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Govt responds to review into allegations of abuse in Defence

Corporal Daniel Keighran, VC
Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Ms Elizabeth Broderick, Head of the DLA Piper Taskforce, Len Roberts-Smith and Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith.

The Government’s response to the Report of the DLA Piper Review into allegations of sexual or other forms of abuse in Defence (‘the Review’) has been announced by Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith.

The Review received allegations from over 1,000 people and identified a range of allegations from 775 people which fell within the Review’s Terms of Reference.

These involve allegations across every decade from the 1950s. 

The Government’s response to the Review is guided by the Recommendations in the Review.

The response includes:

The independent Taskforce will have responsibility for liaising with those who have made allegations of abuse to determine an appropriate response in individual allegations.

The Taskforce will work with those who have made allegations to determine the best course of action based on their individual circumstances.

For people who have questions or information for the Taskforce, the telephone hotline number is: 1800 424 991 (free call). There is also a website: www.ag.gov.au/defenceabusetaskforce.

Broderick Review into the Treatment of Women in the ADF
The Minister also announced that Defence had accepted all 21 recommendations from the phase 2 report of the Broderick Review into the Treatment of Women in the ADF, six in principle and 15 in full.
Key measures to be implemented include:

The Defence senior leadership has signed a statement committing Defence to implementing the Review’s recommendations.

Following the government’s announcement, Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley said he would work with the ADF’s senior leadership to provide a fair, just and inclusive work environment.

“I repeat my previous personal undertaking to endeavour strenuously to defend the right of all members of the ADF to serve in an environment free from abusive behaviour of any kind,” General Hurley said.

"Defence remains committed to achieving deep cultural reform across the organisation. We will provide the appropriate resources and personnel to support the Government's announcement today."