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Physical employment standards on show

26 November 2012
Media Release
Army members demonstrate lifting tasks.
Army members demonstrate lifting tasks.

The new objective physical employment standards being introduced into the Australian Defence Force have been demonstrated for the first time.

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), working in partnership with the University of Wollongong, has developed the Australian Defence Force Physical Employment Standards to reflect the varying demands of the different roles in the three services.

Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon said a trade’s peak physical demands for strength, speed and endurance have been translated into a generic set of physical tests specific to that trade.

“The science that underpins this work is of the highest standard. The research process applies a rigorous scientific methodology to the identification of physically demanding tasks.”

Participants from the Army contingent of the Federation Guard provided a demonstration of the assessment activities that make up the All Corps Standard. They also demonstrated the leopard crawl and casualty drag which are included in Physical Employment Standard Assessments for the Combat Arms Standard.

“The standards will provide a sound basis for assessing whether an individual has the physical capacity required to safely and effectively perform each role,” Mr Snowdon said.

“The standards will enable the Australian Defence Force to ensure that its people are matched to the tasks they will be required to perform.”

The demonstration was held as a curtain-raiser Physical Employment Standards Conference which will be held at the Australian War Memorial from 27-29 November.


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  • Lidija Ivanovski (Mr Snowdon) - 02 6277 7820 or 0407108 935
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