Topic: Diversity and Inclusivity

Recruits from Navy Indigenous Development Program graduate

Published on by SBLT Nancy Cotton (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Graduating recruits from General Entry 384 Rogers Division are also graduates from the Defence Indigenous Development Program. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Graduating recruits from General Entry 384 Rogers Division are also graduates from the Defence Indigenous Development Program.

Hard work and determination paid off for recruits from the Navy Indigenous Development Program and Indigenous Pre-Recruit Program as they recently graduated from Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus.

Minister visits Defence Mentoring Group

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Harriet Pointon Mather (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, fourth from left, with members of the Defence Women’s Mentoring Group at Leeuwin Barracks, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, fourth from left, with members of the Defence Women’s Mentoring Group at Leeuwin Barracks, Western Australia.

The Western Australian Defence Women’s Mentoring Circle was privileged recently to host the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, at their final meeting.

Navy Indigenous Development Program Course 14 underway

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Nancy Cotton (author), LSCSO Breanna Jacobs-Rochford (photographer)

Recruit Trudy Salt learning how to traditionally hunt with the Kuku-Yilanji Clan, Far North Queensland. (photo: LSCSO Breanna Jacobs-Rochford)

Recruit Trudy Salt learning how to traditionally hunt with the Kuku-Yilanji Clan, Far North Queensland.

The Royal Australian Navy has welcomed their newest recruits for the second Navy Indigenous Development Program for 2020.

Making connections at cultural workshop

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer), LSIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

L-R: Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jorde Lenoy, Raymond Timbery and Chief Petty Officer Medic Tina Elliot during a cultural immersion workshop held at HMAS Albatross, Nowra. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

L-R: Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jorde Lenoy, Raymond Timbery and Chief Petty Officer Medic Tina Elliot during a cultural immersion workshop held at HMAS Albatross, Nowra.

Monthly meetings of the Shoalhaven chapter of the Defence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network have a strong focus on sharing knowledge and building on connections with traditional custodians and community members of the local area.

Call to arms for Indigenous Navy officers

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), LSIS Ryan Tascas (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Scott McKeen on HMAS Canberra's flight deck in the Port of Darwin, Northern Territory. (photo: LSIS Ryan Tascas)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Scott McKeen on HMAS Canberra's flight deck in the Port of Darwin, Northern Territory.

When Lieutenant Scott McKeen left Darwin to join the Royal Australian Navy in 2004, he knew just a handful of Indigenous sailors. Sixteen years later, he said he had seen an increase in numbers of Indigenous people in the Navy.

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.