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Review of the treatment of women at the
Australian Defence Force Academy
• Working under the powers delegated to her by the
Australian Human Rights Commission, the Federal Sex
Discrimination Commissioner, Ms Elizabeth Broderick, will
conduct an independent review of the treatment of women
at the Australian Defence Force Academy, with a focus
on the adequacy and appropriateness of measures to
promote gender equity.
• Ms Broderick has selected an eminent panel to assist
her: Dr Damian Powell, Principal of Janet Clarke Hall
Residential College; Mr Mark Ney, former Assistant
Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police; and Ms
Sam Mostyn, a corporate adviser and expert in cultural
change programs in male dominated arenas such as
telecommunications, insurance and elite male sport.
• Ms Broderick and her panel will also consider what
further initiatives are required to drive cultural change in
the treatment of women at the Academy.
• The review is scheduled for completion by July.
Review of the treatment of women in
the wider Australian Defence Force and
pathways for women into Australian Defence
Force leadership roles
• In a second phase of her review, Ms Broderick and
her panel will examine the effectiveness of current
strategies recommended by the ADF’s Women’s Action
Plan, including implementation of these strategies
across the Australian Defence Force; and measures and
initiatives required to improve the pathways for increased
representation of women into the senior ranks and
leadership of the ADF.
• The review will be finalised before the end of 2011.
Cultural stocktake of drinking, use of social
media and personal conduct
• Three separate panels have been established to undertake
a cultural stocktake of the ADF.
Professor Margaret Hamilton, an executive member of
the Australian National Council on Drugs, will chair an
independent advisory panel to review the strategy for
managing alcohol within the ADF. Part of the process
will include a review of the work of the Australian
Defence Force Alcohol Management Strategy
Project recently initiated by Joint Health Command
in consultation with the three Services. The other
members of the panel are Professor Steven Allsop,
Associate Professor John Wiggers, who are both
senior health promotion practitioners with extensive
experience in alcohol-related research, and the
leader of Joint Health Command, Major General Paul
Alexander. The review is scheduled to be completed by
the end of July.
Mr Rob Hudson, from the external consulting company
George Patterson Y & R, will lead a team to examine
the impact of social media on Defence, with the aim of
suggesting improvements to Defence’s social media
policies and activities to ensure that the use of new
technologies is consistent with ADF and Defence values.
An interim report is expected by the end of July.
The Head People Capability in People Strategies and Policy
Group, Major General Craig Orme, will lead a review into
the personal conduct of ADF personnel, with a focus on
assessing the ADF’s codes of conduct and behaviours
against them. A report will be completed by September.
Review of the management of complaints
• The Inspector-General ADF, Mr Geoff Earley, will conduct
a review of the management of incidents and complaints
in Defence, with specific reference to the treatment of
complainants, the transparency of processes and the
interrelationship between military and civil law. An interim
report will be produced by July.
Review of pathways for women in the
Australian Public service
• The Secretary of the Department of Defence, Dr Ian Watt, has
announced a review into Defence as an employer of women
in the Australian Public Service. This review will be led by the
Deputy Public Service Commissioner, Ms Carmel McGregor,
who will report on the effectiveness of current strategies and
propose recommendations across a range of issues.
Ms McGregor will report by the end of July.
Management of allegations
• Separate to these reviews, Dr Watt commissioned the
independent law firm DLA Phillips Fox to examine the
allegations of sexual and other forms of abuse sent to
Defence and the Minister’s office between April 1 and June
10. DLA Phillips Fox has since changed its name to DLA
Piper. The DLA Piper team will be led by Special Counsel
Dr Gary Rumble.
• The DLA Piper team will make an initial assessment of each
allegation received, then advise the Minister on whether each
needs to be investigated further, or whether they have already
been adequately addressed and require no further action.
• The reviews will be overseen and coordinated by a 3-star/
SES Band 3 Steering Committee comprising the Vice Chief
of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General David Hurley
(chair); the Deputy Secretary Strategy, Mr Peter Jennings;
the Deputy Secretary People Strategies and Policy, Mr
Phil Minns; and the General Manager Reform and Special
Projects in the Defence Materiel Organisation, Ms Jane
Wolfe. The Steering Committee and Review leads will be
assisted by a Secretariat led by Major General Michael
Crane and supported by Ms Annebelle Davis.
What are the reviews?
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