A robust and dynamic military justice system underpins our discipline and command structures. It provides the appropriate balance between discipline and the rights of individuals, and ensures our personnel work in an ordered but equitable environment. It is critical to maintaining command, retaining our people, our reputation and is ultimately critical to operational effectiveness.
Defence has been working to fundamentally change almost every element of the military justice system. This follows the 2005 Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee report, The Effectiveness of Australia’s Military Justice System. The changes being made to the military justice system are the most significant since the current Defence Force Discipline Act was introduced more than two decades ago.
1 Oct 2009
Military discipline changes
Following the High Court’s decision that the Australian Military Court was invalid, the previous system of trials by court martial and Defence Force magistrate were reintroduced on 22 Sept 2009. Read more
Mar 13, 2009
Media release: Independent review of the reformed military justice system released
Read the report: Report of the Independent Review on the Health of the Reformed Military Justice System
Sept 24, 2008
Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade releases Reforms to Australia’s Military Justice System Fourth Progress Report
Read all about it:
The Defence Annual Report chapter 5 on Justice and Fairness in Defence
Nov 25, 2008
Inspector General of the ADF participates in Defence Watchdog event. View speeches