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The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is conducting a
Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force. Specifically
the Review is examining the effectiveness of cultural change strategies and
initiatives required to improve leadership pathways for women in the Australian
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. In particular, written
submissions are being sought on the following aspects of the Terms of Reference:
The effectiveness of the cultural change strategies recommended by
the CDF Women's Reference Group in the Women's Action Plan including the
implementation of these strategies across the Australian Defence Force;
Measures and initiatives required to improve the pathways for increased
representation of women into the senior ranks and leadership of the Australian
Defence Force; and
Any other matters incidental to the terms of reference such as sexual
harassment and abuse and sex discrimination.
The Review will not be investigating or making findings in relation to individual
allegations or complaints. The Review can only report and make recommendations
in relation to the systemic issues arising from the Terms of Reference.
Submissions will be accepted over a four week period from
Saturday 5 November to Sunday 4 December 2011.
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/
For any inquiries in relation to the Review submission process please see our
website or contact the ADF Review Secretariat by email at defence.review@
humanrights.gov.au or call 1800 656 945.
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.
Call for Submissions into the
Treatment of Women in the
Australian Defence Force
TWO four-wheel-drives roar
along the road and swiftly pull
up at a double storey building.
Somewhere within the laby-
rinth of rooms and passageways inside, an
unknown number of armed terrorists hold
captive 15 civilians.
The well armed soldiers from the
Tactical Assault Group (TAG) East debus
and set about assessing the safest and best
way of entering the building to rescue the
After windows and doors are taken
care of with specialised explosives, the
TAG East soldiers rapidly gain access
through several entry points and use flash
bang grenades and gunfire to quickly neu-
tralise the terrorists and safely release the
If this was a real-life scenario, the 15
captives would have been grateful for the
efforts and skill sets of the TAG East sol-
diers, who are constantly training for inci-
dents like this.
The impressive firepower display on
September 23 demonstrated TAG East's
capabilities for visitors who attended
one of the first presentations of the new
Australian Service Medal with Counter
Terrorist/Special Recovery clasp at 2 Cdo
Regt in Sydney.
SASR held its first ASM CT/SR medal
presentation on September 29.
Ninety five medals and clasps were
presented at Campbell Barracks, Perth, in
front of more than 250 people.
Presentations were made to serving
and ex-serving members, as well as family
members of deceased unit personnel.
Keegan Locke, son of Sgt Matthew
Locke, collected a medal for his dad, who
was killed in action in Afghanistan on
October 25, 2007.
CO 2 Cdo Regt Lt-Col C said recog-
nising the roles TAG East and West's sol-
diers had played since 1979 was extremely
"The key aspect of the role the unit
plays is short-notice response and essen-
tially we maintain a permanent operational
footing," Lt-Col C said.
"As a result of this need we've rec-
ognised each soldier's commitment and
ongoing support to an operation through
He said the training the soldiers under-
took was extremely complex, so as to
respond to a multitude of threats and oper-
"We need to ensure everyone within
the unit is prepared through the individ-
ual training continuum, such as counter
terrorism driving, method-of-entry skills
and other specialist capabilities," Lt-Col
"We also need to collectively respond
to threats within different environments
such as high-rise buildings, ships at sea
or at anchor or alongside, commercial air-
craft and complex strongholds containing
multiple locations through to a chemical,
biological, radiological and nuclear envi-
"To maintain currency and familiarity
of these environments is a prerequisite for
us to succeed in our mission and because
of the short or little notice to respond to
tasks, then we have to have the constant
mindset of being prepared to deploy to any
environment at any time."
Cpl K has been with 2 Cdo Regt for
six years and is a current TAG East team
He said working in his TAG East role
for the past 12 months was a rewarding
"It's a challenging job because of the
variety of tasks and demanding roles we
perform," Cpl K said.
"Within 2 Cdo Regt I've served in
East Timor and been on three tours to
Cpl K said he couldn't compare
his TAG East service to working in
"They are two totally different terrains
and each of the roles and environments has
their own different challenges," he said.
To work at TAG East or 2 Cdo Regt,
Cpl K said all soldiers must have one thing
"You have to be very motivated," he
"Since working here my personal
[combat] skills improved tenfold because
of all of the time we get to train with
"I'd recommend to anyone to work at 2
Cdo Regt and TAG East to actually do the
job they joined the Army to do."
Medal recognises special ops
TAG East's counter
celebrated their new
medals with a hostage
the team to see what
it takes to earn the
ASM with clasp CT/SR.
DID YOU SERVE?
SASR has nominated 1952 mem-
bers and former members for the
ASM CT/SR award, with further
checks and queries ongoing.
If you think you qualify for the
ASM with Clasp CT/SR, submit
your application on form AD 807
to Defence Honours and Awards.
For ex-members or for those
serving in the Active Reserve fill
in form AD 807-2. Members of the
Standby Reserve are to complete
an AD 807.
More information can be found at
Gonged up: Members of TAG East have been awarded the ASM with
clasp CT/SR to recognise their unique operational role.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
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