21 Jul 2014
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support Defence Reservists who are employed with Airservices Australia was signed on Friday 18 July 2014.
Airservices CEO, Ms Margaret Staib, joined with the Head of Defence’s Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division Major General Iain Spence to officially sign the agreement.
Airservices employs significant numbers of Australian Defence Force Reservists, from air traffic controllers, to aviation fire fighters, and technicians and engineers responsible for maintaining safety-critical aviation equipment.
Previous active reservist service by Airservices air traffic controllers have included support for Defence exercises Pitch Black and Talisman Sabre, with aviation fire fighters, technicians and corporate staff also regularly participating in Reservist training.
Major General Spence said the MOU aims to create better management of a shared workforce.
“Reservists bring valuable life and work skills back to their civilian workplaces and that includes Airservices Australia,” Major General Spence said.
“This is an important agreement and it will ensure Defence and Airservices are in a position to work even better with one another.”
Ms Staib, herself a member of the Reserve Service, said Airservices had a long history as a proponent of Reservists and that a cooperative approach to the employment of Reservists would benefit both organisations.
“We are proud of the support we can provide to the Australian Defence Force and see this agreement as another sign of our commitment to Defence and the community,” Ms Staib said.
“This agreement ensures we can balance the needs of Defence with our own operational requirements to provide safe, secure air traffic control and aviation services to the Australian aviation industry and the travelling public.”