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Culture review continues ADF in this regard.”
The Vice Chief of the Defence
Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin,
also welcomed the Review into the
Treatment of Women at ADFA.
“I thank Ms Elizabeth Broderick and
her team for their excellent work. This
comprehensive repor t touches on all
aspects of life at ADFA in 2011,” Air
Marshal Binskin says.
He says he has discussed the outcomes
of the Review with the Chief of the
Defence Force, General David Hurley.
“General Hurley was encouraged by
the positive improvements identified at
ADFA since the mid 1990s. However
we both acknowledge there are some
areas in ADFA’s culture which can be
improved,” he says.
In her report, Ms Broderick noted
that for the most part, both male and
female Midshipmen and Officer Cadets
had a positive experience at ADFA.
“I am extremely proud of the way the
Officer Cadets, Midshipmen and staff
at ADFA have conducted themselves
during this Review,” Air Marshal Binskin
“Their willingness to participate and
their honesty is a positive reflection on
themselves and on the ethos and values
of the Academy.”
In his appointment as Vice Chief of
the Defence Force, Air Marshal Binskin
has command responsibility for the
Australian Defence College.
“The Secretary of Defence, the
Chief of the Defence Force and I will
work together with commanders at
all levels to determine the best way
forward in adopting and implementing
the recommendations arising from the
Review,” Air Marshal Binskin says.
“We are all committed to ensuring
ADFA’s future as the primary tertiary
and military education training
institution for ADF leaders.”
Ms Broderick says the Review is keen
to hear from personnel of different
ranks and roles in all three ser vices and
there are several ways to do this.
The review will visit various bases
across the country to talk to ADF
personnel and consult widely.
“We’ll speak to people individually,
host focus groups and conduct an
anonymous short sur vey that will allow
the review team to collect information
about attitudes, as well as demographic
“We’ll also conduct qualitative and
quantitative research that will compare
the ADF experience to those of similar
defence forces overseas.”
Personnel can also speak confidentially
with a Review team member on a toll
free 1800 656 945 number.
Ms Broderick says the Review team
encourages ADF members to make a
Recent graduates from ADFA form up for parade. Phase 1 of the report on theTreatment ofWomen at ADFA noted that most male and female Midshipmen and Officer Cadets
had a positive experience at ADFA. Photo: Leading SeamanYuri Ramsey
closed for Phase 2 of the
Review into theTreatment of
Women in the ADF, chaired
by Sex Discrimination
Phase 2 will look at the treatment of
women beyond the Australian Defence
Force Academy (ADFA) and examine
the effectiveness of ADF cultural
change strategies and initiatives to
improve leadership pathways and career
development for women.
The Phase 1 report on the Treatment
of Women in the ADFA was released on
November 3 and is available for download
from the Australian Human Rights
Commission website. Phase 2 submissions
closed on December 4.
Ms Broderick says it is important
to note that the Review will not be
investigating or formulating conclusions
in relation to specific allegations or
“This is not our role under the terms of
reference for our Review,” Ms Broderick says.
She says the Review appreciates
and supports the ADF’s endeavours to
recruit and retain the finest candidates
for a first-class defence force.
“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 the ADF,
Ms Broderick says.”
“In fact, Phase 2 presents an excellent
opportunity for us to identify the
strengths of the organisation and
highlight positive practices which could
“Where challenges remain, we hope
to suggest strategies that will assist the
submission, contact the Review team or
participate in a focus group should the
Review visit their base.
“Your experience, views and
insights will help inform the direction
of the Review, and importantly,
the recommendations that will be
developed. We look forward to working
Phase 1 Treatment of Women in
the ADFA repor t is available at www.
“ 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 the ADF.”
Sex Discrimination Commissioner,
By Tanya Sargeant
The Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick
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