Topic: Diversity and Inclusivity

Navy’s Indigenous Advisors drive change

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), ABIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale leads Bungaree, the Navy's Indigenous Performance Group, during the Chief of Navy handover ceremony at Sir Thomas Blamey Square, Canberra, in 2014. (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale leads Bungaree, the Navy's Indigenous Performance Group, during the Chief of Navy handover ceremony at Sir Thomas Blamey Square, Canberra, in 2014.

The Royal Australian Navy has a long connection with Australia's proud Indigenous heritage through Navy’s people and operations. Indigenous sailors have served in the Royal Australian Navy since its formation and in the Navies of pre-federation Australia.

Program staff lead the way for Indigenous recruits

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LEUT Dave Devlin (photographer)

Instructor with the Navy Indigenous Development Program, Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Kyh Mye. (photo: LEUT Dave Devlin)

Instructor with the Navy Indigenous Development Program, Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Kyh Mye.

The Navy Indigenous Development Program is designed to assist Indigenous Australians in reaching the required standard to permanently enlist into the Australian Defence Force through completion of nationally recognised training.

Navy appoints full time Indigenous Advisor

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

Navy’s new Indigenous Advisor Lieutenant Commander Samuel Sheppard, then a Petty Officer, during a workshop taught by the Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe at Middle Head, Sydney, in 2019. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Navy’s new Indigenous Advisor Lieutenant Commander Samuel Sheppard, then a Petty Officer, during a workshop taught by the Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe at Middle Head, Sydney, in 2019.

Navy has appointed Lieutenant Commander Samuel Sheppard as fulltime Navy Indigenous Advisor, part of its commitment to the Government’s Defence Reconciliation Action Plan.

Albatross book drive brings community together while apart for Reconciliation Week

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Leading Seaman Kara Knezevic, Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington, Command Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Ms Dallas McMaugh and Petty Officer Megan Cahill of HMAS Albatross with books they collected for the Boori Preschool in the Shoalhaven to mark Reconciliation Week 2020. (photo: )

Leading Seaman Kara Knezevic, Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington, Command Warrant Officer Gary Fuss, Ms Dallas McMaugh and Petty Officer Megan Cahill of HMAS Albatross with books they collected for the Boori Preschool in the Shoalhaven to mark Reconciliation Week 2020.

HMAS Albatross usually marks National Reconciliation Week by hosting and participating in a range of community events throughout the Shoalhaven, but distancing requirements meant personnel had to consider how to embrace the 2020 theme ‘In This Together’ while physically being apart.

An inclusive and supportive Navy on the march

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), Mrs Megan Popelier (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy contingent assembles prior to marching at the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. (photo: Mrs Megan Popelier)

The Royal Australian Navy contingent assembles prior to marching at the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

A Navy contingent joined Army and Air Force members and Defence civilians in the 42nd Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night.

2017 march reinforces inclusive culture

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr James McPherson (author)

Navy personnel march in support of LGBTIQ Defence members at the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. (photo: Unknown)

Navy personnel march in support of LGBTIQ Defence members at the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Personnel from the Royal Australian Navy have again marched in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, promoting diversity and LGBTI acceptance in the workforce.

Mine warfare hub sees smoke

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR David Hellier (author)

Lieutenant Commander David Hellier, Elaine and Terry Olsen and Commander Nick Watson at the ceremony for the installation of three flagpoles and a commemorative plaque at HMAS Waterhen. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander David Hellier, Elaine and Terry Olsen and Commander Nick Watson at the ceremony for the installation of three flagpoles and a commemorative plaque at HMAS Waterhen.

HMAS Waterhen is often referred to as a “sleepy hollow across the Harbour” by most of the Navy in Sydney, but that was proved wrong recently with a day highlighting the combination of old and new.

Navy leads from the front in diversity parade

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Captain Christine Clarke leads the Australian Defence Force contingent in the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Captain Christine Clarke leads the Australian Defence Force contingent in the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

Royal Australian Navy Captain Christine Clarke is leading the Australian Defence Force contingent at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade tonight and says there is no such thing as an average sailor in today’s Navy.

Marching for diversity and inclusion

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), CPL David Said (photographer)

Australian Defence Force members and supporters march in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. (photo: CPL David Said)

Australian Defence Force members and supporters march in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

On 7 March, Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade included the largest Defence contingent ever seen.

Navy leads the way at Mardi Gras

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO Stuart O'Brien (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy division leads the Australian Defence Force contingent in the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

The Royal Australian Navy division leads the Australian Defence Force contingent in the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

The Defence contingent in the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, led by Captain Christine Clarke, RAN, Director of Navy People Policy, has taken to the streets of Sydney to participate in the iconic festival.