Today a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the federal Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator the Hon David Feeney and the Queensland Minister for Police and Community Safety, the Hon Jack Dempsey MP at the Victoria Barracks inBrisbane.
Almost 150 Department of Community Safety personnel are serving as Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists making this a significant agreement.
Employees of the Department of Community Safety possess skills which are also required of ADF personnel in a range of circumstances, such as disaster relief operations at home and abroad and peacekeeping operations.
“Both Departments serve in the interests of the Australian people: we both seek to advance the safety, security and protection of our community,” said Senator Feeney.
“This Memorandum of Understanding provides a framework for Defence and the Department of Community Safety to successfully manage a highly skilled shared workforce for the benefit of the Australian community, their organisations and their employees”.
Mr Dempsey MP said with more than 43,000 volunteers within the DCS, the Queensland Government understands the importance of the MOU.
“Making it easier for our Department’s personnel to undertake their Reserve service will benefit both the DCS and Defence and highlights our cooperation with the Commonwealth to the benefit of the community,” said Mr Dempsey MP.
The chief beneficiaries of this are the outstanding men and women who serve two employers - their community and their country.
Senator Feeney – Dimity Paul 0477 334 324
Defence (CRESD) – Deanna Nott 0438 013 548
Department of Community Safety – Media Unit (07) 3247 8186