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Background to the DLA Piper Review of allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence

Following the so-called "Skype incident" at the Australian Defence Force Academy in April 2011, the Minister for Defence, the Hon Stephen Smith MP, announced an external review of allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence.

The then-Secretary of Defence, Dr Ian Watt, commissioned the independent law firm DLA Piper to review the allegations and make an initial assessment of whether they had been appropriately managed by Defence. DLA Piper also considered systemic issues and made recommendations to the Minister for further action.

The Minister received Volume One (General Findings and Recommendations) and the first tranche of Volume Two (Individual Allegations) of the DLA Piper Review on 11 October 2011. He received a supplement to Volume One and the full and final tranche of Volume Two on 17 April 2012.

The Minister released a redacted version of the Executive Summary and Key Findings from Volume One on 7 March 2012. He released an un-redacted version of the Executive Summary on 14 June 2012 and a redacted version of the Final Report on 10 July 2012.

On 26 November 2012, the Minister announced the Government's response to the Review

Complete DLA Piper Report
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Report extracts