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Robyn Ritchie - Defence Families Australia - Engaging with families in defence

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Robyn Ritchie delivered the presentation at the 2014 ADM Defence Housing Australia Summit. The 2014 ADM Defence Housing Australia Summit had a theme and focus on ‘Supporting the defence community with an accommodating housing model’ and examined: the current management of the defence property portfolio, Australian housing economics, effective procurement modelling, community and family engagement with defence, efficient logistics co-ordination and the future of defence housing in Australia. For more information about the event, please visit: http://bit.ly/defence14

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  • 1. RobynRitchieNa.onalConvenorDefenceFamiliesofAustraliaSeptember2014

2. ThebeginningofDFA 3. DFAsecuressupportthereisacon5nuingamountofissuestoconcerntheNCGSS,andthereisatpresentnootherindependentorganisa5onorsystemwhichperformsthesamefunc5ons.WethereforeconcludethatthereisindeedaneedfortheNCGSStocon5nuewithfullsupport.MrsD.A.Dunn&BrigadierG.J.MurphyAugust1992 4. TheDFATeamAugust28,2014 5. Whoarewe?AnindependentadvisorybodyprovidingfeedbackoninterestsandviewsoftheDefenceFamily MinisterforDefencePersonnel ChiefofDefenceForce ServiceChiefs Defencestakeholders 6. DFAOutreachAssistantMinisterforDefenceChiefoftheDefenceForceDFAPatronNaFonalConvenorDFANaFonal:Communica.onsOfficerPolicyOfficerAdminSupportStaff(APS)NaFonalDelegatesregionallybased:ACT&SouthernNSWSouthernQLDWesternAustraliaNorthernTerritoryVictoria&TasmaniaCentralNSWNorthernQLDSouthAustraliaLocalCommand&StakeholdersDFALocalFamilyRepresentaFvesinlargerareasADFFamilies 7. DeploymentandAbsenceFromHomeMobilityDangerRiskFactors 8. WhoaretheADFclientele? MemberwithDependents(MWD)48%27,809Navy42%Army47%Airforce57% MemberwithDependents(Unaccompanied)(MWD(U))7%4,035Navy8%Army6.5%Airforce7% MemberWithoutDependents(MWOD)45%25,823Navy50%Army46.5%Airforce36%ADFFigures2014 9. Who are ADF families? 10. SupporttoADFfamiliesMoreshouldbedonetoconnectfamilymemberswithotherpeopleintheirarea.Also,moreawarenessoftheimpactonDefencefamiliesshouldbeshownasitisnotpossibletosurviveonasingleincomewhilsttheDefencemembersspouseislookingforwork/seTlingininthenewloca5on.PartnercommentDFAAnnualSurvey2014 11. Areas of concern forADF familiesOuraimistosurviveSydneySpouse2014DFAAnnualFamilySurvey 12. A short journey back in time 13. Future housing development 14. Knowing whats important 15. Neighbourhood & CommunityMemberCommunity Family 16. Family dynamicsThestructureoftheDefencefamilyisalwaysevolving. 17. PeopleusedtocriFcizethePatch Sense of community & belonging Security Support from neighbours during memberabsence Children playing safely Balance 18. Location, location, locationLarrakeyah,NT 19. A voice for Defence FamiliesDFAwillcon.nuetocollaboratewiththeMinister,ADFandmajorstakeholders,maintainingthemomentumofchange,toensuresupportsystemseffec.velymi.gatetherisksofmobility,absencefromhomeanddanger. 20. "Yes,pleasedonotletstandardsofhousesortheirloca5onserode...Ifeelashamedoftheplaceweareinbecausewedon'tfitinit,cannotentertainandhavehadtolosesomefavouritefurniture.Myhouseismysafeplacebecauseweareawayfromfamilyandfriendswholiveinotherstates...itisreallyimportanttome.PartnercommentDFAAnnualSurvey2014