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from the editor welcome to the 17th annual edition of defencelife magazine! defencelife aims to inform defence personnel and families on a range of issues that potentially impact on their lives both within the australian defence force and as part of the local community. this national edition covers lifestyle and career aspects of military service along with advice on the planning and actions required to meet personal and career goals and a seamless transition to civilian life. defencelife outlines the issues in a general sense, assuming that individuals will seek appropriate specialist advice from service and other authorities on specific issues that affect their lives and future. as always, we welcome your feedback on the magazine. managing editor lifestyle family matters | support programs military life | health & fitness location profiles education schooling options | state by state training programs looking forward career options | post-adf career cover: track and field athletes lacw melissa roberts and lacw sarah watson display their medals at york university athletics track as part of the 2017 invictus games in toronto, canada. photo: lsis jayson tufrey, ran managing editor advertising production john armstrong linda hann joanne pollard advertising enquiries o7 3282 9019 email website facebook email@example.com defencelife.com.au facebook.com/defencelifemag published by strike publications pty ltd po box 124, ipswich q 4305 | abn 41 010 922 335 publisher’s disclaimer defencelife is produced by strike publications pty ltd as a commercial venture. the views expressed in the magazine are not those of the department of defence. the magazine contains a variety of articles aimed at informing defence personnel and families on a range of issues relevant to service life and is not to be considered as authoritative source material. while every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and currency in the articles presented, reliance should not be placed on the information contained therein without reference to the relevant department of defence authorities. all advertisements in this magazine are protected by copyright and may not be copied or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. acknowledgements in compiling articles for this magazine, research material and media release images were obtained from several public access websites. these websites are duly acknowledged: department of defence - www. defence.gov.au • general information on defence matters plus images of defence people and operations defence community organisation - www.defence.gov.au/dco • information on family support programs defence personnel executive - www.defence.gov.au/dpe • career transition and resettlement information tourism queensland - www.tq.com.au tourism northern territory - www.tourismnt.com.au tourism south australia – www.southaustralia.com.au tourism victoria - www.tourismvictoria.com.au tourism new south wales – www.tourism.nsw.gov.au australian capital territory - www.tamsact.gov.au tourism western australia - www.westernaustralia.com tourism tasmania – www.tourismtasmania.com.au • images of places, people and events education queensland - www.education.qld.gov.au education northern territory - www.det.nt.gov.au education south australia - www.decs.sa.gov.au education victoria - www.education.vic.gov.au education new south wales - www.schools.nsw.edu.au education australian capital territory - www.det.act.gov.au education western australia - www.det.wa.edu.au education tasmania - www.education.tas.gov.au • information on enrolment, curriculum, term dates. please note that information in the articles was current at time of printing but latest developments should be checked with the relevant defence and other authorities for currency and any changes to conditions. defence families queensland northern territory new south wales australian capital territory victoria tasmania south australia western australia looking forward defencelife2018 1 9246264707274767866
defence families on the move with dha defence housing australia, along with hundreds of defence members and their families, are gearing up for another end of year peak posting period. defence housing australia (dha) provides quality housing and related services to defence members and families. to meet its defence housing obligations, dha is active in australian residential housing markets, acquiring and developing land, and constructing and purchasing houses. dha provides the following services for defence members and their families u assistance in finding a housing solution through our housing consultants located around australia and through our online housing tool – homefind (accessed via online services). u management and maintenance of housing. u administration of the allowance for defence members occupying rental accommodation. u construction and acquisition of properties to meet defence housing demands. u redevelopment of properties to meet defence standards. each year, dha sells a portion of its portfolio through a property investment and leaseback program. these sales fund dha operations in providing quality housing to defence members and families. dha staff are located in 19 offices in regional centres and nearby defence outposts throughout australia, head office located in canberra close to defence’s russell offices call dha on 139 dha (139 342) between 8.30 am and 5 pm est monday to friday. www.dha.gov.au/ 2 defencelife2018 defence families of australia defence families of australia (dfa) is the official body appointed by government to represent the views of defence families. dfa’s aim is to inform government and the national convenor and national defence on the needs of the family. its goal is to ensure quality of life for all defence families by providing a recognised forum for their views and by reporting, making recommendations and influencing policy that directly affects families. in turn, this enhances the capability of the australian defence force. primarily, the aim of the group has always been to improve the quality of life of defence families and therefore the serving member by: l representing the diversity of today’s defence families; l providing independent, accurate and honest advice to government; l providing a recognised forum for the views of defence families; l reporting and making recommendations to the minister responsible for defence personnel and the chief of the defence force; l influencing policy making that directly affects adf families. dfa consults with defence’s own support agencies, like the defence community organisation (dco) and the national welfare coordination centre (nwcc), but acts only as an advocate, not as a support provider. defence families can contact dfa to represent them regarding an individual situation or to advocate an issue concerning many families. dfa is recognised by defence and its delegates work with regional managers and commanding officers to clarify or resolve issues affecting families. the national convenor meets regularly with the assistant minister of defence, the chief of the defence force, the service chiefs, head of people capability, and director generals of army, navy and air force personnel, dco, policy, and housing and removals. this direct engagement facilitates reporting and progress on issues affecting families and promotes positive outcomes for all. the dfa executive operates at national, regional and local levels. the chief of the defence force, air marshal mark binskin is a strong supporter of defence families and the support the dfa provides. he says: “being a member of the australian defence force (adf) is a unique experience - not only for the individuals in uniform, but for their parents, partners and children who are also asked to accept the distinct challenges associated with military life. as an organisation, we recognise the importance of family and we value the enormous contribution our defence families make to the adf. that is why i am committed to delivering the programs and services required to sustain the health and welfare of our people and their families at home and on operations. defence families australia (dfa) plays a significant role in ensuring we meet this commitment. for more information about the support stakeholders in providing feedback on views and interests of defence families. available through the dfa go to: www.dfa.org.au
defence families how do i become recognised as a defence partner official recognition of a partner (dependant) by the australian defence force is necessary to access certain benefits including relocation, housing and support services. the process of being recognised as a defence partner is known as recognition as a dependant. the process is open to spouses (married) or interdependent partners (de facto), including same sex partners. a spouse or independent partner must normally have lived with the adf member for a continuous period of no less than 90 days before making the application. a spouse must provide evidence of marriage. documentation needed to recognise an interdependent partnership for a member includes a statutory declaration plus four items of documentary evidence. the evidence must show that you have lived with the member together on a permanent basis in a bona fide, domestic, interdependent partnership for a period of not less than 90 continuous days; and have maintained a common household. why nominating next of kin is important to partners? all adf members are required to list a next of kin in the defence human resources database, pmkeys. if there is no recognised partner, next of kin may be an unrecognised partner, parent or friend. next of kin are entitled to defence support in the event of an emergency. it is extremely important to ensure that next of kin information on the pmkeys database is up to date, including current addresses and phone numbers. remember to call the national welfare coordination centre on 1800 801 026 to update your details if you go on holiday during the adf member’s deployment period. 4 defencelife2018 defence community organisation the defence community organisation offers a broad range of programs and services to help defence families face the challenges and make the most of the opportunities provided by military life. the best way to access any of these services is to contact the all-hours defence family helpline on defencefamilyhelpline@defence. gov.au or 1800 624 608. the defence family helpline operates 24-7, staffed by qualified human services professionals. deployments. time apart from families due to deployments, training or other service requirements is an integral feature of defence life. the dco services inform and prepare families for these times, providing support to make these experiences positive and strengthening ones for your family. support during relocation. the dco offers support, practical assistance and resources to help defence families manage a mobile lifestyle, and reduce the effects of relocations. partner support. partners of adf members can access funding for education and employment services to enhance their career options and to help them to secure employment when posted with their partner. we also help partners develop stress management strategies. children’s education. the dco provides information, resources and programs to help minimise the disruption to children’s education caused by relocation. regional education liaison officers are experienced teachers and are available to advise defence families on education issues. school based aides and mentors support defence children through the process of changing schools and times of parental absence. childcare. children of defence families can receive priority of access to defence childcare centres around australia. funding may also be available to organisations that provide childcare services and defence partners seeking to set up a family day care business. dependants with special needs. families can obtain practical assistance to reduce the impact of relocation in these cases. emergency and crisis support. assistance is available to families facing a crisis when an adf member is absent from home for service reasons. support programs are available in instances of illness, injury or bereavement. community connection. families connecting with their local community can obtain personalised advice or access a directory of defence and community run organisations, in their local area. not for profit organisations running programs in support of defence families can apply for financial support. transition to civilian life. the dco provides a range of practical guidance and support to assist adf members planning to leave defence to make a seamless transition to civilian life. defence family matters magazine. this free tri-annual lifestyle magazine is specifically for the families of military personnel. services for reservists. the families of reserve members can access a broad range of support services. for more information about the services the dco provides to defence families go to: www.defence.gov.au/dco
defence families firefighter has the ‘right stuff’ overcoming injury and adversit y to succeed surviving 28 days in a coma, the result of a serious motor accident, suffering a spate of head and brain injuries, followed by months of rehabilitation and three years of reconstructive facial surgery has not stopped lacw melissa roberts realising her ambition of an air force career. story: aislinn dwyer melissa’s injuries would be enough to turn most people away from fighting on, to continue a career in the australian defence force, let alone trying to get back to a ‘normal’ life, but this air force firefighter has the “right stuff” to overcome adversity to succeed. her strength and determination as well as the curative power of sport has helped melissa to not only remain in the raaf, but also to compete in the invictus games. lacw roberts joined the raaf in 2010 as a firefighter, wanting a career that was physically challenging. military service also allowed her to follow in the footsteps of her father, warrant officer brian roberts – a raaf firefighter of 35 years. “being active and playing sports has always been a big part of my life,” lacw roberts said. “[firefighting] was the most active role females could do at the time.” in a cruel twist of fate, melissa had to face her most physically demanding challenge following a car accident on raaf tindal base near katherine in 2013. “it has been the most intense rollercoaster ride you could ever imagine being on, it was [and continues to be] just so uncertain,” lacw roberts said. for melissa and for many others recovering from a brain injury, waking up each day feels like an intense hangover. throughout her recovery the hangover feeling changed to constantly feeling seasick. with poor depth perception, spatial awareness and body balance, plus surgeries to correct her vision, 6 defencelife2018 melissa even had to learn how to walk again. if that wasn’t enough of an achievement, melissa eventually returned to sports and to part-time study. through hard work and determination she has now graduated from the university of southern queensland with a bachelor of education. sport has no barriers - that’s the main lesson i came away with from the invictus games. it was the safest place i’ve ever been in - no prejudice or discrimination, feeling confident enough in her progress and recovery, melissa applied to compete in the 2017 invictus games in toronto. “the power of sport was the driving force behind my recovery, but it gave me a goal to pursue,” said lacw roberts. “every day, those goals kept increasing and you know, the local park run eventually became the invictus games. melissa was selected among 42 other current and former australian military personnel. competing in various athletics and swimming events, melissa walked away with three bronze medals and four silver medals, as well as the honour of meeting prince harry. but it was the unspoken bond and universal understanding she experienced with other injured military members and veterans that was the most important part of the games. “it was not about the results at all, the whole week showed me that,” lacw roberts said. “everyone was equal, and they saw you for who you are and not your injury. it was the safest environment i’ve ever been in, no prejudice or discrimination. “sport has no barriers – that’s the main lesson i came away with from invictus games.” as she currently works in an administrative role at raaf base amberley, melissa is now considering other job opportunities her teaching degree provides. “i would love to work in education and training within the defence force, that would be a big goal of mine. education and training is obviously a big passion of mine,” she said. however, with the extent of her injuries melissa realises that commitments such as deployments may impact her employability within the raaf, but she’s learning to be okay with that. “now it’s coming to fruition that leaving the raaf may be the outcome; through the invictus games where i met ex-serving veterans who can’t serve anymore, it helped me to accept that.. and that yes, life does go on.” photo: australian athletes chris clark, lacw melissa roberts, jason mcnulty and sarah watson at the 2017 invictus games in toronto. (defence image)
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defence families changing your drivers licence with the exception of the northern territory, commonwealth, state and territory authorities have agreed to the implementation of a defence driving licence scheme (ddls) for adf personnel and eligible members of their families. under the ddls, personnel and their families’ driving licences will be recognised throughout australia and thus no requirement exists to change a driving licence solely because of a transfer interstate. however, on expiry, licences are to be renewed in the current state or territory of domicile. defence members and their dependants are able to drive on their interstate licence as long as they have been issued with the driver identification document issued by the department of defence (ab-135), available from the member’s administrative unit. the ddls does not apply to transfer of vehicle registration, which is linked to compulsory third party insurance schemes supplied by the private sector. for more information on the latest rules affecting defence families in renewing their drivers licence please consult the department of transport in your state or territory - and be up to date with the law. 8 defencelife2018
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defence families stay healthy & well an active life fends off poor health work, and life generally, can be stressful, with the potential to affect your health and wellbeing. one of the best ways to keep healthy and fend off ill health is to make active living part of your daily life. whether it’s gardening, walking, swimming, cycling, tennis, taking the stairs, or walking to the corner store, it all adds up to active living. as a minimum you should engage in 30 minutes of moderate activity four days a week. and those 30 minutes can be accumulated in 10-minute segments. a brisk walk for example is ‘moderate’ activity. an active lifestyle will improve your health and your quality of life, boost your sense of self- fulfilment and increase your energy level. reflect on your own situation and ask yourself: at present, am i active enough to benefit good health and keep my body fit? yes or no? if you answered “yes” you get a pat on the back. you are achieving health and fitness benefits. if you answered “no”, you probably live a sedentary lifestyle usually in a sitting position: at your desk, on the phone, in your car, at a computer, watching television or on the couch. if you are part of this group, give serious consideration to changing your lifestyle before it’s too late. there is no time for delay. sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality; it doubles the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity; and substantially increases the risk of colon cancer, hypertension, osteoporosis, depression, and anxiety. scary stuff. why not take the precaution of becoming active now before you are beset with health problems that may stop you from doing so later in life. pick an activity that you will enjoy and get started. walking for example is the favourite activity for 70 per cent of our adult population. walking is safe, inexpensive and one of the best exercises around. all you need is a good pair of walking shoes and the willpower to get up and go. if you haven’t exercised for some time, start off with small amounts of exercise and consult your doctor before engaging in strenuous exercise. guard against hearing loss attune hearing is the preferred hearing provider for defence force personnel for any hearing, balance or tinnitus issues. attune is an accredited, independent, medical audiology company with 30 years of experience. attune understands hearing and employs post graduate university trained audiologists who work in association with ear, nose and throat surgeons. did you know one in six australians have a hearing loss and that most people have a hearing loss for 7 to10 years before being tested. also, one in five australians have tinnitus and don’t know that an audiologist can help. attune takes a proactive approach to hearing and invites defence force family and friends, aged 50 and over to book in for a hearing check*. a medical hearing check should be on your tick list. we listen with our ears but process the sounds in our brain. if you don’t use it, you lose it. so what do you have to lose? call attune on 1800 195 155. (*attune will send you a gp referral to be signed by your gp). navy health - it’s us+you whether you’re a member of the defence forces or a relative of someone who is, we’re here to serve you. we’ve been providing great value, premium health cover to members of the defence force community since 1955. along the way, we’ve learnt a thing or two about insurance, about value – and about serving the people who serve us all. better value + better service health insurance? it’s pretty simple really. what matters is affordable premiums, great benefits, and a friendly face on hand to answer your questions. it’s what we pride ourselves on. contractor + employees if you have ever been smaller premiums + bigger smiles the best part is, navy health isn’t just for navy personnel – we insure all defence force members (including those in the army and air force) and their families, whether they’re currently serving or not. and since we’re a member-driven, not-for-profit, registered private health insurer, we can offer you affordable prices. serving members + lower premiums as an acknowledgement of their commitment and sacrifice, a 10 per cent reduction on payable premiums is offered to serving adf members when covering their families. employed by a company who was contracted by the adf or department of defence, you (and all of your immediate family) are eligible to join! australian owned 10 defencelife2018
defence families your local medical practice in ashgrove ashgrove west group practice (awgp) is a family owned medical practice providing modern, comprehensive medical care. doctors cliff and julie fisher and doctors phil and anne leadbeater established the practice in 1979. doctor solange green joined the practice in october 2013 and doctor liza robertson and doctor sally shrapnel joined the practice in july 2016. our gp’s have been providing medical service to the ashgrove, bardon, and the gap communities and surrounding suburbs for over 30 years. the doctors at this practice are members of the australian medical association (ama). the practice has been fully accredited with agpal (australian general practice accreditation limited) since october 1999 and is thus recognised as a quality general practice. all doctors in the practice participate in quality assurance and continuing education, and are vocationally registered general practitioners committed to providing care of the highest standard. awgp is a private billing practice, however, offers bulk-billing for children under 16 years, and discounts for pension & health care card holders. awgp also have an in-house exercise physiologist, dietitian, and hearing care specialist. the surgery is open 6 days a week; call now on (07) 3366 3544 to book an appointment or head online to www.ashgrovewestgp.com.au don’t worry, and be happy everyone wants to be happy but pressures in life can impact on our feelings of wellbeing, sometimes considerably, leading potentially to severe emotional problems. in the defence family context, it seems that frequent transfers, as is the case in any military organization, affect a family’s feelings of wellbeing and happiness. but looking deeper reveals that the overriding factor in achieving positive family outcomes is the family’s perception of the move and how well the family has integrated in the new location. the family’s sense of belonging and successful integration into the new community has been found to be a strong predictor of positive family outcomes. a number of studies show that children of military couples actually enjoy a number of benefits from moving around, especially in the development of social skills and confidence in different situations – along with a broader education experience. for children, a sense of wellbeing and happiness in the new location is very much dependent upon the parents’ behaviour and perception of what’s going on. a number of programs exist to help people improve their situation. for example, some hospitals run programs developed for the department of veterans affairs, aimed at people who perceive that their life is not all they want it to be. other challenges relate to ‘where to go from here’ after being in an institution such as the defence forces for a long time, which can lead to a quite stressful situation. however, the problem with emotional stress is that it doesn’t really go away, and it’s better to work through those issues with a professional counsellor. stay connected with defence magazine defence family matters is a free lifestyle magazine designed for defence families. in dfm you can find articles celebrating defence families, advice and tips for managing deployment, family member absence, relocation and posting and other aspects of military life. the magazine also publishes information on family support services available from defence and the community, and news about changes in the defence environment that affect families. the magazine is sent out three times a year to all adf members who have one or more dependants and are permanent or on continuous fulltime service. contributions are welcome from defence family members, adf members and community organisations supporting defence families. for more information on how to contribute, check out the dfm website at www.defence.gov.au/ dco/defence_family_matters.htm. any questions or feedback may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org ashgrove west group practice family doctors • open mon to fri 8 am -7 pm & sat 9 am - 12 noon • now bulk billing children under 16 • 3 female & 3 male doctors available for morning & evening appointments ph: 3366 3544 461 waterworks road, ashgrove i www.ashgrovewestgp.com.au 12 defencelife2018
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health & ﬁtness things healthy people enjoy we all know at least one or two people who are super fit and never seem to get sick - and they always seem to be really happy. how do they do it? were they born that way, or is there something else going on? the short answer is ‘they’ weren’t born to live a health life. healthy people have some rules they live by, even if they don’t consciously follow them. so what are these rules? they enjoy exercising healthy people love to exercise and have exercises or sports that they really enjoy doing. they exercise because they like to, not because they have to. when we try to exercise we don’t like doing the lifestyle changes so it doesn’t last long term. find an exercise or sport that you actually enjoy. that way you will look forward to it rather than dread it. they limit ‘bad’ foods many people think healthy people never eat any ‘bad’ food. healthy people have a different definition of ‘bad’ food. they don’t drink conventional sodas and eat gmo corn chips, but they may have a sweet snack or a dessert once or twice a week, compared to others who eat junk food or sugary snacks once or twice a day. try to make sure your meals and your snacks are healthy. over time, you’ll elevate your definition of junk food, too. they eat healthy snacks snacking on junk food can cause all sorts of damage and contributes to weight gain. healthy people eat healthy snacks and prepare them ahead of time, such as raw nuts (unsalted and unroasted), fresh fruit, and cut up vegetables (eg. celery and carrots). plan ahead when it comes to snacks, and at the grocery store, shop accordingly. they drink plenty of water water does so many good things for your body. keeping hydrated helps your skin and hair look great. it’s no wonder healthy people always seem to look great. they drink plenty of water and don’t drink sodas. sodas are full of sugar, and don’t think diet sodas are any better. diet sodas are filled with extra chemicals and terrible artificial sweeteners. don’t be drinking plenty of fruit drinks such as orange juice either. why? have you ever thought of eating 30 oranges in a row? no? well that’s pretty much what you’re doing when you drink a glass or two of orange juice. it’s a lot of sugar! some fruit drinks are also full of other nasty ingredients. try drinking water and herbal teas, or a recipe for cranberry lemonade with stevia. they go to bed early we all know that sleep is an important part of life. but healthy people know just how important it is to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. they go to sleep earlier and get up much earlier, even on their days off. and then, they tend to exercise first thing in the morning. exercising in the morning has great benefits? have you changed anything in your life that has made you healthier? why not follow some of the ‘do’ things above and reduce the frequency of the ‘don’t’ things that we all know are not good for our health, fitness and wellbeing. courtesy organic lifestyle magazine st andrew’s ipswich welcomes new maternity ward caring for the community in the ipswich region for over 100 years, st andrew’s ipswich private hospital has embarked on the largest redevelopment project in the hospital’s history. the new development, which incorporates a state of the art maternity unit, will enable the hospital to set a new standard of luxury for maternity patients in the ipswich and west moreton region. expectant mothers will experience modern labour delivery suites complete with massage showers, and deluxe private accommodation rooms with all the modern creature comforts. the new maternity unit will feature a purpose built special care nursery and well-baby clinic; ensuring newborns receive the very best care from our team of experienced obstetricians, paediatricians, nurses and midwives. st andrew’s new maternity ward is set to open in april 2018 with two other private wards, catering for all surgical and medical conditions. to complement our existing services, our redevelopment project will also see the completion of a new intensive care unit and the region’s first private emergency centre; to open in august 2018. st andrew’s ipswich looks forward to catering to the health care needs of the defence community. for more information about the new maternity unit at st andrews visit standrewsipswich.com.au or contact the hospital staff on 07 3816 9999. st andrew’s ipswich private hospital is owned and operated by ramsay health care, australia’s largest and most respected operator of private hospitals. 14 defencelife2018
make the most of being a new mum not every go od thing is published in b o oks ...with jeanne sager, ‘inside out motherhood’ when i found out i was pregnant, i couldn’t wait to get to a bookstore and stock up on parenting books. i had a lot to learn in the next nine months to get ready for baby. or so i thought. i know i can’t be the only mother who brought home her baby and felt like the books left me completely unprepared for this pooping, crying, and (thank god) adorable human being who couldn’t explain anything to me. here’s the thing the publishing industry doesn’t want you to know: you don’t learn the really good stuff about parenting from their books. you learn it from other moms (and dads). they’re the ones who offer up baby raising tips that you can really use! so i asked around. what are some of the most useful bits of advice moms have gotten from other parents? here’s what they had to say: 1. when the baby has wind, my mom suggested laying her on her back (across my legs) and pumping her legs like a bicycle. it works! 2. my mother taught me to test the bath water with my elbow because you get a true sense of the temp. if it’s too hot on your elbow, it’s too hot for baby. 3. for a colicky baby, turn on a somewhat loud box fan or have the vacuum running to soothe them. 4. tickle feet to keep sleepy newborns awake while nursing. 5. give them a clean medicine dropper of water every day so when they were sick and needed medicine, they would take the dropper. 6. bite their fingernails and toenails to keep them trimmed. it sounds weird, but with fingernail clippers, they’d fidget and get snipped. 7. bring home those waterproof pads (they call them chucks here, not sure what they call them for real -- they look like wee wee pads) from the hospital, as many as you can grab. take all the crib sheets you have and layer them on the bed like a parfait, with a chuck between each one. when you have a wet diaper that soaks through pjs at 3 a.m., you can just strip the sheet and the chuck and have a dry bed all ready to go, no fumbling for a sheet change while you’re half asleep. 8. even if you’re not cloth diapering, buy the pre-fold diapers and use them as spit rags. they’re much more absorbent than the things they sell as spit rags. 9. feed your baby naked (except a diaper)! they won’t get baby food all over their clean clothes, and you don’t have to do laundry. 10. if your baby is drooling because they’re teething, stock up on the bibs with the plastic lining on the back. that’s the only thing that will protect their chest from getting chapped from all the drool. 11. sleep begets sleep. if they wake up too early, put them to bed earlier, not later. parenting & living editor at sheknows.com by day, photographer, social medial junkie, and mother of a crazed fourth grader 24/7. slays closet monsters, eats too many jellybeans, drinks too much diet soda, and sometimes wishes they made muzzles in her size. more from author/photographer jeanne sager at www.insideoutmotherhood.com. defencelife2018 15
