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August 29, 2013
CHANGES to how Defence man-
ages domestic removal dates began
on August 5 following a successful
trial in south-east Queensland late
The new removal process consid-
ers the Whole-of-Relocation-Cost
(WORC) when selecting the date of
removal. For the purposes of WORC,
the removal cost is inclusive of the
removal services, travel and accom-
These changes do not affect relo-
Members should still submit their
removal request and preferred uplift
date as normal. Toll will cost the
removal for each day in the week of
the preferred uplift date. If the best
value for money uplift date varies
from the member's preferred date,
Toll will contact the member and
advise them of the new date.
Air Force recognises a member
may have exceptional personal cir-
cumstances or operational considera-
tions that require them to move on a
different date to that selected by Toll.
In these circumstances, the member's
CO will be asked to determine the
Air Force has requested Toll pro-
vide COs with the costing for the
member's preferred uplift date and the
cheapest identified date so they can
make an informed decision. COs will
also be provided with information
regarding operational requirements
and/or extraneous circumstances.
Call for safety award nominations
NOMINATIONS are open
for the 2013 Air Force Safety
The AFSA are part of a whole
of Defence initiative designed to
recognise and reward individuals,
groups and units that have dis-
played innovation and excellence
in safety management.
The awards also provide an
opportunity to showcase innova-
tive work health and safety solu-
tions, systems and practices.
The scheme encompasses
both aviation and work health
safety initiatives and is open to
all Air Force personnel, including
Defence civilians and cadets.
This year, the nomination
process and assessment criteria
have been revised to align with
the Defence Work Health Safety
Awards (DWHSA). This change
streamlines the entry process
from the AFSA into the higher
award scheme. The AFSA serves
as a gateway to the 2014 DWHSA.
Nominations close on
September 30 and forms contain-
ing assessment criteria for each
category (see panel) are avail-
able from the AFSA page on the
Directorate of Defence Aviation
and Air Force Safety (DDAAFS)
CAF Directive 18/13 provides
interim policy for the AFSA
scheme and nomination process,
and replaces Part 2 Section 1
Chapter 9 of AAP76730.001 Air
Force Safety Manual.
All nominations should be forwarded
to DDAAFS at airforce.safetyawards@
defence.gov.au and for further
information contact the DDAAFS
Safety Culture and Leadership Officer
on (02) 6128 7418.
THE Military Christian Fellowship
of Australia will hold its annual
seminar on September 7 at Russell
Offices in Canberra. This year's
theme is 'Strength and Courage'.
The seminar is open to anyone
associated with Defence. For more
information contact Lisa Thomas
on (02) 6266 4950 or email mcf.
email@example.com, visit www.
mcf-a.org.au or see DEFGRAM
Advice line transitions
THE Defence Equity Advice Line
(DEAL) will soon transition to the
Defence Service Centre (DSC) in
a move that supports a reform
initiative to decommission low
call volume 1800 helplines. From
September 2, all calls to the DEAL
will be referred to the DSC, known
as 1800DEFENCE (1800 333 362).
The redirection will be in place for
three months, after which the DEAL
number will be decommissioned.
New online tool
A REVAMPED version of the
Compare Your Package (CYP)
online tool is now available. CYP
assists full-time ADF personnel
with estimating the value of their
conditions of service (salary and
benefits). For further information
see DEFGRAM 425/2013.
LIA booking pilot
A NATIONAL online booking and
allocation system for living-in
accommodation will begin with
a pilot program in southern
Queensland from September 1,
with other regions rolled out by
May 2014. For further information
see DEFGRAM 468/2013.
A NEW indigenous network group
is now hosted on the Defence
Alumni Network. For further infor-
mation email indigenous.affairs@
defence.gov.au or see DEFGRAM
Gathering of eagles
THE RAAF Association, Tasmania
Division, will hold a 'Gathering of
Eagles' in Hobart from September
6-8 to commemorate the deeds and
sacrifices of the RAAF, Royal Air
Force and Allied air forces. For more
information contact State Secretary
SQNLDR Alan Robertson on
0418 545 207 or email raafatas@
Workplace health and wellbeing
Workplace health and safety
Solution to an identified workplace
health and safety hazard.
Individual contribution to health
Individual contribution to health
and safety by an individual with
responsibility for health and safety
as part of their duties.
Health and safety representative of
the year (non-military).
Rehabilitation and return to work
Individual contribution to rehabilita-
tion and return to work.
Royal Aeronautical Society aviation
POLICY CHANGE: The new removal process considers the cost of
the entire relocation to determine the date of removal, but the changes
do not affect any relocation entitlements.
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
DEFENCE has been subjected to
considerable commentary in the
Australian media over the past few
years regarding a culture of unaccep-
A voluntary survey is being
launched to determine if the media-
portrayed understanding of Defence
aligns with members' experiences.
Head of People Capability
MAJGEN Gerard Fogarty believes
the launch of the Whole of Defence
Unacceptable Behaviour Survey will
provide members the opportunity to
tell their side of the story directly to
decision makers, and provide a realis-
tic view of Defence culture.
"Defence is committed to achiev-
ing a workplace where everyone is
consistently treated with dignity and
respect, and our people enjoy coming
to work each day," MAJGEN Fogarty
"The launch of this survey will
give us an idea of the level of unac-
ceptable behaviour that exists in our
organisation, the type of behaviour,
when and where the incidents are
The survey will run from
September 6-16, with invitations
emailed to randomly selected
The questions are personal in
nature but, to maximise privacy, the
survey link can be forwarded to a
personal email for participants to
complete away from the workplace.
All responses will remain anony-
The responses will provide a bal-
anced view on the culture that exists
today, help track improvements in
cultural reform, and target reform
Because of its anonymity, the
survey is not suited for reporting
To report an incident of unac-
ceptable behaviour, personnel should
contact their CO or manager, the
ADF Investigative Service on 1300
233 471, or the Sexual Misconduct
Prevention and Response Office on
calling from overseas).
For more information email the survey
team at UB.firstname.lastname@example.org
Survey to improve Defence culture
TIMES OF CHANGE: A Defence-wide unacceptable behaviour survey
will provide leaders with a balanced view of Defence culture and help
target reform efforts.
Photo: CPL Mark Doran
The average cost of a removal in
Air Force is $11,800, with annual
removal costs exceeding $40 million
The trial data indicates Defence
can expect budget savings of $5 mil-
lion annually from financial year
2014-15, with Air Force saving up to
Funding for Air Force members'
removals will continue to come out
of Air Force's budget, which is man-
aged by Director General Personnel
-- Air Force.
Further information about the imple-
mentation of WORC can be found in
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