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Media Release The Hon Bruce Scott MP Minister for Veterans’ Affairs · Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence · Federal Member for Maranoa

30 May 2001 MIN 172/01

SCOTT WELCOMES REPORT ON ADF POSTINGS

The Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Bruce Scott, today welcomed the ANAO report on the causes and consequences of personnel postings in the ADF.

"This is a critical issue which has a significant impact on recruitment and retention. Defence is focussed on ensuring that improvements are made and agrees with the recommendations made in the ANAO report." Mr Scott said.

The Report makes four recommendations on Defence posting procedures covering posting policy compliance; improving recruitment and retention; personnel data capture; and lateral recruitment and advertising.

"As a result of its own internal twelve month review by the Posting Turbulence Review Team, Defence already has initiatives underway in a number of these areas," Mr Scott said.

"In addition, I announced in this year’s budget new outlays of $100m per annum to deal specifically with high priority people issues, including recruitment and retention.

"With a strong economy and high levels of employment, these are challenging times for recruitment and retention. Defence has tackled these challenges on a number of fronts.

"Since late 1999, an additional $36m has been injected into ADF advertising and wider marketing activities.

"In addition, the recruiting process has been re-engineered through alignment of pre-enlistment standards, more flexible testing arrangements and streamlining of the psychological and medical testing. Greater use is being made of technology in the recruiting process through the defence service centre and an enhanced recruiting website."

Defence is also improving its personnel data capture and from September 2001 onwards its database will have the capability to record posting preferences and non-preferences as well as detailed reasons for separations. This information will enable better career management and earlier identification of separation trends.

In addition, Army is reviewing the recognition of prior learning (RPL) provisions for trades where civilian competencies may translate into relevant service competencies in order to improve lateral recruitment from the civilian community.

"Defence has clearly recognised the important place of people supporting defence capability. In February 2001 it established the Defence People Council to provide a strategic focus on personnel issues. As a result of the Council’s recommendations, the Defence Committee has already agreed to allocate some $72m directly towards Defence personnel and Defence family initiatives which will support recruitment and retention," Mr Scott said.

"The recommendations of the ANAO Report will be useful in assisting the Defence People Council in its work, particularly in relation to improving ADF posting processes and enhancing recruitment and retention."

 

Media contact: Mark Croxford 02 6277 7820 or 0408 645 787

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