lifestyle adf personal development program l complete an application form signed by your parent or guardian. once an application is received, the unit commander will arrange an interview to discuss activities and commitment. cadets are expected to show commitment by attending activities for a reasonable period of time. cadets may leave at any time but personal satisfaction is best achieved if individuals show a keen interest in progressing through the programs. to join up as a cadet, find the location of your nearest unit and contact the commander during the hours the unit meets. the australian defence force cadets (adf cadets) program is conducted by the australian defence force in cooperation with the community. this combined approach benefits the nation by developing an individual’s capacity to contribute to society, fostering an interest in defence force careers, and developing ongoing support for defence. goals include: l conduct a creative personal development program in a military environment that: l extends individuals beyond their self imposed limits, l develops an understanding of the balance between personal freedoms and choice and the responsibilities that they bring, l promotes self reliance, self esteem and self discipline, and l develops and recognises a broad range of skills including leadership and teamwork. the adf cadets program also contributes to social development by: l encouraging pride in self, community and the nation, and equipping young people to be better citizens, l encouraging a volunteer ethos, l developing work and life skills, and l providing a supportive, safe environment. cadets also contribute to the development of the adf through: l enhancing defence’s reputation, l maintaining service customs traditions and values, l understanding what defence does, and l demonstrating a return on the defence organisation’s investment by promoting career opportunities within defence. to join cadets applicants need to: l be a resident of australia. l be between 12 and a half for navy cadets and army cadets or 13 for air force cadets and 18. you can stay as a cadet until one day before you turn 20. l provide a statement from your doctor confirming you are able to participate in cadet activities. l not be a member of any other cadet force or the australian defence force. insurance through your super fund most super funds will give their members access to insurance cover. why have insurance? none of us really likes thinking about being seriously injured or dying, but for the people left behind, dealing with the financial consequences, which can be complex and distressing. insurance can give you peace of mind in case the worst happens. regulations exist that ensure employers choose default super funds that offer insurance cover to ensure australian families are supported. what type of insurance is available? super funds may offer a variety of insurance types, although most offer death cover. beneficiaries if you die, while total and permanent disablement (tpd) cover provides money to you if you can’t work due to a permanent illness or injury. a combination of death and tpd cover is also an option. income protection cover gives you a regular income for a period of time if you can’t work due to serious illness or injury. the level and timing of payments depends on the policy and your insured income. what does it cost? your insurance premiums will depend on the policy you choose and may be affected by your age, gender, health and occupation. for more information contact your super death cover provides money to your fund about eligibility and benefits. power attorneyof at time of deployment it’s a good idea to consider appointing a power of attorney. a power of attorney is a legal document that gives another person/s or organisation power to make decisions on your behalf, relating to personal and/or health related matters and/or financial matters. there are two types of powers of attorney, a general power of attorney which is only valid while you are living and have mental or physical capacity to deal with your affairs, or an enduring power of attorney which remains valid even if you become mentally or physically incapacitated. if you die, both types of powers lapse and your executor will then administer your estate in accordance with the directions of your will. you should only appoint someone whom you trust implicitly to act on your behalf. when you no longer require the person to act as your attorney it is a good idea to have a revocation document signed revoking the power. serving members can receive further information by contacting a legal representative. 16 defencelife2018
updating ‘civvy’ qualifications recognising the equivalency of defence training no one wants to willingly come out and say it: “i’m not actually qualified to do this.” this is a natural reservation, comtemplating your future away from the security and familiarity of the defence force, but it doesn’t have to be that way. military service is potentially a very dangerous, even life threatening profession, but military life is clearly predictable, with mature support structures in place for personnel and their families. on the other hand, life outside the military can be regarded as unpredictable, especially for those people who only know the structured life within the defence forces. but don’t worry. defence personnel are anyone who has previous knowledge, in the fortunate position of having years of experience behind them and skills learnt over time. getting that recognised qualification might not actually mean going back to the classroom… because there’s something called rpl, which stands for recognition of prior learning. experience or skills relevant to the course of study that they want to complete can apply for rpl, regardless of whether your training or experience was in australia or abroad. rpl is important in many ways: r it means that your previous work experience, knowledge and skills are formally many defence personnel build their life around their military career but put aside the real need to acquire equivalent civilian qualfications, have those qualifications recognised, and undergo training where necessary to upgrade those qualifications. defence personnel have great skills, excellent work ethic along with mature organisational and supervision skills; for many, they just don’t have a piece of paper that certifies that experience and those achievements. most prospective employers want to see formal qualifications before they assess an applicant’s work and life experience. it’s just a fact of life. health insurance that’s tailor-made for defence for more than 60 years, defence health has provided great value health insurance, specially tailored for the defence community. defence health has always been not-for-proﬁt and all for members. as a members own health fund, defence health delivers better service, has more satisﬁed members and gives more back in beneﬁts. many serving men and women around australia have found defence health is the best option to cover their partner and children. they even have policies to cover ‘children only’ when both parents are serving. defence health ceo, major general gerard fogarty (rtd) says the fund has committed to a 10-year strategic plan to further enhance support for adf members and the wider defence community. the strategy delivered a broader range of products and services tailored to the needs of serving families and their extended family. because of your service, your mum and dad, brothers, sisters – and of course your own partner and children – can take advantage of the great value cover at defence health. private hospital cover gives the family access to timely medical treatment, by a doctor of their choice. and extras cover helps fund the important general treatment – such as dental, physio and optical services medicare does not rebate. the defence health adf total package is focused on families. the premiums are very competitive too – with the added bonus of national pricing for adf families. plus there’s a 10% discount for 12 months for discharging personnel. it makes sense. protect your family’s health with the insurance that’s tailor-made for defence. for more information see defencehealth.com.au. recognised. r it prevents you having to undergo training or instruction in areas in which you are already competent. r it can reduce the amount of time it takes you to secure a full qualification. the first step in gaining industry recognisable qualifications is to find the right career ‘coach’. someone who can provide the guidance necessary to get that ‘piece of paper’. check with your tafe, college or registered training organisation (rto) before you enrol. all rtos are required to offer rpl assessment. you can also contact the department of education and training on 1300 566 046 to discuss your rpl options. any more like family and we’d see you off at the airport. for travel insurance that treats you like family, visit defencehealth.com.au travel insurance is arranged by defence health ltd abn
lifestyle coping with military life the australian defence force has special requirements that are accepted by adf members as conditions of service, but families are also directly affected by the challenges of military lifestyle and increased deployment commitments. defence knows these military commitments sometimes impact as much on the family as they do on the serving member. some of these expectations include: • conforming to a regulated lifestyle • being physically and medically fit • adhering to the military structure • being trained and qualified for the job • being ready to serve anywhere, anytime • abiding by military law and regulations separation and relocation are key features of a military lifestyle. defence knows that members perform at their best when they are confident that life at home will run smoothly while they are away. the best way to achieve this is by planning ahead about family requirements during separations and relocations, and having access to appropriate support services. family readiness is just as important for single members. informing and involving parents, siblings, friends and other people who are important to you when preparing for relocations, separations and the unique demands of military service, are critical to sustaining these relationships. without the emotional and practical support of their families, adf members simply could not do the job they are required to do. an adf member has to be confident that their family is healthy and happy before they can wholeheartedly commit to doing their job well. a series of group programs that help defence families manage stressful situations such as deployment, parental absence from home, and moving house have been developed. familysmart is a series of group programs designed to help the partners of adf members identify and build on their strengths, learn techniques to cope with the stressors and challenges of the military lifestyle, and become more resilient, self-reliant and proactive. the programs target challenging aspects of defence life such as deployment, relocations, partner absence from home, or reuniting with a partner who is returning after a long time away. teensmart workshops are for defence teenagers to help them manage issues arising from deployment and relocation. during the workshops, defence teenagers can meet and share their stories about being part of a military family. they can also learn some ideas and tactics to help them stay connected to their parents while they are away on deployment, and meet new friends when they move to a new posting location. the workshop will also cover other things, like managing change and coping when feeling stressed out. there will be some tips and hints for handling emotions, and some great relaxation techniques, too. kidsmart comprises a set of four-week programs for primary aged kids to help them manage issues arising from posting, relocation and deployment. the kidsmart mascots, tyler turtle and sam super, will help kids learn how to manage change, stay connected with friends and meet new people. the workshops will also cover other things, like helping children to cope when feeling stressed or anxious, particularly during times of parental absence and deployment. kids can learn some techniques for handing emotions and relaxation, too. sessions are once a week for 1 to 1.5 hours per session and all children receive a story book to take home. contact the defence family helpline on 1800 624 608 for more information or to sign up for a program. 18 defencelife2018
adfsuper & adfcover schemes for military super & insurance cover ‘adf super’ along with a statutory death and invalidity scheme known as ‘adf cover’ are now the default superannuation and insurance schemes for adf members. the scheme introduced in july 2016 responded to the military community’s desire for greater flexibility in their superannuation. historically, adf members could be members of one of two superannuation schemes: the defence force retirement and death benefits (dfrdb) scheme (closed to new members from 1991) and the military superannuation and benefits scheme (msbs), commonly known as military super. both these schemes are now closed to new members. adf super is open to military personnel g members may transfer their accumulated benefits to a new fund at any time. g members don’t make personal contributions, unless they wish to do so. g members will be able to make salary sacrifice contributions in line with relevant superannuation or taxation legislation. g adf super members will be able to choose any complying fund. g members choose from four investments options: cash, income focused, mysuper including: people who have become a member of the permanent defence forces or commencing as a continuous full-time reservist on or after july 1 2016. militarysuper members who elect to become adf super members will no longer be able to contribute to militarysuper. militarysuper and dfrdb pension recipients (excluding militarysuper invalidity pensioners) who have returned to the permanent forces or become continuous full-time reservists on or after 1 july 2016. please note that current contributing dfrdb members will not be able to join adf super, and reservists who are not continuous full-time reservists are not eligible for the 16.4% employer contribution. what’s different? g adf super is now the default fund for anyone joining the adf for the first time. g the scheme is a fully-funded accumulation plan with an employer contribution of 16.4%. g adf super is underpinned by a new death and invalidity scheme called adf cover. be no requirement for adf super members to make employee contributions to their superannuation. as a result, contributing msbs members who choose to become adf super members will immediately receive a five per cent increase to their take home pay as they are no longer required to make compulsory employee contributions. adf cover - death and disability accompanying adf super will be a new statutory death and invalidity scheme, known as adf cover. adf cover will be consistent with the death and invalidity arrangements adf personnel currently receive as msbs members. adf cover aims to ensure that adf members are properly looked after, for the rest of their life if required, in the event they are injured during their adf service. due to the nature of military service, it’s often difficult for members to obtain death and invalidity cover at a reasonable cost. adf cover is free to serving members. members of the adf automatically receive cover from 1 july 2016 if they are: • under 60 years of age, • a member of the permanent forces or a continuous full-time reservist, balanced, and aggressive. by default, if an investment option is not nominated, contributions will be invested in the mysuper balanced option, which can be changed later if required. unlike previous military schemes, such as the msbs, which requires a minimum employee contribution of five per cent of salary, there will • either an adf super member, or would have been an adf super member but have chosen to have the 16.4 per cent employer contribution paid to another superannuation fund. benefits and conditions applying to adf cover are detailed on the adf super / adf cover website at: adfsuper.gov.au/adf-cover/ own a home of your own with dhoas the defence home ownership assistance scheme (dhoas) assists current and former australian defence force members and their families to achieve home ownership. defence appointed the department of veterans’ affairs (dva) as the dhoas administrator. you can apply to dva for a subsidy certificate, to confirm eligibility for dhoas. the subsidy certificate is then provided to one of the three home loan providers appointed by defence to provide dhoas home loans. they are: australian military bank defence bank limited (defence bank) national australia bank (nab) . the scheme aims to encourage adf recruitment and retention. the longer the period of service, the more entitlement that will be accrued under dhoas and the longer the assistance is received. to be eligible, adf members must have served within the last two years of applying for dhoas, completed a qualifying period of service and accrued a service credit. applicants need to take out a dhoas home loan and meet the scheme conditions, including occupancy requirements, to receive the monthly subsidy payments. for more information, including calculating subsidy payments go to: www.dhoas.gov.au/ defencelife2018 19
lifestyle gap year program one year tryout of military life if military duties in not-so-average environments sounds exciting, then undertaking a defence force gap year may be the post-graduate life young men and women seek. the program offers young australians exciting opportunities within the australian defence force, allowing them to experience military life while contributing to the air force’s overall capability. as part of the air force chapter of the gap year program, nine participants recently graduated as raaf crew attendants and will now be posted to either no 33 squadron at raaf amberley or no 34 squadron in canberra, to continue their careers within the permanent air force. wing commander peter gibb said the gap year program has continued to mature, as it targets year 12 graduates 17 - 24 years of age to serve for an initial period of 12 months. “during their 12 months service, the participants undertake the same initial recruit and employment training continuum as permanent air force members, ensuring they provide a meaningful contribution in the workplace,” wgcdr gibb said. gap year programs develop personal and professional qualities and develop skills the participants can continue to use in the future. once the gap year has finished, graduates can choose to continue a career within the adf or explore alternative career paths. anyone interested in participating in the afgy or other gap year program can find out more at www.defencejobs.gov.au/ students-and-education/gap-year/. photo: graduates of the crew attendant’s course at 33 squadron.(defence) talk to children about deployments time should be spent with children talking truthfully about deployments. children of different ages need to be communicated with in ways appropriate for them to understand. very young children can’t comprehend what is happening, so they may not understand that the separation may only be for a period of time. it may be important for them to maintain a special relationship with another parent or carer to help them deal with the changes in their life. for toddlers, it may not be helpful to talk about going away too long in advance, as they have a different sense of time. a couple of days in advance is plenty of time. preschoolers and school age children should be included in discussions about deployments early, as they will know from conversations that something is going on. in talking about the deployment, explain at the appropriate level why dad or mum is going, where, and for how long. let children know that it is okay to talk about feelings by sharing your own feelings, and let each member of the family express how they feel. encourage older children to talk with the younger ones about previous deployments; how long it seemed, what they did, how they felt while mum or dad was away. discussing the rules of the house and making them 'house rules' rather than 'mum's' or 'dad's' rules will also help during the separation. personal insurance for veterans and adf members cover plus the care www.dsh.gov. au to compare the features call 1300 552 662 • home • contents • landlords liability • car • caravans • trailers • private pleasure craft • motorcycles • travel pay your premiums by direct
healthinsurance policies, benefits & lifetime health cover there are two types of private health insurance: hospital policies that cover you when you go to hospital, while general treatment policies (sometimes known as ancillary or extras) cover you for ancillary treatment (eg dental, physiotherapy). most health funds offer combined policies for hospital and general treatment benefits. importantly, if you’re purchasing cover for the first time or upgrading your plan, you may need to serve a waiting period before you can claim benefits. depending on your level of cover, you may not be fully covered against all costs associated with your treatment and have to pay some out-of-pocket expenses. hospital cover. hospital policies help cover the cost of in-hospital treatment by your doctor and hospital costs such as accommodation and theatre fees. generally, any medical services listed under the medicare benefits schedule (mbs) can be covered on some form of private hospital insurance. some services not listed on the mbs are only covered by private hospital insurance to a limited extent. funds generally offer several different policies across these categories, combined with different levels of excess or co-payments. an excess is an amount that you agree to pay towards the cost of hospital treatment, in exchange for lower premiums. general treatment policies provide benefits for ancillary services such as physiotherapy, dental and optical treatment. most health funds package policies to provide cover for both hospital and general treatment services. lifetime health cover (lhc) is designed to encourage people to take out hospital insurance earlier in life and to maintain their cover. in most cases, your lhc base day is the later of 1 july 2000 or 1 july following your 31st birthday. for example, if you take out hospital cover at age 40 you will pay 20% more than someone who first took out hospital cover at age 30. the maximum loading is 70 per cent. once you have paid a lhc loading for 10 continuous years, the loading is removed. for more about lhc go to: www.privatehealth.gov.au/ air liquide healthcare trust 20 years of experience serving the department of veterans’ affairs. air liquide healthcare has over 20 years of proven experience in providing medical products and services for oxygen and cpap therapies to entitled veterans in australia. qualified staff provide patients with the best care, with a focus on education, assessment, therapy initiation and ongoing support. they offer solutions to promote patients’ independence and quality of life. air liquide’s home oxygen therapy program involves professional home set-ups, patient education and ongoing maintenance by professional technicians. they provide a range of home and portable oxygen therapy solutions to help patients reclaim their independence and mobility. air liquide is the largest service provider of sleep diagnostic services through home-based polysomnography (psg) & lab-based psg by independent sleep physicians. they provide comprehensive obstructive sleep apnea (osa) therapy services from diagnostics to treatment including a wide range of equipment, accessories and alternative treatment options from leading manufacturers. as the first line of treatment for sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure (cpap) and automatic positive airway pressure (apap) use a flow of air to keep a patient’s airways open, allowing them to breathe easier through the night. their experienced consultants can talk you through the wide range of available equipment to tailor a treatment program specifically for your needs. air liquide boasts an extensive network of 150 clinics and over 50 home care professionals to serve tens of thousands of home oxygen and sleep apnea patients across australia. their goal is to maximise the quality of life for patients, making the journey from diagnosis to treatment easier. air liquide are only a phone call away for emergency and break-down services (24/7) - 1300 36 02 02. one less thing to worry about... air liquide healthcare has been an approved and trusted supplier to the department of veterans’ a!airs for over 20 years. we are committed to extending the best possible cpap, home medical oxygen therapy and respiratory services and products to the australian defence force (adf) and their families. our national presence provides you with easy access to therapy no matter where you are in australia including the choice of local clinic or home service. air liquide healthcare can o!er assistance with all therapy introduction, education, compliance monitoring and servicing of equipment. (cid:22) sleep diagnostics (cid:22) support network of sleep physicians and consultants (cid:22) cpap therapy services and supplies (cid:22) home medical oxygen therapy and portability solutions (cid:22) wide range of respiratory products 1300 36 02 02 email@example.com airliquidehealthcare.com.au defencelife2018 21
queensland queensland is the second largest state in australia, nearly five times the size of japan and seven times the size of great britain. queensland is home to about five million people. queensland has five of australia’s eleven world natural heritage areas: the scenic rim national parks, fraser island, riversleigh fossil fields, the wet tropics (including daintree national park), and the great barrier reef. more than half of queensland’s population lives outside the greater metropolitan area of brisbane - a large proportion compared with the rest of highly urbanised australia. most settlers in queensland during the 19th century were from britain and europe. in recent years there has been an increasing number of new settlers from south-east asia. the vast majority of queensland receives an average of between eight and nine hours of sunshine every day. queensland has more than 1000 species of native vertebrates, many of them unique to the region. the international airline qantas (queensland and northern territory aerial services) was established in longreach, queensland, in 1920. 2008 was the 20th anniversary of world expo 88—a landmark event in the history of brisbane that launched an exciting period of growth and development. there are over 200 national parks in queensland. free education was implemented in queensland in 1870. the first queensland railway opened in july 1865, from ipswich to grandchester. on 18 may 1907, women voted for the first time in a queensland state election. brisbane-born pioneer aviator charles kingsford smith and his colleagues completed the first air crossing of the pacific, from san francisco to brisbane, in 1928. australian poet banjo patterson’s verse waltzing matilda was first sung publicly at the north gregory hotel in winton, queensland, on 6 april 1895. queensland has the only state parliament in australia with one house, the legislative assembly. the legislative council (upper house) was abolished in 1922. the royal flying doctor service started operating on 17 may 1928 when pilot arthur affleck flew the first flying doctor, dr kenyon st vincent welch, on the first official flight from cloncurry to julia creek in response to an emergency call. today, queensland is a huge expanse of cities and towns centred on major industrial centres and agricultural areas. the sheer size of the state presents major challenges for government and industry in servicing the population. 24 defencelife2018
out & about in queensland welcome to queensland, where 300 warm and sunny days a year are the norm... pair that with over 6,000 kilometres of coastal shoreline and you’ll understand why queenslanders are always so happy. while you’re here why don’t you... explore the state’s hidden gems sure, the gold coast and brisbane are great, but why not explore queensland’s best kept secrets? cooktown surrounded by pristine beaches, tropical lagoons and waterfalls. down in the old town, there is a cannon and the anchor from cook’s boat, the endeavour, and many heritage buildings, monuments and museums. just south of cairns on the coral sea is mission beach which is comprised of four beach villages: south mission, wongaling, mission beach village and bingil bay, and scattered along approximately 13km of golden sand between the great barrier reef and the wet tropics rainforest. seventeen seventy is a picturesque seaside village surrounded on three sides by the coral sea and bustard bay. enjoy stand up paddle boarding, fishing and swimming at the calm waters adjacent to 1770 foreshore, with extensive boardwalk, grassed picnic areas, barbecues and children’s playground. get your cultural fix cruise your way along the south bank cultural precinct in brisbane, where you’ll find the queensland performing arts centre and the gallery of modern art to name a few. get tickets to one of the premier queensland events like the noosa food and wine festival or the woodford folk festival. listen to some of the biggest national and international acts at the big pineapple festival at the sunshine coast or splendour in the grass and falls festival in byron bay. seek thrills consider yourself a thrill seeker? why not visit the array of theme parks on offer at the gold coast! with water slides, rollercoasters, animal attractions or live performances you’re after, there’s something for everyone. explore the city of brisbane from the rocks of kangaroo point, in a kayak gliding along the brisbane river, or for a real adrenaline rush, climb the story bridge! live fearlessly at aj hackett cairns, australia’s one and only bungy tower & giant minjin jungle swing - located in the rainforest 20 minutes from cairns cbd. hit the road take the road less travelled and explore queensland via car on a scenic drive. whether it’s the great tropical drive in north queensland, the savannah way from cairns to normanton or overlander’s way in the gulf country region, you will discover an array of hidden treasures queensland has to offer. don’t like sitting in the car for that long? the scenic rim, gold coast hinterland and coastal drive at the sunshine coast offer shorter routes that are perfect for day trips. go on an adventure dive or snorkel the great barrier reef – it’s closer (and more amazing) than you think! hang ten on one of the legendary surf breaks on the gold coast or learn to surf at a family friendly beach on the sunshine coast. venture west to see big red, birdsville or attend one of the weird and wonderful outback events like the yabby races in windorah or boulia camel races. throw on your hiking gear and trek through a tropical rainforest or chase a waterfall or two. sail the whitsundays for a once-in-a-lifetime waterfront experience. embrace indigenous culture wanting to learn more about indigenous art, or going bushwalking to inject a touch of culture into your time in queensland? go bush with an indigenous guide at the mossman gorge centre and be enchanted by the stories and heritage of the traditional owners of the gorge. listen to the tales behind contemporary art and traditional rock paintings left by past generations. head to carnarvon national park where aboriginal history is revealed through the park’s rock art sites. visit thursday island. as well as being a top fishing spot, you can experience the island culture of the torres strait islanders here. be pampered with indigenous inspired spa treatments set in the beautiful daintree rainforest. meet the wildlife cuddle up to some of our cuddly creatures – koalas, kangaroos, wombats and bilbys - on a tour through their native habitat or at one of the many sanctuaries around the state. wave hello to the migrating humpback whales in hervey bay from june through to october. watch the circle of life happen right in front of you during turtle season at mon repos from october through february. experience queensland’s best events revel in the best that brisbane has to offer at the brisbane festival in september, then celebrate riverfire with the most colourful and spectacular fireworks display. if you love a good show, you can’t miss queensland’s biggest and best-loved annual family event – the brisbane “ekka”, showering brisbane in carnival atmosphere for 10 days straight in august. for country music fans, the end of august each year means a pilgrimage to the amamoor creek state forest park near gympie for the optus gympie music muster. defencelife2018 25
