The centuries old naval personnel management, or Divisional, system is getting a fresh new look with the creation of a mobile application to augment the information flow to Navy personnel.
The 'Navy People' app is now available for download on Apple or Android devices from the App Store or GooglePlay.
Divisional System Research and Communications Coordinator Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Personnel Operations Stacey Brotherton said the app was a condensed version of the information found on internal Navy websites.
“Although the internet already contains a large amount of Defence information, this app pulls all the material relating to Navy people into a single point,” Petty Officer Brotherton said.
“Our people will be able to view frequently accessed unclassified information from their mobile device without having to log onto the secure network or conduct endless searches on the internet.”
The app will provide a large amount of information on the most searched for subjects, including the correct wearing of uniforms and badges, a calendar showing key dates in the performance appraisal cycle, current mandatory awareness training requirements as well as an interactive contact list for a wide range of support agencies including Lifeline, Defence Housing, and community and support organisations.
The ship's company of HMAS Ballarat participated in a trial of the app and found uses for it daily.
“I really like the information it links to in the Pay and Conditions Manual," Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Bonnie Mettyear said.
"I am building a house and it gives me really easy access to all of the policies on what I am eligible for and what I can apply for, and I don’t have to come into work and access it.”
The Ship's Warrant Officer, Tom Costello, said the app assisted his priimary role as a ‘divisional champion’, looking after his people.
"Any application that can provide me a ‘ready-reckoner’ to help me assist those people is fantastic," he said.
"I think the potential for this app to further increase the knowledge, and therefore capability, of our officers and sailors will certainly benefit them and the wider Navy community.”
Warrant Officer Divisional System Fred Campbell said the team had kept families in mind during the design process.
“Families will be able to find accurate information in a single location and that will include emergency contacts and other advice which they will find helpful and relevant,” Warrant Officer Campbell said.
Team member Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Peter Turner said the app was an exciting step forward for Navy.
“The app is the first people-focused Australian Defence Force mobile application,” Leading Seaman Turner said.
“As with the internal ePort site, its success will depend on feedback from the user.
“The content and design of the app will be modified to suit our people and their families.”
The Navy People app is the second element of a trio of high profile initiatives, designed to modernise the Divisional System. The ePort intranet site was the first element and was introduced in 2014.
The content of the former Divisional Officers' Handbook was incorporated into the site, enabling Navy people to access the most up to date information without the requirement of maintaining a hardcopy.
The third element, Compass, is a web-based application that streamlines the Divisional System.
It includes electronic management and recording of divisional interviews, meetings and communications, and assists compliance and reporting.
The Compass rollout to Navy units will start in coming weeks.
“This trio of initiatives will enhance our ability to promote the wellbeing and development of Navy people, and to communicate well and regularly,” Warrant Officer Campbell said.