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									NEWS AND INFORMATION FROM ASC                                                                                                                     AUTUMN 2008

                                                                                                                                New project
A groundbreaking start                                                                                                          management
Construction of our $100
million shipyard facility got off                                                                                               ASC employees now have the opportunity
to a groundbreaking start on 7                                                                                                  to take part in a new postgraduate
March 2008.                                                                                                                     qualification that has, this month, been
                                                                                                                                offered for the first time.
An outdated amenities building
was demolished and a more                                                                                                       Up to 25 students will undertake the
traditional soil-turning performed                                                                                              first components in the Master of Project
to symbolise the beginning of the                                                                                               Management program, to be delivered
development – ASC’s biggest                                                                                                     through the University of South Australia.
infrastructure program since the                                                                                                The courses, funded by Defence
establishment of the Collins Class                                                                                              Materiel Organisation’s Skilling
submarine facility in 1987.                                                                                                     Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI)
Located adjacent to Techport                                                                                                    program, will be delivered through the
Australia’s Common User Facility,                                                                                               South Australian Government’s new
our Osborne shipyard will be                                                                                                    Maritime Skills Centre; part of the
instrumental to our role of                                                                                                     Techport Australia precinct at Osborne.
shipbuilder in the Air Warfare                                                                                                  Students will receive a strong theoretical
Destroyer (AWD) Program.                                                                                                        framework in which to develop their
The new shipyard will include state-                                                                                            project management skills. First-year
of-the-art AWD production facilities,                                                                                           subjects include risk management,
new office accommodation for 400                                                                                                procurement and quality management.
employees and a wharf support                                                                                                   ASC Managing Director Greg Tunny said
building with office space and                                                                                                  that the complexity of the company’s
workshops.                                                                                                                      through-life support services for the
“This is an exciting day in the history                                                                                         Collins Class submarines and construction
of ASC,” said ASC Managing Director                                                                                             role in the Air Warfare Destroyer Program
Greg Tunny at the traditional soil                                                                                              meant that employing the best project
turning event.                                                                                                                  managers is essential.
“We have begun to build the                                                                                                     “We are committed to providing our staff
shipyard in which we will construct                                                                                             with the right training and professional
and consolidate three air warfare                                                                                               development opportunities that not only
destroyers in what is one of the                                                                                                boosts the professional capabilities of our
most complex engineering projects                                                                                               people, but also our overall capability as
ever performed in this country.                                                                                                 a company,” Mr Tunny said.
“We have already achieved many                                                                                                  “The new Project Management program
planning and design milestones for                                                                                              shows that we are delivering on this
the AWD Program, and now we’re                                                                                                  commitment.”
getting down to the business of
building ships.”
Construction of the shipyard is
expected to create up to 350
direct jobs at its peak, with
numerous spin-off opportunities
for local construction industry.
                                                                                                                                Project Management courses will be taught
                                          ASC Managing Director Greg Tunny and Hansen Yuncken Managing Director Peter Kennedy   at the new Maritime Skills Centre in
                                          traditionally turn the first soil.                                                    Osborne, South Australia.
ASC reservedly State employer of the year briefly
ASC has beaten more than 40 other              Around 12 ASC employees are enlisted             “It is only through the knowledge that
employers, including defence                   with the Reserves, and our policy                my manager and ASC will support me
companies such as Raytheon and                 allows for up to two weeks’ Defence              without any sort of negative impact          Reaching new
Tenix, to win a major defence award.           Force Reserves leave per year.                   on my professional full-time career
                                                                                                that I can actively participate in my        safety milestones
We were recognised as State                    Safety Certification Group
Employer of the Year by the Defence            Administration Manager, Ashley Ruth,             part-time career in the Army                 It’s been a record-breaking
Reserves Support Council for our               who also serves in the Army Reserve              Reserves,” he said.                          2008 already for our Western
support of reservists across all three         as a Corporal with the 34 Military                                                            Australia staff. In January our
services (Navy, Army and Air Force) in         Police Platoon at Warradale Barracks                                                          team surpassed the previous
their employment.                              said ASC is extremely supportive.                                                             record for being Lost Time
                                                                                                                                             Injury (LTI)-free of 158 days.

                                                                                                                                             Our staff aren’t the only
                                                                                                                                             beneficiaries of a safe workplace:
                                                                                                                                             for achieving 100 LTI-free days,
                                                                                                                                             we donated $1750 to the Royal
                                                                                                                                             Flying Doctor Service in
                                                                                                                                             recognition of its important
                                                                                                                                             contribution to the health and
                                                                                                                                             wellbeing of the rural community.

                                                                                                                                             Meanwhile in South Australia, our
                                                                                                                                             personnel also celebrated their
                                                                                                                                             own century milestone achieving
                                                                                                                                             100 LTI-free days last year. To
                                                                                                                                             recognise the achievement, a
                                                                                                                                             cheque for $11,000 was donated
                                                                                                                                             to the McGuiness McDermott
                                                                                                                                             Foundation; a leading charitable
                                                                                                                                             trust benefiting children with
Ashley Ruth, Administration Manager and Army Reserve Corporal; Ross Milton, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Mike Folland,                 cancer or other serious illnesses,
ASC Assistant Contract Administrator and ADF Chaplain.                                                                                       and their families.

‘Amazing Race’ comes to ASC                                                                     ASC West nearly
Staff in our Graduate Program found            And, fortunately, the last-placed                complete
themselves in their own version of             team did not suffer the same fate                                                             Further information
hit TV show The Amazing Race as                as their TV counterparts: they were              The countdown is on for our Western          reach@asc.com.au
part of a team-building exercise               not ‘eliminated’!                                Australia staff as the finishing touches
in December.                                                                                    are applied to our new submarine             ASC Pty Ltd
                                               Applications for ASC’s 2009 Graduate             maintenance and support facility at the      Mersey Road, Osborne
The teams had to perform a multitude           Program opened on 3 March 2008                   Australian Marine Complex in                 South Australia 5017
of tasks and activities across the             and will close on 23 May 2008. For               Henderson, Western Australia.                Telephone: +61 8 8348 7656
Adelaide CBD to gain points.                   further information, check out our                                                            Fax: +61 8 8346 7001
                                               website at www.asc.com.au                        Construction of the $35 million state-
                                                                                                of-the-art facility is proceeding on         Reach is ASC’s quarterly newsletter
                                                                                                schedule and on budget.                      designed to keep you informed about
                                                                                                                                             employment opportunities at ASC,
                                                                                                The relocation of staff will begin this      as well as providing you with news
                                                                                                month, with a formal opening to be           and information from across the company.
                                                                                                held in April. The facility will house 185
                                                                                                personnel and will be home to all of         If you do not wish to receive
                                                                                                ASC’s submarine work in the west.            this newsletter, simply e-mail
                                                                                                                                             reach@asc.com.au with
                                                                                                                                             'Remove Me' as the subject heading.

The winning Amazing Race team: Brendan Gordon and Joel Smith, Graduate Engineers;                Work on our new facility at Henderson,
and Jason Farman, IT Graduate.                                                                   Western Australia is nearly complete.

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