education & training education defence families and regular interstate transfers and deployments are all part of the job for defence personnel, but often it’s families who are affected most by transfers, particularly the change of education system. to help alleviate some of the impact when transfering between schools, defence provides a first-class educational advisory service and assistance schemes. the education assistance scheme (eas) provides a range of financial support to defence children. tutoring: school aged children on transfer to a new location may be entitled to 14 weeks of tutoring in any subject identified by the school as indicating a gap in the child’s learning. boarding school allowances: assistance may be available under the eas to enable adf families to access boarding school for a dependant in the critical years of schooling. special needs assistance: the eas can provide assistance for assessment, therapy and additional support for students who are receiving these services. tuition fees may also be provided for a child with special needs. defence scholarships: defence sponsors four scholarships per year for dependants of personnel working in defence organisation, and is managed by afs intercultural programs australia and dco. the defence school transition aide program has two parts; defence school transition aides in primary schools and defence transition mentors in secondary schools nationally. this program is designed to facilitate the best possible educational outcomes for dependants of adf members and to provide support during parental absences for service reasons. defence recognises that some children of adf members may experience some disruption to both the academic and social aspects of their schooling each time they move. the different structures of the education systems between australian states and territories can result in learning gaps. dstas support the smooth transition of mobile adf dependants from school to school and across curriculum jurisdictions upon adf relocations or postings. the dsta is a school-based position which focuses on practical support integrated into the classroom, school and school community. some activities performed by dstas include: • being a point of contact for parents of new adf children in the school • coordinating appropriate welcome and farewell activities • introducing adf parents and children to the school and its facilities • supporting individual children during parental absences • providing opportunities for adf families to meet other adf families • enhancing the relationship between the school and their defence community to find out which schools have dstas in your region, contact the regional education liaison officer at your local defence community organisation office. for more information go to www. defence.gov.au/dco. be inspired... 26 defencelife2018 st mary’s college ipswich contact karina at st mary’s college now on: 07) 3432 5444 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.stmarys.qld.edu.au enrolment packages for 2019 & 2020 now available
catholic education teaching, challenging,transforming catholic education has a long history in brisbane and queensland. since the first catholic school opened here in 1845, hundreds of thousands of students have passed through catholic schools in the archdiocese of brisbane, before going on to make their mark in the wider community. today, catholic schools continue the mission of serving, supporting and leading all those engaged in the educational mission of the church, conscious that, for many, the catholic school is their main connection with the church. catholic education in the archdiocese is promoted as a lifelong enterprise, inviting all those involved in educational ministry to be anchored in a catholic vision that is personal and public, reflective and active, nurturing and transformative. the educational mission of brisbane catholic education, as an evangelising agent of the catholic church, is to teach, challenge and transform the world through what it does and how it is done. mission in this context is the result and lived out expression of an underpinning spirituality of communion. mission is developed and expressed in ways that include individual, systemic and ecclesial dimensions. catholic education is promoted as a lifelong enterprise, inviting all those involved in educational ministry to be anchored in a catholic vision that is personal and public, reflective and active, nurturing and transformative. the educational mission of brisbane catholic education, as an evangelising agent of the catholic church, is to teach, challenge and transform the world through what it does and how it is done. spiritual formation and religious education are key components in supporting our mission. summerschools summer schools are for students in years 5, 6 & 7 who have been identified through naplan (national assessment program literacy and numeracy) as requiring additional help in literacy and numeracy. summer schools do not replace the existing support your child receives at school; it is an opportunity for your child to receive additional assistance within an enjoyable learning environment. at summer schools, students are taught to understand the relationship between the language of chance and probability, and to justify their decision-making processes by using this knowledge. parents are encouraged to support their children’s learning. there are many things you can do to help your children practise their reading skills including reading a range of texts, discussing how language is used, asking your child to describe people, places or objects, and engaging in word building exercises. “i have never seen my daughter so excited about doing school work. all she does is talk about what she has learned each day. thank you for this opportunity.” (summer schools parent feedback). “summer schools was great. i hope i get to go again next time.” (student feedback). defencelife2018 27
education & training the australian curriculum how young people learn and shape their tomorrow the australian curriculum is being developed as a learning entitlement for each australian student to provide a foundation for successful, lifelong learning and participation in the australian community. the curriculum acknowledges the changing ways in which young people learn and the challenges that will continue to shape their learning in the future. of learning has been developed for the general capabilities to describe the relevant knowledge, skills and understanding at particular points of schooling. the australian curriculum will eventually be developed for all learning areas and subjects: initially for english, mathematics, science and history; followed by geography, languages, the arts, economics, business, civics and citizenship, health and physical education, and information and communication technology and design and technology. the australian curriculum includes a focus on seven general capabilities (literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology capability, critical and creative thinking, ethical behaviour, personal and social capability and intercultural understanding) and three cross-curriculum priorities (aboriginal and torres strait islander histories and cultures, asia and australia’s engagement with asia and sustainability). continuation the curriculum includes two goals: goal 1: australian schooling promotes equity and excellence. goal 2: all young australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens. development of the australian curriculum establishes expectations including: that each student can learn and that the needs of every student are important; that each student is entitled to knowledge, understanding and skills that provide a foundation for successful and lifelong learning and participation in the australian community; that high expectations should be set for each student as teachers account for the current level of learning of individual students and the different rates at which students develop; that the needs and interests of students will vary; and that schools and teachers will plan from the curriculum in ways that respond to those needs and interests. in a world in which knowledge is constantly growing and evolving, students need to develop skills, behaviours and dispositions, or general capabilities that equip them to be lifelong learners. then they can operate with confidence in a complex, information-rich, globalised world. the australian curriculum is online at www.australiancurriculum.edu.au inspiring individual excellence mitchelton state high school is a small school where every student’s learning experience is important. we believe in inspiring individual excellence in all students. at mitchelton shs we successfully blend excellence in academic performance, creative arts and sports. situated on a leafy 11 hectare site in mitchelton, we are only a 5 minute drive from gallipoli barracks in enoggera. our defence transition mentor is available to help support our adf families and students throughout their transition and during their studies at our school. for more information or to organise a school tour, please call our office on 3550 1111 or email email@example.com michelton (cid:54)t(cid:36)te (cid:43)ig(cid:43) (cid:54)c(cid:43)ool participation accountability respect 28 defencelife2018
queensland school system quality education in a safe and supportive environment queensland schools are committed to providing the skills, values and knowledge students need for lifelong learning, employment and to participate in society. parents can choose to enrol their children in particular types of schools: • queensland state (public) schools • independent schools • catholic schools. (international programs are delivered through education queensland international) structure schooling in queensland starts with a preparatory or prep year followed by 12 years of primary and secondary school. over the 13 years of schooling, students’ studies are focused on the following learning areas: english, mathematics, studies of society and the environment, science, arts, technology, personal development, health and physical education, and languages other than english (esl). many queensland schools also offer english language support to international students. contact your school to find out what kind of english language support is available. prep year the prep year is a 1 year (full-time) program available to children in the year before they a warm and caring environment • focus on student progress – academic, social, emotional, physical, spiritual • professional and approachable staff • leadership opportunities • specialist teachers in pe, music and chinese • contemporary technology and facilities • after school care • all classrooms air-conditioned to optimise learning learning with heart for over 50 years start primary school. students are encouraged to engage all five senses to form a solid foundation in social, motor, literacy and numeracy skills. primary school students form foundational skills and knowledge based on the curriculum. students are educated from year 1 to 6. secondary school secondary or high school is the final period of compulsory education for queensland students. students are educated from year 7 to 12. the senior years of education (year 10–12) are very important for students wishing to progress to university or further study. qualifications students who have completed all 12 years of compulsory education from year 1 to 12 will be eligible to qualify for the queensland certificate of education. an overall position (op) is also awarded to eligible students and contributes to a student’s university eligibility. however from 2019, the current senior assessment system will transition from op to an australian tertiary admission rank (atar). it will commence with students entering year 11 in 2019, meaning the first students to receive an atar instead of an op will graduate from year 12 in 2020. assessment students are assessed on their performance through tasks including: written assignments, oral presentations, practical exercises and demonstrations, texts and examinations, and subject specific tasks. more at www.qld.gov.au/education enrolling now for 2018 immaculate heart school 24 old toowoomba road, leichhardt ph 07 3812 1077 i www.immac-heart.qld.edu.au defencelife2018 29
education & training my school website the my school website is a government- run website which allows parents and educators to search and compare schools across australia, and includes a find-a- school function, school performance ratings and profiles, along with links to individual school websites. my school provides information about schools in australia, letting you see how a school is performing, compared to schools with similar students. my school is a resource for parents, educators and the community to give readily accessible information about each of australia’s just over 10,000 schools and campuses. my school now has eight years of data enabling fair comparisons to be made among schools serving students from similar socio-educational backgrounds, using the index of community socio- educational advantage (icsea). it is icsea that enables fair comparisons to be made between schools with similar students. the publication of data on my school allows educators to share information about school achievements and characteristics with the aim of supporting and driving improvement across the nation. for parents, my school provides valuable information to help make informed decisions about their child’s education. new website features include: • the latest profile and population data on each school • outcomes from the 2015 round of naplan testing • eight years of performance data for comparison • an additional measure of student attendance • the latest financial figures on each school, including capital expenditure and sources of funding • an enhanced user experience with an updated look and feel 30 defencelife2018 funds for partner education from 1 july 2017, the partner employment assistance program (peap) has provided funding towards initiatives to assist adf partners with the immediate difficulties of finding employment when the member is relocated on posting. in each posting location, partners of adf personnel can apply for up to $1500 funding to access the following employment-related initiatives: re-registration required under legislation . mandatory fees for professional . professional employment services . development of a personalised resume . identification of transferrable skills . employment options and job placement . job search techniques and strategies . development of an online employment . application and selection criteria coaching . preparation and presentation coaching for and/or resume coaching advice profile interviews how to apply interested partners should read the peap guidelines before completing the peap application form . a quote from your chosen provider must be provided as part of your application. applicants should anticipate that it will take a minimum of 28 days from receipt of a complete application (including completed application form and required attachments) for an assessment to be made. applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application. funding is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of sufficient funding in the relevant financial year. payment of this benefit may result in a reportable fringe benefit tax (fbt) amount being recorded against the adf member, not the partner. we strongly advise you to seek financial advice about how this will affect your tax and benefits before committing to the program. online employment resources there are several free employment resources available online. jobsearch is australia’s largest free jobs website. it is a free service to help job seekers gain employment. visit www.jobsearch.gov.au. the australian public service commission’s cracking the code – how to apply for jobs in the australian public service is an online resource with advice on answering selection criteria and handling an interview. visit www.apsc.gov.au. all students australia-wide must complete year 10 of study. after year 10 and until they turn 17, students must be either in school full-time, in approved education or training such as tafe, traineeship or apprenticeship, or in full- time paid employment.
be safe at schoolies schoolies week should be a time to let your hair down after an intense final year of high school, spend time with your friends and have some fun, and it should be safe. with that in mind, here are some tips on how you can stay safe at schoolies week: 1. stay with your mates. your friends are more than just your party buddies – they’re also your support group. if you see one of your friends in trouble, see if you can help them out. 2. trust your instincts. you have them for a reason. if you ever feel like you’re not in control or you don’t feel safe, there’s a good chance you’re not. get out of the situation as soon as you can. 3. don’t be sir-mix-a-lot. alcohol on its own can be enough to impair your judgement but mixing alcohol and energy drinks can be a much worse combination. 4. don’t break bad. using drugs can lead to heart palpitations, nausea, hallucinations, paranoia, violent behaviour and in severe cases, heart attack and kidney and liver failure. 5. slip, slop, slap. skin cancer is one of australia’s biggest killers, so always make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and wear hats, sunnies and appropriate clothing when outside. 6. don’t believe you can fly. no matter how good you are, you can’t. injuries sustained from falls are the second most common reason young adults find themselves in hospital. 7. instagram is not necessarily your friend. remember that embarrassing, damaging or even photoshopped images can spread like wildfire over social media and the web and can have long-lasting effects. schoolleaving age the minimum school leaving age has been raised to age 17 to ensure school leavers have the opportunity to maximise their preparation for further education, training, employment or a combination of these. research demonstrates that people with higher levels of schooling are more likely to make a successful transition to further education, training, or work. the research also demonstrates that early school leavers are two and a half times more likely to be unemployed, earn lower wages and have poorer quality of life outcomes; and that those who do not leave school early generally enjoy enhanced life choices and better economic and social outcomes. exemptions will only be granted where the school principal considers that the student is a suitable candidate to complete his or her education through an apprenticeship or traineeship, that the student has written permission from his / her parents for this to occur. the employer also needs to agree to notify the department of education and training in writing through the school principal if the apprenticeship or traineeship is abandoned or cancelled before the student turns 17. for state specific information visit www.acara.edu.au. defencelife2018 31
education & training holistic education at iggs ipswich choosing the right education for your child is a big decision. will their needs be met? will they be given the attention they need? will they have the opportunities they deserve? at ipswich girls’ and junior grammar, students are provided with every opportunity to discover their potential while getting the support they need to develop into confident, well-educated young women, girls and boys. as the region’s top performing school, their heritage-listed campus is home to a purpose-built early education centre offering kindy and pre-prep programs for three and four-year-olds; south- east queensland’s only co-educational grammar primary school, ipswich junior grammar (boys and girls prep to year 6); and ipswich girls’ grammar secondary school (girls only years 7 to 12). they offer flexible boarding options for girls only from year 5 to 12. ipswich girls’ and junior grammar principal and ceo dr peter britton said the school’s focus on personalised, holistic education and its welcoming, family- friendly environment provided students with the greatest chance to thrive. “we are unique in ipswich, as we offer the best of both worlds – co-education in the early learning and primary years to allow younger family members to learn and grow together, and single-gender education in the secondary years, which research tells us is associated with better learning outcomes and improved social and emotional wellbeing,” dr britton said. the schools’ proximity to amberley raaf base, reputation for academic excellence and their inclusive, family- friendly school community makes ipswich girls’ and junior grammar the school of choice for many defence families. their extensive co-curricular program offers our students plenty of opportunities to discover their talents and abilities outside the classroom. ipswich girls’ and junior grammar school warmly invites you to explore your options with them. please call the enrolments registrar, mrs fleur brooks on (07) 3454 4401, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their websites for more information: www.junorgrammar.com.au | www. girlsgrammar.com.au. photo: early education centre boys and girls at the iggs & ijgs anzac day service. the iggs and junior grammar anzac day ceremony is a highlight of the school year. 32 defencelife2018 national assessment program naplan in may each year, all students in schools and colleges across australia in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit for the national assessment program literacy and numeracy (naplan) test. naplan tests assess student knowledge and skill in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. the results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals about student achievement which can be used to inform teaching and learning programs. the tests provide point-in-time information regarding student progress across australia in literacy and numeracy and are intended to complement teacher judgement and the wide range of formal and informal testing programs that are already used in schools. test results are not intended to be used in isolation from other school-based assessment programs. schools should ensure that, along with whole-school planning for delivery of the vels curriculum, a variety of assessment tasks is used to assess student learning. all students are encouraged to take part in the naplan tests. special provisions are available to meet the needs of individual students and children with special needs. parents or carers of students who sit for the naplan tests will receive a written report of their child’s achievement in september. the student report will show each child’s results in the key areas of reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy. the report also shows the national average, the range of results for the middle 60 per cent of students nationally, and the particular school’s average for each test. that means parents will be able to clearly see how their child compares with other students in the same year of schooling. nap sample assessments nap sample assessments occur annually on a rolling basis. in 2013, civics and citizenship was tested and in 2014, ict literacy was tested. science literacy was tested in 2015. only a small sample of randomly selected schools participate in the sample assessments, which provide a national snapshot of performance in these three agreed areas of learning. the civics and citizenship test was delivered online for the first time in 2013. international sample assessments as part of the national assessment program, australia participates in the following international sample assessments: • programme for international student assessment (pisa) • trends in international mathematics and science study (timss) • progress in international reading literacy study (pirls).
child care services also provide an opportunity for your child to develop social, emotional and learning skills. considerations include: • how many hours: the whole day, just mornings, just afternoons, just a few hours each week, or just occasionally? • do i want my child cared for in a home environment or in a centre? • what kind of qualifications and experience do staff members have? • does the centre offer a pre-school program? • what is the carer-to-child ratio? • can i claim child care benefit and child care rebate for the centre? here’s a brief description of the different types of child care. long day care long day care is sometimes referred to as centre-based care and is generally provided in a building or part of a building that has been created specifically for use as a child care centre. centres usually operate between 7:30 am and 6:00 pm and offer professional care for children aged 0-6. children are usually grouped in rooms according to age and developmental stage. child care is usually available for all day or part of the day at a centre. family day care family day care is where a professional carer looks after your child in the carer’s home. carers work mainly with children aged 0-6 who are not yet at school, but can also provide care for older school-aged children. some carers may offer care overnight or on weekends. some carers are self-employed but work with a family day care scheme. in-home care in home care is similar to family day care but vacation care is outside school hours care that includes indoor and outdoor activities, and may be provided by the same organisation that runs before and after- school care. centres are usually located on primary school sites. some centres are located in a child care centre, community facility or outside-school hours care centre near the primary school. choosing childcare services early childho od development choosing the right child care can be a difficult decision for families, depending upon your family’s needs and the environment in which you and your child will feel most comfortable. the professional carer looks after the child in your child’s home. however, it is not widely available and usually only an option where other forms of care are not suitable. in home care services are for families with children who cannot be cared for by other child care centres. outside school hours care outside school hours care centres provide care for primary school aged children, before and after school (7:30am - 9:00am and 3:00pm - 6:00pm), during school holidays and on pupil-free days. centres may offer a snack as well as the active after-school communities exercise program. kindergarten programs kindergarten programs provide a world of constructed play that early childhood experts agree develops children’s abilities and helps prepare them for school. by participating in play, art, music and movement and interacting with others, children develop their social and language skills as well as their physical abilities. kindergarten services typically operate during school terms, with varying opening hours. waiting lists there may be times when there are no vacancies at a child care centre, and waiting lists help determine the next placement. the australian government has priority of access guidelines to ensure there is a fair child care system. the system ensures that, where there are vacancies or a waiting list for child care centres, places are allocated to families with the greatest need for child care. these guidelines apply to approved, long day care, family day care, in home care and outside school hours care centres. child care rebate the majority of child care centres are approved child care services. this means that families using the service may be eligible for child care benefit and the child care rebate. approved services must also show that they are meeting certain quality standards. the child care rebate is not means tested but to get it you must first claim for child care benefit. the rebate is paid to you automatically if you are eligible for child care benefit for approved child care. defencelife2018 33
preparing for prep beginning the educational journey queensland’s preparatory year gives all young queenslanders the very best start to school by helping them make a smooth transition to year 1 and sets them on the path to lifelong learning. children must be aged five by 30 june in the year they enrol for prep. parents can enrol their child in the preparatory year by contacting the school directly. parents who are concerned their child is not ready to start prep at that time can choose to start their child a year later - the year they become of compulsory school age (6 years and 6 months). the preparatory year the preparatory year will provide the foundation your child needs to succeed at school by developing a positive approach to learning, independence and confidence, thinking and problem-solving skills, language skills, early literacy and numeracy, physical abilities, including gross and fine motor skills. prep is integrated fully into the rest of the school, and classrooms and other facilities are located on the same grounds as the primary school. this allows children to feel part of the broader school community and will help with their transition to year 1. prep classrooms generally consist of an open space for group and individual activities with a carpeted area for storytelling and singing. prep classes will comprise up to 25 students. your child may need to wear a school uniform, but this is up to individual schools. what will your child do in prep? a key feature of prep is that it makes connections between children’s prior experiences at home, kindy or childcare and what they do at school. in prep your child will be actively involved in learning and will have opportunities to learn in many different ways - for example through investigation and play. children are encouraged to develop independence and personal organisational skills. working with other children and adults is also an important life skill that is part of the prep program. children will be: • using blocks and manipulative equipment and creating collages to develop early mathematical concepts and skills • drawing and painting to encourage oral • initiating and participating in dramatic play to build an understanding of the language, reading and writing skills world around them • playing and investigating independently, in pairs, small groups and as a whole class • participating in outdoor activities • participating in music and language more information is on the website: www. qld.gov.au/education/earlychildhood/prep/ education & training national family health program the national adf family health program provides for free basic healthcare to dependants of adf members. dependants of permanent adf members and dependants of reservists on continuous full time service are eligible to register for the program, which has been implemented to cover some of the gap expenses of family visits to a general practitioner or allied health professional. services must have a medicare benefits schedule (mbs) item number. for families who already have private health insurance, the program benefits can be used in addition to your private health insurance benefits. $400 per family member per financial year will be available to use towards non-cosmetic allied health services and/or used to offset the gap expenses when you visit a specialist. this can also be transferred between family members. the services accessed are considered a fringe benefit. all services must be listed under a medicare benefits schedule (mbs) item number to be eligible for a refund. to register for the program the adf member must complete webform ad858-1 adf family health which can be found at: www.defence.gov. au/health/dependant_healthcare/i- healthcare.htm 34 defencelife2018
