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THE HON DR BRENDAN NELSON MP Minister for Defence

Media contacts Nigel Blunden (Dr Nelson) 02 6277 7800 0407 632 931

Defence Media Liaison 02 6265 3343 0408 498 664

www.defence.gov.au

Wednesday, 22 August 2007 092/2007

GAP YEAR FILLING UP

I encourage all young people who are considering the ADF Gap Year for 2008 to apply now as places are filling up quickly.

The skills they will gain in terms of teamwork, self-discipline, communication and access to emerging technologies will assist them in their future studies and will be valued highly by prospective employers. All this while earning between $30,000 and $46,000 over the year.

On 9 August 2007, the Prime Minister announced that Defence is now accepting applications for the Australian Government’s ADF Gap Year program.

Within less than a fortnight since applications were opened, there have been more than 500 applications, 12,000 enquiries and over 33,000 visits to the ADF Gap Year website. Also promising is that over 300 people have used the online chat facility and there have been over 3,000 requests for packs via the text message service.

Since December 2006, the Australian Government has committed $3.1 billion to recruitment and retention measures which include the ADF Gap Year, recruiting reform and ADF pay reform.

The Australian Government’s measures are taking the ADF in the right direction as shown by the ADF pay reform from 9 August 2007 which will see some pay increases and the latest recruitment results which were one of the best in 30 years.

Similarly, the ADF Gap Year program is good for young people, good for the ADF and is great for Australia.

For those interested, call or text “Gap” to 13 19 01 or visit www.defencejobs.gov.au

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