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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
12 naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 FRom tHE WRitERS CatEGoRY SPonSoR By WOWTR Andrew Hart Well a year has gone by as your Category Sponsor and I often wonder what have I achieved for the category, which at times does not seem much, however when I sit down and look at the list of projects there has been a considerable amount achieved. This year so far is looking very positive for the Writer Category. Much work has been undertaken by the Supply and Health faculty in relation to the redevelopment of the Initial Writer Course, the introduction of the Intermediate and Advanced Course along with the associated Competency Task Journals which are designed to further increase the training of our members. These courses have been targeted towards members taking up their next promotion either at sea or ashore. A considerable amount of effort has been taken into the reality factor so our Writers gain a greater appreciation of what is in store for them, particularly when they are posted to sea. These courses will be up and running in the first half of the year. I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of CPOWTR Wes Intihar and CPOWTR Stuart Bone in the implementation of the new training program, and their efforts are much appreciated. There have been a few changes to positions with the major one being the creation of a POWTR position at the Supply and Health Faculty. This will ensure that the continual training of our writers will be covered in the future. More work is underway in relation to other Writer positions to ensure that the category continues to have meaningful work that reflects the core functions of the Writer, which meets the needs of the Navy of the future. We are still working towards the movement of some Writer Positions from DSG back into the Navy Group. With the PAC up and running at Raymond Terrace in Newcastle we have established two Satellite Centres, one at Pitt Street in Sydney and the other at Fleet Base West at HMAS STIRLING. These two areas will be designed to train our junior Writers and ensure they gain the required experience to fulfill a pay role at sea. The satellite centres will also act as areas to which a member can be posted for sea respite. We now have LSWTRs employed in the Customer Service Centre (CSC) at Darwin, Cairns and STIRLING. These positions largely perform the role of liaison officer between the tender vessels and the PAC while in addition, gaining a wide range of experience in different aspects of Writer tasks. We are currently in the process of moving a LSWTR from Pitt Street to work in the CSC at HMAS WATERHEN on a rotational basis. Employment of our writers in the CSCs will benefit the wider Navy community by facilitating face to face contact with a uniformed member. The review into the Writer Category is well underway with LCDR Jayne Craig and LCDR Rachel Thompson mapping out the roles and responsibilities of the Writer from 2010 to 2018. These roles will include the new platforms coming on line and the new technology that will be introduced. I hope that many of you had the opportunity to have time with family and loved ones over the Christmas and New Year period. We, as Writers, need to take ownership of our category as it has a future. With commitment, dedication and the ability to excel in all our positions our category will continue to play a vital role in the Navy’s future. I look forward to seeing many of you in my travels throughout the year. FRom StaFF oFFiCER PoLiCY (aka B1 and B2) By LEUTs Mark Cohayney, RAN & Nev Cook, RAN, MILT The policy section is working on a number of projects including development of the Operational Logistics Primary Qualification for Navy Reserve and the Personnel Administration Centre (PAC) transition which are covered in detail, later on in this newsletter. Briefly described below are some of the other LOGPOL projects. the ESCm and revision of aBR 4 (naVSuPman 2) The Defence Supply Chain Manual (DSCM) was released in July 2003. The DSCM is the authoritative document for procedures and processes for the Defence supply chain, with particular emphasis on how to use the Standard Defence Supply System (SDSS) to support efficient functioning of the supply chain. Although the DSCM is the overarching policy document, there are specific logistic activities for Navy that are not covered in the DSCM. Consequently, Navy has retained ABR 4 (NAVSUPMAN 2). In 2009, the first phase of the Electronic Supply Chain Manual (ESCM) was released on the DefWeb replacing the original DSCM. The ESCM presents the DSCM in a significantly enhanced format providing integrated business process, business rules and systems help. Release of the fully functional ESCM application (phase 2) is scheduled to occur in May 2009. The future will see a change and improvement to the Defence materiel logistics information system. A new Military Integrated Logistics Information System (MILIS) will support unit needs (including deployable) and improve corporate governance and reporting. This will result in the ESCM becoming the primary policy guidance for Navy; however there will be specific Maritime policy that will not be covered in the ESCM, and a requirement for Navy specific policy. We have been advised that including ABR 4 as a supplement to the ESCM is the most appropriate method for ensuring that Navy specific policy continues to be covered. We now need to review ABR 4 for accuracy and compliance, and amend before adding as a supplement to the ESCM A review of ABR 4 has commenced with a working group formed, managed by WOSN Leepere. Once the review and rewrite is complete, ABR 4 will be added as a supplement to the ESCM Clubs and associations As a result of an enquiry from the Commanding Officer, HMAS HARMAN, it became evident that there are insufficient regulation and procedures covering the administrative arrangements for Clubs and Associations. Consequently, ADNPR (SU) in consultation with the Command Supply Officer have drafted a Defence Instruction (Navy) (DI(N)) which details the administrative requirements to be met by associations, sporting, special interest clubs or similar bodies at Naval Establishments. This draft DI(N) has been forwarded to CN through CANSC for approval. Payment by Cash on Ships A Management Audit Branch (MAB) audit conducted in 2007 determined that using non public monies to fund service related expenditure may be in breach of section 37 of the FMA Act and CEI’s, and directed Navy to investigate alternative cash sources. The options that have been explored include cash withdrawals from DPC, petty cash accounts or some other form of cash holding. DGNBM, Chief Finance Officer Group, Treasury and Banking (CFO T & B) and ADNPR (SU) continue to work together to find the most viable solution.