helping your child cope with hsc it is not just students who can find the hsc year a very stressful and difficult time. family members also need support; they want to help but are often fearful of appearing to interfere in the study process. periods of stress are frequent in their final year of school. in addition to sitting for the hsc, year 12 students may be subject to many factors that can produce stress in their lives. they may: lose interest in school, have no plans for after the hsc, develop an intense relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend, gain a driver’s licence, experiment with legal or illegal drugs, have a part-time job, be a member of a sporting team, develop an eating disorder or suffer from depression. all these are complications which can cause parents and caregivers additional concern. you are not alone. nsw hsc online provides information on the people and agencies that you can contact for help with personal, academic and career issues. practical support can offer are the practical, physical things: • provide a good place to study. ideally it should be quiet, a comfortable temperature, with good ventilation, good lighting, adequate desk or table space and free from distractions such as tv, noise, telephone, conversations, little brothers and sisters. • provide good, balanced meals. encourage sensible levels of sleep and some form of regular exercise. encourage moderation in late night parties and alcohol consumption. positive environment less obvious but of equally important are the things you can do to provide a positive and understanding emotional environment: • be supportive and encouraging by reassuring them. if you have doubts, keep them to yourself. the most obvious forms of support parents • highlight strengths and successes. encourage your child not to dwell on failures. reframe failures as ‘mistakes’ and encourage them to see mistakes as something we can learn from. • appreciate that most students will be experiencing quite a high level of stress, frequently without any obvious indicators. many fear that they might let their family down or that they will not be able to match the performance of siblings or relatives. exam fears there are also many pressures other than examination pressures. many students experience a sense of impending departure: leaving home, leaving lifelong friends, the prospect of starting university. • appreciate that it is normal for people under pressure to become supersensitive and explosive from time to time. family members are usually the first targets. try not to overreact to such outbursts. • encourage a reasonable balance between work and leisure. planned leisure periods are an essential component of a good study program. • an occasional total escape for a few days may also be excellent therapy for a student who is feeling excessively stressed. encourage and allow your child to be as independent as you can possibly stand. the more independent he or she can be in meeting the demands of year 12, the better prepared he or she will be to succeed at a tertiary level or in the workforce. the middle phase of learning the second stage is characterised by the demands of intense physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of early adolescence. there is considerable diversity in how and when students move through this stage and in the impact on their attitude to and success in learning. increasing literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge are the essential ingredients for years 4 to 9 spans traditional primary and secondary schooling and are a time of great physical, social, emotional and intellectual change for young people. students in the middle phase of learning have distinctive and diverse needs which stem from the very significant developmental changes in this period, as well as from a broad range of individual students’ life circumstances, interests, skills and talents. the middle phase of learning typically occurs across years 4-9 and falls into two distinct stages. the first stage involves transition from the early foundational years. students need to consolidate the foundations of literacy and numeracy they gained in the early phase of learning. for many students this is a time of expanding curiosity and eager exploration of a broader range of learning experiences. for others, the challenges are daunting, their interest wanes and progress slows. learning in every subject and for effective communication and participation in adult life. it is essential to maintain students’ interest and provide opportunities for them to “catch up” and make fresh starts when progress slows if they are to be ready for the senior phase of learning. students in the middle phase of learning are going through an unmatched period of cognitive, physical, social and emotional change and growth. they begin to think more broadly about issues beyond the home and family, and they want to engage in authentic, meaningful learning. leadership, effective teaching and flexible and responsive approaches help ensure young people stay enthusiastic and engaged in learning. to assist this, class sizes have been reduced in years 4 to 10 from 30 to 28 students, giving queensland the smallest class size targets in the middle years of schooling. defencelife2018 35
education & training about vet, tafe & uni each state government within australia manages the school system within their state. this means that they provide funds and regulations that provide guidance for schools. to the award of associate degree, bachelor’s degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master’s degree or doctoral degree. some courses leading to the award of a diploma or advanced diploma may also be accredited as higher education. almost all higher education in australia is offered by universities. both public schools and private schools exist in each state. the curriculum taught in each state or school may vary but the learning areas are the same in all. each state has a vocational education and training (vet) or technical and vet prepares people for work in a career that does not need a university degree. each state manages their system and meets at a national level to coordinate their effort. vet is transferable between all states. typically, a vet/tafe course takes two years of study. the federal government provides funding for universities in all the states but each is independent in its governance. typically, a university course takes three or four years of study. higher education. in australia, the term ‘higher education’ generally refers to education at degree level and above. in the australian qualifications framework, higher education courses are those leading a small but growing number of non- university providers and overseas institutions also offer accredited higher education courses. vocational education and training. vocational education and training (vet) provides skills and knowledge for work through a national training system. the system consists of a network of all state and territory governments, the australian government, along with industry and training providers. these stakeholders work together to provide nationally consistent training across australia. vocational training in schools allows young people to remain enrolled at school while completing education and training programs delivered by other learning providers in the community. these providers include tafe and other registered training organisations. 36 defencelife2018
transfers interstate the interstate student data transfer note (isdtn) is a national system for the transfer of student information between schools when children move from one state to another. this national system enables the student’s new school to place and support that student in a timely manner, with the use of accurate information from the previous school. curriculum resource lists and a prospectus containing detailed information on school policies, courses, and enrolment procedures are available from schools. when transferring children between schools, especially interstate: • consider timing - will the move coincide with the change of term? • involve your children in discussions and decisions about moving - this may help allay any fears or concerns they have if you are moving from another state. • discuss the forthcoming move with your current school and collect documentation outlining student achievement levels and education history - this will help with placement at the new school • prepare a list of your children’s particular needs - e.g. preferred subjects, sporting and other interests, transport needs, extracurricular activities • consider subject choices, special education provisions, transport to and from school, traineeship programs, and cultural and sporting opportunities • consider behaviour management, discipline and uniform policies, the school buildings and grounds. all education authorities (including the non-government sector) have implemented this national approach to transferring students between schools. christian primary education at ipswich adventist school nestled in beautiful bushland background, next door to brassall shopping centre, ipswich adventist school is maturing as an exceptional, well-loved school specialising in high quality christian primary education for children of their local community. a true gem in brassall, their caring and experienced teachers provide holistic education for students from kindy to grade 6. the school provides a warm and welcoming environment where children thrive. students participate in frequent service activities which builds confidence and opportunities for self-expression. the teachers at ias know every student by name and support them as they develop towards their full potential, making them stand out from the rest. their special character, embodied in ‘the spirit of ias’, includes faith in god, respect, responsibility, honesty, effort, integrity and tolerance. these principles form the basis of all students’ behaviour and are integral to their safe, motivated learning environment. at ias, they cultivate a depth of learning, social interaction and level of participation that is not always possible in larger schools. the classrooms are learner-centred, with strong emphasis on individualised planning, small group instruction and opportunities for peer collaboration. ipswich adventist school welcomes people of all faiths who value their christian ethos. are you thinking about becoming part of our vibrant ias community? come and see us, or pay a visit to our website at: ias.qld.edu.au. defencelife2018 37
education & training love of learning for life at bush kidz childcare centres bush kidz child care centres offer long day care programmes for children aged six weeks through to five years of age. each of the brassall and blacksoil centres also offer a fully accredited queensland government approved kindergarten programme, a before and after school care programme, as well as a vacation care programme through school holiday periods. the bush kidz child care centre philosophy is founded on the knowledge that early childhood development focuses on the social, emotional, cultural, cognitive, physical and aesthetic development of the individual child. bush kidz centres encourage children to learn through play. their highly trained educators ensure all individual personalities are respected and encourage children to grow and develop their own personalities and sense of selves. by recognising the uniqueness of each family, the individual ability and skill of each child and the richness of the natural surroundings are emphasised at all bush kidz centres. nurturing and educating the children in their care brings forth the development of trust, security and the ability to formulate loving relationships. both the brassall and blacksoil centres pride themselves of providing a holistic approach to early learning; ensuring each tailor-made programme encompasses the needs of the individual child. utilising advanced technology with peer reviewed pedagogical approaches, bush kidz child care centres offers care for your children that initiates a love of learning for life. for further information, enrolment enquiries, or to book a tour of the bushkidz centres, please contact their friendly team on (07) 3813 0975 (brassall) or (07) 3201 4231 (blacksoil) or visit the website: www.bushkidz.com.au • 6am–6pm long day care programme. • before and after school care programme. • children aged six weeks through to five years of age. • early years learning framework curriculum. • qld government kindergarten approved programme. • vacation care programme. • three nutritious home cooked meals daily. all dietary requirements are observed. • mini animal farm and vegetable garden. for further information, enrolment enquiries, or to book a tour of our centres, please contact our friendly team on (cid:11)(cid:19)(cid:26)(cid:12) (cid:22)(cid:27)(cid:20)(cid:22) (cid:19)(cid:28)(cid:26)(cid:24) (brassall) or (cid:11)(cid:19)(cid:26)(cid:12) (cid:22)(cid:21)(cid:19)(cid:20) (cid:23)(cid:21)(cid:22)(cid:20) (blacksoil) or visit our website. brassall and blacksoil bush kidz child care centres offer care for your children that initiates a love of learning for life. 38 defencelife2018 www.bushkidz.com.au
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brisbane gateway to queensland southeast queensland is one of the most popular defence posting destinations in australia because of the lifestyle, weather and employment opportunities for defence family members. these families tend to live in three main areas: brisbane, ipswich and the darling downs. brisbane is the capital of queensland and the state’s most populous city. it is the third most populous city in australia. the metropolitan area has a population of 2.5 million. the brisbane central business district stands on the original european settlement situated inside a bend of the brisbane river. the metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the brisbane river valley between moreton bay and the great dividing range. the metropolitan area sprawls across several of australia’s most populous local government areas (lga), including the city of brisbane, which is by far the most populous lga in the nation. was founded upon the ancient homelands of the turrbal and jagera peoples. named after the brisbane river on which it is located, which in turn was named after scotsman sir thomas brisbane, the governor of new south wales from 1821 to 1825. the area was chosen as a place for secondary offenders from the sydney colony. a penal settlement was founded in 1824 at redcliffe, north of the central business district. brisbane was opened to free settlement in 1842. the city was marred by aboriginal conflict between 1843-1855, and development was partly setback by the great fire of brisbane, and the great brisbane flood. one of the oldest cities in australia, brisbane brisbane was chosen as the capital when queensland was proclaimed a separate colony from new south wales in 1859. during world war ii, the city played a central role in the allied campaign as the south west pacific headquarters for general douglas macarthur. today, brisbane is well known for its distinct queenslander architecture which forms much of the city’s built heritage. it is a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway for visitors to the state of queensland. with its domesic and international airports and central railway stations for interstate visitiors, brisbane is seen as a gateway to the tourist centres of the south and north coasts, toowoomba and western queensland. art and cultural precinct brisbane is the centre of culture in queensland. the queensland gallery of modern art (goma) houses pieces of modern art from within and outside australia. goma is the largest modern art gallery in australia. its size enables the gallery to exhibit particularly large shows. goma also boasts australia’s largest purpose- built cinémathèque, and is located next to the state library. the queensland performing arts centre (qpac), located at south bank, colocates the lyric theatre, a concert hall, cremorne theatre and the playhouse theatre and is home to the queensland ballet, opera queensland, queensland theatre company, and the queensland symphony orchestra. the queensland conservatorium, in which professional companies and conservatorium students stage performances, is located within the south bank parklands. the brisbane powerhouse in new farm and the judith wright centre of contemporary arts in fortitude valley feature exhibitions and festivals of visual art, music and dance. brisbane is also home to numerous small theatres. the oldest is the brisbane arts theatre founded in 1936. the la boite theatre company now stages performances at the roundhouse theatre at kelvin grove. other theatres include the twelfth night theatre at bowen hills, the metro arts theatre in edward street, and the queensland theatre company’s bille brown studio in west end. 40 defencelife2018
commonwealth games 2018 queensland’s gold coast is set to sizzle with excitement and entertainment this april when the largest sporting event australia has seen this decade descends upon the glitter strip. the gold coast 2018 commonwealth games (gc2018) has something for everyone – from the diehard athletics fans, to cycling enthusiasts, lawn bowls buffs and weightlifting supporters. over 11 incredible days, spectators will have access to world class sporting competition between athletes competing from 77 countries comprising the commonwealth. history will also be made. from the 4th of april to the 15th, beach volleyball, para triathlon and women’s rugby sevens will make their commonwealth games debuts. additionally, with seven para-sports joining 18 other sports, gc2018 is set to be the largest integrated sports program in commonwealth games history. so where will you be? watching from the couch, or being there cheering on your favourite australian athletes striving for gold? however, the gc2018 means much more to queensland than a sporting spectacle. there will be opportunities for queenslanders to be involved in the commonwealth games through a broad range of legacy initiatives. while some will compete in gc2018 at the highest level, others will give their time and effort to make the event happen. some people will be motivated to take up a ‘once in a lifetime’ event. sport themselves, others will get involved in organising sports for their community. as queenslanders or even visitors, we can all contribute directly or indirectly to building positive and lasting benefits from hosting gc2018. you can visit the embracing 2018 website at www.embracing2018.com to learn how you can make your mark during this the bustle and pizzazz of the city of gold coast is set to be bigger and better than ever whilst the world watches on. from the iconic surfers paradise beach to the precincts of main beach and broadbeach and out to the lush, green hinterland, there’s a new experience waiting for you at every turn on the gold coast. the games are a perfect time to discover the gold coast like never before, and see why our beaches and nature parks are listed as some of the best in the world. visiting the gc 2018 website will inform you with everything you need to know about the biggest event of the decade, so be sure to check out www.gc2018.com for information on the history of the games, programming, ticketing, travel guides, real time #gc2018 updates and much, much more. athletics queen, sally pearson (pictured) has been appointed the first official ambassador of the gold coast 2018 commonwealth games (gc2018). one of australia’s greatest sports stars, gold coast resident pearson is best known for her stunning achievements as a world, olympic and dual commonwealth games hurdles gold medallist. everything for your home... find it at jindalee home jindalee home is a convenient one-stop homemaker centre located on the corner of goggs rd & sinnamon rd, jindalee. with over 50 homeware & speciality stores it’s the perfect place for all of your lifestyle shopping needs plus the convenience of medical facilities, fitness options and coles. boasting big name brands including adairs, freedom, barbeques galore and more, jindalee home is the perfect place for you to compare and experience products all in one location! if you then need to think about your purchase, grab a coffee or lunch at one of the cafés or food outlets. open 7 days a week, there’s plenty of shopping to be done! with ample free parking spaces and public transport available, this centre is truly your complete home shopping solution. located just 13 kilometres south-west of brisbane off the centenary highway, jindalee home is bound to be your new favourite shopping destination. for more information, including a list of retailers, services, individual store trading hours and an events guide, visit www.jindaleehome.com.au you’ll jindalee home over 55 stores including: 07 3279 0100 jindaleehome.com.au 34 goggs rd, jindalee qld 4074 defencelife2018 41
ipswich welcome ipswich to mayor andrew antoniolli on behalf of all residents i extend a warm welcome to all personnel recently posted to raaf base amberley in ipswich. our city is growing rapidly. the current population of just over 200,000 is predicted to increase to 484,000 by 2036. with a median age of 32 years ipswich has much to offer new families and is well known for many things, from a rich heritage to an extraordinary history of railways and mining, and equally important is our strong relationship with raaf base amberley. the men and women who serve at amberley are a part of ipswich’s thriving community. we thank all defence personnel for their service and sacrifice. we encourage new arrivals to get to know their new home city and enjoy the excellent facilities ipswich has to offer. our fabulous parks and recreation areas have first rate attractions such as the zero-depth water play area at river heart parklands, the free ipswich nature centre in queens park and the world-class orion lagoon at springfield central. our vibrant cultural heart means fine food and entertainment is never far away. ipswich art gallery is one of the most visited regional galleries in australia with exciting exhibitions featured throughout the year, including hands on activities in the children’s gallery. ipswich civic centre and studio 188 are also great choices for entertainment with a variety of local, national and international shows throughout the year. council’s website www.ipswich.qld. gov.au and discover ipswich www. discoveripswich.com.au are great places to learn more about what’s on around the region. andrew antoniolli mayor city of ipswich 42 defencelife2018 ipswich world class, liveable city ipswich is centrally located in the booming south east queensland region. to the east is the capital city brisbane and to the west the rural and agricultural areas of the brisbane, lockyer and fassifern valleys. ipswich has a population of more than 200,000 people. ipswich is ideally positioned on the national road network, 30 minutes drive from brisbane, an hour’s drive from the gold coast and 60 minutes drive from domestic and international air and sea ports. the greater ipswich region comprises an area of 1090 square kms and enjoys a subtropical climate. it is a safe, friendly and multicultural city, with residents coming from more than 100 different ethnic backgrounds, speaking 84 languages. as queensland’s oldest provincial city, ipswich has a rich history. it is renowned for its architectural, natural and cultural heritage. ipswich proudly preserves and still operates from many of its historical buildings and homes, with more than 6000 heritage-listed sites. ipswich also has a range of charming townships within the western rural areas of the city, each with its own legitimate claims of historical significance. southeast of ipswich central is the rapidly growing springfield area and the initial stages of the ripley valley corridor. these additions are adding thousands of families annually to the ipswich population and its economy. ipswich is an exciting place to live, work, invest and visit. education plays an important role in the local economy with two university campuses and a wide choice of private and state government schools. ipswich offers all the modern facilities and attractions of a progressive city. attractions include the ipswich art gallery, the workshops rail museum, steam trains, more than 500 parks, wineries, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and shopping centres. ipswich hosts regular national and local festivals and events such as the ipswich cup - the city’s annual major horseracing carnival, drag racing’s finest at the winternationals at willowbank raceway, supercars at queensland raceway, ipswich festival and the ipswich show. ipswich is alive and leading the way in tourism, sport, industry, technology, education and residential development. the city combines an alluring blend of heritage charm, metropolitan sophistication and expansive green spaces. early colonial buildings stand proud in the city centre, lovingly restored queenslanders perch on hills and quaint townships dot the surrounding countryside, while modern buildings such as the icon1 tower have changed the city’s skyline. now underway is a massive cbd redevelopment program that aims to open the central business district to the river and breathe new life into what is the centre of culture and business in the city. a booming ipswich future is assured.
ipswich art gallery ipswich art gallery is a must-see attraction located in the heart of ipswich central. exhibitions are available. visitors should allow an hour or two to really enjoy the range of permanent and visiting exhibits, and to allow time for children to interact with various displays. ipswich art gallery is located in the centre of ipswich cbd, close to cafes and parks, and just a short walk from ipswich railway station, bus stops and car parks. entry to the permanent and long-term exhibits is free, with only a small fee charged for some of the temporary shows. opening hours are 10am to 5pm daily. for more information go to www.ipswichartgallery.qld.gov. au or phone 07 3810 7222. the gallery presents a program of changing exhibitions and heritage displays, special events, family activities, complimentary performances and art workshops. it is one of the most-visited regional art galleries in australia. a unique feature of the gallery is a dedicated children’s gallery, australia’s first dedicated art gallery for children. this gallery presents a program of changing exhibitions, activities and events designed to reflect children’s interests and provide opportunities for children to make their own art works, discover new ideas, interact with their families and play. activities allow children to play, solve creative problems and investigate a variety of materials. the gallery is a wheelchair and pram-friendly venue with large internal lifts. friendly volunteers are on hand to help you bring your visit alive. guided group tours of both the permanent and temporary ipswich’s fire station 101 is the right place at the right time. the innovation hum brings together an inspiring workplace, state- of-the art digital infrastructure and a dynamic community of like-minded entrepreneurs all focused on one thing: the entrepreneur’s success. future entrepreneurs and technology leaders have access to valuable mentoring, coaching and networking opportunities. mentors at fs101 aim to further accelerate growth in startup businesses, and there’s access to exceptional it and data capabilities. entrepreneurs will work side- by-side with talented, motivated people. fs101 brings together: v workspaces in a creative co-working environment. v high-speed data / high- capacity fibre internet and wi-fi. v networking / business development / investment pathways. v workshops / presentations / event space for 100+ people. v mentoring / training / professional development and coaching. v access to public transport and nearby cafes. there’s a lot more to know. to find out how fire station 101 can ignite your business idea and support you at every step in your startup journey, contact the fs101 team at: facebook.com/firestation101 twitter: @firestation101 phone: 0427 766 659 location: 101 limestone street, ipswich, qld 4305 city of ipswich a city of progress, people and heritage more than 500 parks across the city including adrenalin fuelled and water play. eight public wifi precincts across the city. actively engaging the community in our digital evolution through the smart city program. join us online: ipswich.qld.gov.au defencelife2018 43
dentist visits can be fun staff at ipswich dental care know that a visit to the dentist isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so a practice goals is to “provide excellent, high quality dentistry in a gentle, professional manner”. prevention is better and more affordable than treatment so they stress the importance of regular dental maintenance and children coming regularly from an early age. this allows them to identify dental problems in the early stages and fosters a positive attitude about coming to the dentist and taking care of their own teeth at home so these behaviours will last a lifetime. and exciting environment. children can play in the kids’ playroom, then the tooth fairy brings them into the tooth fairy wonderland, where they talk about how to keep teeth clean and look out for any sugar bugs lurking in their mouth. bulk billing is offered to eligible children and the adf family health program card for all family members. they also offer a huge range of dental treatments for all ages - from general dental, to orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry and wisdom tooth removal all under the one roof! book in for a hassle free regular tooth-fairy sessions are conducted in a fun, interactive consultation or call 07 3202 3999 to book an appointment. mikkie finnsboutique ladies bridal & formal wear also mob and 16+ casuals 18 mining street, bundamba qld 4304 f: facebook.com/mikkiefinns | 0400 691 592 follow us on facebook for up to date info ipswich 44 defencelife2018
the workshops rail museum ‘the workshops’ as it is affectionately known is a site steeped in history. whether you’re a rail fan or not, child or adult, this fabulous state of the art museum set in the historical railway workshops is well worth a visit. the very first train to run in queensland steamed from here to grandchester, over 140 years ago. for decades the site was the centre of rail construction, maintenance and technology for queensland’s burgeoning rail industry. the rebirth of the site in 2002 as a world class rail museum, coupled with the oldest continually operating railway workshops in australia, makes for a visitor experience second to none. well-preserved engines and carriages capture the romance of the vintage era of rail travel and the interactive displays, films, simulated train driving and themed children’s playground are but some of the attractions so set aside at least a couple of hours to really appreciate your visit. entry is free for queensland schools during queensland school hours. non-queensland school students visiting as part of a school group and all school group visits outside school hours are admitted at $10.50 per student. ipswich civic centre centre of culture and community since 1975, the ipswich civic centre has served as the premier cultural destination for ipswich, a focal point for the culture, community and corporate life of our city and our region. today, it has grown to become a centre of excellence in events, entertainment, exhibitions and even more. today, the ipswich civic centre is a drawcard for tourists and visitors, proudly combining functions and conferences with an extensive year-round program of local, national and international performing arts events. also part of ipswich’s cultural precinct is studio 188, the art- deco former baptist church that is now one of the coolest presentation spaces in ipswich for bands, djs, concerts, workshops and more. regular monthly performances include: groove & grape, saturday cabaret, live & loud, saturday night live, and more. ipswich civic centre world class entertainment on your local stage from the wiggles and strassman, to troy cassar-daley and the russian ballet, ipswich civic centre proudly host a variety of world class entertainment. to see what shows are coming up visit ipswichciviccentre.com.au/whats-on defencelife2018 45
ipswich in the swich it’s on again in 2018, ‘kitsch in the swich’ retro and rockabilly fashion fiesta, when retro and vintage fashion combine with lifestyle vendors popped up with a gorgeous array of pinup and 1950s goodies. now in it’s sixth year this september, ‘kitsch’ needs to be on your calendar for fantastic entertainment, fabulous fashions and accessories created by leading rockabilly and retro fashion designers; not to mention vintage vehicles and hungry event-goers enjoying a choice of sweet and savoury food truck oﬀerings to keep them fuelled up during the day. the popular prom king and queen pageant will be back, with mr and miss swich 2017 (taylor kemmery and jessica kiddle) starring in kitsch in the swich 2018. 46 defencelife2018
