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Army June 20, 2013
CAPT Scott Ritchie
Director Military Discipline Law
PRISON, fines and dismissal
could be the consequences for
ADF members convicted of
Theft of even a small item or
amount of money is wrong and
brings into question the integrity
and trustworthiness of the offender.
It is also contrary to the prin-
ciple of maintaining service disci-
pline as this is built upon mutual
trust and confidence between mem-
bers, which is essential to military
Members can be found guilty of
an offence under the Defence Force
Discipline Act if they have taken
property belonging to another per-
son and don't return it.
In the ADF, theft can occur
when members take items such
as equipment, supplies or money
belonging to Defence.
Members can also be found
guilty of theft by taking personal
items or money belonging to their
The ADF takes theft seriously
and imposes punishments accord-
The maximum punishment
available for a member found guilty
of theft is five years' imprisonment.
Other punishments for theft
include repayment of the stolen
amount of money and dismissal.
trust and military
Photo by Cpl Max Bree
Theft won't pay
MAY TRIAL RESULTS
Six charges of theft
DFDA s 47C
The member was
accused of obtaining
when not authorised
to do so. The member
pleaded guilty to all
charges and was
found guilty of all. The
member was reduced
in rank, dismissed from
the ADF, and ordered
to pay reparation of
The member was
also sentenced to
one month, but
was to be released
upon entering into a
of $2000 and to be of
good behaviour for two
years (conditional on
Note: All Court Martial and
Defence Force Magistrate trial
results are subject to com-
mand review and appeal. The
results indicated are of trials
across the ADF.
Theft is regarded as a particularly serious offence in the ADF
Sgt Dave Morley
A NEW mortuary affairs (MA)
course for all ADF members is now
available on Campus.
The 30-minute Level 1 e-learn-
ing course aims to provide an over-
view of MA and increased aware-
ness of the MA system.
Head People Policy and Culture
Richard Oliver launched the course
in Canberra on June 12.
The online Campus course
explains why MA is important
and will help ADF members better
understand the various administra-
tive functions and arrangements that
should be considered to help prepare
and assist families in the event of a
Such considerations include the
preparation/updating of wills, regu-
larly updating PMKeys with next of
kin and primary emergency contact
details, and an awareness of the per-
manent ADF DNA Repository.
Director of Military People
Policy Navy Capt Michael Beard
encouraged everyone to complete
"It's all part of Defence's duty of
care to ensure personnel are appro-
priately prepared for potential MA
situations," he said.
"This initiative will complement
wider efforts to improve personnel
administration and our resilience
"It's about encouraging people
to start talking about death and its
consequences. If people are bet-
ter prepared they will hopefully be
Course aims to help
units manage a death
Level 1: General mortuary
affairs awareness available to
all ADF members through an
online learning module.
Level 2: Advanced level of mor-
tuary affairs training aimed at
members involved in the fields
of personnel, logistics, supply
and distribution, joint mortuary
affairs officer and in key head-
Level 3: Specific training pack-
age for officers in command or
assuming command and mid-
level managers with respon-
sibilities in the event of a unit
Level 4: Specific and detailed
training for pre-deployed mem-
bers likely to have mortuary
affairs responsibilities, including
handling human remains.
Capt Beard said learning and
talking about mortuary affairs would
enable the MA system to better sup-
"While none of us like to admit
it, we need to think about and dis-
cuss how an event resulting in death
could impact our families and what
we can do now to support them in a
time of grief and beyond," he said.
Launching the course, Mr Oliver
thanked all those areas involved in
successfully developing the impor-
The Level 1 course is the first of
four MA training modules that will
eventually be developed for inclu-
sion in relevant Defence courses.
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