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SEX Discrimination Commissioner
Elizabeth Broderick's Report of the
Review into the Treatment of Women
at ADFA makes 31 recommendations
to build on reform that began in the
The review, released on November
3, acknowledged that the experiences of
male and female midshipmen and officer
cadets at the Academy were for the most
part positive but also identified areas of
ADFA culture that could be improved.
The report states that female cadets
"overwhelmingly" felt that ADFA was a
place where they were treated well.
However, the review also found that
"further structural and cultural reform
is necessary if ADFA is to become the
excellent triservice training and academic
institution it aspires to be".
Ms Broderick has led the review
to examine the treatment of women at
ADFA and the wider ADF since April
1 at the request of Defence Minister
Phase 1of the review has dealt spe-
cifically with the treatment of women
at ADFA in the wake of the so-called
Ms Broderick said the review did not
investigate the incident but rather under-
took a wide-ranging cultural review with
a specific focus on the impact of that cul-
ture on women.
"It examined the adequacy and appro-
priateness of measures to promote gender
equality and to ensure women's safety,"
Ms Broderick said.
Mr Smith said Phase 1 found that
there had been positive improvements
in the culture at the Academy since the
"However, the review also found
widespread, low-level sexual harassment,
inadequate levels of supervision, a cum-
bersome complaints processes and an
equity and diversity environment marked
by sanction rather than positive engage-
ment," Mr Smith said.
He said the report also recommended
improvements to areas including pro-
viding quality staffing at ADFA, the
management of complaints, accommo-
dation for students and mechanisms to
better manage the risk of injury to female
"I have asked the Secretary of the
Department of Defence and the Chief of
the Defence Force to determine the best
way forward in formally adopting and
implementing the review recommenda-
tions," he said.
Implementing Phase 1 would also be
considered alongside the implementa-
tion of the five reviews into the aspects
of Defence culture commissioned at the
same time as Ms Broderick's review.
use of alcohol in the ADF
social media in Defence
personal conduct of ADF personnel
management of incidents and com
Defence Australian Public Service
women's leadership pathways.
Mr Smith said the issues canvassed in
the reviews were complex and a compre-
hensive response was required.
He said an independent audit would
be conducted after 12 months from the
release of the report in line with the
terms of reference.
The audit will report on the imple-
mentation of the recommendations and
make any further recommendations
necessary to advance the treatment of
women at ADFA.
Mr Smith said the Broderick Review
would assist Defence to further develop
the strategic direction for the Academy.
"Importantly, it also enables Defence
to build on its commitment to zero tol-
erance for unacceptable behaviour and
providing a safe and equitable workplace
within ADFA and across Defence."
The Broderick Review is available at: http://www.
SUBMISSIONS are being called
for Phase 2 of the Review into
Treatment of Women in the ADF
chaired by Sex Discrimination
Phase 2 will look at the treatment
of women beyond ADFA to the ADF
and the effectiveness of ADF cultural
change strategies and initiatives to
improve leadership pathways and
career development for women.
The first phase, the Report of the
Review into the Treatment of
Women at ADFA, was released on
Ms Broderick said it was impor-
tant to note that the review would not
be investigating or formulating con-
clusions in relation to specific allega-
tions or complaints.
"This is not our role under the
terms of reference for our review,"
Ms Broderick said.
She said the review team appre-
ciated and supported the ADF's
endeavours to recruit and retain the
finest candidates for a first-class
"We also appreciate the ongoing
constructive efforts by the ADF to
improve gender-equality initiatives
for women's career development in
the ADF, implement strategies to
ensure women's safety and moreover,
to prevent sexual harassment, sexual
abuse and sex discrimination within
"In fact, Phase 2 presents an
excellent opportunity for us to iden-
tify the strengths of the organisation
and highlight positive practices which
could be broadened.
"Where challenges remain, we
hope to suggest strategies that will
assist the ADF in this regard."
Ms Broderick said the review
team was keen to hear from personnel
of different ranks and roles and there
were several ways to get in touch.
The review will visit various
bases across the country in the com-
ing months to talk to ADF personnel
and consult widely.
"We'll speak to people individu-
ally, host focus groups and conduct
an anonymous short survey that will
allow the review team to collect
information about attitudes, as well
as demographic data.
"We'll also conduct qualitative
and quantitative research that will
compare the ADF experience to
those of similar defence forces over-
Written submissions are also
invited and can be made via
the Australian Human Rights
Commission website from November
5 to December 4.
Personnel can also speak confi-
dentially with a review team member
on the toll-free 1800 656 945 num-
ber.More detail is included in a notice
on page 28 of this edition of Army.
Ms Broderick said the review
team encouraged all personnel to
make a submission, contact the
review team or join in a focus group.
Phase 2 taking submissions
Review released: With the release of Phase 1 of the Review into Treatment of Women in the ADF, which
focussed on ADFA, submissions are now open for Phase 2, which will look at the broader defence force.
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