Personnel policy changes reflect greater flexibility

Published on CMDR Anne Andrews (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Topic(s): Recruitment, Strategy, Reserves

HMAS Maryborough sails into the sunset during a transit to South East Asia. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)
HMAS Maryborough sails into the sunset during a transit to South East Asia.

A number of changes made to Defence policy in October last year will impact timelines for those seeking to change from full-time to Reserve service in line with Navy’s shift to a Total Workforce Model.
To enable Navy to meet operational and workforce demands, a nominal six months’ notice for requests to reduce length of service and resign, or transfer to the Naval Reserve is to be provided. 

This timeframe provides sufficient notice for workforce planning purposes, where at least a minimum of three months’ notice is mandatory.
Director Navy People Career Management Agency, Captain Don Dezentje said the Total Workforce Model provides greater career flexibility to account for life’s changes. 
“Shifting between the different Service Categories as described in the Total Workforce Model provides great opportunity to accommodate changes in a member's family responsibilities, personal circumstance and/or career desires.

“While a member's service must still meet a service requirement, it is up to all of us to ensure we capitalise on the opportunities the model presents and harness the varied and diverse talent that we have in Navy,” he said.
The changes came into being in 1 October last year following the release of Defence Regulation 2016 as the underpinning legislation for personnel management in the Australian Defence Force. The Military Personnel Policy Manual was also subsequently revised and released on 4 October.
Combined with the over-arching Defence policy changes was the initial issue of Navy Publication (ANP) 2110 – RAN Career Management. 

This publication provides career management guidance for Navy officers and sailors. ANP 2110 replaces ABR 10 and ABR 6289.
“Navy members considering requesting to reduce their period of service and resign or transfer to the Reserves are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible,” Captain Dezentje said. 
“Irrespective of the minimum periods specified, each application is always considered on its merits, particularly where there are compelling or compassionate circumstances.”
Some circumstances may dictate that members are required to complete their current period of service or provide a longer notification period before their resignation or transfer takes effect.

Importantly, any notification period is not to include: 

  • extended periods of absence from duty for medical, dental or educational reasons (excluding Separation Health Examination),
  • periods of long service leave, leave without pay and other service impediment such as Initial Minimum Periods of Service, Return of Service Obligations or any other special conditions, and
  • Career Transition Assistance Scheme training.

For questions concerning notification periods, Navy personnel can contact their local personnel office for advice or visit the NPCMA intranet site.