save the date ipswich cmc rocks - thu 15 – sun 18 march global superstars, luke bryan and kelsea ballerini will headline cmc rocks 2018! it’s the southern hemisphere’s biggest country and roots music festival, back again in 2018 at the willowbank raceway site in south-east queensland in march. the lineup is set to rock the festival with many local and international artists on the bill including busby marou, dustin lynch (usa), dean brody (can), randy houser (usa), missy lancaster, and more. ipswich festival thu 12 – sun 22 apr the ipswich festival features a cultural and arts program as diverse and exciting as any on offer throughout the country. combining local performers with the nation’s best, with entertainment ranging from the extremely popular street parade, to the exclusive black tie mayor’s festival ball, with multicultural global fiesta and programs exclusively for children, the festival includes art exhibitions, theatre, street art, craft exhibitions, orchestral concerts and the acclaimed jazz, wine and blues day. ipswich show fri 18 – sun 20 may celebrating its 144th year, the ipswich show will again take place at the ipswich showgrounds. this year’s program is impressive; jam packed full of fun events and entertainment to ensure that everyone has a great day out. from traditional displays like farm animals, wood chopping and the young talent and miss showgirl competitions, families will be entertained and thrilled every day of the ipswich show. on top of the full calendar of events and entertainment, the ipswich show also includes all of the show favourites, including a side-show alley, showbags, dagwood dogs, rides, roving performers, an international food court and fireworks! ipswich cup saturday 16 june the ipswich winter racing carnival kicks off in may and finishes with the biggest day of the year on the ipswich racing calendar - ipswich cup day on 13th june. it’s a great day for social networking, with fashions on the field, bands, and of course the horses and racing. set yourself up in one of the many hospitality marquees or take a couple of picnic rugs and pick a spot on the lawn overlooking the winning post. supercars supersprint fri 20 – sun 22 july the v8 supercars championship is set to heat up on the final weekend in july at queensland raceway. this is a great motorsport experience, with great trackside viewing, displays and merchandise, family zone, easy parking and the dunlop series. goodna jacaranda festival fri 26 – sun 28 oct the goodna jacaranda festival is held at evan marginson park goodna, the final weekend in october. the park is surrounded by jacaranda trees, some of which were planted as early as 1932 during the great depression. each year as they burst into bloom the festival comes alive. we’ve got you covered ph: 3496 1422 open 6 days no delivery fee for service persons on deployment 32 warwick road, ipswich 4305 5 parrott st ipswich 219 anzac ave toowoomba 07 3202 4444 07 4642 1544 scottsfrp.com.au happy pets stay at imparra pet motel do you love your pet? it’s lonely at home when your family goes away! we offer lots of cuddles, play-time & kisses goodnight. inspection encouraged. pick-up and delivery service 451 ipswich-boonah rd, purga, ipswich ph: 07 5464 6758 5kms from woolworths, yamanto. www.imparra.com.au deceased estates • no win no fee estate claims (conditions apply) family law • property settlements • divorce • children’s matters wills/powers of attorney commercial transactions • leasing • franchising • business (buying/selling) fixed price conveyancing • buying/selling • phone us for adivce before signing contract 13 58 28 email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.mcna.com.au defencelife2018 47
springﬁeld st peters lutheran college springfield st peters lutheran college springfield is proud of what the school offers prospective families. the modern co-educational school offers a welcoming, lively and friendly environment. with focus on the pastoral, academic, physical and spiritual dimensions, st peters has a diverse student body and encourages student enrolment applications from a wide range of backgrounds. st peters offers our students comprehensive academic, sports and music programs as well as encouraging their personal development. the unique outdoor education and agricultural program for year 9 students at ironbark provides a truly memorable and transformative experience for this cohort. the college has experienced substantial yet planned growth since the school commenced in 2008, and now has over 520 students from prep – year 12. the addition of the kindergarten has enhanced college offerings. at the heart of the college are the two expectations of all st peters students: - to live by our motto of plus ultra - ever higher, more beyond, and - to treat all members of the st peters’ community according to our three core values: with care, dignity and respect. the college is close to the springfield train station, the st peters bus service operates to and from greenbank, and there’s another bus service. the college is committed to working with students to realise their full potential. contact the school to find out more about the st peters ‘difference’ by calling the enrolments registrar on 3470 3888, by email at s.enrolments@stpeters. qld.edu.au or by visiting our website at www.stpeters.qld.edu.au springfield fastest growth region in queensland photo courtesy greater springfield located between brisbane and ipswich central, greater springfield is one of australia’s fastest growing master-planned centres. education city includes usq springfield, bremer tafe, st peters lutheran college and a number of other providers. springfield is also the australian headquarters of the ge corporation and the mater private hospital. many defence families have made their home in springfield, with just a short and easy commute of just 20 minutes to raaf base amberley. now underway is the $550 million dusit thani resort (stage 1) next to the greg norman designed brookwater golf club, which is expected to focus worldwide interest in the springfield region. with the included areas of springfield, springfield lakes, brookwater and augustine heights - and soon to be opened, springfield rise - this major centre in the ipswich region is bringing together the very best in business, ict, education, health, retail and entertainment to one central location. springfield is attracting a mix of young families and those who want to get away from the hectic pace of the city. current population of greater springfield is more than 36,000 with an estimated population of 130,000+ by 2030. springfield is connected to brisbane and the ipswich cbd by the centenary motorway, and the springfield rail line enables passengers to commute to brisbane in 41 minutes. at the heart of the city is springfield central parklands, where families can relax and enjoy a healthy outdoor lifestyle, featuring bike and walking trails, picnic spots, boardwalks, and kids play areas. collocated is orion lagoon, a series of wading and swimming pools in a park complex, attracting record numbers. 48 defencelife2018
springﬁeld springfield lakes hotel a touch of luxury during your relocation for defence personnel and their families relocating on posting to raaf base amberley, the springfield lakes hotel offers you a touch of luxury whilst you search for more permanent accommodation in the area. springfield lakes hotel offers guests 4.5 star boutique hotel accommodation, just 30 minutes from brisbane and ipswich city centres - and only 20 minutes from the air base. the hotel offers 20 spacious hotel rooms over 2 floors. with an onsite restaurant and bar providing meals, free business grade wifi, an outdoor swimming pool, small fitness room and complimentary secure onsite parking the springfield lakes hotel is the ideal transient accommodation. within a 2 minute walk from the hotel entrance you can find cafes, bars, takeaway, mcdonalds, several small restaurants and a small supermarket, and the spring lake bar and events centre. not far from the hotel you will find the springfield train station, brookwater golf course, willow bank raceway and orion lagoon and shopping centre. with the cities of brisbane and ipswich on each side of springfield lakes, they also offer guests the perfect base to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding hinterland and mountains. there’s also hiking and walking tracks, lakes, rivers and dams – all within a short drive at the moggill state forest, spring mountain forest park, white rock conservation park. the staff at springfield lakes hotel are always available to provide you with advice on where to eat, where to shop, what to do and to help you find your way around our beautiful city. defence rates are offered to defence members and can also be passed on to family and friends. to find out more, visit www.springfieldlakeshotel.com.au, call 07 3818 9600 or email email@example.com robelle domain central parklands the robelle domain central parkland is greater springfield’s world-class recreational space with a huge variety of scenic and interactive spaces including the orion lagoon. the parklands offer treetop walks, shady picnic areas, land art pyramids plus art work, beautiful exhibition gardens, and expansive grassy spaces. it’s the perfect place for large community events and gatherings are all there. are you ready for your best day out? the orion lagoon is a premier water park offering amazing facilities including waterfalls, water cascades, water play areas and an activities and interactive playground. so come along make a splash! robelle domain the natural pristine heart of springfield central, the community hub featuring a variety of events and entertainment including movie screenings and the monthly springfield markets! located right in the heart of springfield central, the robelle domain parklands are close to shopping, transport and the university of southern queensland. for more information and event bookings contact ipswich city council on (07) 3810 6666. better than southbank? you be the judge. come and have your best day out at the orion lagoon and the enjoy the many spaces and facilities robelle domain has to offer. 50 defencelife2018
country lifest yle, cit y amenities ‘transforming john street’ wins major award ipswich city council’s ‘transforming john street’ project in rosewood has won a major award. council and tract consultants won the ‘best planning ideas – small project’ category at the annual planning institute australia awards for excellence 2017 – queensland. the judging panel said rosewood’s main street was clearly loved by its community. “beautifully presented and well-articulated, this nomination demonstrates clearly how to revitalise small towns and engage with the local community, “ the citation read. “the project is readily transferrable to other small towns and villages across queensland and australia and advances planning practice. ipswich city council’s sharon boyle, tract consultants’ amy grant and gold coast council’s dyan currie accept the award. the level of consultation carried out on the project was admired by judges for not just undertaking the minimum consultation requirements. “in granting the award, the panel recognised how difficult it can be to consult with and educate a small community, and to ask them to consider the bigger picture in localised settings.” planning development and heritage committee chair cr david morrison said the award was recognition of all the hard work and dedication put in by council and its consultants to making this idea come to life. “the heart of rosewood is preparing for a transformation, and the ideas, stories and suggestions presented to us, to help shape the future of this township, have been amazing,” cr morrison said. “john street is well-loved by the local community, has celebrated historical character and holds the potential to become nationally recognised.” division 10 councillor david pahlke congratulated the council team and consultants developing the project. “the range of differing opinions and options from the community has been somewhat overwhelming,” cr pahlke said. (cid:53)osewood (cid:58)here co(cid:88)ntry char(cid:80) (cid:80)eets rich history “the first working group meeting held recently looked at ways to implement all the excellent visions and plans and ideas. “we look forward to all input and to working closely with the community to transform john street and keep the heart of rosewood beating strong for generations to come.” cr pahlke said the community consultation process took 18 months, with many meetings, displays and presentations. the group will now look at grants and subsidies to fund the project. transforming john street now goes forward to the 2018 national awards for planning excellence. schulze’s quality meats locally grown product and quality you can trust phone: 07 5467 9486 visit our store at 64 john street rosewood q 4340 open: mon–fri 8am–5.30pm sat 8am–2pm www.schulzesqualitymeats.com.au soon welcoming a (cid:7)(cid:26)million library. (cid:53)osewood showground(cid:183)s proudly boasts free wifi and an (cid:53)(cid:57) friendly status. (cid:46)eeping the heart of (cid:53)osewood beating through the (cid:55)ransforming john street (cid:51)ro(cid:77)ect. join us online: ipswich.qld.gov.au dawn st | l hepburn 2011 enviroplan photo competition entrant defencelife2018 51
country lifest yle, cit y amenities rich history plus a contemporary lifestyle with its rich agricultural history and proud country town vibe, the township of rosewood is aiming to become a city centre in its own right. rosewood is wholeheartedly embracing future growth and development in the region. situated just west of ipswich cbd, rosewood is a semi-rural town an hour’s drive to brisbane and close to the picturesque scenic rim. with support from residents, councillor david pahlke and ipswich city council, rosewood is looking forward to population growth and an influx of new residents into the town. in 1865, the first railway in queensland was built through the rosewood area, beginning at ipswich and ending at grandchester. this was the first section of a railway line that would eventually carry produce from the darling downs region to the port of brisbane. the railway brought immediate development to the area, with workers and their families living near the line during construction. small townships later sprang up around stations and stopping destinations. in the 1860s, the queensland parliament passed several acts to encourage people to overtake land. in the following twenty years, new settlers cleared the rosewood scrub and converted it to farms. many of these early settlers were german families who gained a reputation for hard work and honesty. coal mining began near walloon in 1877 and became a major industry in the rosewood region, along with dairying. both industries have declined since the 1950s. rosewood today present day rosewood is a vastly different scenario, with the region’s focus now largely on rural residential development. cr david pahlke, who has been a proud resident of rosewood for 30 years, describes the town as “your typical australian country town” that is often quoted as being a time warp or small cocoon. despite this view, the town has big plans for the future, with plans to redevelop the main street of rosewood, john street. “rosewood has something most ipswich suburbs don’t have, and that’s a main street,” cr pahlke said. “for day to day liveabilty we have everything. unless you require specialty services or shops you don’t need to leave town. and with sporting and community groups, golf and bowls clubs, employment opportunities and affordable housing, it’s a lovely community.” re-enactment of the days of cobb & co coach. top photo: ipswich little theatre re-enact the first rail journey from ipswich to bigges camp [grandchester], 1965. image courtesy of picture ipswich. it’s just a short drive to stage 1 selling now choice of house & land packages fully serviced benched blocks land prices from $147,500 10 min to amberley, 2 min electric rail 07 3059 7400 rosewoodgreen.com.au open 7 days 10am to 4pm visit the sales office: cnr rosewood thagoona rd and vassallo dr rosewood 52 defencelife2018
attractions in country rosewood citizen, designed to impress, which employs decorative timberwork, design elements which accommodate the warm queensland climate - including wide verandahs on all sides and a well-ventilated summer sleeping pavilion - and a substantial garden. rosewood rail museum the rosewood railway museum is located 6 km from rosewood at 57a freeman road, ashwell. it has an extensive range of diesel, steam and electric locomotives and rolling stock and is open seven days a week. it runs steam trains on the last sunday of each month. check out http://www.arhs-qld.org.au/rosewood-railway-museum for times, prices and details. the website describes the journey: " the restored route climbs a spur of the little liverpool range providing 180° scenic views from mt flinders to the great dividing range while visitors experience all the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of an authentic historic steam train journey." the journey traverses the district between cabanda and kunkala. it also has an "engine driver experience" where a visitor can learn to drive a steam locomotive. for general enquiries tel: (07) 3252 1759, tuesday - thursday from 10.00 am - 3.00 pm. glendalough residence the pavilion time to revive your hair, relax your mind, renew your body and revive the soul • hair colour / foils • cutting / styling • perming / protein straightening • up styles / bridal • make-up / tinting • waxing / spray tanning • manicure / pedicure • massage / advanced facials trading hours: m-f 8.30am – 5pm, sat 8.30am –12.30 late night appt – tues, wed & thurs innovative & ontrend st brigid's catholic church st brigid's catholic church at 28 matthews street is reputedly the largest wooden catholic church in australia. it is a magnificent wooden building characterised by great craftsmanship. the church was designed, and partially paid for, by father andrew horan and opened on 13 february 1910 by bishop duhig. it was made entirely of timber with the foundations being timber stumps set on timber bed logs. the heritage register records: "the interior of the northern wall was improved for the 1935 jubilee celebrations. three stained glass windows by rs exton & co of brisbane, and flanking murals on fibre supports by the important queensland artist, william bustard, were added. a scroll on the diagonal boards of the lower central section of this wall was probably painted about this time." rising sun hotel located at 27 school street is the interesting rising sun hotel which was built in 1908 and still retains its unusual corner roof turret and its elaborate veranda and awnings. it was designed by ipswich architect, will haenke. it is a 1908 version of a rising sun hotel which had originally been located at the bridge across the bremer river and had operated as the local cobb & co coach stopping point. the current building was operated originally by the sloane family until the 1970s and achieved local fame not only because, during the great depression, the sloanes operated a soup kitchen on the back veranda, but it was also the home for a variety of local business people including the local doctor, chemist, bank manager and dentist. glendalough adjacent to the main roundabout on the corner of langfield road and john street is 'glendalough', a gracious timber house built in the early 1900s with additions in the 1910s, which is a superb example of the opulence of the local merchants of the time. it was built for thomas ernest bulcock, a prosperous local storekeeper. the queensland heritage register describes the building as "glendalough is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a substantial, early 20th century timber residence of a wealthy and influential local rosewood state high school rosewood state high school is: • a creative, challenging and stimulating school • an inclusive school • a welcoming, happy and safe school • a distinctive school • a clean and green school in pursuit of excellence • a school in productive partnership with the community • an active and healthy school • a school with capable, ﬂexible and talented staff for more information visit our website: www.rosewoodshs.eq.edu.au or our facebook page. specialist call now for an enrolment interview 46 laneﬁeld road, rosewood ph: 07 5461 9400 www.facebook.com/ rosewoodstatehighschool/ 8 john street rosewood i ph: 5464 1149 defencelife2018 53
kalbar c o u n t r y l i f e kalbar is situated in the fertile fassifern with magniﬁcent views of the scenic rim. its rich german history which is reﬂected in many historic sites around town. kalbar’s rich history is complemented by its modern-day position as a secondary commercial and service centre in the region. the town oﬀers shopping facilities, civic centre, hotel, showgrounds, school, historical churches, retirement village, parks and gardens. located in the magniﬁcient scenic rim, kalbar brings charm and historical places to this broad expanse of country landscape. attractions include heritage listed buildings of the wiss emporium and wiss house, cafes and art galleries. the annual kalbar show is held each year in june. the popular event began in 1926 as a calf show and has grown in size through the years. settlement began at the location in 1876 and by 1890 a small town had developed. the town was once known as fassifern scrub and then engelsburg after the ﬁrst settler of the town. the town has a very rich german history, having been established “almost exclusively”by german settlers, reﬂected today in the many anglo-german road and street names and german settler descendant surnames. the name changed to kalbar because of anti-german sentiment in 1916, though only ﬁrst applied to the railway station. the mount edwards railway line reached the town in 1916. kalbar state school opened in 1879. engelsburg post oﬃce opened on 7 july 1897. a receiving oﬃce had been open from 1878, known as engels for ﬁve years, renamed kalbar in 1916. during the 1899 referendum to decide if australia should become a federation, kalbar registered the highest “no” vote of any town in queensland. kalbar today combines country living with the amenities of contemporary living. housing estates in the area have large level blocks with underground power and all services. typically, housing blocks are around one hectare in size, reﬂecting the demand for space with amenities. one thing that hasn’t changed is the friendliness of the local people who are welcoming to new residents and visitors alike. as a gateway to the scenic rim, kalbar is family friendly and homes are set in beautiful surroundings. kalbar country estate stage 2 ho(cid:48)esites ready for yo(cid:56)r new ho(cid:48)e find out why families are making kalbar their new home: - affordable, family friendly, country living - 30 minutes to ipswich central, close to amberley air base - gently sloping 1000m2 blocks with views to the mountains - blocks priced from $120,000 to $200,000 - already established with excellent quality homes request a site plan: email firstname.lastname@example.org precinct property group | www.precinctpropertygroup.com 54 defencelife2018 contact terry on: 0408 881 125 or rosemary on: 0414 829 239
don’t miss scenic rim ‘eat local week’ scenic rim eat local week 30 june – 8 july 2018 is your backstage pass to the farms, wineries and food stories of the scenic rim. eat your way around the region through a program of festivals, farm-gate events and culinary experiences to suit foodies of all ages. just 30 minutes from ipswich, foodies can choose from a range of experiences from long table lunches through to picking carrots at queensland’s largest carrot farm! you can see camels being milked, feed sheep, goats, pigs and chickens; watch cows being milked by robots and taste lots of delicious fresh, local food! and don’t miss the winter harvest festival, eat local week’s signature event held at aratula on july 7. in the scenic rim, take a walk with hundreds of kilometres of walking tracks, go flying, gliding, hang-gliding, hot air ballooning, launch a kayak or fish on a fresh water lake, taste award-winning wines, enjoy fresh seasonal produce or simply explore the art galleries and cafes – the scenic rim is your perfect escape. make sure you start booking your eat local week adventure now. read more at www. queensland.com/en-au/event/scenic-rim-eat- local-week (cid:38)o(cid:80)e in an(cid:71) en(cid:77)oy the e(cid:91)(cid:83)erien(cid:70)e of (cid:46)a(cid:79)(cid:69)ar(cid:195)s (cid:84)(cid:88)aint (cid:79)itt(cid:79)e (cid:70)raft sho(cid:83)(cid:17) (cid:17)(cid:17) open tuesday to friday 9.00am to 4.00pm saturday and sunday 9.00am to 2.00pm closed monday shop 1/89 george street, kalbar ph: 5463 7711 monarch hair & beauty monarch hair & beauty is located in the beautiful little town of kalbar. they offer all your hair and beauty needs including hair, nails and waxing. drop in and get pampered! call (07) 5463 7849 shop 1/103 george st kalbar facebook@monarchhairandbeauty kalbar country estate offers a unique opportunity for country living, but located just 30 minutes from brisbane. large sized lots provide a refined connection to the outdoors but with services that underpin town living. the fully developed and serviced blocks have underground power, town water, phone, sewerage and channelled streets. the picturesque site offers spectacular views to the toowoomba ranges gently sloping and beautifully maintained homesites. for those who cherish the weekends, homeowners can access the surrounding fassifern valley, within the iconic scenic rim, with its stunning national parks, wineries, cafes, art galleries and historical buildings. nearby moogerah and maroon lakes offer many fishing, camping, sailing, kayaking and water skiing. kalbar country estate is the perfect destination for your new home, with a healthy outdoors life yet retaining neighbourhood quality. lot sizes range from 941sqm to 1087sqm, priced from $135,000 to $200,000. contact terry on 0408 881125 or rosemary on 0414 829 239 for further information or to organise an on-site inspection. kalbar country estate site plan defencelife2018 55
kalbar c o u n t r y l i f e make the most of your trip to the scenic rim the region’s rich volcanic soil sustains a flourishing food and wine industry, so visitors can choose from authentic hands-on farm tours, to relaxed café dining, casual country pubs and wineries, to five-star gourmet restaurant experiences. paddock to plate if you’re looking for an authentic food experience, where you meet and talk to the farmers, you’ll love the scenic rim. many of the region’s producers welcome visitors to their farms and encourage you to buy direct. they offer a unique insight into the journey your food takes from their paddocks to your plate. wine, craft beer & country pubs the scenic rim is fast developing a reputation as a celebrated wine region and is home to many award-winning vineyards and wineries. the stunning mountain views provide an amazing setting to enjoy a local drop. you’ll find wineries and vineyards at tamborine mountain, canungra, tamborine, mt barney, boonah and harrisville. stop in a country pub for a counter meal or have a beer with some of the local characters. while you are there, make sure you sample a local craft beer from one of our three local breweries. we are also known for our unique liqueurs made from native australian ingredients. cafes and restaurants as you meander through the scenic rim you’ll come across some memorable cafes and restaurants, where you can sample the local produce. the region offers visitors a range of experiences – from cosy country cafés to five-star gourmet fare. book in for one of our wonderful cooking schools where students learn how to incorporate fresh scenic rim produce into global recipes. if you’re passionate about food, be sure to call in to the peak restaurant at spicers peak lodge, which was awarded two hats in the good food guide awards along with the songbirds rainforest retreat restaurant, which was awarded one hat in the same awards. take in the spectacular mountain views as you dine at the kooroomba vineyard and lavender farm near boonah, or call into one of the region’s amazing bakeries and try a hearty pie, filled with juicy scenic rim beef. kalbar fassifern p: 54(cid:25)3 7(cid:25)77 hair l beauty l massage our salon proudly uses & recommends established over 20 years remedial therapists lindsey reiser nicole reiser • remedial therapy • reflexology • relaxation • remedial therapy • health funds • bookings required beauty by tilly • beauty therapy • skin care treatments affordable quality treatments proudly use & recommend phone for an appointment 0401 558 818 58 edward street kalbar closed monday & sunday 56 defencelife2018
defence support - useful links defence community organisation www.defence.gov.au/dco defence families of australia (dfa) a ministerially appointed advocacy group for defence families. 1800 100 509 dfa.org.au defence special needs support group a network of peer support for defence families with special needs. 1800 037 674 defence lgbti information service (defglis) a network supporting defence lgbti personnel and their families. www.defglis. com.au defence housing australia (dha) comprehensive housing services for defence families. 139 342 www.dha.gov.au toll transitions total relocation services for defence families. 1800 819 167 (24/7) www.tolltransitions.com.au/defence defence chaplains defence switchboard on 1300 333 362 and ask for the duty chaplain at the military facility closest to your location. military christian fellowship of australia support for christians who work in and around the adf. www.mcf-a.org.au/ childcare access hotline find childcare options in your local area. 1800 670 305 mission australia early learning services the childcare provider operating the defence childcare centres. 1800 757 343 www.maearlylearning.com.au mychild search for childcare options in your local area. www.mychild.gov.au/sites/mychild australia post information about postal costs and restrictions during deployments or exercise. 13 76 78 auspost.com.au/personal/defence-mail.html global operations outlines the current operations in action overseas or within australia. www.defence.gov.au/operations/ national welfare coordination centre (nwcc) an information and referral service for the families of deployed adf members. 1800 801 026 (24/7) www.defence.gov.au/nwcc adf financial services consumer council information and videos about managing your finances and creating budgets. www.adfconsumer.gov.au adf pay and conditions manual details of pay, conditions and entitlements for adf members. www.defence.gov.au/dpe/pac adf service relief trust funds access loans, grants or welfare services through their service’s relief trust fund. www.armyrtf.com.au/loans/relief-loans defence force welfare association (dfwa) www.dfwa.org.au defence home ownership assistance scheme provides payments and allowances for adf members to assist with home purchase. 1300 4 dhoas (1300 434 627) www.dhoas.gov.au defence tax management office general information on taxation matters, including fringe benefits tax and its impact on family income. 1800 806 853 email@example.com government assistance for families www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/ themes/families 136 150 salary packaging salary packaging options. enter employee code a100. www.smartsalary.com.au emergency support www.defence.gov.au/dco/emergency_ support_(managing_section).htm find a gp search for a local gp www.findgp.com.au/ imsick health information and referral service for adf members away from the workplace. 1800 imsick (1800 467 425) www.defence.gov.au/ health/1800imsick/1800imsick.asp joint health command information and factsheets about health and healthcare services. www.defence.gov.au/health/default.asp national adf family health program available to all australian recognised dependants. 02 6266 3547 www.defence.gov.au/health/shc/ mental health services all hours support line 1800 628 036 +61 2 9425 3878 outside australia mental health factsheets:www.defence.gov. au/health/healthportal/mentalhealthonline. asp beyondblue addressing issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in australia. beyondblue.org.au 1300 22 4636 kids help line free, and anonymous 24-hour telephone and online counselling service. 1800 551 800 www.kidshelp.com.au lifeline a national 24-hour support line: crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health services. 131 114 www.lifeline.org.au mensline australia 24-hour service for men. 1300 789 978 www.mensline.org.au veterans and families counselling service provides counselling and support programs to australian veterans or peacekeepers and their families. 1800 011 046 www.vvcs.gov.au/ violence against women helpline a 24-hour helpline specialising in counselling and referrals for women who experience domestic violence or sexual assault. 1800 200 526 cracking the code the australian public service commission’s cracking the code – how to apply for jobs in the australian public service. www.apsc.gov.au jobsearch australia’s largest free jobs website. www.jobsearch.gov.au open universities australia offering value-added distance learning for defence employees and their families. www.open.edu.au/oua/peep department of veterans affairs 133 254 www.dva.gov.au including the mental health resource, at ease. legacy 1800 legacy (1800 534 229) www.legacy.com.au returned and services league (rsl) www.rsl.org.au the wellbeing toolbox a resource to help former serving members and their families move from military to civilian life. www.wellbeingtoolbox.net.au department of defence www.defence.gov.au defencelife2018 57
