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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 34 - THE WAY FORWARD

- 34 - THE WAY FORWARD Advantages 20. The advantages of a permanent detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band in Western Australia are significant to Navy, and reinforce Chief of Navy’s Goal 6 and the band’s mission, Promote the Navy. 11 One advantage is the weekday availability of the band to perform at schools, colleges, universities, and out-door public performance venues—this is not possible as the reserve detachment is only available on weekends. There is no permanent Australian Defence Force Band presence in Western Australia and that could be a major factor in the traditionally poor recruiting in the west across all target groups. 12 21. A permanent detachment would also be available for fleet support activities and major fleet ceremonial mid-week tasks such as departures, arrivals, divisions, mess functions, open days and family days. Presently, detachments are flown in from the East Coast to meet most of these activities. Such additional opportunities—particularly those with youth and community groups—help promote Navy as good corporate citizens. 13 22. For the musician category, which is experiencing only moderate recruiting success, 14 Western Australia would create additional posting opportunities outside of Sydney and Melbourne and expose musicians to the wider naval community. These extended opportunities and challenges will assist in job satisfaction and thereby, retention. 15 A permanent detachment in the west should also assist with geographically based musician recruiting. 23. This proposal adds value to the existing arrangement by both reinforcing the reserve detachment when required, while simultaneously expanding capability within Western Australia. 16 Ship movements at HMAS Stirling between October 2000 and October 2001 that could not be supported by the current reserve detachment included 30 requests from fleet units and 20 additional international ship arrivals. 24. For the year 2001, the Australian Defence Force Recruitment Unit in Perth undertook the following activities that could not be supported by the reserve detachment: • 30 expositions, • 23 colleges, • 57 schools, and • seven tours. OTHER KEY CONSIDERATIONS Personnel 25. The current 105 permanent positions 17 are: • RAN Band-Sydney (62); 18 11 Establishment of a band in Western Australia is consistent with a strategic approach to planning and supports the RAN organisation goals. See Meredith, J.R. and Mantel, S.J.Jr. (2000) Project Management: A Managerial Approach. 4 th ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons. p 183. 12 Australian Defence Force Recruiting has supplied figures, which indicate that recruit enquiries in Perth are substantially lower than in other states. 13 It also supports Chief of Navy’s Goal 6. 14 According to Navy’s General Recruiting Brief given to Senate Legislative Committee Hearing Winter Session 2002, current recruiting targets for musicians is 63 % for FY 01/02. 15 Discharge rate for FY 01/02 was 10.17 % with figure supplied by Navy Workforce Planners. 16 Using the FY 00/01 year as a comparison of output, the Sydney detachment completed 160 tasks while the WANB completed 48. This clearly demonstrates the PR potential of a permanent presence in the west. 17 This figure does not include the current officer allowance of one Lieutenant Commander and four Lieutenants. Also, a proposal for an additional allowance for two officers has been endorsed by Navy Workforce Planners and is separate to this proposal. 18 This figure includes a Members Required in Uniform allowance of five personnel. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

• RAN Band-Melbourne (35); - 35 - • Recruit Training Faculty at HMAS Cerberus (1); • Australian Defence Force Recruiting in Canberra (1); • Naval Headquarters South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland (3); • HMAS Stirling (1); and • Defence Force School of Music (2). 26. The thrust of this proposal requires no increase to existing manpower, results in limited impact on current band operations in the east, 19 and has no adverse impact on current budgetary demands. Sixteen positions would be transferred from Sydney and three from Melbourne in addition to the Permanent Naval Force Bandmaster already posted in the west. The category model would be: • HMAS Kuttabul (46); • HMAS Cerberus (32); • HMAS Stirling (20); • Recruit Training Faculty at HMAS Cerberus (1); • Australian Defence Force Recruiting in Canberra (1); • Naval Headquarters South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland (3); and • Defence Force School of Music (2). Composition by location and rank would be: WO CPO PO LS AB Old New Old New Old New Old New Old New Kuttabul 1 1 2 2 5 5 15 12 39 26 Cerberus - - 1 1 4 3 7 6 23 22 Stirling - - 1 1 - 1 - 4 - 14 DFSM 1 1 - - 1 1 - - - - RTF - - - - - - 1 1 - - ADFR-C - - 1 1 - - - - - - NHQ SA, QLD, TAS - - 3 3 - - - - - - Total 2 2 8 8 10 10 23 23 62 62 Table 1 27. This model allows for the continuing high level of output in Melbourne and Sydney, improved capability in the west, and posting alternatives for the category while maintaining musically balanced and capable ensembles throughout. It is not anticipated that any inter-state supplementation or additional recruiting campaign would be needed for Sydney. The rank structure in the west would be: • One Chief Musician, • One Petty Officer Musician, • Four Leading Seaman Musicians, and • Fourteen Able Seaman Musicians. 19 Product flexibility and scope may diminish slightly; however, this can be managed. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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