Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

SA: July Luncheon

  • 04 Jul 2016
  • 11:30 - 14:00
  • Combined Ex Services Mess, Torrens Parade Ground
  • 100


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LtCol Anthony Pay, RAANC

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Pay enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1986 at the commencement of his university nursing course and served as a Medical Assistant with 3rd Field Ambulance. He gained the rank of Lance Corporal in 1988 and completed his subjects for Corporal in 1989. In 1990 he put his military service on hold as he pursued further tertiary qualifications interstate.

Lieutenant Colonel Pay recommenced service in the Army on his return to South Australia and entered as a commissioned officer in the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps. In 1995, as a Lieutenant, Nursing Officer he was posted to a Field Surgical Team with the 3rd Forward General Hospital. During this time he worked in Intensive Care, Medium Dependency and High Dependency Units. He has also completed a non-Corp posting as a Unit Recruiting Officer with the Australian Defence Force Recruiting Unit.

In January 2000, Lieutenant Colonel Pay was promoted to Captain. During this time he transferred to the Standby Reserve for three years while employed in a high tempo executive and director role in regional South Australia over multiple campuses. When he returned to active Service he spent three years as Adjutant at 3 Health Support Battalion (3 HSB). During this posting he was instrumental to the initiation of many programs and processes that postured 3 HSB strongly, particularly with respect to corporate governance obligations and auditing. As a result of this work Lieutenant Colonel Pay was awarded the Australia Day Medallion. He has also completed a non-Corp posting as a Officer Career Manager at Army Personnel Agency - Adelaide.

Lieutenant Colonel Pay was promoted to Major in April 2009 and was appointed Sub-Unit Command in January 2010 as the Officer Commanding 3 Health Support Company, 3 HSB. He commenced Continuous Full-Time Service for a year in 2012 and performed as Operations Officer and Executive Officer at 3 HSB. During this time he was instrumental to the transformation of 3 HSB during the Force Modernisation Review, while also initiating cutting edge learning system technology in form of the Webinar Seminar Program to 3 HSB and Army Health.

Lieutenant Colonel Pay’s commendations include the Australia Day Medallion in 2007 and the award of Student of Merit on Logistic Officers Intermediate Course (Health) in 2008. In 2013 during his posting to Australian Command and Staff College he was awarded the Employer Support Prize and attained the title Head Cadet. Lieutenant Colonel Pay has been invited to return to Staff College as directing staff.

Lieutenant Colonel Pay was promoted to his current rank in late 2014 as he took up his current position as Commanding Officer of 3 Heath Support Battalion in 2015.

Lieutenant Colonel Pay’s civilian career advanced to appointments as Director of Nursing, Executive Officer and administrator of various Country and Regional Health Units and Hospitals. During this time he also studied Law and was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia as a Legal Practitioner on 4 February 2008.

He enjoys his family life with his wife, Emma and their four teenage sons and one daughter. His interests lie with riding bikes and hiking, writing, information technology, and spending time with his wife and children to name but a few.

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