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Department of Defence Hot Issue Briefs

In keeping with improved accountability within the Department of Defence, from 20 January 2012, Hot Issue Briefs submitted to the Minister for Defence by the Department of Defence will be publicly released.

On 20 January 2011, the Minister for Defence released 116 Hot Issue Briefs from the period 14 September 2010 to the present, as listed in the table below. Summary information about the briefs is provided below.

Together with the 138 Hot Issue Briefs released under Freedom of Information provisions on 9 January 2012, this places on the public record 245 of the 248 of Hot Issue Briefs submitted to Minister for Defence Stephen Smith. There are selected briefs not being released at this time as they would prejudice ongoing matters. They will be released once those matters are finalised.

In the future, Hot Issue Briefs to the Minister for Defence will be released below in PDF Icon Portable Document Format, usually within one week after submission to the Minister.

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HIB NoGroupDateDocument Description
821 OSCDF Apr 28, 2011 (Redacted Text) attending Australian Maritime College sent home for misconduct
912 Army Nov 11, 2011 (Redacted Text) based soldier charged with several offences, including rape
843 OSCDF Jun 28, 2011 (Redacted Text) has applied for an Australian Protection Visa
1025
DSG Jun 22, 2012 22-25 June Forces entertainment tour to Solomon Islands cancelled
787 DSG Feb 24, 2011 3 inch mortar bomb struck by civil contractors at Gallipoli Barracks, Eiloggera, QLD
935 Army Dec 1, 2011 5 Black Hawks forces landing - Normanhurst, Fraser Park and Canton Beach
800 DSG Mar 21, 2011 A contractor to Defence has suffered a suspected heart attack while on-site at Columboola, QLD
764 VCDF Dec 16, 2010 ADFA adventure training boating incident (February 2010) - Verdict in criminal trial of boat coxswain - 21 December 2010
734 VCDF Nov 9, 2010 ADFA adventure training incident (February 2010) - Legal proceedings 15- 16 November 2010
870 VCDF Sep 3, 2011 ADFA cadet injured in canyoning activity
720 VCDF Oct 29, 2010 ADFA officer cadet has been charged by the AFP for theft
723 VCDF Nov 1, 2010 ADFA officer cadets were apprehended by the AFP for theft
742 DSG Nov 17, 2010 ADF member claims theft of Jewellery during Defence relocation
1054
Air Force Oct 17, 2012 Aircraft Emergency Declaration
1072
VCDF Dec 15, 2012 Air Force member charged with four counts of assault
1039
Air Force Sep 10, 2012 Air Force member pleads guilty to Child Pornography offences
1075
Air Force Dec 18, 2012 Air Force member receives a custodial sentence for child pornography offences
1121
Air Force Ju1 5, 2013 Air Force recruit charged with assault offences
939 CJOPS Dec 8, 2011 Allegation of assault against contracted bar staff at Larrakeyah Warrant Officer and Sergeants Mess, assault against Military Police and Insubordination
922 Navy Nov 15, 2011 Allegation of inappropriate behaviour by a Member of RAN Recruit School Staff
1004
Army Apr 27, 2012 Allegation of Possession of Sensitive Imagery
906 CJOPS Nov 11, 2011 Allegation of sexual assault on (Redacted Text) members
1090
VCDF Mar 27, 2013 Allegation of sexual offence by an ADF member in Canberra
1108
Air Force Jun 17, 2013 Allegation of unacceptable behaviour
1098 DMO May 4, 2013 Allegation of unauthorised access to defence facility
885 VCDF Sep 22, 2011 Allegations of inappropriate behaviour by members of Australia's Federation Guard
1015
DSG May 30, 2012 Allegations of possible child abuse against partner of the manager of a Defence child care centre
961 Navy Feb 7, 2012 Allegations of sexual and indecent assault on a female trainee sailor by a male trainee sailor
866 VCDF Aug 25, 2011 Allegation that an international cadet at ADFA has attempted to use a camera enabled mobile phone device above a shower cubicle
1014
VCDF May 25, 2012 Alleged act of indecency in Canberra region
953 CJOPS Jan 3, 2012 Alleged act of sexual indecency in HMAS Parramatta
920 VCDF Oct 29, 2011 Alleged assault at ADFA
