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June 23, 2011
PUBLIC submissions for Phase 1 of the
reviews into Defence culture chaired
by Sex Discrimination Commissioner
Elizabeth Broderick are being called for
during a two-week period from June 27
to July 8.
The first phase deals with the treat-
ment of women at the Australian
Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and
includes interviews by the review panel
with former students, families of cadets
and sponsor families at the academy.
Additionally, the review team is call-
ing for written submissions from the
public, ADFA personnel, cadets past and
present and other interested persons.
During Phase 1, the review team is
also examining the experience of mili-
tary colleges internationally, particularly
in Canada and the Netherlands.
The panel is due to report on Phase 1
by the third quarter of 2011 at this stage.
Ms Broderick said the reviews would
not be investigations or make findings to
specific allegations or complaints.
Rather, the review would make rec-
ommendations into systemic issues aris-
ing from the terms of reference.
Ms Broderick said the review panel
supported the ADF in recruiting and
retaining the best people in order to build
a first-class defence force.
"Central to achieving this objective is
having a world-class educational facility
like ADFA to build the leadership capa-
bility of the ADF," Ms Broderick said.
"Gender equality and the inclusion
of women will be a guiding principle,
which will allow the ADF to deliver on
Ms Broderick said the review
acknowledged the ongoing constructive
efforts to improve gender equality, to
The treatment of women
at ADFA with a particular
focus on the adequacy and
appropriateness of measures
to promote gender equality,
ensure women's safety, and
to address and prevent sexual
harassment and abuse, and
Initiatives required to drive
cultural change in the treat-
ment of women at ADFA,
including the adequacy and
effectiveness of existing initia-
tives and of approaches to
training, education, mentoring
Terms of Reference
ensure women's safety, to prevent sexual
harassment, sexual abuse and sex dis-
crimination within ADFA and the ADF.
"The review presents an excellent
opportunity to identify what is working
well and should be expanded, where the
challenges remain and what other strate-
gies might assist the ADF achieve its
mission," Ms Broderick said.
Phase 2 will review the effective-
ness of cultural change strategies and
initiatives required to improve leadership
pathways for women in the ADF.
The approach to Phase 2 is still being
finalised but is expected to begin in
August with the report expected in early
Details on the submission process are
advertised on Page 12.
CPL Melanie Schinkel
A SERVING member's spouse has
established a not-for-profit organ-
isation that offers deploying ADF
members free professional photo-
graphic sessions with their loved
Wagga-based Army wife and
mother of three Melissa Wood is
the president of Operation: Love
Reunited -- Selfless Australia
The organisation was launched
online recently to provide serv-
ing personnel and their loved ones
with more than just a few 'happy
snaps' to get them through overseas
While studying for her photo-
graphic degree, Ms Wood discov-
ered a website for an American
Colorado-based organisation called
Operation: Love Reunited.
"The idea immediately resonat-
ed with what I wanted to achieve
with my photography, so I con-
tacted the organisation's board
members and worked with them to
establish an Australian branch," Ms
ADF members deploying for
more than three months or their
loved ones are eligible to arrange a
free photographic session with one
of OpLove Australia's nine volun-
"It's a completely free service,
so there are no costs to the ADF
member or their loved ones. All
they have to do is meet the specified
criteria, find a photographer in their
area via the website and arrange
a suitable time for the shoot," Ms
OpLove Australia offers three
photographic session types to
choose from; pre-deployment,
deployment, and reunion sessions.
"The deployment sessions can
either be with your loved one in their
dress uniform or DPCUs before they
deploy or, if it's a surprise you want
to send them during their deploy-
ment, a patriotic-themed shoot with
the deployed member's loved ones,"
Ms Wood said.
After a deployment session, a
free 4x6 inch album is sent to the
deployed member's overseas loca-
"We also arrange reunion ses-
sions, which take place the moment
you are reunited. Essentially, a pho-
tographer will accompany you to
meet your loved one for the first
time after their deployment to cap-
ture those first tender glimpses,
kisses and embraces."
Following a reunion session, the
photographer can provide the ADF
member with either a free 4x6 inch
album or CD of images.
For more information, or to volunteer
your services as a photographer, visit
www.oploveaustralia.com or email
Governor-General says thanks
in person at Al Minhad
Free photos for families
Governor-General Quentin Bryce made a special visit
to Air Force members deployed at Al Minhad Air Base
in the United Arab Emirates on May 10 to thank them
for their good work. Her Excellency and husband Mr
Michael Bryce made the quick visit on the last leg of an
official trip to Europe. Pictured above, Ms Bryce meeting
with members of the AP-3C aircraft detachment, and
right, supply operators CPL Luke Bickerstaff and LACW
Photos: PO Damian Pawlenko
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