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September 15, 2011
A NEW program for families to comple-
ment the BattleSMART psychological
resilience program for military person-
nel was announced on August 23.
FamilySMART will provide a suite
of five face-to-face programs available
to the ADF member and their partner,
delivered in small groups.
The program is designed to
empower Defence families to build
on their wellbeing and psychological
The new program will complement
the existing BattleSMART program to
strengthen the ability of serving ADF
members to cope with and manage
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon said
FamilySMART was developed to fos-
ter resilience among Defence families.
"We know Defence families face
many difficult circumstances as a
result of their loved ones committing
to the ADF," he said.
"Deployment, postings and long
absences from home combine to dis-
rupt partners' careers and children's
The programs have been devel-
oped by the Defence Community
Organisation (DCO) in consultation
with Defence's Mental Health Branch.
They will be delivered by 26
Defence social workers across
The first stage of the scheme will
start in October and involve programs
in Darwin, Townsville, Cairns and
Brisbane. It will be expanded to other
locations in early 2012.
The one-hour 'FamilySMART:
Reintegration' presentation will begin
at Robertson Barracks in Darwin
during the week of October 10 and
is intended for members recently
returned from deployment and their
People can register with DCO
Darwin for one of the three presenta-
tions, including a daytime presenta-
tion in the week of October 10 and
evening presentations in the weeks of
October 17 and 24.
The programs are part of a wider
Defence strategy to support the men-
tal and physical wellbeing of ADF
members and their families through
Earlier this month the Government
announced more support for Defence
families with a $3 million boost to the
Partner Education and Employment
PEEP allows the partners of junior
ADF members to access $3000 grants
for vocational training and other edu-
cation opportunities to help them
For further information or to register
your interest, contact your local DCO
office or visit www.defence.gov.au/dco
Airfield access review submissions sought
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SUBMISSIONS are being called for a
review into civil aviation access to Air
The review was released for public
consultation in July and submissions are
open until October 31.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith said
the government was committed to allowing
civil access to military airfields where this
could be balanced with Defence's need for
security, operations and training.
"The civil aviation industry is encour-
aged to consider the review, and provide
comments for government to consider,"
It is one of two reviews announced by
Mr Smith into public access to military
The other, announced on June 1,
is about the future use of the Navy's
Garden Island facility by visiting cruise
Submissions to the Garden Island
review are also open until October 31.
The review will assess whether there
is scope to enhance cruise-ship access to
Garden Island without adversely affect-
ing its priority role of supporting Navy
operations. It will focus on opportunities
for greater civil-military cooperation for
finite berthing resources for very large
vessels in Sydney.
JOIN IN: Have your say on civil
aviation access to Air Force
Photo: LAC Terry Hartin
Contacts and more information
The Air Force airfields review
report and further information on
submissions is at www.airforce.
Submissions can be sent to
or to Deputy Director Civil Military
Aviation Coordination, Air Force
Headquarters, R1-06-C110, Russell
Offices, Canberra BC, ACT 2610.
Information on the Garden
Island review, terms of refer-
ence and advice on preparing
submissions, is available at
Submissions for the Garden
Island review should be forwarded
to by email to CruiseShipAccess.
by mail to Cruise Ship Access
Review Secretariat, R1-4-B163,
Russell Offices, Department of
Defence, PO Box 7901, Canberra
BC, ACT 2610.
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