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Call for Submissions
into the Treatment of Women in the
Australian Defence Force Academy
The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is conducting a Review, firstly
into the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) (phase one)
and, secondly, into the effectiveness of cultural change strategies and initiatives required to
improve leadership pathways for women in the Australian Defence Force (phase two).
The Review is being led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick who chairs
the expert Review Panel.
The Review Panel is now calling for written submissions for phase one of the Review relating
to the treatment of women at ADFA.
The Review will not be investigating or making findings in relation to specific allegations
or complaints. The Review can only report and make recommendations in relation to the
systemic issues arising from the Terms of Reference.
Specifically, written submissions are being sought on the following aspects of the Terms of
• The treatment of women at ADFA with a particular focus on the adequacy and
appropriateness of measures to: promote gender equality, ensure women's safety, and to
address and prevent sexual harassment and abuse, and sex discrimination; and
• Initiatives required to drive cultural change in the treatment of women at ADFA,
including the adequacy and effectiveness of existing initiatives and of approaches to training,
education, mentoring and development.
Submissions will be accepted over a two week period from Monday 27 June to Friday 8 July 2011.
We are particularly interested in hearing from current and former ADFA cadets, ADFA
graduates (especially within the last three years), as well as families and sponsor families of
ADFA cadets and ADFA personnel.
To view the full terms of reference and to lodge a submission please refer to the Submissions
page of the Commission website at w ww.humanrights.gov.au/defencereview.
Please note that submissions received will ordinarily be made available on the Commission
website. People wishing to make a confidential submission should make this clear at the
time of lodgement and the Review will not publish those submissions on the website.
However, people should also be aware that whilst every endeavour will be made to ensure
confidentiality, the Commission is obliged to determine any request for access to documents
made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 in accordance with that Act.
Submissions to phase two of the Review will be called for following the release of the phase
For any inquiries in relation to the Review submission process
please see our website or contact the ADF Review Secretariat by email at
Army June 23, 2011
By Hugh McKenzie
NEW resources and EOD robots issued
to 20 EOD Sqn in Brisbane are ready
to deploy in support of operations in
Officially opening on November
18 last year, the squadron received an
influx of equipment and personnel from
January 20 to support its first deployment
with MTF 3 this month.
The squadron has replaced the Army
Explosive Hazards Centre but will
continue in the centre's role through a
mission-specific training and certifica-
tion cell and explosive hazards awareness
The creation of 20 EOD Sqn will also
centralise all Army's EOD operators in a
single unit. The squadron will also have
full-time Navy and Air Force members as
part of its capabilities.
All EOD operators are now central-
ised in a single sub-unit within 6ESR,
where formerly they had been in the
CERs as a secondary skill set.
HQ 6 Bde's Col John Shanahan said
having the robots and operators in one
squadron would be a significant improve-
"It keeps the equipment centralised
and it's also better for skills maintenance
and also for personnel management," Col
"You have to remember that this is
the Playstation generation, so training on
the robots is fairly straightforward and
soldiers simply need time to practise the
Manufactured by QinetiQ North
America, the EOD robots are described
as powerful, durable, man-portable
tracked vehicles that are widely used for
explosive ordnance disposal, reconnais-
sance, sensing, communications, secu-
rity, defence and rescue.
The robots have all-weather, day and
night capabilities and can be remotely
operated in virtually any terrain.
Col Shanahan said 20 EOD Sqn had
excellent training facilities in the field for
This training will be part of the force
preparation process of EOD operators for
New squadron kitted
out and ready for ops
By Graham McBean
PUBLIC submissions for
Phase 1 of the reviews into
Defence culture chaired by Sex
Elizabeth Broderick are being
called for during a two-week peri-
od from June 27-July 8.
The first phase deals with the
treatment of women at ADFA and
includes interviews by the review
panel with former students, families
of cadets and sponsor families at the
Additionally, the review team is
calling for written submissions from
the public, ADFA personnel, cadets
past and present and other interested
During Phase 1, the review team
is also examining the experiences
of military colleges international-
ly, particularly in Canada and the
The panel is due to report on
Phase 1 by the third quarter of 2011.
Ms Broderick said the reviews
would not be investigations or make
findings in respect of specific alle-
gations or complaints.
Rather, the review would make
recommendations into systemic
issues in accordance with the terms
Ms Broderick said the review
panel supported the ADF in recruit-
ing and retaining the best people in
order to build a first-class defence
"Central to achieving this objec-
tive is having a world class educa-
tional facility like ADFA to build
the leadership capability of the
ADF," Ms Broderick said.
"Gender equality and the inclu-
sion of women will be a guiding
principle, which will allow the ADF
to deliver on this mission."
Ms Broderick said the review
acknowledged the ongoing con-
structive efforts to improve gender
equality, to ensure women's safety,
to prevent sexual harassment, sexual
abuse and sex discrimination within
ADFA and the ADF.
"The review presents an excel-
lent opportunity to identify what is
working well and should be expand-
ed, where the challenges remain and
what other strategies might help
the ADF achieve its mission," Ms
Phase 2 will review the effective-
ness of cultural change strategies
and initiatives required to improve
leadership pathways for women in
The approach to Phase 2 is still
being finalised but is expected to
begin in August with the report
expected in early 2012.
Details on the submission process are
included in the advertisement on this page.
Dr Damian Powell, Principal
of Janet Clarke Hall, a residen-
tial college of the University
of Melbourne. Dr Powell is
also Chairman of the heads
of colleges at the University of
Mark Ney, former Assistant
Commissioner of the Australian
Federal Police. Mr Ney also
has responsibility for the police
training college and the profes-
sional standards department.
He was awarded the Australian
Police Medal for his work in
building cultural change within
Sam Mostyn, company board
director, corporate adviser,
and expert in cultural change
programs in large organisations
including elite sport, telecom-
munications and financial ser-
vices. Ms Mostyn has served
on the CDF women's reference
group for the past three years.
The Broderick review panel
Phase 1 Terms
The treatment of women at
ADFA with a particular focus on
the adequacy and appropriate-
ness of measures to promote
gender equality, ensure women's
safety, and to address and pre-
vent sexual harassment and
abuse, and sex discrimination.
Initiatives required to drive cul-
tural change in the treatment
of women at ADFA, including
the adequacy and effective-
ness of existing initiatives and of
approaches to training, educa-
tion, mentoring and development.
Examination: The first phase of
the Broderick Review will look at
the experiences of international
military colleges such as ADFA
to ensure Defence has the best
possible facility for building
leadership. Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
Lift off: CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie unveils the EOD Sqn last year with a little
help from an EOD robot. New robots will be deployed with MTF 3.
Photo by Spr Brian Peters
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