1034
CJOPS Aug 11, 2012 Alleged Assault in Foreign Port
1126
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DSRG Sep 6, 2013 Alleged filming of a female Defence APS member at a Defence establishment
966
Navy Feb 13, 2012 Alleged Indecent Assault
993
Army Apr 5, 2012 Alleged sex offence
958 Army Dec 15, 2011 Alleged sexual and indecent assault
927 Army Nov 22, 2011 Alleged sexual assault of Army cadet by another Army Cadet at a training activity in (Redacted Text)
937 Army Dec 6, 2011 Alleged sexual assault - RMC Garrison
804 VCDF Apr 1, 2011 Alleged video transmission of sexual activity at ADFA
818 VCDF Apr 15, 2011 An ADFA officer cadet has allegedly been the victim of a physical and verbal assault
923 VCDF Nov 18, 2011 An ADFA officer cadet has attempted self harm
847 VCDF Jul 6, 2011 An ADFA officer cadet will attend ACT Magistrates Court 7 Jul 11
992
DMO Apr 4, 2012 An unserviceable MRH-90 Helicopter at ADFA
1113
CJOPS Jun 24, 2013 AP-3C Orion aircraft precautionary landing in Fiji
921 DSTO Nov 10, 2011 Apparent suicide at DSTO Edinburgh's South Gate
947 VCDF Dec 16, 2011 APS Employee of (Redacted Text) arrested and charged with serious civilian offences - (Updated and Final Report)
948 VCDF Nov 15, 2011 APS Employee of (Redacted Text) arrested and charged with serious civilian offences
1010
Army May, 16, 2012 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter suspension of flying operation
1026
Army Jun 25, 2012 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter suspension of flying operations
978 DMO Mar 8, 2012 Army Captain charged with arson
1103 Army May 28, 2013 Army G-Wagon vehicle accident, Shoalwater Bay Training Area
1111
Army Jun 20, 2013 Army member alleged to have committed an act of indecency
1110
Army Jun 19, 2013 Army member arrested and charged with serious offences
931 Army Nov 25, 2011 Army member arrested for alleged indecent assault on a minor
1024
Army Jun 22, 2012 Army member arrested for drug possession
928 Army Nov 23, 2011 Army member arrested for indecent dealings with minors
996 Army Apr 13, 2012 Army member arrested in Thailand
988 Army Mar 21, 2012 Army member arrested on multiple charges
991
Army Apr 4, 2012 Army member arrested on theft charges
1008 Army May 10, 2012 Army Member Charged for Illegal Firearms
1067
Navy Nov 28, 2012 Army member charged for possession of child pornography
1042
Army Sep 19, 2012 Army member charged
1074
Army Dec 17, 2012 Army member charged in relation to child exploitation material
1105 Army May 31, 2013 Army member charged with hit and run offences
1112
Army Jun 21, 2013 Army member charged with possession of child exploitation material
1089 Army Mar 11, 2013 Army member charged with serious offences
1123
Army Ju1 19, 2013 Army member charged with serious offences
1037
Army Sep 6, 2012 Army member charged with sex offences
1114
Army Jun 24, 2013 Army member charged with sexual assault
1119
Army Ju1 2, 2013 Army member charged with sexual assault
1124
Army Aug 15, 2013 Army member charged with sexual assault
983 Army Mar 15, 2012 Army Member Custodial Sentence for Assault
1049
Army Oct 11, 2012 Army member dies as a result of vehicle accident Holsworthy Range
1125
Army Aug 21, 2013 Army member dies in motorcycle accident in Thailand
1030
Army Jul 18, 2012 Army member found deceased
1087 Army Feb 16, 2013 Army member found deceased
1095
Army Apr 30, 2013 Army member found deceased
1120
Army Ju1 4, 2013 Army member found guilty of sexual and other offences
1005
Army May 2, 2012 Army Member has received a Summons to Court on Alleged Sex Offences
1118
Army Jun 27, 2013 Army member injured at Holsworthy military base
934 Army Nov 29, 2011 Army member jailed for indecent dealing with two minors
1102 Army May 28, 2013 Army member reported missing
1073
Army Dec 17, 2012 Army members arrested for multiple criminal offences
965
Army Feb 12, 2012 Army members involved in motor vehicle accident on Christmas Island
959 Army Jan 31, 2012 Army Reserve Member Charged with Indecent Assault on a Minor
1086 Army Feb 16, 2013 Army reserve member killed in New Zealand
1081
