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Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force

Phase 1 - Review of the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)

Working under powers delegated to her by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and supported by an eminent panel, the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Ms Elizabeth Broderick led an independent review of the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), with a focus on the adequacy and appropriateness of measures to promote gender equality, women’s safety, and to address and prevent sexual harassment and abuse, and sex discrimination.

The Minister for Defence announced the submission of the report on 3 November 2011.  More information can be found in the Minister’s statement.

The AHRC Defence Review reports can be found on the AHRC website.

Phase 2 - Review of the treatment of women in the ADF and pathways for women into ADF leadership

In a second phase of her review, Ms Broderick and her panel examined the effectiveness of current strategies recommended by the Chief of the Defence Force Women's Reference Group, Women's Action Plan and measures and initiatives required to improve employment pathways for increased representation of women into the senior ranks and leadership of the ADF.

The Minister for Defence announced the submission of the report on 22 August 2012. More information can be found in the Ministers' statement.

On 26 November, the Minister for Defence Stephen Smith announced that Defence had accepted all 21 recommendations included in the Phase 2 Report, six in-principle and 15 in full.

The Defence senior leadership also signed a statement committing Defence to implementing the Review's recommendations.

The AHRC Defence Review reports can be found on the AHRC website