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April 26, 2012
Air Force Improvement
May 6: Wings Over
May 5-6: Howitt Park
May 9: 1RTU gradu-
ation parade, RAAF
ALMOST $1 million will be saved each year through
hospitality and catering reforms at RAAF Bases
Glenbrook, Amberley and Williams, Laverton.
DCAF AVM Leo Davies said savings such as these
could be reinvested into operational capability.
"The savings accumulated in just two years could
fund the flying hours required to support our contri-
bution to an operation such as last year's Queensland
flood relief," AVM Davies said,
In late 2010, the Glenbrook dining rooms were
consolidated, resulting in savings of more than
$200,000 a year.
Williams started a trial on the Laverton base last
month with a single dining facility providing a com-
bined officers'/SNCOs' dining area and a separate air-
men's dining area, together with a combined officers'/
SNCOs' bar area with discrete social areas. This trial
has been estimated to save almost $600,000 a year.
The senior ADF officer at RAAF Williams,
AIRCDRE John Hewitson, said the Laverton trial was
progressing smoothly and positively.
"Our feedback processes have allowed us to
respond promptly to member concerns, resulting in
reduced queuing times, improved signage and a more
welcoming dining facility," he said.
The next trial will be rolled out at Amberley from
The four main elements of the trial will be: consol-
idated mess administration services, aligned dinner
service, consolidation in airmen's dining room during
periods of reduced activity, and a combined officers'/
The senior ADF officer at Amberley, AIRCDRE Tim
Innes, said the base was a little different because it
was already a "hub and spoke" mess and Air Force
provided all the back-of-house services.
"Nonetheless, the consolidation initiatives that we
have identified have been estimated to result in sav-
ings of more than $200,000 each year," he said.
AVM Davies said the trial would be monitored and
assessed. "I encourage members to provide feed-
back," he said.
For more information on these and other SRP reforms, fol-
low the links at the Air Force Improvement website, http://
WGCDR Nina Harvey
MEMBERS moving house from
April 30 will be asked to select
whether to have the removalists
do a full or partial unpack.
When choosing a partial
unpack, the removalist unpacks
boxes containing breakables and
the member unpacks the remain-
The standard warranty provi-
sions have been changed so that
any removals-related breakages
are covered for both the full and
partial unpacking options.
DCAF AVM Leo Davies
said the changes would be an
"Previously, you took your
chances when unpacking as the
warranty provisions didn't cover
damage to goods in boxes you
unpacked yourself. Now, the war-
ranty will cover removals-relat-
ed breakages, regardless of who
unpacks," he said.
Members will need to select
an unpacking option during dis-
cussions with their Toll case man-
ager. By formalising this process,
Defence will be able to contract
with the removalist based on the
member's selection, which means
only paying for those services
actually being provided.
Members will be able to
change their choice of unpacking,
even on the day of the removal if
The Director of Relocation
and Housing, Alan McClelland,
said under the previous arrange-
ments, Defence paid removalists
to do a full unpack, regardless of
whether this actually occurred.
AVM Davies said Defence
Support Group had provided
flexibility with these unpacking
options, to cater for changes in
"Consider your own circum-
stances carefully when making
your choice.," AVM Davies said.
"If you need to make a
change to the arrangements,
speak to your Toll case manag-
er as soon as possible to ensure
that Defence gets the best sav-
ings it can from this initiative and
you have the best opportunity to
secure a same-day unpack.
"If a change to a full unpack
is made on the day, the removalist
might not have the staff available
to do it and an alternative time
will need to be arranged.
"This is where our cost-con-
scious behaviours really do make
For more information on the changes,
follow the links to the AFI website at
sites/AFI/ or DSG website at http://
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