Army Jan 24, 2013 Army Reserve member makes inappropriate comment on social media
954 Army Jan 4, 2012 Army Reserve soldier arrested and charged with nine counts of alleged sexual assault relation to offences involving a minor
827 VCDF May 14, 2011 Arrest of ADFA cadet
973 RAAF Feb 29, 2012 Arrest of Defence Member on civil offences
933 Air Force Nov 25, 2011 Arrest of RAAF member on child sex charges
1020
VCDF Jun 2, 2012 Assault incidents in Canberra
1013
Navy May 20, 2012 Assault of Navy Member on Shore Leave
957
Navy Jan 20, 2012 AUSCDT One tasked to investigate and dispose of suspected Second World War Sea Mine
1097 Air Force May 4, 2013 Australian Defence Force member arrested and charged of alleged sexual assault
1088 Navy Mar, 10, 2013 Australian Navy Cadet (ANC) - state police investigation
952 Air Force Dec 23, 2011 Aviation fuel contamination RAAF Base Amberley (First and Final Update)
951 Air Force Dec 21, 2011 Aviation fuel contamination RAAF Base Amberley
968 RAAF Feb 17, 2012 Aviation security incident - Darwin Airport
999
Army Apr 24, 2012 Black Hawk precautionary Landing at Kokoda
1000
Army Apr 24, 2012 Black Hawk precautionary Landing at Kokoda update
1106
Army Jun 2, 2013 Body of missing Army member believed located
1007 DSG May 9, 2012 Bomb Threat at Lavarack Barracks - Townsville
1107
DSRG Jun 12, 2013 Break-in and theft from Defence Logistics Transformation Program Facilities Project construction site, Moorebank, NSW
816 DSG Apr 14, 2011 Canberra bomber (Static Display) Aviation Turbine Fuel incident at RAAF Wagga
979 Army Mar 9, 2012 Car Jacking incident with ADF members in PNG
823 DSG May 6, 2011 Changes to partners in DLA Piper including Melanie McKean
769 DMO Jan 7, 2011 Changes to the JSF Program
1061
Air Force Nov 2, 2012 Charge of Abuse of Public Office
794 DSG Mar 9, 2011 Child of ADF member allegedly inappropriately taken from a Service residence at Defence Establishment Berrimah
779 DMO Feb 9, 2011 Civilian employee of US Navy Submarine Combat System Program Office charged with bribery
728 VCDF Nov 14, 2010 Civilian fatality at Defence establishment Orchard Hills - 4 Nov 10
1122
Navy Ju1 16, 2013 Civilian ship strikes alongside Navy vessel
751 DMO Nov 30, 2010 Closure of Raytheon Office at RAAF Base Richmond
930 Navy Nov 24, 2011 Complaint of inappropriate behaviour by Navy Sailor in Relation to His (Redacted Text)
814 DSG Apr 12, 2011 Complaint of lack of support to bereaved ADF family
987
Air Force Mar 19, 2012 Conviction and Sentencing of an Air Force Member
1022
Navy Jun 18, 2012 Court appearance by sailor charged with dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception
1018
Air Force Jun 1, 2012 Custodial sentence for Air Force member
949 Navy Dec 16, 2011 Death of a Junior Sailor
980 Army Mar 13, 2012 Death of an Army Member in a Single Motor Vehicle Accident
772 Army Jan 20, 2011 Death of an Army soldier in Brisbane
1027
Navy Jun 29, 2012 Death of a Navy member
1093
Navy Apr 24, 2013 Death of a Navy member
971 Navy Feb 22, 2012 Death of a Sailor
989
DSTO Mar 23, 2012 Death of DSTO employee overseas
1078
Navy Jan 10, 2013 Death of Navy member
1032
VDCF Jul 27, 2012 Death of Navy member posted to the Australian Defence Force Academy
913 Navy Nov 11, 2011 Death of RAN Member ashore in Cambodia
943 Navy Nov 16, 2011 Death of RAN Member Ashore in Cambodia - Update One (325/11)
907 Navy Nov 11, 2011 Death of sailor onboard HMAS Toowoomba in Mumbai
1082 Navy Feb 1, 2013 Debris falling from Hammer Head Crane at Fleet Base East
1057 Navy Oct 25, 2012 Debris falling from Hammer Head Crane - Garden Island
1048
DSG Oct 9, 2012 Defence ACT catering services contract
982 Navy Mar 14, 2012 Defence Force Appeals Tribunal - RAN Officer's Sentencing Appeal
919 DSG Nov 4, 2010 Defence Force Discipline ACT 1982 summons for production of Defence personnel files - including medical, psychological and counseling
1109
Air Force Jun 18, 2013 Defence member arrested on suspicion of child pornography offences
1045
Army Sep 30, 2012 Defence member charged with causing a disturbance in QLD
1056
