Dom Lombardo – Distinguished Service Award
Dom Lombardo, one of Professionals Australia’s workplace delegates at Defence Science and Technology (DST) has received a Distinguished Service Award for his commitment and service to PA members and his achievements in improving employment outcomes for the engineering and science workforce at DST.
In presenting Dom with his award PA’s CEO Jill McCabe said. ‘Delegates like Dom are like diamonds – they work hard to harness collective power, support and empower fellow workplace members, and bring about better employment policies and conditions in workplaces.’
After graduating with an Aeronautical Engineering degree from RMIT in 1986, Dom worked across several areas in DST (in its various guises) at Fishermans Bend for almost 34 years, until retiring in late 2020.
Initially he worked as a structural research engineer on the Royal Australian Air Force F-111 and F/A-18 Hornet and then became a research engineer in helicopter structures.
Dom joined APESMA in 1999 and became a workplace representative in 2008. In the face of hostile industrial relations policies, Dom spent many years at the enterprise bargaining table and as a member of the Defence National Workplace Relations Committee, working hard to strengthen employment conditions at DST and Defence more broadly.
Throughout his career, Dom continued his professional development and obtained a Master of Applied Science, majoring in Artificial Intelligence. At the same time, he became an aircraft accident investigator and investigated around dozen aircraft and helicopter accidents over his career.
Dom explains, ‘the most significant accident that I investigated was the crash of a Royal Australian Navy Sea King helicopter, on the island of Nias, Indonesia in 2005. Nine servicemen and women died in that accident, and I made it my mission that the lessons learned from that crash should not be forgotten’.
This resulted in Dom becoming a fierce advocate for building and maintaining internal engineering and scientific expertise in DST and Defence.
Professionals Australia thanks Dom for the massive contribution he has made to PA and to members’ working lives.
We value the crucial role all our delegates play in workplaces across Australia.