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SUBMISSIONS are being called for Phase
2 of the Review into Treatment of Women
in the ADF chaired by Sex Discrimination
Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.
Phase 2 will look at the treatment
of women beyond ADFA to the ADF and
examine the effectiveness of ADF cul-
tural change strategies and initiatives to
improve leadership pathways and career
development for women.
Ms Broderick said it was important to
note that the review would not be investi-
gating or formulating conclusions in rela-
tion to specific allegations or complaints.
The review team will visit various bases
across the country in coming months to
talk to ADF personnel and consult widely.
"We'll speak to people individu-
ally, host focus groups and conduct an
anonymous short survey that will allow the
review team to collect information about
attitudes, as well as demographic data,"
Ms Broderick said.
"We'll also conduct qualitative and
quantitative research that will compare the
ADF experience to those of similar defence
Written submissions are also invited
and can be made via the Australian
Human Rights Commission website from
November 5 to December 4.
Personnel can also speak confidentially
with a review team member on toll free
number 1800 656 945.
More detail is included in an advertise-
ment on page 4 of this edition.
Ms Broderick encourages members
to make a submission, contact the review
team or participate in a focus group should
the review team 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 with you."
Five culture reviews
SEX Discrimination Commissioner
Elizabeth Broderick's Report of the
Review into the Treatment of Women
at ADFA makes 31 recommendations
to build on reform that began in the
The review, released on November
3, acknowledged that the experiences
of male and female midshipmen and
officer cadets at the Academy were for
the most part positive but also identi-
fied areas of ADFA culture that could
The report states that woman cadets
"overwhelmingly" felt that ADFA was
a place where they were treated well.
However, the review also found
that "further structural and cultural
reform is necessary if ADFA is to
become the excellent tri-service train-
ing and academic institution it aspires
Ms Broderick has led the review
to examine the treatment of women at
ADFA and the wider ADF since April
1 at the request of Defence Minister
Phase 1 of the review has dealt spe-
cifically with the treatment of women
at ADFA in the wake of the so-called
Ms Broderick said the review did
not investigate the incident but rath-
er undertook a wide-ranging cultural
review with a specific focus on the
impact of that culture on women.
"It examined the adequacy and
appropriateness of measures to pro-
mote gender equality and to ensure
women's safety," Ms Broderick said.
Mr Smith said Phase 1 found that
there had been positive improvements
in the culture at the Academy since the
"However, the review also found
widespread, low-level sexual harass-
ment, inadequate levels of supervision,
a cumbersome complaints processes
and an equity and diversity environ-
ment marked by sanction rather than
positive engagement," Mr Smith said.
He said the report also recommend-
ed improvements to areas including
providing quality staffing at ADFA, the
management of complaints, accom-
modation for students and mechanisms
to better manage the risk of injury to
"I have asked the Secretary of the
Department of Defence and the Chief
of the Defence Force to determine the
best way forward in formally adopting
and implementing the review recom-
mendations," he said.
Mr Smith said the issues canvassed
in the reviews were complex and a
comprehensive response was required.
He said an independent audit would
be conducted after 12 months from the
release of the report in line with the
terms of reference.
The audit will report on the imple-
mentation of the recommendations and
make any further recommendations
necessary to advance the treatment of
women at ADFA.
Mr Smith said the Broderick
Review would assist Defence to fur-
ther develop the strategic direction for
"Importantly, it also enables
Defence to build on its commitment to
zero tolerance for unacceptable behav-
iour and providing a safe and equitable
workplace within ADFA and across
The Broderick Review is available
Phase two call
ADFA report released
Implementing Phase 1 of the
Broderick Review would be consid-
ered alongside the implementation of
the five other reviews into the aspects
of Defence culture commissioned at
the same time. These reviews cover:
use of alcohol in the ADF
social media in Defence
personal conduct of ADF person-
management of incidents and
Defence Australian Public Service
women's leadership pathways.
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