toowoomba queensland’s garden city toowoomba is situated on the great dividing range strategically located at the junction of the warrego, new england and gore highways. with a diverse economy, and in close proximity to brisbane and the sunshine and gold coasts, it offers the best of urban and rural environments. covering almost 13,000 square kilometres, the toowoomba regional council area offers a diverse range of lifestyle choices for its 158,000 residents. inner city, suburban, country town, village or rural addresses ensure a range of options when considering your next residential environment. irrespective of where new arrivals decide to call home, they will be only a short drive away from first class shopping, medical, educational, cultural, entertainment and recreation facilities, those expected of a modern, progressive region. toowoomba city boasts three major hospitals while several smaller hospitals are located across the area. or oakey, they will appreciate the choice of lifestyles, facilities and services available in the region. toowoomba is also a regional destination serving queensland’s western towns and centres. the city is home to first class schools and colleges, government and private, that cater for the local and regional populus. located on the soil rich darling downs, toowoomba is known for its beautiful gardens and tree-lined streets, and each year locals and visitors alike celebrate with the carnival of flowers held in the city during spring. the city now has its own commercial airport and has seen the council operates the magnificent empire theatre which hosts unprecedented growth in recent years. national and international acts, three art galleries, 11 libraries, and these facilities combined with several privately-owned art galleries, give residents plenty of cultural and learning opportunities. nine golf courses, numerous swimming pools, rugby league, rugby union, aussie rules, soccer, cricket, softball, netball, basketball playing fields and stadiums cater for sports-minded residents and visitors; from eight-year-olds to eighty-year-olds. the toowoomba region is home to two military bases. borneo barracks at cabarlah, 20 kilometres north of toowoomba, has been a part of the local landscape for over half a century. it is home to 7th signals regiment and the electronic warfare wing of the defence force school of signals. the army aviation centre is located at oakey, 30 kilometres west of toowoomba. oakey is home to the australian army aviation training centre, the school of army aviation and the army helicopter school. adjacent to the base is the excellent museum of army aviation which is open to the public and hosts an annual fly-in. whether defence personnel are posted to borneo barracks montessori-based montessori-based education education infant nursery to kindy infant nursery to kindy outside school care outside school care & holiday club & holiday club jacaranda house 52-54 drayton rd toowomba p 4635 0818 willow house 38-40 drayton rd toowoomba p 4635 5448 www.acountrygarden.com.au | facebook/acountrygarden 58 defencelife2018
things to see and do japanese gardens one of the most beautiful parks in toowoomba is the university’s japanese garden - australia’s largest traditionally designed japanese stroll garden. opened in 1989, it comprises 3km of paths, 230 species of japanese and australian native trees and plants, and beautifully landscaped lawns. about 2500 azaleas are planted as a representation of hillsides in japan where azaleas grow wild. the red bridges, the central lake, a waterfall and ducks complement this stunning garden. picnic point picnic point is the best place to appreciate toowoomba’s location on the top of the great dividing range. consisting of beautifully landscaped parkland with playgrounds, barbecue and picnic facilities and views over the lockyer valley, picnic point is a great spot for families and couples. there is ample parking, picnic benches, a cafe and restaurant, and various walking tracks. ride the range ride the range starts as the sun is rising over the great dividing range. cyclists start the challenge at picnic point toowoomba, with the option of the full 112km ride, a slightly less challenging 85km, or a gentle 50km. the descent offers stunning views over the countryside as you cycle down along flagstone creek road. view the spectacular patchwork of the lockyer valley before the non-relenting challenge of the ascent back to picnic point in toowoomba. the 50km ride finishes at lake apex gatton, where riders are met by a bus which brings you back to picnic point. cobb & co museum part of the queensland museum, the cobb & co museum is home to the national carriage collection which features nearly 50 horse- drawn vehicles and galleries noting the natural and cultural history of toowoomba and the darling downs. from blacksmithing and silversmithing to leadlighting and millinery, there is much to see at the museum. easter vintage festival highfields pioneer village will celebrate its annual vintage festival on easter saturday, sunday and monday. come and experience rural life in the australian pioneer days! milk a cow, learn to crack a whip or be a blacksmith. enjoy billy tea and damper. don’t miss the spectacular grand parade. if you love history, or just looking for a great day out you will have a wonderful time. dates for 2018: 31 march to 2 april. carnival of flowers toowoomba carnival of flowers is the major event on the toowoomba calendar each year, and 2018 will be no different with the event planned for 21 – 30 september 2018. now in its 69th year, the carnival of flowers is more than a parade and picturesque gardens; it is a cultural party featuring a floral parade, local food and produce, regional wine, entertainment and all things spring! so come along and entice your senses at the iconic grand central floral parade, ergon energy food and wine festival, heritage bank live concert series, pictures in the park and many more. since its inception in 1949, the toowoomba carnival of flowers has flourished and, is now, recognised as one of australia’s best events. the brainchild of essex tait and the toowoomba chamber of commerce, carnival was introduced as a way for the city to use their “garden city” reputation to promote increased economic activity following the recent hardships of war. on october 21, 1950 the toowoomba carnival of flowers commenced with a street procession that stretched three miles in length. led by a bullock team and watched by a crowd estimated to be 50,000 strong, the parade was a resounding success. the toowoomba carnival of flowers subsequently became firmly cemented as an annual event in the region’s community calendar. as the years passed, carnival’s appeal widened, attracting tourists from across queensland, interstate and internationally. toowoomba carnival of flowers won the 2013 queensland tourism award for festivals and events and went on to win the gold for the festivals & events category at the australian tourism awards held in april 2015. during 2015 carnival of flowers was elevated to major events status through tourism & events queensland. spring bluff railway station no trip to toowoomba would be complete without a stop at the heritage-listed spring bluff railway station located on the main railway line between ipswich and toowoomba. its significance stems from 150 years of railway history and the attraction of its beautiful landscaped gardens. the station was decommissioned in august 1992, and the ganger and fettler crew withdrawn in september 1993. the importance of the station was recognised with the formation of the spring bluff railway station trust to preserve and maintain the grounds and station. defencelife2018 59
townsville tropical north queensland lifestyle townsville is the largest city in north queensland and is one of the fastest growing cities in the state, with a population exceeding 170,000. located roughly halfway between brisbane and the tip of cape york, townsville is nestled on the shores of cleveland bay, alongside the great barrier reef. townsville is an ideal location to live, from the family suburbs of kirwan and annandale to apartment style living in the cosmopolitan city centre. the housing styles range from traditional queenslanders to contemporary rendered low-set homes. distance from the city centre to lavarack barracks is approximately 9.5km and to the raaf base it is approximately 5km. townsville has 18 high schools and 41 primary schools and offers tertiary education options through the barrier reef institutes of tafe and james cook university. townsville is also home to the australian technical college north queensland which provides academic courses, business studies and trade training. one of australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the great barrier reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. it is larger than the great wall of china and the only living thing on earth visible from space. the reef, between 15 kilometres and 150 kilometres off shore and around 65 kilometres wide in some parts, is a gathering of brilliant, vivid coral providing divers with the most spectacular underwater experience imaginable. a close encounter with the great barrier reef reveals astounding underwater attractions, including more than 400 species of coral, sponges, molluscs, rays, dolphins and tropical fish, sea turtles and giant clams. townsville is home to more than 200 types of birds, around 20 types of reptiles. the australian festival of chamber music is an international chamber music festival held over ten days each july in townsville. the region has many renowned festivals. the annual greek and italian festivals are popular with the locals and tourists alike. the townsville south hotel and restaurant strip hosts an annual palmer street jazz festival, as does nearby magnetic island (the great tropical jazz party). the stable on the strand is celebrated each christmas. townsville was the stunning setting for the state-of-the-art futuristic city in the 2015 novel, ‘a tango with the dragon.’ 60 defencelife2018
north queensland to do the strand townsville’s strand is without a doubt a must do whilst visiting north queensland. it is situated along the shore line and has magnificent views of the port of townsville and magnetic island, as well as views stretching all the way out to cape cleveland. the strand incorporates a jetty, recreational park, restaurants, cafes, a series of headlands, a free water park, picnic areas and swimming pools and enclosures. children enjoy the large water playground and various sights along the walk, and are amazed with the lagoon style in-ground pool. castle hill castle hill dominates the townsville landscape with its pink hues and from some angles it resembles a scene from jurassic park with the palms in the foreground and the hill rising from the ground. the lookout is worth the trip up the steep winding road for the magnificent views of the city as well as its historical significance. you haven’t been to townsville if you haven’t been to the top of castle hill. also a popular walk for the fitness enthusiasts. billabong sanctuary nowhere else in australia can visitors interact with so many of australia’s native animals. visit billabong sanctuary for a fantastic day! you can cuddle a koala, hold a wombat, and if you’re brave enough, there’s snake and crocodile handling too! nestled in 11 hectares (25 acres) of tropical bushland, the sanctuary is home to a magnificent variety of native mammals, birds and reptiles. stroll around the park with the friendly kangaroos and wallabies, take part in all the handling and feeding shows, or simply relax by the pool. ocean swims join in the 2.5 km and 5 km ocean swims held off strand beach, townsville held by the townsville open water swimming association. there`s also a junior 1 km swim. the 5 km swim is a qualifier for the magnetic island to townsville swim held later, in july. the magnetic island to townsville swim starts at waters edge, in front of the picnic bay slsc, magnetic island and finishes at water’s edge, in front of the slsc clubhouse on the strand beach adjacent to the strand park jetty in townsville. a total distance of 8 km. diving in north queensland if you’re looking for some of the best dive sites in the world then you’ll want to spend a few days in townsville. there are so many exciting things to discover off the coast! you’ll find a few dives centres dotted around the town and they all have daily trips or liveaboards to the dives sites in the area. the trips can be a couple of hours on the boat and the sea is sometimes rough so be sure to take a tablet if you get seasick or go on a liveaboard to get the most out of the diving. there are about 10 different reef systems to explore and the area is home to some of the most diverse sea life on the planet. other than the normal reef fish and corals, you may also see many different species of sharks, turtles, rays and so much more. there are some very exciting and interesting critters to discover too. voted the best wreck dive in the world, the 109 metre long s.s. yongala should be the number one site on your list of dives to do from townsville. you will need to be an advanced dive to see the wreck as it lies right on 30 metres so be sure to do your certification before you book the dive. the sea life is so huge around the wreck that you’d think there was a mcdonalds in the vicinity. expect to see massive sting rays, turtles as big as you, groupers and parrot fish that could swallow you whole (don’t worry, you’re not on the menu) and so many different other things that you won’t know where to look. you cannot penetrate the wreck as it has been declared as a grave site as some of the 124 passengers that went down with the ship are still inside. another great wreck dive is the gothenburg wreck. keeper reef is a great dive with lots of caves and canyons to explore, shrimp reef is a colourful coral garden full of sea life and reef sharks and kelso reef is a nice shallow dive that snorkelers can enjoy too. these fantastic dives are waiting for you so be sure to stop in and visit townsville on your way along the east coast of australia. the reef hq the reef hq aquarium is a real hit with kids and adults alike, where you can “experience the reef without getting wet”. the reef hq is the worlds largest living coral reef aquarium, with exhibits and displays of actual living corals in a perfectly balanced ecosystem. it’s a re-creation of the great barrier reef with over 120 different fish species. here you can watch up close as you walk through the glass viewing tunnel- turtles, tropical fish, sting rays and sharks plus other species. on a self-guided tour through the centre, visitors experience interactive displays, and the touch tank is a great experience as well, where kids get to hold starfish and other marine species. staff are on hand to talk about the reef and how the animals survive, which is also a real educational opportunity. the reef hq is home of the turtle hospital and you can take a guided tour to learn about what they do at the centre and how they care for the turtles that require a visit. a big problem for turtles is that they ingest plastic, requiring treatment, and this is a real eye opener for kids to realise how important it is not to dump rubbish, especially around our waterways. defencelife2018 61
northern territory darwin ‘top end’of australia equivalent in size to france, italy and spain combined, australia’s outback northern territory is bordered by queensland, western australia and south australia. blessed with an abundance of natural environments, the territory is famous for its spectacular wildlife and tropical lifestyle. darwin has a new mayor, elected in august 2016. kon vatskalis is darwin’s first greek-born mayor, who says his win was a victory for multiculturalism. it is a modern capital city highly valued by its diverse and highly multicultural population, with a strong position in business and industry. the city is treasured country to its traditional owners, the larrakia people, who are prominent and active members of the local community. darwin has evolved from its days as a laid back frontier town and about the same flying time from singapore and manila as it is from sydney and melbourne. the majority of darwin’s workforce, about 60 per cent, is made up of government employees. it is also the main service centre for a wide range of industries headed by mining, offshore oil and gas production, pastoralism, tourism and tropical horticulture. the port of darwin is also the main outlet for australia’s live cattle export trade into south east asia. this is an environment that ebbs and flows with the seasons, while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a sophisticated city. many visitors are surprised to find that it has accommodation, eateries, clubs, pubs, museums and other amenities that are equal to those found in the southern cities. darwin is one of australia’s thriving business capitals. in business and industry circles, the city is described as australia’s gateway to south east asia. it’s closer to the indonesian capital of jakarta than it is to canberra and is the essington international senior college charles darwin university (cid:36) (cid:88)n(cid:76)(cid:84)(cid:88)e(cid:15) (cid:84)(cid:88)a(cid:79)(cid:76)ty(cid:15) sen(cid:76)or secon(cid:71)ary co(cid:79)(cid:79)e(cid:74)e (cid:83)ro(cid:89)(cid:76)(cid:71)(cid:76)n(cid:74) a smoot(cid:75) trans(cid:76)t(cid:76)on an(cid:71) or(cid:76)entat(cid:76)on to (cid:88)n(cid:76)(cid:89)ers(cid:76)ty an(cid:71) (cid:83)ost secon(cid:71)ary co(cid:88)rses(cid:17) (cid:36)ca(cid:71)em(cid:76)es o(cid:73) (cid:40)(cid:91)ce(cid:79)(cid:79)ence (cid:51)ro(cid:74)rams (cid:73)or ta(cid:79)ente(cid:71) (cid:54)en(cid:76)or secon(cid:71)ary st(cid:88)(cid:71)ents (cid:76)n: (cid:54)c(cid:76)ence(cid:15) (cid:48)at(cid:75)s(cid:15) tec(cid:75)no(cid:79)o(cid:74)y(cid:15) (cid:40)n(cid:74)(cid:76)neer(cid:76)n(cid:74)(cid:15) (cid:48)e(cid:71)(cid:76)ca(cid:79) (cid:54)c(cid:76)ences(cid:15) (cid:57)(cid:76)s(cid:88)a(cid:79) (cid:36)rt an(cid:71) c(cid:75)(cid:76)nese an(cid:71) (cid:45)a(cid:83)anese (cid:47)an(cid:74)(cid:88)a(cid:74)e(cid:17) for information phone (08) 8985 0100 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.essington.nt.edu.au 62 defencelife2018 of contrast and colour, where change is the only constant. the northern territory is made up of six council areas, each with its own unique attractions. the city is both modern and multicultural, boasting a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. the city is characterised by its many exciting cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets. the city was founded as australia’s most northerly harbour port in 1869, and its population rapidly expanded after the discovery of gold at nearby pine creek in 1871. world war ii put the city on the map as a major allied military base for troops fighting the japanese in the pacific. today travellers can see evidence of darwin’s world war ii history at a variety of preserved sites including ammunition bunkers, airstrips and oil tunnels in and around the city. darwin has evolved from its days as an incredibly laid back frontier town and while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a highly sophisticated city. on 1 july, territorians celebrate territory day. this is the only day of the year, apart from the chinese new year and new year’s eve, when fireworks are permitted. the main celebrations occur at mindil beach. the darwin festival held annually, includes comedy, dance, theatre, music, film and visual art and the nt indigenous music awards. other festivals include the glenti, which showcases darwin’s large greek community, and india@mindil, a similar festival held by the smaller indian community. the chinese new year is also celebrated with great festivity, highlighting the asian influence in darwin. weekly markets include mindil beach sunset markets, parap market, nightcliff markets and rapid creek market.
education across the northern territory school is compulsory in the northern territory from the age of six. however, children can enrol in preschools earlier than this and start transition as they approach five years of age. stages of school preschool in nt is not compulsory but it is highly recommended. children can attend government preschools from the age of four. at some non-government preschools, children can start earlier. at age five children start transition, the first stage of primary school. transition is up to 12 months. students attend primary school until they complete year 6. for years 7 to 12, children attend secondary school. senior secondary schooling senior secondary students work towards the northern territory certificate of education. there are two levels: stage 1, generally year 11, and stage 2, generally year 12. although most students complete the certificate in two years, it can be done part-time for as many years as required. the australian curriculum the nt implementation timeline approved by the nt board of studies provides details on the implementation of subsequent australian curriculum learning areas and subjects. nt curriculum framework the northern territory curriculum framework identifies learning outcomes for all northern territory students from transition to year 10. ntcf outcomes have been re-constructed into achievement standards to enable a consistent assessment and reporting methodology with australian curriculum achievement standards. year 10 curriculum support materials are provided for year 10 australian curriculum english and mathematics.these include sequence suggestions, template learning and assessment plans and subject specific performance standards, which are aligned to the australian curriculum achievement standards. year 10 literacy and numeracy courses are offered for students who have not met the year 9 achievement standards. school leaving age in the northern territory it is compulsory for all students to complete year 10 and then participate in education, training or employment until they turn 17. tertiary entrance rank the tertiary entrance rank (ter) is a factor universities use to determine whether a student is eligible for a course. the northern territory certificate of education (ntce) and ter issued to students are recognised nationally. the ntce is the equivalent of senior secondary certificates across australia. defence spouse and experienced lawyer. property purchases, sales and investments. small business support. legal services provided efﬁciently, effectively, remotely and ﬂexibly. 0407 942 809 www.supportlegal.com.au defencelife2018 63
new south wales new south wales is australia’s most diverse state, home to the country’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, sydney. sparkling beaches stretch from north to south, it has a vast colourful outback, and australia’s highest mountain offering every type of snow sport. visit the capital sydney is australia’s oldest and biggest city and is the gateway to australia, set on one of the world’s most stunning harbours, which extends either side in a golden chain of easy- to-reach, inner-city beaches. catch a ferry or take a harbour cruise along the sydney harbour, where you’re sure to get the best views of both the sydney harbour bridge and opera house. for a free carnival style experience, visit luna park! enjoy the rides and spectacular harbour views in a fun environment that caters to all budgets and ages. if it’s an escape to the beach that you’re after, bondi beach and manly beach are ideal locations for surfers, sunbathers and beachside cafes. wanting to get back to nature? explore sydney olympic park, hyde park or the chinese garden of friendship. explore the hunter region home to australia’s oldest wine region, the hunter begins two hours’ drive north of sydney and is easily reached by car, bus, train or air. escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life by visiting the barrington top national park, where you’ll find ancient forests and amazing wildlife. enjoy the hunter valley wine and food festival. from may 1 to june 30, you’re bound to find time to wine and dine with leading hunter valley winemakers and chefs. cruise around newcastle with nova cruises, which offers ocean, harbour and river cruises that include chances to whale watch or travel 64 defencelife2018 to the historic shipping ports of morpeth and raymond terrace. get coastal visit the home of the big banana, coffs harbour! the north coast town hosts beautiful beaches, seasonal whales, coral reefs and abundant wildlife. after exceptional surf culture? look no further than lennox head, or drive a short trip north to byron bay. if you’re wanting to relax and unwind, the central coast is your ideal location. enjoy swimming spots in avoca beach or the entrance beach. merewether beach in newcastle also deserves a notable mention, with its heritage listed surf house, iconic ocean baths and a surfing reserve that stretches from dixon park in the north to burwood beach in the south. national parks with magnificent views, iconic rock formations and heritage tracks and lookouts, it’s easy to see why the blue mountains national park is so iconic. the stark and striking landscape of mungo national park is famous for the discovery of a rare archaeological find - the oldest human skeleton in australia. home of the striking breadknife rock formation, warrumbungle national park is located near coonabarabran. at night, the park offers perfect conditions for stargazing, by day, it’s a great spot for camping, hiking and birdwatching. discover art, culture and history regional centres such as wollongong on the south coast, lake macquarie, newcastle and port macquarie on the north coast, goulburn, bathurst and orange in country nsw, and broken hill in outback nsw all have excellent art galleries without having to travel to larger cities. old dubbo gaol is a state heritage listed must see. this remarkably complete and intact gaol operated for 119 years from 1847 to 1966 and is still nestled in the main street of dubbo. visit an aboriginal place the armidale and region aboriginal cultural centre and keeping place showcases a diverse range of australian indigenous arts and culture. if it’s the theatre you’re wanting to immerse yourself in, the sydney opera house hosts over 40 shows a week.
education in new south wales schooling in new south wales follows a curriculum based on stages of learning. each stage is approximately equivalent to two school years as students move from early stage 1 in kindergarten through to stage 6 in years 11 and 12. starting school starting school is an important step in a young child’s life. children develop at different rates and learn skills in different ways. specialist advice and support is available to parents/caregivers of children with disabilities to help them access educational services. talk to the school as early as possible about these services. preschool preschools provide educational programs for children one year prior to enrolment in kindergarten. a child may be eligible for enrolment in preschool from the beginning of the school year if they turn four years on or before 31 july that year. some preschools offer a half day session, with children attending either five mornings or five afternoons per week. other preschools provide full day attendance for 2, 3 or 5 days per week. the preschool program is designed to stimulate children’s thinking, communicating, investigating, exploring and problem solving skills. the program includes play-based activities that help children learn how to interact positively with other children and to recognise and accept their own feelings and those of others. the program also supports development of early language, literacy and numeracy skills. kindergarten to year 6 children may enter kindergarten at the beginning of the school year in nsw government schools if they turn five on or before 31 july in that year. by law, all children must start school by their sixth birthday. kindergarten to year 6 focuses on the key learning areas of english, mathematics, science & technology, human society, personal development, health and physical education, creative arts and languages. preparing for high school nsw students enter high school in year 7. once you have determined which high school you would like your child to attend, the next step is to complete an expression of interest. if your child is already attending year 6 in a public primary school you will receive this form during late term 1. school leaving age students must complete year 10 (or its equivalent), then remain in approved education or training or a combination of education and paid work until the age of 17. starting year 11 students begin to prepare for their hsc in year 11 so it’s important to get settled into a good study routine at the beginning of the year. study requirements will increase markedly in year 11 and more so in year 12. in nsw, atar courses are developed by the nsw education standards authority for which the authority conducts formal examinations that give you a graded assessment. these are the only courses that can be included in the atar calculation. atar courses are classified as either category a or category b courses. only two units of category b courses can be included in the atar calculation. your atar rank is used for tertiary education admission. students will receive a nationally recognised qualification when they successfully complete their course. some vet courses are studied at school whilst others can be studied at tafe. meet the wildlife taronga western plains zoo in dubbo is one of the state’s top zoo experiences. home to hundreds of rare and endangered animals, you’re bound to enjoy the ‘zoofari. on the south coast, check out the region’s largest animal sanctuary at shoalhaven zoo, with over 100 species of native and exotic mammals, birds, and reptiles inhabiting 16 acres of bushland on the shoalhaven river. sea life sydney aquarium has two of only five dugongs on display in the world – wuru and pig. you’ll also see sharks, stingrays, turtles, seahorses and thousands of tropical fish. behind-the-scenes tours include a snorkel tour. for more information about what to see and do in new south wales go to visitnsw.com defencelife2018 65
australian capital territory canberrathe nation’s capital canberra, the nation’s capital, is located in the australian capital territory. the city is 280 kilometres inland from sydney and has a population of about 400,000 people. canberra was chosen for the federal capital in 1908. canberra’s special contrast of nature and urban living was planned in 1912 by master designer, walter burley griffin, a chicago architect who won an international design competition. since then, canberra has grown into a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with national attractions of heritage and history. canberra is the home of the australian story. when you want to learn and celebrate what it means to be australian, our nation’s history and culture and our way of life, canberra is the place to be. discover the australian national collection in museums, galleries, libraries and archives, enjoy outdoor recreation in extensive natural parklands and get a taste of the thriving food and wine scene. explore canberra for australian culture and history at superb monuments and galleries in this city surrounded by parklands and native bushland. visit parliament house, the australian war memorial, national gallery of australia and questacon. experience the the balloon fiesta in autumn, fireside festival in winter, and floriade in spring. explore the australian alps or tidbinbilla nature reserve and murrumbidgee river corridor, just a short drive away. websites that provide detailed information about our national capital include: www. visitcanberra.com.au and www.canberratourism.com.au. 66 defencelife2018 parliament house the home of australia’s parliament and the meeting place of a nation, parliament house is located on a 32-hectare site on capital hill and is the focal point of canberra. the building is open to the public every day of the year except for christmas day. additionally, the museum of australian democracy at old parliament house brings the journey of australian democracy to life, presenting its past, present and possible futures. people who have shaped our nation. experience the work of legendary australian artist, tom roberts december 2015 to march 2106 at the nga. this extraordinary exhibition brings together tom roberts’ most famous paintings loved by all australians. paintings such as shearing the rams (1888-90) and a break away! (1891) are among the nation’s best known works of art. the tom roberts exhibition takes place during an exciting period of change at the nga, including a large-scale rehang of almost every work of art, with australian art taking pride of place in a new location. rediscover your nga! australian war memorial the australian war memorial is a first class museum and extensive archive, commemorating the sacrifice of australian men and women who have served in war. the memorial enables ausralians to remember and to understand national galleries & museums the vast wealth of australia’s culture, history and way of life is housed in the national museums, galleries and attractions in canberra. these national icons offer an intriguing insight into the australian character and democracy, and our journey from an indigenous continent to a modern nation. see the famous painting “blue poles” on a visit to the national art gallery or visit the national portrait gallery to see portraits of the enduring impact of war on australian society. the museum is open daily 10am to 5pm, with a last post ceremony every day at 4.55pm. department of defence canberra’s russell offices is home to the chief of the defence force and chiefs of army, navy and air force. the department is responsible for formulating defence policy to meet the broad objectives of the federal government.
