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December 8, 2011
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WHEN AC Coen Henry put on
his Air Force uniform during
his ADF Indigenous Pre-
Recruitment Course (IPRC),
he was sold.
"I knew that it was definitely a uni-
form I wanted to wear for a long time,"
AC Henry, now an airfield defence
guard trainee, completed the IPRC three
years ago -- but the course is still hitting
the mark in a big way.
The number of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islanders in Defence is
on the increase, thanks to the suc-
cess of Defence-specialised pathways
to employment and programs like the
IPRC, which help to prepare indigenous
job seekers for the ADF recruitment
Since the launch of the IPRC late in
2008, 28 graduates have accepted job
offers in the ADF, and others are still
progressing through the Defence Force
The ADF Senior Indigenous
Recruitment Officer, WO1 Colin
Watego, has been closely involved in the
delivery of the past six IPRCs. He said
that this program offered an excellent
pathway to a highly rewarding career.
An indigenous soldier himself, with
more than 37 years experience in Army,
WO1 Watego said that it was not about
lowering the bar for entry.
"It's about giving our young people
the awareness of what Defence can offer
them and then giving them the confi-
dence to actually apply," he said.
"When it comes to the Defence
Force recruiting process, the same
standards for entry apply to all
Australians. We encourage and mentor
indigenous applicants through the whole
process and through the IPRC we place
them in a position where they are highly
"I've had the privilege and oppor-
tunity to work with indigenous
Australians from remote communities,
regional communities and urban com-
The IPRC is the ADF's flagship
indigenous recruiting program and is
aimed primarily at candidates from
urban and regional communities,
although several candidates from remote
communities have experienced success
on the program.
A sister initiative, the Defence
Indigenous Development Program,
is aimed more at remote and regional
communities and is delivered over eight
"Apart from lack of awareness of
what we can offer, I think education has
been one of the major stumbling blocks
that has prevented many indigenous
Australians from getting into the ADF,"
WO1 Watego said.
"One of the fundamental strengths of
the course is that participants are given
extensive exposure to Defence Force
training, values and ethos.
"The IPRC is based on the Army
recruit model, so when the candidates
graduate and proceed through the recruit-
ing process, we have found them to be
strong recruits at each of the training
schools because of their preparation."
AC Henry said although his journey
into Defence had been a long one, he
knew it was what he was meant to do.
"I joined because I wanted to sup-
port my family and be the best person I
could be," he said.
"I knew that by joining Air Force
you don't become complacent and I get
paid to do something I enjoy not some-
thing I do simply to make ends meet."
AC Henry said the IPRC taught him
a lot about himself and prepared him for
a career in the Air Force.
"The IPRC was a semi military life-
style," he said.
"The course gave me insight into
what to expect and it also gave me an
upper hand because, once I did get to
1 Recruit Training Unit, I had a good
bit of knowledge behind me before I
For further information about indigenous
opportunities in Defence, including the
IPRC, visit www.defencejobs.gov.au/
Australia (DHA) has
announced two new
initiatives to better assist
families moving into new accom-
modation during the coming posting
To further assist families know-
ing their responsibilities as tenants,
it has updated its Tenants' Handbook
and Guide to Rent Allowance.
The handbook provides infor-
mation on organising utilities in
families' new residences, including
making modifications, maintenance
and inspections. It also features a
contacts page and checklists to help
families when moving into and out
of their service residence.
The guide has been updated to
assist families who are or will be
renting a property from the private
Under its second initiative, to
further ensure the safety and secu-
rity of Defence families living in
DHA-rented accommodation, DHA is
issuing identity cards to contractors
it has authorised to carry out main-
tenance or repair work on Defence
The new publications are available
from the local housing management
centre or online at www.dha.gov.au,
and the Tenant Handbook will also be
provided in the welcome pack.
DHA help is
ADF indigenous program gains traction
SUCCESSFUL RECRUITS: AC Coen Henry, left, and AB
Matthew Moore hold a dummy round in the 76mm magazine
onboard HMAS Melbourne.
Photo: AB Andrew Dakin
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