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Treatment of women at
The Sex Discrimination Commissioner,
Elizabeth Broderick, will lead a review
of culture at ADFA from a gender equity
perspective. The review will highlight areas
where progress has been made, as well
as identifying where new initiatives are
required to drive further progress.
Treatment of women in the
wider ADF and pathways
for women into ADF
In a second phase of her review, Ms
Broderick will examine the effectiveness of
current strategies as they impact women in
the ADF and leadership pathways for ADF
women with a view to testing progress,
identifying gaps and proposing further
initiatives to drive improved outcomes.
Cultural stocktake of
drinking, use of social
media and personal
An independent advisory panel will be
appointed to review the work of the ADF
Alcohol Management Strategy Project,
which was recently initiated by Joint Health
Command in consultation with the three
Services. An expert from outside Defence
will be appointed to examine the impact of
social media on the ADF to ensure that the
use of new technologies is consistent with
ADF and Defence values. Finally, Maj-Gen
Craig Orme, Head People Capability in
People Strategies and Policy Group, will
lead a review into the personal conduct of
ADF personnel, to assess the ADF's codes
of conduct and behaviours against them,
to ensure they reflect the high standards
that those serving their country should
demonstrate at all times.
Management of complaints
ADF Inspector General Geoffrey Earley
will conduct a review of the management
of incidents and complaints in Defence,
with specific reference to the treatment of
victims, transparency of processes and the
jurisdictional interface between military
and civil law.
Pathways for women in
The Secretary of the Department of
Defence, Dr Ian Watt, has announced a
review into Defence as an employer of
women. The review will report on the
effectiveness of current strategies and pro-
pose recommendations across a range of
issues. The review will be led by a senior
woman from outside Defence with experi-
ence in the public sector.
The Reviews will be overseen and coordinat-
ed by a three-star/SES Band 3 steering com-
mittee chaired by the VCDF, Lt-Gen David
Hurley. The steering committee and reviews
will be supported by a secretariat led by
Maj-Gen Michael Crane. Enquiries about the
reviews may be directed to the secretariat at
By Graham McBean
and Cfn Max Bree
THE ADF will undergo a cultural
"stocktake" in the wake of alleged
sexual misconduct at ADFA last
Five new reviews into ADFA and
ADF culture generally were announced
in a joint media conference by Defence
Minister Stephen Smith and CDF ACM
Angus Houston on April 11.
Mr Smith said the reviews would
audit and assess the good work that
had been done to date in these areas,
see what improvements could be
made and what lessons could be learnt
from other organisations.
"We need to ensure that everything
we are currently doing is effective but
also learn whether there's more that
we can do," Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith also announced that
Andrew Kirkham QC would lead an
independent inquiry into "issues relat-
ing to the so-called Skype incident"
under Defence Inquiry Regulations.
The CDF described the incident
-- in which an ADFA cadet allegedly
broadcast a sexual encounter with a
fellow cadet over the internet to other
students -- as "abhorrent", but empha-
sised the need to let all investigations
run their course.
"We need to let the investigations
run their course and we need to give
all involved natural justice and due
process," ACM Houston said.
Sex Discrimination Commissioner
Elizabeth Broderick has been iden-
tified to lead an examination of
the treatment of women at ADFA
on behalf of the Australian Human
Ms Broderick will also review the
existing strategies identified by the
CDF's Reference Group on Women,
including pathways for women into
As well, the CDF will bring for-
ward for implementation by the
Government the opening up of all
roles in the ADF to women, including
combat roles, based on physical and
Another review will look at alco-
hol and binge drinking, the use of
social media, and personal conduct at
ADFA and the ADF as a whole.
Lastly, ADF Inspector General
Geoffrey Earley will review the man-
agement of incidents and complaints
within Defence including the relation-
ship and interchange between civil
and military law.
Mr Smith highlighted Defence's
good work with equity and diversity
but conceded recent incidents would
damage the ADF's reputation.
"There's only one way we can
counter that perception by essentially
having an external examination as
to whether there's more that can be
done," Mr Smith said.
He said allegations of abuse
brought to the attention of Defence and
his office in recent weeks would be
examined by an independent legal firm.
Employment standards review -- 18-19
Military culture: The series of reviews were sparked by a recent incident of alleged sexual misconduct
Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
War women: Lifting gender-based restrictions on all ADF employment classifications, which would allow women to serve in direct combat roles,
may be one of the most notable outcomes of the series of reviews. Pictured here are Cpls Amanda Wright and Cindy Veenman with Capt Karin
Cann, who are employed in support roles at Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Photo by Sgt Mick Davis
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