education in the act in the act children are enrolled in school from age 6. students are required to participate in full-time education until they complete year 10, and then participate full-time in education, training or employment until completing year 12 or equivalent, or reaching 17 years of age. year. there is a very high retention rate in the act from year 10 to years 11 and 12 as secondary colleges have proved to be effective in preparing young people for both work and further education. senior secondary colleges the act’s senior secondary colleges cater for students in years 11 & 12. the act college system sets a national standard in senior secondary education and includes tertiary pre-entry curriculum from the anu and the university of canberra. starting school primary schools in the act offer child centred early childhood programs in preschool settings and high quality primary school education. both short and long day sessions (to a maximum of twelve hours per week) are available in the year prior to kindergarten. children must be four years of age on or before 30 april to enrol in a preschool program. children who are enrolling in an act public primary school for the first time at kindergarten must be five years of age on or before 30 april. high schools high school education is available from years 7-10. act high schools are dynamic, innovative and supportive learning communities that provide challenging education programs and pastoral care. at the completion of year 10 students in the australian capital territory may proceed to a secondary college. enrolment for secondary colleges commences in september of each canberra: australia’s education capital the act international education strategy canberra: australia’s education capital is a strategy designed to support one of the territory’s most important industry sectors and recognises that thriving and porous campuses create opportunities for collaboration, commercialisation, business creation and talent attraction and retention. one in nine canberrans work or study at education institutions. education and research institutions value add around $2.7 billion and support 16,000 jobs. canberra educates around 44,000 higher education students and over 20,000 vocational education students each year, including more than 12,000 international students and a similar number from other australian jurisdictions. in fact, international education is canberra’s largest export, and growth in student numbers is largely responsible for the record annual growth in act services exports over the past five years. international students bring diverse perspectives, build cultural awareness and understanding, drive broader visitation, develop people to people links, build business, trade and investment links, and after graduation (as alumni) act as advocates, innovators, and exemplars. they also raise the profile of canberra around the world. more at: www.business.act.gov.au/ defencelife2018 67
australian capital territory opportunity and choice at st mary mackillop college ask students what they like about st mary mackillop college and they will tell you about the college’s welcoming environment, diversity, skill of the teaching staff, and the wide range of opportunities at their disposal. mackillop has all the advantages canberra’s largest school can provide: lots of different people to be friendly with, a wide range of curriculum options, extensive facilities, and a huge range of sports and co-curricular choices. day to day, however, the two- campus setup means students enjoy a relatively small learning environment. defence families choose to send their children to mackillop, and according to the college’s sustainability captain, lauren frost, the welcoming nature of the staff and students help new students adapt to their new surroundings. “my favourite thing about mackillop is the people,” lauren said. “there’s a real sense of community and the people are welcoming and supportive of change and individuality. the teachers are your greatest supporters and want you to do the best you can.” lauren, like so many students from defence families, makes use of mackillop’s defence transition mentor, who helps new students integrate and provides support to students whose parents have been deployed. “the defence students have a lot of support at our school and we also gather regularly to talk and support each other at lunches and events outside of school,” lauren said. st mary mackillop college, located in canberra’s tuggeranong valley, is a co-educational, catholic school for years 7-12. find out more at www.mackillop.act.edu.au. act children’s plan building blo cks approach to education the act children and young people’s commitment identifies six priority areas. the vision for the plan is this: all children and young people (0-25 years) across the act will have the opportunity to reach their potential, make a contribution, participate in decision making and share the benefits of our community. 1. provide access to quality healthcare, learning and employment opportunities • maximise access to affordable, culturally and developmentally appropriate health care for children and young people. • implement a world class act curriculum from preschool to year 12 in alignment with the australian curriculum. • all organisations to work together to promote a shared responsibility between agencies that work with children and young people to support transitions that lead to positive education, training and/or employment opportunities. 2. implement policy that enables children and young people to thrive. • act government to continue to advocate to the australian government to address the factors that influence financial security of families to reduce poverty and its impacts. • act government will work to increase access to housing that is affordable, safe and secure for children, young people and their families. • invest in the development and implementation of an act mental health and wellbeing framework that guides and directs whole-of-government, whole-of-community actions to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all act residents. 3. keep children and young people safe • provide an accessible and integrated human service system that delivers improved and sustainable outcomes for children and young people as per the human services blueprint- better services initiative 2014. • continue to provide integrated programs across the community and government sectors that promote resilience and social and emotional wellbeing. • continue to provide access to a range of universal and targeted services that support the wellbeing of children, young people and their families. 4. advocate the importance of the rights of children and young people • develop and implement the child safe child friendly and child aware coordinating framework for act health to ensure the active promotion of children and young people’s health, safety, rights, participation and wellbeing. this includes the promotion and application of the charter on the rights of children and young people in healthcare services, and the standards for the care of children and adolescents in health services across act health services. • build strong and safe communities that promote, protect and create awareness of children and young people’s rights through a shared understanding across government, community and media. 5. include children and young people in decision making. • promote safe inclusive community environments that allow children and young people to have experiences that promote positive development. • continue to build the capacity of families and communities to provide responsive and appropriate care that promotes children and young people’s optimum development. • continue to implement programs in schools that support the development and wellbeing of students. 6. build strong families and communities that are inclusive and support and nurture children and young people. • establish appropriate consultation mechanisms for children and young people which are rolled out across government. • regularly consult with children and young people in varied and genuine ways about issues that affect them. • listen and engage with bodies that represent children, young people and their families. • future government projects and policy proposals will consider the guidelines and toolkit when consulting with children and young people. to learn more about the act children and young people’s commitment (2015-2025), visit http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au. 68 defencelife2018
career choices careers & work/life goals the nature of work/life aspirations have changed, with frequent job and career changes becoming the norm as individuals seek different paths, and jobs, along the way to achieving new career and life goals. begins external study with a view to tertiary qualifications, completing these studies. at age 25 with five years service and corporal rank he is accepted into university to study engineering. as he is undertaking studies that are complementary to his army job he is given financial assistance to continue his studies. in his second year he applies for a commission and is successful. after completing officer training he focuses on his degree and obtains a bachelor in engineering at age 30. he embarks on a new career as an army officer. he progresses through the officer ranks and reaches lieutenant colonel rank at age 42, and decides to embark on a new career in the civilian sector. with self and with work, friends, community, partner and family). life roles go through cycles of initiation, adaptation, reassessment, and reconciliation – and an individual could be at a different stage in each role simultaneously. any conflict between two or more of these role cycles could spur the process of career change. an additional factor is that career change has become more socially acceptable, as personal fulfilment is more highly valued. career decision-making is therefore seen as a series of continuous choices across one’s life span, not a once-and-for-all event. thus, careers may be viewed as a sequence of life roles, with changes triggered by factors ranging from the ‘anticipated’ (marriage and children) to the ‘unanticipated’ (illness, divorce or layoff) and to ‘non-events’ (marriage or a promotion that did not occur). people also seek change if their original aspirations are not met, conflict with other life roles, or changes to the career itself. longer life expectancy, changing views of retirement, and economic necessity are other factors. these new ways of looking at life/ career cycles and the transition process suggest new approaches for those contemplating career change. the search for a new career involves not only matching the person to the work, but also fitting the ‘occupational career’ into the ‘life career’. transition considerations people contemplating transition should assess themselves (their personal response to change), their situation (changes in roles, relationships, routines, assumptions), their support structure (does it exist and will it be disrupted by transition), and strategies (taking action to change the situation, change its meaning, or change oneself). people may also need to consider: psychological, marital, and family counselling; assessing interests, values, obtaining detailed information about career options; learning about educational and training opportunities; and identifying and overcoming resource barriers such as financial and family needs. it is this consideration of all factors, not just immediate pressures, that maximizes the prospects of successful transition through the phases in one’s life. change is inevitable, so a clear awareness of goals is vital in managing that change. a significant difficulty in decision-making about career transition is making distinctions between jobs, work, and careers; and recognizing that transitions are an inevitable part of life and a continual challenge to redefining one’s self. defencelife2018 69 in the old days, well not that long ago, people entering the workforce thought in terms of a main career, staying with one company and gaining promotions along the way, only changing jobs when significant events encouraged a change – and that was certainly the case within the australian defence force. factors contributing to changing work/ life attitudes cannot only be categorised into baby boomer, generation x and y stereotypes but rather a combination of different attitudes that aim to achieve a balance between lifestyle and career. technological advances have changed the nature of work, as do the higher aspirations of employees for career advancement and remuneration. generation y, and younger, actively seek changes in employment to achieve career goals. with many jobs within the defence forces having a strong technological base the prospects for soldiers, sailors and airmen/airwomen when they do leave the adf are bright – provided their skills and experience align with civilian requirements. career choices the australian defence force is certainly not insulated from these career motivations, and has identified recruitment and retention of skilled people as a critical factor in meeting strategic capability development goals. with the adf actively competing in the human resource marketplace, defence force personnel now have more options to their career path than ever before; and they need to make more decisions about their career directions to meet their current and future work/lifestyle objectives. it means that adf personnel need to be more proactive in their careers within the defence force to enable choices while in the services, and when they finally separate. case studies adf member a joined as a 20-year-old recruit, entering the army as a gunner, spending most of his career in field regiments and staff positions. he progresses through the ranks to senior nco level but he doesn’t undertake any civilian-related training or further his academic qualifications. he decides to separate from the army as a warrant officer after 22 years because of family commitments. adf member b also joined as a 20-year- old recruit, entering the army as an infantry soldier. after a few years in the army he realises that career advancement would enable choices in his army career. in addition to mandatory service courses he both men entered the army on equal terms and had equal opportunities during their army careers. the questions are: which adf member progressed his military career best, will find transition into a career in civilian industry easier, has choices as to his future, and is able to negotiate a job/remuneration package that provides rewards for relevant experience and qualifications? not only that, which member has more options during his service career to change to an equivalent civilian occupation should he decide to do so? work and lifestyle from a work/lifestyle perspective the challenge for the adf in recruiting and retaining people through a more holistic approach: providing a career path that doesn’t necessarily lock people into a defence force career, recognising that career change is inevitable, and may be frequent. understanding why there is a need for transition is important to anyone’s decision- making process. an explanation for transition can be found in the six life roles (relationships
victoria melbourne a sense of style, elegance and festive events victoria’s capital, melbourne, sits on the yarra river and around the shores of port phillip bay. lauded for its sense of style and elegance, melbourne boasts glamorous festivals and events, australia’s best shopping, a passion for dining out, and a flourishing interest in the arts. things to do in melbourne and across victoria are as varied as they are distinctive, especially under the headings of culture and unique events. national gallery of victoria the national gallery of victoria (ngv), founded in 1861, is the oldest public art museum in australia. the gallery operates across two sites: ngv international, located on st kilda road in the heart of the melbourne arts precinct, and the ian potter centre ngv australia, located at federation square. the ngv currently holds over 70,000 works of art. for some people the name “national gallery of victoria” is contentious as it is sometimes confused with the national gallery of australia in canberra, and there have been calls for the ngv to be renamed. however, the ngv was founded some 40 years before the formation of the commonwealth of australia, when victoria was a self-governing british colony and a discrete political entity. it was also established more than a century before the nga. according to former victorian premier steve bracks, “we won’t be renaming the ngv. it has a great tradition. it is the biggest and best gallery in the country and it’s one of the biggest and best in the world.” melbourne cricket ground the melbourne cricket ground (mcg) is australia’s largest, oldest and most popular sporting venue. the mcg has hosted countless international cricket matches, afl grand finals, the 1956 olympic games and 2006 commonwealth games. the mcg is renowned for the boxing day (cricket) test known internationally. the stadium houses the national sports museum, which includes priceless pieces of memorabilia in australian sporting history. royal botanic gardens visit melbourne’s inner-city oasis. more than 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are home to amazing wildlife. 70 defencelife2018
education in victoria victorian government schools are part of a strong and vibrant education system providing every child with the opportunity to thrive, learn and grow. in victoria, most children attend primary school from prep to year 6, and secondary school from year 7 to year 12. starting kindergarten starting kindergarten is an important milestone in the lives of both you and your child. to be eligible to enrol in a funded kindergarten program, your child must be at least four years old by 30 april of the year they are starting. primary school - prep to year 4 children must be five years of age or older by 30 april of the year they start school. during the first years of learning, teachers aim to create a safe, happy environment where students are valued, praised, and encouraged. in prep to year 4, students are encouraged to make sense of the world around them through real-life experiences. the prep to year 4 curriculum emphasises the importance of reading, writing, spelling, essential maths and problem solving skills. the middle years - year 5 to 8 this period of schooling, referred to as the middle years, coincides with early adolescence. schools have strategies in place for years 5 to 8 to ensure students are twelve apostles & great ocean road travel along the great ocean road to view the twelve apostles. giant rock stacks rise majestically from the southern ocean and are the central feature of the rugged port campbell national park. sunrise and sunset offer particularly impressive views as the twelve apostles change colour from dark and foreboding in shadow to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun. wine and food expedition eat and drink your way through victoria, from the renowned wineries of the mornington peninsula and yarra valley to melbourne’s pop-up restaurants and the murray’s scenic riverside eateries. tantalise the senses at inner city pubs, laneway restaurants, hatted dining rooms and homely country hotels. and wash it all down with a pint from a rustic craft brewery.visit as many of victoria’s myriad wineries and farm gates as you can. challenged and their literacy and numeracy skills continue to grow. middle years programs also support the development of relationships between primary schools and secondary schools, to ease the transition of students between the two. secondary school enrolment during the first half of your child’s year 6, you will be asked to nominate the secondary school your child will attend in year 7. parents of year 6 students will be asked to complete enrolment forms for the secondary school of their choice early in the year. as part of the transition from year 6 to year 7, students participate in an orientation day. this may include a school tour, meeting fellow students and teachers, and taking part in special lessons and activities. years 9 to 10 in year 9 students are beginning to see their future as adults. they are experiencing profound physical, social, emotional and intellectual development changes. students in this stage often pass the age of compulsory attendance at school and have an interest in the pathways they intend to pursue. years 10 to 12 in years 10 to 12 students explore pathways for the future to equip them for tertiary education or training and employment. vce (victorian certificate of education) - provides pathways to further study at university, tafe and the world of work. vcal (victorian certificate of applied learning) - is a hands-on option for years 11 and 12 students, offering practical work- related experience. within vcal students can undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship. leaving end of year 12 although there’s host of benefits to completing year 12, some students may feel that they are ready to move on from school before the end of year 12; who prefer to undertake an educational or training program provided by a tafe institute or other registered training organisation. the school careers coordinator is best equipped to help each student explore the options and pathways open to them. melbourne shopping melbourne is known worldwide for its shopping in elegant surroundings and offering a range of fashion to suit any taste. large department stores coexist with a multitude of specialty shops in stylish arcades with great history. shopping in melbourne is an unmatched experience, especially combined with coffee or lunch with friends for a great day out. for more information about melbourne and victoria go to: www.visitmelbourne.com and other ‘what’s on’ websites. roll up and sample local produce and fine wines – straight from the producers. from cool climate varietals and rosés to full bodied reds, victoria is rich with independent wineries producing a diverse range of wines. defencelife2018 71
tasmania southern island of australia separated from mainland australia by more than a 200 kilometre stretch of bass strait, tasmania is a land apart – a place of wild and beautiful landscapes; friendly, welcoming people – a pleasant, temperate climate; a rich history; and a relaxed island lifestyle. tasmania has an enviable lifestyle and a diverse natural environment ranging from temperate rainforest and mountains on the west coast to sandy beaches on the east coast. the capital hobart, and the northern centre of launceston, have all the services and facilities of thriving modern cities combined with easy access to beaches, rivers, lakes and national parks. salamanca place salamanca place is hobart’s favourite hang out. it’s where the hip meets the homespun and everything in between. salamanca is lined with a long row of simple georgian sandstone warehouses built in the 1830s. these mellow north-facing buildings once stored grain, wool, whale oil, apples and imported goods from around the world. nowadays, you can wander under the heavy stone arches to find craft and design shops, jewellers, coffee shops, restaurants, the peacock theatre, subterranean bookshops, outdoor gear, and fashion boutiques or climb the stairs to the salamanca arts centre. each saturday at the salamanca markets you can buy anything from a handmade wooden 72 defencelife2018 toy or a hand-spun, hand-knitted sweater to fresh fruit and vegetables or a 50-year-old china plate. across the road there are green lawns and park benches shaded by plane trees that twinkle with lights in the evenings. every friday night from 5.30 to 7.30pm, the salamanca arts centre courtyard rocks to the sounds of rektango. the band sets every toe tapping as they play gypsy, jazz and swing music. mulled wine, beer and soft drinks to buy and when the months are cooler you can keep warm around winter braziers. 1200 prisoners, 128 guards and their families, and supported an infrastructure made up of penitentiary, prison, hospital, school, and industries of shipbuilding, shoemaking, smithing, brickmaking, and timber and flour mills. the last convict was shipped out in 1877. sydney to hobart yacht race over the past 70 years, the rolex sydney hobart, which starts from sydney harbour on boxing day, has become an icon of australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events such as the melbourne cup, the australian open tennis and the cricket tests between australia and england. tasmania’s most popular summer event, the taste of tasmania, returns to hobart’s waterfront 28 december 2017 – 3 january 2018, and it’s free to enter. the majestic river derwent, hobart’s historic wharves port arthur historic site an hour’s drive from hobart is port arthur, the site of one of the oldest convict settlements in australia. established as a timber station in 1830, it became important within the penal system of the colonies. during its time, port arthur housed over and salamanca place provide a stunning backdrop to this annual celebration of quality tasmanian produce. think tasmanian seafood, cheeses, berries, our famous cool- climate wines and boutique beers and ciders, combined with a fabulous entertainment program and family-focused activities.
education in tasmania government schools in tasmania provide three levels of education: kindergarten -year 6, high school years 7-10 and senior secondary years 11-12. - a training course through a registered training organisation -being home-educated. in 2020, all young people must participate in education or training until they finish year 12, attain a certificate iii, or turn 18 years of age, whichever occurs first. most employers require year 12 or higher qualification, and there are plenty of pathways to continuing education. starting school age a child may start kindergarten at the age of four, provided their birthday was on or before 1 january in the year they start. a child who has turned five on or by 1 january in any year must start school in that year. leaving school age currently, young people in tasmania are required to continue participating in education or training until they turn 17 years of age. these participation options include: - senior secondary study at a school or college offering years 11 and 12. - studying at tastafe - an apprenticeship or traineeship, including an australian school-based apprenticeship museum of old and new art – mona the museum of old and new art – mona is australia's largest private museum and one of the most controversial private collections of modern art and antiquities in the world. described by its owner as a "subversive adult disneyland", the collection includes everything from ancient egyptian mummies to some of the world's most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art. with around 300 there's also the source restaurant, a 63-seat cinema, the mona library & gallery and eight accommodation pavilions. visitors can catch a high speed ferry from hobart's waterfront for a 30-minute ride up the derwent river right to the steps of the museum. mona is open six days a week, closed tuesdays. art works on display, the collection takes up three floors within a subterranean architectural masterpiece and is guaranteed to impress. the 3.5 ha site includes a function centre, moorilla winery and vineyard, a cellar door and wine bar. 50,000+ readership print | digital social media book now for 2019 (published october 2018) defence(cid:47)(cid:76)fe connects print | online social media defencelife is the only magazine that connects directly with defence personnel and their families defencelife is australia’s premier career and lifestyle magazine offering a combination of an annual print magazine, online digital edition and social media platform. contact us to find out how you can connect with our readers! advertising enquiries linda hann email@example.com 07 3282 9019 www.defencelife.com.au defencelife2018 73
south australia adelaide capital of south australia adelaide, the capital of south australia, is the fifth largest city in australia. the city centre is renowned for its well planned streets with parks and gardens strategically placed throughout the city. the 1.1 million adelaide residents would say it is definitely a liveable city. just an hour’s drive from adelaide is known throughout the world as one of australia’s leading wine regions, boasting more than 60 wineries. established in 1842 by immigrants from england and germany, the region’s rich heritage is reflected in architecture, food and internationally renowned wines. the clare valley is considered one of the most picturesque wine regions in south australia. less than two hours from adelaide, the region boasts more than 40 cellar doors, most within 20 kilometres of the main town of clare. the mclaren vale district is just 40 minutes south of adelaide, established in 1839 (the first vines planted in 1838) and since that time the mclaren vale region has become one of australia’s premier wine-producing districts, particularly renowned for its full-bodied reds. among the defence population, adelaide is also known as one of the defence capitals of australia with a large proportion of army, air force and navy members calling it home along with an increasing defence industry presence. there are three main army barracks: keswick, warradale and woodside, all within 40 minutes of the cbd. the navy headquarters are also located at keswick barracks and raaf base edinburgh is located north of the city in the salisbury council area. the defence science & technology organisation is also located at salisbury adjacent to the raaf base, approximately 30km north of the city. defence housing australia (dha) manages more than 1200 homes for defence members and their families located mostly in the northern part of the city and have first rate access to schools, transport, shopping facilities and recreational activities. with such a large defence population 74 defencelife2018 in adelaide, there are lots of support services for defence families. in addition to defence families australia and the defence community organisation, the woodside defence family association and north east defence community group offer facilities and community programs such as a community house, craft group, walking groups, playgroups and social clubs. wine regions some of the most famous wine regions are located in south australia. visitors can visit nine distinct wine regions within 90 minutes of the adelaide city centre: barossa and eden valley, adelaide plains, adelaide hills, mclaren vale, southern fleurieu, currency creek, langhorne creek and the clare valley.
