Mrs Roslyn Baker
Roslyn enjoys the diversity of her job and feels she is making a difference by ensuring foreign students and instructors are well prepared for the Australian Army’s vigorous training environment.
“I love coming to work each day,” said Roslyn, who is based at Sydney’s Victoria Barracks as part of Forces Command. “Everyday is different and I feel I am making a difference by providing and preparing good international candidates for our training establishments,” she said.
Each year the Australian Army hosts around 125 international students who seek to obtain skills or qualifications from one of the many training institutions including the Royal Military College, Duntroon and ten international instructors who provide teaching support and diversity to Army’s training establishments.
“The Australian Army has a very good reputation for training and requests are received from around thirty different countries wishing to participate. Because of the high standard of training, it is important to ensure that both the foreign students; staff and training establishments are well prepared,” she said.
As part of her duties, Roslyn is required to coordinate requests from International Policy Division and International Engagement Army who primarily engage with countries. She will liaise with the training establishment for positions; seek approvals through other government departments and ensure all course pre-requisites are obtained by the foreign students before they arrive in Australia. Once in Australia, the students and instructors receive introductory training and briefs, so they are culturally prepared for the Army’s training environment
Initially Roslyn joined the Public Service as an administration assistant after years of temporary jobs as she followed her Navy husband from posting to posting. Now, after ten years in Army, Roslyn has never looked back.
“Many people do not realise the range of jobs available as a public servant and for me the ability to enhance my skills and move from administration into human resource management has been a great career decision,” Roslyn said.