health and safety and
this provision will look after our
duty towards reservists and help
avoid workplace accidents that could
occur when a reservist goes back to
their civilian job after working long
and difficult hours for Defence,”
SQNLDR Robinson said.
“If the member has to perform
Defence duties during the days imme-
diately before or after a weekend or
similar break, and it isn’t practical
for them to return home, they may
be entitled to be paid for the full time
spent away from home.”
The new provision was approved
on July 6.
The Deputy Director Reserves,
commanding officers or activity
supervisors will hold the delegation
to decide which reservists will be able
to be granted benefits under these new
Reservists to get
July 6, reservists
will be able
to get paid
reserve days to
Photo: CPL Aaron
Payroll upgrade nears
RESERVISTS need to make sure
they have submitted outstanding
attendance diaries to assist with a
smooth transition to the new reserve
payroll system ‘go live’ date in early
It is also important that reserv-
ists update their personal details in
PMKeyS and CENRESPAY before
September 1 as the date to transi-
tion to PeopleSoft Global Payroll
The PMKeyS Technical Refresh
Project team is halfway through user
acceptance testing for Phase 1 of the
The activity involves almost 100
pay administrators and transactors
from Navy, Army, Air Force and
supporting business units.
Information from Personnel
Systems Project Delivery said ben-
➤ a move from monthly to fort-
nightly pay cycles;
➤ use of PMKeyS ID instead of
Service Number; and
➤ a new-look payslip (delivered to
their home address.
The project team is now prepar-
ing for Phase 2, which will intro-
duce the use of online payslips and
the ability to record attendances
online from April 2012.
More information and answers to
frequently asked questions is available
ciogweb/sites/PTRP/ or email cio.
Date extended for survey
THE closing date for survey
responses for the biggest reform
of reserve service in 60 years has
been extended to August 19.
More than 23,000 surveys
from the Reserve Reform Stream
(RRS) were mailed to permanent
and reserve personnel to shape
the creation of a new employment
offer for reservists.
The data generated will be used
by the RRS to develop a Predictive
Behaviour Model (PBM).
The PBM will allow Defence
to understand attitudes and prefer-
ences with regard to a number of
issues affecting service.
The behaviour model will help
determine what employment offer
is best for Defence and its reserv-
The RRS team will analyse cur-
rent and historical facts to make
predictions about the future of
reserve service and what it needs
to look like to be competitive in a
tight human resource market.
More information is available at
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