education in south australia parents may choose to send their children to a government, independent or catholic school or preschool. it is compulsory for children to be enrolled in a school by their sixth birthday. 15-17 year olds are usually in the secondary years stage of learning. this covers year 10 to year 12 of high school. in high school, students may choose to complete year 12 and obtain their south australian certificate of education (sace), or go on to other education and training options or work. young people aged 17 and older may choose to return to school to complete sace, continue with formal study, participate in a community education program or start work. the start date for school for all children is the first day of term 1. government schools are commonly referred to as public schools and kindergarten is the same as preschool. all young people under the age of 17 are required to attend full-time schooling, training or work for at least 25 hours per week. international students who wish to study and live in south australia may attend public schools. options for each stage of learning children 0 to 7 years of age are in the early stage of learning. this stage includes: childcare, preschool (kindergarten), reception (children usually begin primary school in reception at 5 or 6 years of age), then years 1 and 2 of primary school (usually children between 6 and 7 years of age). 8-10 year olds are usually in the primary years stage of learning. this stage includes year 3 to year 5 of primary school. 11-14 year olds are usually in the middle years stage of learning. this covers: years 6 and 7 of primary school, years 8 and 9 of high school. adelaide central market foodies take note: the adelaide central market in gouger street has been operating for 140 years, and with more than 80 stalls under one roof, it is a hub of activity with traders, artisans and shoppers who share a passion for food. national wine centre looking over the adelaide botanic gardens, the national wine centre is an architectural treat, but what it holds inside is the real attraction. here you can discover winemaking from the ground up, take an interactive discovery tour and what’s more taste-test your favourite wine. north terrace north terrace is adelaide’s cultural boulevard, with many excellent examples of early australian architecture such as the art gallery of south australia, the south australian museum, the university of south australia, and adelaide’s oldest church, the anglican holy trinity church. linear park trail one of the best ways to see adelaide is to travel the linear park trail. following the torrens river, with bitumen trails winding through parklands, you can cycle or walk from the base of the adelaide hills in the west to henley beach in the east. expand your child’s perception of the world with a new language are you moving interstate? does your child want to continue learning a language? perhaps they’d like to learn a new language not offered at their school, or learn to read and write a language they speak at home? the school of languages is a specialist government school, open to students from all sectors, for students from reception through to year 12. classes are held after school hours in teaching centres across the adelaide metropolitan area. twenty-eight languages in 2018 the school of languages is offering primary courses in: afrikaans*, auslan, chinese, french, hindi, indonesian, italian, japanese, khmer*, korean, polish* (years (6-7), spanish, vietnamese. *all primary courses are aimed at second language learners, with the exception of afrikaans, khmer and polish. courses follow the australian curriculum and are taught by qualified language teachers. courses in years 8-12 are offered in 28 languages. all senior secondary courses are recognised by the sace board and count towards the completion of the sace certificate at beginners, continuers and background speaker level. open the door to the world being able to communicate in another language has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalised world. learning languages also improves a child’s overall literacy as well as cognitive skills. research shows that the bilingual experience influences the brain from infancy to old age. the earlier children start learning a language and the more languages they learn the more benefit to them! details of all courses, including times, teaching centres and course charges can be found on the school’s website at www. schooloflanguages.sa.edu.au or by phoning 08 8301 4800 in sa business hours. enquire now or find the school of languages on facebook – https:// www.facebook.com/school-of- languages-1050581195040120/. learn a language in 2018 enquire now! after school hours classes in metropolitan adelaide years r-7 13 languages (cid:146)(cid:14)(cid:14)(cid:49)(cid:93)(cid:99)(cid:96)(cid:97)(cid:83)(cid:97)(cid:14)(cid:84)(cid:93)(cid:90)(cid:90)(cid:93)(cid:101)(cid:14)(cid:98)(cid:86)(cid:83)(cid:14)(cid:47)(cid:99)(cid:97)(cid:98)(cid:96)(cid:79)(cid:90)(cid:87)(cid:79)(cid:92)(cid:14)(cid:49)(cid:99)(cid:96)(cid:96)(cid:87)(cid:81)(cid:99)(cid:90)(cid:99)(cid:91)(cid:14)(cid:79)(cid:92)(cid:82)(cid:14)(cid:79)(cid:96)(cid:83)(cid:14)(cid:79)(cid:87)(cid:91)(cid:83)(cid:82)(cid:14)(cid:79)(cid:98)(cid:14)(cid:97)(cid:83)(cid:81)(cid:93)(cid:92)(cid:82)(cid:14) (cid:90)(cid:79)(cid:92)(cid:85)(cid:99)(cid:79)(cid:85)(cid:83)(cid:14)(cid:90)(cid:83)(cid:79)(cid:96)(cid:92)(cid:83)(cid:96)(cid:97)(cid:14)(cid:101)(cid:87)(cid:98)(cid:86)(cid:14)(cid:98)(cid:86)(cid:83)(cid:14)(cid:83)(cid:102)(cid:81)(cid:83)(cid:94)(cid:98)(cid:87)(cid:93)(cid:92)(cid:14)(cid:93)(cid:84)(cid:14)(cid:47)(cid:84)(cid:96)(cid:87)(cid:89)(cid:79)(cid:79)(cid:92)(cid:97)(cid:26)(cid:14)(cid:57)(cid:86)(cid:91)(cid:83)(cid:96)(cid:14)(cid:79)(cid:92)(cid:82) (cid:62)(cid:93)(cid:90)(cid:87)(cid:97)(cid:86)(cid:14)(cid:22)(cid:71)(cid:83)(cid:79)(cid:96)(cid:97)(cid:14)(cid:36)(cid:27)(cid:37)(cid:23)(cid:28) (cid:146)(cid:14)(cid:14)(cid:64)(cid:27)(cid:37)(cid:14)(cid:83)(cid:92)(cid:96)(cid:93)(cid:90)(cid:91)(cid:83)(cid:92)(cid:98)(cid:97)(cid:14)(cid:79)(cid:96)(cid:83)(cid:14)(cid:79)(cid:81)(cid:81)(cid:83)(cid:94)(cid:98)(cid:83)(cid:82)(cid:14)(cid:98)(cid:86)(cid:96)(cid:93)(cid:99)(cid:85)(cid:86)(cid:93)(cid:99)(cid:98)(cid:14)(cid:66)(cid:83)(cid:96)(cid:91)(cid:14)(cid:31)(cid:14)(cid:79)(cid:92)(cid:82)(cid:14)(cid:87)(cid:92) (cid:69)(cid:83)(cid:83)(cid:89)(cid:97)(cid:14)(cid:31)(cid:27)(cid:32)(cid:14)(cid:93)(cid:84)(cid:14)(cid:66)(cid:83)(cid:96)(cid:91)(cid:97)(cid:14)(cid:32)(cid:27)(cid:34)(cid:28) years 11-12(cid:14)(cid:32)(cid:38)(cid:14)(cid:65)(cid:47)(cid:49)(cid:51)(cid:14)(cid:48)(cid:93)(cid:79)(cid:96)(cid:82)(cid:14)(cid:79)(cid:81)(cid:81)(cid:96)(cid:83)(cid:82)(cid:87)(cid:98)(cid:83)(cid:82)(cid:14)(cid:90)(cid:79)(cid:92)(cid:85)(cid:99)(cid:79)(cid:85)(cid:83)(cid:97) www.schooloflanguages.sa.edu.au see website for timetables, forms and charges phone: 8301 4800 defencelife2018 75
western australia perth australia’s most western city the wide variety of landscapes and geography in western australia provides a varying climate but there’s always plenty of sunshine, making it a perfect year-round destination for visitors. western australia is a land blessed with spectacular diversity where the deep reds of ancient interior rock formations contrast with the sparkling blue of the indian and southern oceans and the lush greenery of the stunning southern regions. the capital, perth, is australia’s western gateway. the city offers an easy-going lifestyle while the beautiful swan river and inner-city parks add to the relaxed, natural feel. dual- use paths make it easy to walk or ride a circuit around the river. water sports enthusiasts can sail, windsurf or canoe on safe waters. perth is a very safe, liveable, vibrant city with a diverse community. whether a tourist or resident, there are a wide range of events, attractions and cultural activities to experience. the weather is fantastic, the beaches are clean and uncrowded, the spring wildflowers are stunning, and the city itself is located in a postcard perfect setting. margaret river with many world-class wineries and award- winning restaurants, margaret river is one of western australia’s most famous food and wine regions. tour the cellar doors and taste local brews at boutique breweries. here you can eat fresh crayfish straight from the ocean or dine on the local organic beef and truffles. visit the farmers markets and try the artisan cheeses. indulge in local handmade chocolates and delicious fudge. when you finish your culinary journey, take time to explore the great south west. in a few hours you can go from wineries to stunning beaches with world-class surf breaks, snorkelling and diving or walk amongst ancient forests and caves. with more than 120 wine producers, the region produces some of australia’s best cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, semillon, sauvignon blanc, merlot and shiraz varieties. 76 defencelife2018 outback the western australian outback is the largest expanse of outback in the country, with a mind-blowing diversity of landscapes and outback adventures. this vast and ancient land has been two billion years in the making. it’s here that mother nature has sculpted some of the world’s most magnificent rock formations, from the pinnacles to the bungle bungle range. switch off your mobiles, tablets and laptops and head north into the heart of the last true wilderness area on earth, the kimberleys, for a real outback adventure. venture east from perth, to the gold rush hub of kalgoorlie and discover the real wild west of australia. it’s a place of striking contrasts where grand colonial architecture and mammoth modern mining operations give way to wide-open desert landscapes, dotted with shimmering salt lakes and gold rush ghost towns.
education in western australia western australia’s department of education is committed to learning achievements for every student to be accelerated, with priorities on high quality teaching, success for all students, effective leadership and strong governance and support. who needs to enrol? parents need to apply to enrol your children in public school for 2018 if they are: june 2018 l starting kindergarten – 4 years old by 30 june 2018 l starting pre-primary, the first year of compulsory school – 5 years old by 30 l starting year 7, the first year of secondary l changing schools. all children of compulsory school age must be enrolled in school and attend every day – this is the law. school in western australia, children can start their education in kindergarten, however compulsory schooling starts the following year in pre-primary. all children must attend school up until they are 16 years old. sixteen and 17 year olds must be enrolled in school or a training organisation, be employed or be in a combination of school/training/employment. every child from pre-primary to year 12 is guaranteed a place at their local public school. to enrol your child in public school for 2018, visit your local school as soon as possible. enrolling your children if they are changing fremantle fremantle is recognised as one of the best- preserved victorian-era port cities in the world and is one of lonely planet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2016. the city is undergoing a massive transformation with revived public spaces, hotels, restaurants, small bars, and shopping precincts but continues to retain all the things that make it special. enjoy a coffee along the ‘cappuccino strip’, potter through the fremantle markets, try street food at one of the outdoor food markets, hop on board an historic tram ride, go underground on the fascinating fremantle prison tunnel tour or just feast on the local flavours and indie vibe at the many restaurants and cafés and sample boutique beer at one of the great micro breweries. there’s just so much to do in “freeo” you won’t know where to start. schools or starting school in western australia for the first time are considered to be new enrolments, and parents will need to re-enrol your children if they change schools. all children of compulsory school age (pre- primary to year 12) are guaranteed places in their local schools. kindergarten although attendance at kindergarten is not compulsory most children attend because parents understand that it helps give their child the best start to school. kindergarten is part-time, offering 15 hours each week. pre-primary pre-primary is the first compulsory year of schooling, and your child will attend five full days a week. children usually attend the school closest to where they live. most schools start between 8.30am and 9.00am and finish between 2.30pm and 3.00pm. years 1 to 6 in the early years of primary school the main focus is on literacy and numeracy so that students learn to read and write, and understand mathematics. students also develop knowledge and skills in science and technology through programs which build on their natural curiosity and inquiring minds. secondary secondary school starts at year 7 with most children beginning during the year they turn 12. the school leaving age is 17 years. students in year 11 and 12 can start an apprenticeship or traineeship while still at school. studying for the western australia certificate of education can be combined with training and work. there are three study options: allowing the student to try out different jobs in an industry they are interested in which can progress to an apprenticeship; completing a traineeship qualification while still at school; or starting apprenticeship training on a part-time basis at school which can be continued full-time after leaving school. wa photo card choice to carry proof of identity the photo card is a voluntary card to assist people who do not hold a driver’s licence or passport to conveniently prove their identity. it is available to people 16 years and older who normally reside in the state. photo cards are valid for five years and cardholders have the option of including their address on the card and can choose to have two cards one showing their address and one without it. photo cards have the same level of security as a driver’s licence and display the following information: name, date of birth, signature, photograph and address (optional). juvenile (a person under the age of 18) if they suspect the card is forged, false or counterfeit. photo cards should only be scanned or copied with your permission. the wa photo card replaced the proof of age card, and there are fees attached to applying for the card. concessions up to 100 per cent on these fees may be applied in certain circumstances. the enhanced security features will ensure that forgery of the cards is much more difficult and will act as a deterrent against identity crime. the security features include: • specialised and latest technology keep your photo card close. just like a background printing methods; driver’s licence, your photo card holds important personal information about you, so be careful to whom you give your card. it is an offence to lend a photo card, or allow a photo card to be used by another person. only an authorised person under the liquor control act 1988 can confiscate a card. the authorised person is only permitted to confiscate a card from a • sophisticated graphic design elements, including guilloche patterns; • deep laser printing of personalised information; • holder’s date of birth laser engraved at base of photograph; • a unique serial number on each card; • a barcode and a holographic overlay. for more information go to: www.transport.wa.gov.au defencelife2018 77
looking forward career, education, employment, transition a career in the australian defence force can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life, with the excitement and satisfaction of being well trained and engaging in adventurous pursuits unique to the adf, but eventually everyone needs to plan to move on – into ‘civvy’ street. unfortunately, few equivalent jobs in the civilian sector offer opportunities ranging from basic employment roles through to technology based assignments, with the prospect of deploying overseas on combat related missions, peace-keeping and security related roles, so the transition into the civilian world can be challenging. career choices within the adf are many, establishing an own business, or just kicking back in retirement. planning and informed action can enable such transition to occur as seamlessly as practicable while maximising your career and personal advantages. there’s little doubt that effective planning and action during one’s career in the defence forces pays off when advancing through your military career, and when that day of separation finally arrives you want to be well prepared for what lies ahead. it is this planning leading to productive action that is vitally important. in any industry, including the defence forces, there’s always a vexed question for employers: what if i train them and they go… but what if i don’t train them and they decide to stay? with opportunities to advance through the ranks and across various career streams. there are also opportunities to learn a trade, undertake tertiary level training and generally qualify for most professional pursuits. so the question is whether remaining in the defence force is a better option, at least until you are better prepared for the move. eventually, every member of the adf will transition to a new working and family life in the civilian community. this may involve a move into the defence reserves, defence industry, starting a totally new career, similarly, defence personnel need to ask themselves: what if i plan to go and i stay… but what if i plan to stay, and i have to go? the former case enables individuals more choices, as they have planned for the inevitable but are also well prepared for the present. the latter may find an unplanned transition confronting and have a poor outcome. there’s little doubt that those who make the most of their current career while planning and preparing for their next career are inevitably the most successful. 78 defencelife2018
(cid:54)(cid:50)(cid:56)(cid:49)d (cid:44)(cid:49)(cid:57)(cid:40)(cid:54)(cid:55)(cid:48)(cid:40)(cid:49)(cid:55) (cid:51)(cid:53)(cid:36)(cid:38)(cid:55)(cid:44)(cid:38)(cid:40) requires risk management the stock market turmoil connected to the global financial crisis, and the subsequent effects on the world economy have taught us that investment strategies involve degrees of risk, and that sound investing requires sound advice from qualified professionals. risk may be with the actual investments, the strategy applied, or simply the prevailing investment climate. experience in the us and in europe with investments known as ‘derivatives’ shows that the degree of risk and the ownership of that risk is not always known to the investor because of the practice of on-selling securities. nevertheless, done prudently, investing can be an effective long-term wealth creation strategy, enabling growth in the investment’s cash-in value. the advantage of a long term investment strategy is that investors can ride out the downturns and wait until things will get better. a short-term strategy without risk strategies in place can mean heavy losses when investments have to be cashed in. this is particularly so when investors chase higher and higher returns, with commensurately higher and higher risk. most analyses show that long-term strategies employing risk management practices always beat the ‘get rich quick’ fad schemes. clear evidence for this lies in the global financial crisis and subsequent downturns during which many people speculated in a rising pre-gfc market only to see the value of their investment fall dramatically without enough warning to divest themselves of short-term securities. worst case is when people borrow money to invest, and when the investment becomes a fraction of its bought value the lending institution calls in the loan, leaving the investor out on a financial limb. expectations what do you expect from your investments? while growth assets produce the highest average returns, they also experience the greatest volatility. typically, investments with the lowest volatility produce the lowest average returns. likewise, those with higher volatility can produce higher average returns over the long term. consultation in establishing an investment strategy the golden rule is: spend a lot of time thinking about your requirements for future financial security, read as much as possible about the various investment products available, consult a qualified financial planner. armed with this valuable knowledge structure a portfolio that meets your requirements. understanding risk most people think of ‘risk’ as the risk of short- term capital loss but there are a number of other risk factors: • will your savings buy as much in the future (at future prices) as they do today? • will you have enough money for your intended lifestyle in retirement? • will you have timely access to your funds? investors who take the super-safe option of keeping their money in a bank account or a capital guaranteed option are also exposed to risk: the very real risk that inflation will eat away at the value of their funds over time. mismatch risk there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to investing. what is a perfectly sound investment strategy in one situation can be highly risky under different circumstances. this is called ‘mismatch risk’, which is an investment that is inappropriate for your particular needs and circumstances. minimise mismatch risk by focusing on your objectives and timeframe. investment objectives think about your investment goals, in the short and long term. are you investing for income, capital growth or a combination of to invest, draw up a clear plan, do your research, build in a margin of safety by always thinking about the valuation and, ultimately, be patient. include speculative picks if you wish, but ensure they are only a small part of your portfolio. the two? your goals might include: saving for a deposit on a home, saving for children’s education in ten years time, or building wealth for retirement in 15, 20 or 30 years’ time. timeframe sometimes, you will want to invest for a short time only, perhaps for a specific goal; other times you may be able to take a longer- term view, aiming for growth of your capital. inflation because of inflation, a dollar today will not buy as much as it will ‘tomorrow’. to protect your investments from the impact of inflation you need to achieve some capital growth. while fixed-term deposits and savings account type investments can provide you with a regular income, your capital value remains the same – but its value decreases with inflation. diversification diversification means spreading your money across different investments to effectively spread the risk. the better you diversify your investments, the less likely it is that poor performance from one investment will have a major impact on the value of your total portfolio. however, diversifying into several funds can attract increased management and other fees that erode returns. market risk market risk refers to volatility, or the extent to which the market value of your investment will fluctuate; importantly, moving down as well as up. this is particularly visible in recent times when there has been volatile fluctuations in equity (share) values. investments expected to produce higher long- term returns generally experience greater volatility in the short-term. reinvestment if your priority is income, fixed income investments offer advantages but you are exposed to re-investment risk. interest rates go up and they go down depending on the economic climate and circumstances, so a drop in interest rates when your investment matures means that your capital will then be re-invested at a lower rate. your new investment will then provide a lower level of income. liquidity you may be forced to draw on money deposited in long-term investments to meet short-term needs. this can result in a loss, from withdrawal fees or having to sell investments at a low market price. by keeping some funds aside in an accessible, short-term investment such as a cash management trust you can avoid this situation. financial planning sound investment advice is imperative but there is risk associated with choosing the right financial adviser and the right portfolio. check credentials, conditions, costs, etc. some investment portfolios may incur significant fees and ongoing management costs, and they may not be as flexible as you would want – incurring substantial penalties for early withdrawals, etc. credit risk credit risk applies to debt-type investments such as term deposits, debentures and bonds. the risk is that the company to which you have lent money may become insolvent and cannot meet interest payments or to repay your funds. information is the best means for avoiding credit risk. if you are considering such an investment, ask for information about the company’s credit rating, past performance, ownership, etc. this should give a good indication of the quality of the organisation - and be wary of investments that appear too good to be true; they usually are. disclaimer: the information in this article is of a general nature and is not intended to be specific advice on financial matters. financial advice can only be provided by a qualified financial planner. defencelife2018 79
transition timeline ensure you are ready to leave a successful transition from service to civilian life depends to a large extent on effective planning and taking action to meet your career and lifestyle goals. this enables you to manage the separation on your terms. generally speaking, the earlier the start the easier is the decision to go, or to stay, and the more prepared you are for the transition to the civilian workforce. what to do now whatever your time in uniform, now is the time to consider your future, in terms of making the best of your service career, laying out a plan for eventual separation, and generally planning for the future. it’s understandable that defence personnel just starting out in their careers, don’t want to think about the mundane planning for the future, which seems so far off. who wants to think about superannuation, home ownership, financial planning and supplementary training when there’s good times to be had. people who commit some of their time and resources to prepare even a loose plan for the future benefit from time: time to watch investments grow; time to acquire valuable education, training and skills; time for family; and time to consider the next career move. 3-4 years prior to discharge apply for a transition seminar. tri-service transition seminars that consolidate information and advice on various aspects of transition are conducted in all capital cities and in other centres. details are available from your unit resettlement officer. dfrdb/msbs/adf super. write to comsuper for advice on specific entitlements. you will be entitled to superannuation benefits from your respective military superannuation fund. 1-4 years prior to discharge training. use the defence assisted study scheme (dass) to undertake training that may help you obtain qualifications necessary for your post-discharge employment. all adf members serving on full time continuous 80 defencelife2018 service are eligible to apply for assistance, which provides sponsorship for short vocational, education and training courses undertaken in preparation for re-entry into civilian life. 12 months to go career transition assistance. find out from your resettlement officer about eligibility for benefits under the career transition assistance scheme. the ctas is a tiered benefit based on completed years of service. the scheme assists with employment opportunities after you leave the adf. apply for a second transition seminar. areas covered include advice on: job seeking techniques and employment prospects; self employment; transition to the civilian work place/life style; benefits available, e.g. superannuation, housing, loans, compensation, veteran’s entitlements; and management of personal affairs, eg investment, taxation, wills. 6 months to go write to comsuper or adf super requesting confirmation of entitlements. previous service. ensure that any relevant previous service has been recognised for lsl purposes. apply for discharge. application for resignation, discharge or transfer to the reserves should be processed through your relevant career management agency via your supervisor. you should apply for discharge/ resignation allowing at least three calendar months’ effective service before your intended discharge date. long service leave. if you wish to take lsl before your discharge, your application should be forwarded six months before the desired date of commencement. eligibility for lsl accrues at the rate of three months for the first 10 years and 0.3 months for each year over 10 years. lsl may either be taken during service on full or half pay in which case tax is payable as for normal income. health insurance. before you leave the adf you should consider carefully your health insurance needs. changes to private health insurance, namely lifetime health cover, have significant implications for members separating from the adf. on ceasing full-time service, you have two years or until you reach the age of 31, to join a health fund without detriment. 3 months to discharge removal. arrange an interview with the relevant removals staff. pay in lieu of long service leave. your unit pay centre will assist you to make an application for pay in lieu of lsl. check with your future employer to ascertain whether it is possible to transfer lsl credits to your new employment. medical and dental examination. arrange an appointment for final medical and dental examinations. you will need to organise treatment, where necessary, to be carried out. health insurance and ambulance. reconsider your health insurance situation and make the necessary arrangements with defencehealth/ nhbs, private insurance health schemes and/ or ambulance funds. tradesman certificate. ensure your record of training has been accredited by the appropriate authority. will. ensure you have made arrangements to collect your will and/or make a new will. close to discharge date housing. tenants of defence homes are expected to vacate their quarter on discharge or retirement, but an extension may be approved under certain circumstances. seek approval for an extension from your service housing authority in advance of discharge. housing loan. you should establish your eligibility for a dsh loan/defence home owner loan; bank/building society loan; and home purchase or sale expenses allowance. repatriation and compensation. if you are injured, or develop an illness linked to your service in the adf, you may be eligible for compensation. the military compensation scheme (mcs) provides members with compensation and rehabilitation cover. the military compensation and rehabilitation service website (www.dva.gov.au/adf/mcrs/) allows you to assess your eligibility. note: this timeline and schedule is not exhaustive, nor it is authoritative. it is a guide as to the type of considerations and actions required. members are strongly urged to seek advice from respective service authorities when planning for future separation from the defence forces.