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Chief Operating Officer - overview

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The Chief Operating Officer (COO) organisation comprises the Defence Support and Reform Group, Chief Information Officer Group, the Defence People Group and the Defence Legal Division.

These groups were brought together in February 2012 to drive the Strategic Reform Program and to deliver integrated corporate services that support the effective delivery of core capabilities to Defence. The integration of these functions under the COO helps ensure a consistent approach to organisational reform across Defence, and provides greater accountability and transparency for the delivery of key strategic reform priorities.

Outcome performance for the Defence Support and Reform Group is reported under Program 1.6, for the Chief Information Officer Group under Program 1.8, and for Defence People Group under Program 1.13.

During the year, ADF legal officers provided legal advice, services and assistance in the Middle East, Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands, as well as to other domestic, regional and minor ADF operations and exercises. They provided advice and support to commanders on a range of international and domestic legal issues that affected the conduct of operations and exercises. Within Australia, legal support included advocacy services for members, assistance in administrative inquiries, complaint handling and the proper and lawful functioning of the ADF discipline system.

The review of inquiry, investigation, review and audit systems, structures and processes in Defence, which began in November 2011 has made good progress. The comprehensive review, which began in November 2011, has been split into two phases. Phase One is examining systems and processes for inquiries, investigations and reviews. The phase is well advanced and is scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2013. Phase Two is examining audit systems and processes. This phase of the review is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2013-14.

Table 3.18 - Chief Operating Officer deliverables

Table 3.18 - Chief Operating Officer deliverables
Deliverable Status
Provision of specialist legal support to Defence and legal support for ADF operations Met
Formulate concept, policy, legislation and procedure for the Defence legislative program, including a new Chapter Ⅲ military court Met
Continue implementation of the reforms to the Military Justice System Met

Table 3.19 - Chief Operating Officer key performance indicator

Table 3.19 - Chief Operating Officer key performance indicator
Deliverable Status
Support ADF operational capability, including through the deployment of ADF lawyers to provide access to relevant and timely legal support Met