51 Regional Forces Surveillance Unit 5 June 2014
On 5 June 2014 the Tribunal visited 51 Far North Queensland Regiment to conduct an inspection of a proposed new Army employment category, Combat Support Operator. The Commanding Officers and Regimental Sergeant Majors from all three Regional Force Surveillance Units also attended and briefed the Tribunal on the units' roles and organisation. The Tribunal heard how the category will enable these units to better utilise the skills of the local and Indigenous populations in remote areas and provide support across four skills: administration, driver, storeman and cook.
The Tribunal had the opportunity to meet with Indigenous soldiers currently working in Regional Force Surveillance Units and heard how the proposed category would offer broader employment opportunities to Indigenous Australians, particularly women and those who live in remote areas.
The Commanding Officers informed the Tribunal members that the proposal had been very positively received by the Indigenous and local communities and that there were a significant number of applicants waiting for the opportunity to commence training.
Tribunal members the Hon. Anne Harrison and the Hon. Arch Bevis, along with ADF and Commonwealth advocates and staff from the Directorate of Military Remuneration, receiving a briefing on the role of the Combat Support Officer in field operations and catering roles during their visit to 51 Far North Queensland Regiment.