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Call for Submissions
into the Treatment of Women in the
Australian Defence Force Academy
The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is conducting a Review, firstly
into the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) (phase one)
and, secondly, into the effectiveness of cultural change strategies and initiatives required to
improve leadership pathways for women in the Australian Defence Force (phase two).
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 for phase one of the Review relating
to the treatment of women at ADFA.
The Review will not be investigating or making findings in relation to specific allegations
or complaints. The Review can only report and make recommendations in relation to the
systemic issues arising from the Terms of Reference.
Specifically, written submissions are being sought on the following aspects of the Terms of
• 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 sex discrimination; and
• Initiatives required to drive cultural change in the treatment of women at ADFA,
including the adequacy and effectiveness of existing initiatives and of approaches to training,
education, mentoring and development.
Submissions will be accepted over a two week period from Monday 27 June to Friday 8 July 2011.
We are particularly interested in hearing from current and former ADFA cadets, ADFA
graduates (especially within the last three years), as well as families and sponsor families of
ADFA cadets and ADFA personnel.
To view the full terms of reference and to lodge a submission please refer to the Submissions
page of the Commission website at www.humanrights.gov.au/defencereview.
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.
Submissions to phase two of the Review will be called for following the release of the phase
For any inquiries in relation to the Review submission process
please see our website or contact the ADF Review Secretariat by email at
June 23, 2011
LAC Bill Solomou
SGT Justin Maxfield, of 292SQN, will make a
pilgrimage for charity by walking in the foot-
steps of his friend's grandfather on the infamous
The late Arthur Cyril Weight fought on the
Kokoda Trail in WWII as a member of the 39th
Australian Infantry Battalion, which was one of
the first units to arrive in Port Moresby in January
1942. Comprised mostly of young men with little
military training, the unit suffered heavy casual-
ties in the bloody campaign which claimed more
than 600 Australian lives. Arthur was one of the
lucky ones to return home.
SGT Maxfield remembers Arthur as a tough,
yet honest man with a strong handshake.
"His family treated me like an adopted son,
and Arthur had a strength of character that had
and still has a positive influence on me," SGT
"I regret not doing the Trail when Arthur was
alive, but I am pretty sure he would have been
SGT Maxfield has been planning the trip for
the last 12 months and has undertaken extreme
physical training, including climbing the Adelaide
He leaves for Papua New Guinea on July 1 and
the pilgrimage will take about 10 days.
"I've always wanted to walk the Kokoda Trail.
I will be doing it with my brother-in-law Anthony
and we know it's going to be emotional and
tough," he said.
"I also see this as an opportunity to raise funds
and awareness for Legacy."
While deployed to the MEAO in 2010, SGT
Maxfield was very impressed with how Legacy
"Unfortunately, we lost a few members on
operations in Afghanistan; Legacy was tremen-
dous in their response," he said.
To donate funds and support, visit www.
HIT THE TRAIL: SGT Justin Maxfield
is raising money for Legacy.
Photo: LACW Shannon McCarthy
37SQN's disaster efforts praised
THE efforts of 37SQN air and ground
crews who provided vital airlift sup-
port during the floods and cyclones in
Queensland were praised by Defence
Materiel Minister Jason Clare at RAAF
Base Richmond on June 9.
Mr Clare was visiting the base to
meet the maintainers and inspect the
Mr Clare was also briefed on the
training benefits of using simulators,
which provide 2000 hours training
annually for aircrew.
"These simulators give personnel
real world experience [and] that means
they get the training they need without
the cost or risk of training in a real air-
craft," he said.
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