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November 21, 2013
Air Force Improvement
WGCDR Ken Roberts
A SWITCH in how Defence mem-
bers are trained to load dangerous
goods on aircraft has improved effi-
ciency and netted big savings for Air
One of the many responsibilities
of the Air Movements Training and
Development Unit (AMTDU) is ensur-
ing members are qualified to manage
cargo being transported on Defence
Part of this training includes
a Dangerous Goods Awareness
(DGAWARE) course, which ensures
operators understand the philosophy,
processes and limitations involved
when transporting dangerous cargo.
This can include the handling of
ammunition, flares and fuel.
Commanding Officer AMTDU
WGCDR Carl Newman said the incor-
rect carriage of these items could risk
an aircraft or crew.
"The ability to move dangerous
cargo by air would be significantly
impacted and incur additional risk if
this course were not conducted effec-
tively," WGCDR Newman said.
Defence has agreed to comply by
DGAWARE requirements laid out
by the International Air Transport
In the past, AMTDU students con-
ducted a DGAWARE course through
online correspondence with a civil-
ian company, in an arrangement with
the Civil Aviation Safety Authority
(CASA). After completing and being
assessed by the civilian provider,
AMTDU staff then reported the stu-
dent as having completed the course
In recent months, AMTDU RAAF
Training Flight staff have successful-
ly migrated the course to CAMPUS,
allowing in-house training and assess-
This required a significant amount
of training staff effort to develop
course material, negotiate required
CASA accreditation for the training
and ensure training products were
compatible with and approved for
upload to CAMPUS.
"The move to CAMPUS has negat-
ed the need for contracted training and
resulted in savings of about $100,000
per year," WGCDR Newman said.
Further benefits have come to
AMTDU's staff, as automation of
training management on CAMPUS
has reduced the unit's administra-
tion significantly, allowing a full-time
Defence position to be reallocated.
"The shift of this training to
CAMPUS also allows students to com-
plete the course at any time with com-
mensurate immediate assessments and
reporting," WGCDR Newman said.
"This has allowed award of compe-
tency up to one month sooner."
AFTER receiving the 2013 Air Force
Improvement Leadership award,
SQNLDR Dallas Haggarty seized
the chance to tour BAE Systems'
Williamstown facility in Melbourne
to expand his knowledge.
The award, sponsored by BAE
Systems, is granted annually to a
member up to the rank of SQNLDR/
APS6 who has achieved excellence in
continuous improvement (CI).
In addition to the perpetual trophy
and an individual trophy for the recipi-
ent, BAE Systems provides an oppor-
tunity for the recipient to undertake a
one-week study tour with the company
to observe how it handles CI.
SQNLDR Haggarty, of the Combat
Support Improvement Program at
RAAF Base Amberley, said he chose
to visit BAE Systems' Williamstown
facility because he was interested in
the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD)
BAE Systems is the prime contrac-
tor working on delivering the two ves-
sels to the RAN.
"The LHD project can only
be described as 'big'," SQNLDR
"At more than 230m and 27800
tonnes when fully loaded, the LHDs
will be the biggest warships in the
SQNLDR Haggarty spent a week
embedded with the project and said he
had access to all facets of the under-
"I also got to meet some of the
crew of HMAS Canberra, including
Air Force Joint Battlefield Airspace
Controllers posted to the ship," he said.
He said one of the best things was
seeing how one of Australia's biggest
Defence contractors managed CI.
"I learnt that, while some of the CI
challenges we face in Air Force are
unique, many of our issues are com-
mon to industry," he said.
"I got the chance to hear how
someone else is approaching their
issues and then reflect on what I could
take back to my force element group.
"I also learnt that our change driv-
ers are not always unique to Defence
and that looking at things from a dif-
ferent angle helps to generate new
THE BAE Systems Australia Air
Force Improvement Individual
Award and the Air Force
Improvement Team of the Year
Award are now open for nomina-
The awards recognise the
achievements of an individual or
team that has excelled in deliver-
ing sustained Air Force continuous
improvement reform during the
preceding calendar year.
The recipient of the individual
award will be given the opportunity
for a short secondment with BAE
Systems Australia, to observe and
engage with its reform leaders.
This is a significant opportu-
nity to see how a major Australian
company operates its continuous
Submissions are due to AFI by
For further detail on categories, submis-
sion process and dates, go to the Air
Force Improvement website.
Award winner gets some ideas from study tour
spent a week
at the BAE
he saw the
SAFE TRANSIT: CPL Steve
Mills guides a forklift driven by
LAC Michael Haberfield from
the Air Load Team Tarin Kot as
they load a C-17A Globemaster
at Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Photo: SGT Hamish Paterson
CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS
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