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Performance against People Matter Priorities for 2003-04

Implement the Defence e-Learning Strategy

Substantially Achieved

The Defence e-learning strategy is a Defence White Paper 2000 undertaking that will deliver common standards for a whole-of-Defence e-learning system. Since 1 March 2004, all Defence employees have been able to access the Defence Online Management and Information Network, which now offers over 40 courses. New courses will be added in 2005.

Implement the Defence Business Skilling Review

Partially Achieved

The Defence Business Skilling Review developed options for a whole-of-Defence business skilling system. Defence has subsequently established a detailed governance and accountability structure for education and training in business skills. Work in progress includes:

  • definition of specific skill requirements;
  • improvements to systems for tracking training activity and expenditure; and
  • improvements to training support and delivery capabilities.

Improved Web-based Communication of Pay and Conditions Information

Partially Achieved

The pay and conditions website addresses both military and APS personnel information needs. The website was officially launched in July 2004 and has been positively received. Work continues to maintain the accuracy and relevance of information included on the website.

Implement Improved Management Reporting using Web Technology and Data Warehouse Software

Partially Achieved

Successful trial of web-based reporting through PMKeyS Self Service across a limited user base has been completed. The next phase will expand the trial to meet all reporting requirements.

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Implement Improved Employee Self-service and Workflow for Selected Processes in the Human Resource and Payroll System, PMKeyS

Substantially Achieved

PMKeyS Self Service, a real time self-service facility, was implemented during the year, allowing Defence employees to view and modify a limited selection of their personnel data and perform a limited range of personnel transactions.

In May 2004, the roll-out of the PMKeyS Self Service workflow for civilian annual leave applications was also successfully activated, allowing for electronic approval by managers. Full implementation for civilian personnel will be completed for all Groups except the Services and Defence Signals Directorate by the end of September 2004, with the Services included by October 2004. Defence Signals Directorate inclusion is planned for the end of 2004, subject to Defence Restricted Network access and the resolution of security issues.

In addition, access to Air Force self-service career management tools, has been implemented. ADF payslips, available electronically via self-service, have been developed and successfully tested, with ADF-wide implementation to commence in July 2004.

Further Enhance the Australian Defence Force Cadets

Substantially Achieved

During 2003-04, the Cadet Enhancement program:

  • improved the standard of accommodation facilities for over 120 Cadet units and relocated several Cadet units from sub-standard accommodation to new premises;
  • continued support of the Cadet Initiated Activities Program, which encourages Cadets themselves to initiate activities designed to develop their leadership and team building skills:
    • successful initiatives included sailing camps, confidence courses and the procurement of training equipment such as flight simulation software, Global Positioning System equipment and kayaks;
  • continued the delivery of CadetNet, the Cadets information technology system, which provides hardware, a website, email and bulletin board facilities to all Cadet units;
  • furthered the Occupational Health and Safety project through the:
    • release of a tri-Service policy manual;
    • revision and initial delivery of a Cadet wide safety awareness package;
    • establishment of a safety website on CadetNet; and
    • appointment of Regional Occupational Health and Safety Advisers in each region for each Cadet organisation;
  • launch of an ADF Cadets Behaviour Policy, supported by Australia-wide delivery of awareness sessions and information packs;
  • completed a trial on Indigenous participation in Cadets and gained Government endorsement to establish the Indigenous Participation Program, to remove the barriers to Indigenous involvement in Cadets;
  • commenced work to conduct a Cadet study to better understand the attitudes and behaviours of Cadets and Cadet staff. This will assist decision making, policy development and program delivery of Cadet initiatives; and
  • the uniform project was completed in 2002-03, with $3.303m of Cadet Enhancement Program funding spent on uniforms, boots and accoutrements.

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