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Maritime Logistics Community News : April 2014
13 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER 2014 Project DEMETER Update Project DEMETER continues to make progress towards establishing a structurally balanced, sustainable, affordable, skilled, educated and motivated Maritime Logistics workforce to deliver Navy capability now and towards 2030. We have already seen changes, such as renaming to the Maritime Logistics Branch (MLB) and associated renaming of our Categories and the MLO PQ. There have also been some positional changes to better align our workforce disposition with other improvement strategies taking place across the Navy organisation. Further change, as outlined below within the Project DEMETER Work Package descriptions, will continue until the end of the Project (2015) and beyond as Navy brings into Service new capability and we see the outcomes of such major reform programs as Rizzo and Navy Strategic Command and Fleet Command improvement programs. The pace of change is significant and a key challenge of Project staff is to capture the proposed and required changes we need to step into as a key enabling workgroup for Navy. The Project Officer (LCDR Tonia Bainbridge, RANR) works closely with your Category and PQ managers to ensure effective stakeholder input and engagement, which is essential if we are to achieve the DEMETER intent. The project has three Phases. We are now in Phase III: Implementation, which will see six work packages (WP) being addressed: WP1 Communications -- Regular updates, signals and articles such as this one are promulgated to keep the Community informed of the status of Project Demeter. To ensure its success, those in the Community are also being encouraged to participate in periodic online surveys, which gather information on how well changes are being communicated and accepted. The results of these surveys are presented to the Maritime Logistics Advisory Council. WP2 Workforce Structure -- Due to a number of major reform programs in Navy such as Rizzo and Continuous Improvement Programs (CIPs), the structure of the ML workforce will change. The project is currently working with these reform programs to prioritise all ML positions to ensure the workforce is focused on the right priorities. We are also ensuring that ML personnel continue to gain experience in relevant areas to ensure a sustainable and progressive career path. WP3 Operating Procedures -- To achieve efficiencies and improve output, there are a number of operating procedures that are currently being reviewed as part of the project. These include improvements to canteen operations, EO and fuel accounting systems, stocktaking management, hospitality, and how pay is managed at sea,. WP4 Training Review -- A training needs analysis of all ML training has been launched this month, under the direction of COMTRAIM (TA ML&H). The analysis will review current training against current and future MLB roles, and the aim is to identify gaps in training (for the here and now) and what we need to consider for future roles and associated training needs, which will then drive reform in ML training outcomes. Associated with this package is the need to improve the way we take into account Professional Development (PD) within the MLB, and to assess the effectiveness of the current methodologies in place for PD. WP5 Uniforms -- New badges are currently in production. There will be a six month transition period, after which old badges can no longer be worn. Stay tuned for updates with this aspect. WP6 Policy, Procedure and Systems Updates -- With new titles and potentially new roles, there are many updates required on our systems, e.g. PMKEYS, to reflect these changes. This requirement will be addressed within this particular work package. You are strongly encouraged to stay engaged with this significant undertaking, and contribute freely and often as we start to populate the detail associated with the above work packages. Further information on the Project and to ask any questions surrounding its implementation, please visit: http://intranet.defence.gov.au/navyweb/sites/DNCMMLH/comweb. asp?page=165604&Title=PROJECT%20DEMETER or search "DEMETER" on the DRN. STAFF OFFICER PROJECT DEMETER LCDR TONIA BAINBRIDGE, RANR FULLY RECOMMENDED FOR NAVAL SUPPORT ALLEN'S CARPETS PTY LTD PO Box 6, Annandale NSW 2038 Proud to supply and lay quality carpet for the RAN as per Govt Contract For enquiries please contact Mr Brian Allen Mobile: 0418 254 205 Fax: (02) 9552 3153 a/h Fax: (02) 9705 0529 Telephone: (02) 9700 7151