Navy embraces inclusion for capability benefit

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Siobhan Mitchell-Taverner (author), CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), Mr Mark Wallace (photographer)

Location(s): Rockingham, Western Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Brisbane, Queensland

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling

The Commanding Officer of HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, (centre back); with Workpower's Chief Executive Officer, Ms Lee Broomhall (centre) and Deputy Chair of the Board, Ms Sue Slaven (left); Deputy Secretary Defence People, Ms Rebecca Skinner (centre right);  the Defence Administrative Assistance Program (DAAP) participants, (L to R) Tyler, Garrick, Lynn, Andrew and Shaiq at the official launch of DAAP held at HMAS Stirling. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
The Commanding Officer of HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, (centre back); with Workpower's Chief Executive Officer, Ms Lee Broomhall (centre) and Deputy Chair of the Board, Ms Sue Slaven (left); Deputy Secretary Defence People, Ms Rebecca Skinner (centre right); the Defence Administrative Assistance Program (DAAP) participants, (L to R) Tyler, Garrick, Lynn, Andrew and Shaiq at the official launch of DAAP held at HMAS Stirling.

In support of the International Day of People with Disability which is celebrated annually on 3 December, Navy sites will be showered in coloured light to mark the commitment to diversity and inclusion.
 
But in a practical sense, Western Australian base, HMAS Stirling, is at the forefront of Defence's efforts to foster an inclusive and diverse workforce, participating in a program to provide work for people with disabilities.
 
The Defence Administrative Assistance Program is a partnership with local Australian Disability Enterprises is an employment program which enhances Defence capability by providing administrative support to Defence bases across Australia.
 
Navy has launched into support of the program, which began at Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera in 2014, with a team established at the western home of the Fleet. 
 
While participants don’t wear a uniform, they support serving members and assist with administrative support. Employees assist Navy people with tasks such as shredding, digitising records, posting in and out requirmeents and meeting room management. 

Often the support for administrative and coordination tasks allows uniform personnel to concentrate on core activities that help deliver capbility to the Navy. 
 
The program has been running at Stirling since June and Defence's Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Intelligence, Rebecca Skinner officially launched the program in September.
 
Commanding Officer Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont hosted Ms Skinner at the launch and said his Command could see tangible results daily for the support of the participants.
 
“It is wonderful to watch the confidence grow in the individuals,” Captain Delamont said. 
 
“The assistance the team provides the medical centre, to transfer documentation, is an example of a real benefit of this service. 
 
"We are enjoying the journey and the integration of the team with our Navy staff.”
 
During the week 28 November – 5 December, Defence is again participating in Lights Up for People with Disability by projecting the colours blue and orange on Defence buildings all over Australia. 

The colours of blue and orange are the used to signify equality and accessibility (blue) and harmony and diversity (orange) and Building 95 at Garden Island Sydney, along with Buildings 44 and 45 in HMAS Cairns will be lit up for Navy along with headquarters buldings in Canberra.
 
Defence has also hosted a range of activities aimed at raising awareness of the opportunities people with disability have in 

Defence whilst highlighting the programs and services available within the organisation to support people with disability in the workplace.