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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Teresa Gambaro, MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence PARLSEC 026/05 Thursday, 17 March 2005 NEW LOOK WEBSITE CONNECTS CADET COMMUNITY Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Teresa Gambaro today launched the new look CadetNet website that connects the 25,000 Australian Defence Force Cadets and 2,500 Cadet Staff with the entire Cadet Community across Australia. ”This community is spread throughout regional and metropolitan Australia - from remote areas such as Nhulunbuy in East Arnhem Land to major centres such as Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney,” Ms Gambaro said. “The CadetNet website links that vast and diverse network so Cadets and Cadet Staff can share and learn about experiences and the latest news, views and policies. “Using websites to communicate and manage will be a key skill of future leaders. The CadetNet website plays a crucial role in developing these skills by providing every Cadet Unit across Australia access to computers, making virtual networking an integral part of the Cadet experience. “The CadetNet website has got a new look to make that virtual networking more attention-grabbing and fun, particularly for Cadets. “The new look CadetNet website signals the Government’s ongoing commitment to enhancing communication and information management for the Cadet Community - in every way,” Ms Gambaro said. The CadetNet website, which is available from any internet enabled computer in Australia and around the world, allows Cadets and Cadet Staff to exchange, manage and share information and knowledge and communicate through an exclusive email account and Bulletin Board. The CadetNet website also includes an administration tool, through the Cadet Management Console that allows Cadet Staff to manage information and follow due process and effective governance. The new look CadetNet website now includes a number of added features, including “Take a Tour”, where Cadets and Cadet Staff can simulate the Cadet experience. The security of the new look CadetNet website will be further enhanced with the imminent transfer of the hosting server to the broader Defence information environment, so it will be fully supported by Defence. Media information: Michelle Smytheman (07) 3283 4277, 02 6277 4433 or 0418 777498

CADETNET FACT SHEET

What is the Australian Defence Force Cadets?

The Australian Defence Force Cadets comprises the:

• Australian Navy Cadets;

• Australian Army Cadets; and

• Australian Air Force Cadets.

The Australian Defence Force Cadets is a community-based organisation consisting of 25,000 Cadets and 2,500 Cadet Staff in more than 480 Cadet Units throughout Australia.

The Australian Defence Force Cadets aspires to be Australia’s leading youth development organisation, recognised by the community as developing young people with a sense of purpose, responsibility, respect of self and others, leadership ability and a commitment to voluntary service.

Cadets

Young people from the ages of 12 and a half to 18 can join Cadets. As a Cadet, they are able to take part in adventurous, fulfilling and educational activities in a military setting. For many young people, participation in Cadets is the first voluntary step towards recruitment to the permanent or Reserve forces. Those who choose to pursue non-military careers, leave Cadets with skills and attributes that set them up for life.

Cadet Staff

The opportunities provided through the Australian Defence Force Cadets are made possible due to the thousands of qualified adult volunteer officers and instructors operating in Cadet Units all over Australia. Many Cadet Staff are former Cadets.

Role of the Military

The Australian Defence Force Cadets is strongly supported by the Australian Defence Force. Serving military personnel work hand in hand with the Navy, Army and Air Force Cadet organisations to support Australian Defence Force Cadet activities.

What is CadetNet?

• CadetNet is a website designed and developed exclusively for the 25,000 Cadets and 2,500 Cadet Staff that make up the Australian Defence Force Cadet Community.

• The CadetNet website is a communication and administration tool.

• The CadetNet website is available from any internet enabled computer anywhere - it can be accessed from home, school, Cadet Units or work, anywhere in Australia or around the world.

• The address for the CadetNet website is www.cadetnet.gov.au

Communication tool

• Through the web pages, email and Bulletin Board forums, the CadetNet website allows Cadets and Cadet Staff to exchange, manage and share information and knowledge and communicate within and throughout Australia.

• The CadetNet website gives Cadets and Cadet Staff access to:

• an email account that is secure and doesn’t expire, which they don’t get from a hotmail account;

• an exclusive Bulletin Board where they can talk to the rest of the Cadet Community about life in the Australian Defence Force Cadets; and

• the opportunity to easily develop and update their own Cadet Unit website. Cadets and Cadet Staff don’t need to be web gurus or know html to create their own web page. They just enter their information into a Microsoft Word like tool and then send it off for webmaster approval.

Administration tool

• The CadetNet website is also an administration tool for Cadet Staff, through the Cadet Management Console.

• CMC is a standardised system that allows Cadet Staff to easily update information on personal details and Cadet Unit information.

• With CMC, information is entered only once and applied universally - so Cadet Staff know their details are up to date and available across the entire Cadet Community.

Why has CadetNet got a new look?

• The CadetNet website has been revamped to make it more fun for Cadets and Cadet Staff, but particularly Cadets, to use.

• The new look site is now fresher, more colourful and easier to move around, and it includes a number of added features.

• The new look CadetNet website has also been trialed and tested on Cadets and Cadet Staff.

• The Directorate of Defence Force Cadets is committed to updating the CadetNet website regularly, so Cadets and Cadet Staff will keep coming back for more.

• However, the site is only as good as the information that is in it, so Cadets and Cadet Staff are encouraged to use it and contribute to it.

Is the CadetNet website secure?

• The CadetNet website is secure and its security will be further enhanced with the pending transfer of the hosting server to the broader Defence information environment, so CadetNet will be fully supported by Defence.