MIL-OSI Australia: Minister for Defence Personnel visits RAAF cadets at RAAF Base East Sale

Source: Australian Government – Minister of Defence

The latest General Service Training Camp at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base East Sale has kicked off, welcoming 58 cadets and eight support staff for the week-long training camp.

Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester, who is also the Federal Member for Gippsland, visited RAAF Base East Sale to meet RAAF’s latest cadets from Tasmania’s Number 5 Wing.

“The Australian Air Force Cadets organisation is actively supported by RAAF and aims to inspire young Australians to seek a career in the Australian Defence Force or Australian Aerospace Industry,” Mr Chester said.

“The organisation has grown into a vibrant network of some 7,500 young cadets who share camaraderie, responsibility and a sense of belonging.

“Camps such as these foster qualities that will enable cadets to become responsible young adults who will make a valuable contribution to the community.

“The camp gives cadets a chance to experience life and the workings of a RAAF base, something not currently available within Tasmania.

“Cadets will experience a familiarisation flight on a military aircraft which is a wonderful opportunity for these young aviation enthusiasts.

“During the course the cadets will be exposed to the many opportunities available to them both within the Air Force and the aviation industry as a whole.

“The Government is proud of what the Australian Air Force Cadets offers to young people and sees it as a tremendous investment in our youth and the future of defence in Australia.”

The General Service Training Camp at RAAF Base East Sale will wrap up on January 26, 2019.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Major ICT Service Delivery contracts signed

Source: Australian Government – Minister of Defence

The Department of Defence has signed three major contracts to deliver information Computer Technology (ICT) Support Services to commence transitioning in February 2019. 

The Support Services include ICT Service Desk operations, integration and coordination of multiple suppliers to bring increased alignment and optimisation of ICT operation, and deskside support for approximately 100,000 users across more than 450 locations around Australia.

Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Fawcett said the contracts would provide Defence with efficient and economical ICT support services for all staff and personnel at military bases, offices and sites across Australia.

“Defence has been in negotiations with the successful tenderers to ensure that these contracts provide value for money and support military operations and business,” Minister Fawcett said.

Kinetic IT Pty Ltd has been awarded two separate three-year contracts to the total value of $91 million, for the provision of ICT Service Desk operations and Service Integration and Management (SIAM).

“I am excited to see Kinetic IT, an Australian-owned and operated company, introduce their operations into the federal government arena,” Minister Fawcett said.

“Kinetic IT will be establishing a regional office in Canberra, creating around 200 jobs across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.”

Fujitsu Australia has been awarded a contract worth $99 million to deliver National Deskside Support Services for Defence over the next three years.

“Fujitsu Australia has a long-standing relationship with Defence, with over 600 staff dedicated to Defence activities and contracts,” Minister Fawcett said.

The Department of Defence looks forward to working with Kinetic IT and Fujitsu Australia over the next three years.

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