Home' Air Force News : October 10th 2013 Contents Master of Systems
Never Stand Still
School of Engineering and Information Te chnology
-- Systems Engineering Practice
-- Requirements Engineering
-- Test & Evaluation
-- Capability Option Analysis
Plus four elective courses.
-- Test and Evaluation
-- Space Systems
-- Electronic Warfare
-- Marine Engineering
-- Weapons Ordnance
Entry to the program is available
-- with a relevant first degree
-- without a first degree providing they
have acceptable experience and/or
-- via distance or intensive delivery mode
Applications for Semester 1 close
20 January 2014 (Defence funding
applications close 1 November 2013).
Apply online at:
If you require more information about this
program please contact:
Telephone: +61 2 6268 9566
The Master of Systems Engineering (MSysEng) at the University of New South Wales
in Canberra provides you with the opportunity to acquire high-level understanding
and advanced analytical skills in the key areas of systems engineering, requirements
engineering, test and evaluation, and capability option analysis.
October 10, 2013
Cadets shine in WHS awards
AN AIR Force Cadet squadron has
impressed at the 2013 Comcare
Work Health and Safety (WHS)
Awards, taking out first place in
the WHS Management System
303SQN won for its development
and implementation of a complex
safety management plan to satisfy
all unit-level requirements of the
303SQN is the only cadet squad-
ron in the south-western metropoli-
tan area of Sydney. The squadron
has 12 adult staff members who are
committed to providing 75 cadets
with opportunities to participate in
Air Force-based youth development
The squadron's Commanding
Officer, WGCDR Frank Galea, start-
ed working on the RAAFSafe system
for the Air Force Cadets about six
"Our Training Officer, FLGOFF
(AAFC) Russell King, and I have
worked on improvements to the sys-
tem for about two and a half years,"
WGCDR Galea said.
The improvements included
having cadets form safety groups and
conduct rounds with the CO, as well
as involving them in six-monthly
"The system has been working
for 18 months and we are continually
The WHS Management Plan is
well communicated and the CO's
WHS policy statement is displayed
for everyone to see.
The squadron also holds regu-
lar WHS meetings and workplace
inspections, conducts an annual
safety culture survey and has imple-
mented a risk assessment register.
The WHS Management Plan is
supported by a strong safety culture.
"To make any safety system
work, you must change the culture
and to do that ownership must be
given to the people who are going
to make it work; in our case the
cadets," WGCDR Galea said.
"I'm still getting over the shock
of winning the award, as is FLGOFF
King and the rest of the squadron."
Winners were announced at a
gala dinner at Parliament House in
Canberra on September 18.
Defence category winners will now
be assessed by Comcare to compete
nationally in the ninth annual Safe Work
Australia Awards early next year.
DEFENCE IMPRESSES AT WHS AWARDS
Category 3 -- Solution to an
identified workplace health and
Winner HMAS Warramunga person-
nel: sustainable performance optimi-
sation through leadership
High Commendation Army Aviation
Systems Program Office, Helicopter
Systems Division: restraint quick
release system design
High Commendation Training
Aircraft Systems Program Office:
PC9 chromate paint hazard removal
Category 4 -- Individual contribu-
tion to health and safety
Category 4a -- Individual
Finalist CPL Thomas Marchant
(Army): development of an aerial
delivery equipment manual handling
Category 4b -- Individual with
responsibility for WHS as part of
Winner Robert Williams (Joint
Health Command): promoting WHS
Category 5 -- Health and safety
representative of the year
Commendation Candice Bailey
(Intelligence and Security Group):
identification and prevention of a
Category 7 -- Individual contribu-
tion to rehabilitation and return to
Commendation SGT Damien Browne
(Army): best practice injury preven-
tion and fitness regimes
SAFETY CULTURE: Air Force Cadet 303SQN won first place in the WHS Management System category of the Comcare WHS Awards.
Changes to DASS
CPL Max Bree
APPLICATION dates for the Defence
Assisted Study Scheme (DASS) have
changed after responsibility for approval
and processing of DASS applications
transferred from Air Force Training
Group to the Defence Learning Branch
on September 15.
Assistant Director Education
Assistance Schemes Jill Jackson said
applications would continue to be
assessed in accordance with Air Force
"The difference for Air Force appli-
cants is new submission dates and new
contact details," Ms Jackson said.
With his sights set on becoming a
legal officer, LAC John Andreou, of
38SQN, is studying law full-time at
James Cook University with DASS
"I get a small amount of funding and
I've always been given time to attend
lectures and tutorials," LAC Andreou
said.He joined the Air Force as an Aircraft
Technician but has always had his sights
set on the legal profession.
"I was interested in law when I was
in school and the RAAF offered me a
career path," he said.
"I'll finish my degree and have a
good crack at going for a commission as
a Legal Officer."
For further information, visit http://
February 1, 2014, for subjects starting
between January and June 2014.
June 1, 2014, for subjects starting
between July 2014 and December 2014.
Applications may be considered after
these dates if funding is available.
DASS Level 3 (transition) applications
can be sought at any time in the last 12
months of service.
DASS claims for reimbursement
March 31, 2014, for semester 2, 2013.
September 30, 2014, for semester 1,
March 31, 2015, for semester 2, 2014.
ADFA post grad [no change]
November 1, 2013, for semester 1,
May 1, 2014, for semester 2, 2014.
DASS KEY DATES
AMBITIOUS: LAC John Andreou
has his sights set on becoming a
Legal Officer. Photo: CPL Max Bree
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