Army Oct 22, 2012 Defence member charged with driving offences
1053
Army Oct 17, 2012 Defence member charged with drug and weapons offences
1059
Army Oct 26, 2012 Defence member injured at Holsworthy
1046
CJOPS Oct 7, 2012 Defence personnel in incident deployed on operations
759 DSG Dec 9, 2010 Delay in pay for Defence personnel banking with credit unions including Australia Defence Credit Union
749 DSG Nov 25, 2010 Delay in pay for Defence personnel banking with the National Australia Bank
755 CIOG Dec 4, 2010 Disbursement of monies from Defence fundraising efforts
746 CJOPS Nov 21, 2010 Discovery of anabolic steroids in HMAS Melbourne
812 CJOPS Apr 7, 2011 Distribution of pornographic video images in Solomon Islands allegedly involving a (Redacted Text) member
944 Navy Nov 15, 2011 Duplicate of Navy HIB000922
1077
VCDF Jan 8, 2013 Evacuation of Beecroft Weapons Range campground
986
Navy Mar 12, 2012 Explicit image of a trainee sailor transmitted to supervisor
1023
I&S Jun 19, 2012 Fatal road traffic accident
981 Air Force Mar 14, 2012 Fatal Traffic Accident
1055
Navy Oct 21, 2012 Fire at Caretaker's Residence - Naval Fuel Installation Darwin
1104
DSRG May 29, 2013 Fire in on-base house at Larrakeyah Barracks
918 CJOPS Nov 3, 2011 Footage taken by camera crew of intoxicated sailor fighting with Darwin police
799 CJOPS Mar 13, 2011 Forces entertainment tour pepper spray incident in East Timor
809 OSCDF Apr 7, 2011 Foreign Military Student very seriously ill
1117
Army Jun 27, 2013 Four Army members injured in vehicle accident
788 DSG Mar 4, 2011 Gas leak at RAAF Base Williamtown - 04 Mar 11
1016
DSG Jun 1, 2012 Gas tank fire Camp Blake, ACT
1017
DSG Jun 1, 2012 Gas tank fire Camp Blake, ACT - update
910 DSG Oct 29, 2011 Grounding of Qantas Fleet
1083
Air Force Feb 4, 2013 Hawk 127 Aircraft - MAYDAY Declared
1084
Air Force Feb 5, 2013 Hawk 127 Aircraft - MAYDAY Declared - Update
828 DMO May 17, 2011 HAZCHEM incident at AWD Svstems Centre, Adelaide
876 DSG Sep 8, 2011 Helicopter accident vicinity Shoal Water Bay Training Area
962
Navy Feb 8, 2012 HMAS Armidale equipment failure alongside Sembawang, Singapore 8 February 2012
914 Navy Nov 9, 2011 HMAS Huon - Alleged Assault
766 CJOPS Dec 24, 2010 HMAS Melbourne alcohol related incident in Aqaba, Jordan
1062
Navy Nov 3, 2012 HMAS TOOWOOMBA conducts medical evacuation
1003
CJOPS Apr 26, 2012 Inappropriate Behaviour - Malaysia
1011
Army May 16, 2012 Inappropriate email sent by Army member
970
Navy Feb 13, 2012 Inappropriate images on a hard drive
969
Navy Feb 13, 2012 Incident onboard Navy Minor War Vessel
1116
Navy Jun 25, 2013 Incident on hotel roof
726 PSP Nov 3, 2010 Indigenous employment development course participant critically ill
1028 Army Jul 5, 2012 Inert Improvised Explosive Device (IED) training aids left in hire car
972
Navy Feb 24, 2012 Inflight engine shutdown during training sortie
761 VCDF Dec 10, 2010 Investigation into alleged use of illicit substances HMAS Kuttabul
754 DMO Dec 4, 2010 JASSM Live Fire
735 DMO Nov 10, 2010 JSF Fatigue Test Failure
736 DMO Nov 10, 2010 JSF Fatigue Test Failure - Update
1096
Navy May 2, 2013 Large number of personnel ill at Navy establishment
905 DSG Oct 18, 2011 Lavarack Barracks Townsville - Crocodile Relocation
740 CJOPS Nov 15, 2010 Lightning strike on AP-3C aircraft in Darwin
867 DMO Aug 26, 2011 Light Weight Torpedo translation tender
1099
Army May 20, 2013 Load carriage incident High Range Training Area, Townsville, Queensland
744 DMO Nov 18, 2010 Loss of an MU90 Lightweight Exercise Torpedo in the Navy's Western Australia Exercise Area
745 DMO Nov 19, 2010 Loss of an MU90 Lightweight exercise torpedo in the Navy's Western Australia exercise area
1009
VCDF May 11, 2012 Loss of USB Thumb Drive containing sensitive information
964
Navy Feb 10, 2012 Male sailor to appear in court for Appeal Hearing
1051
Air Force Oct 15, 2012 Member found guilty of driving under the influence
1031
Navy Jul 25, 2012 Minor Flooding - HMAS Farncomb
1076
Army Jan 1, 2013 Missing Army member's body found
743 CJOPS Nov 17, 2010 Motor vehicle accident whilst driving under the influence of alcohol;17 Nov 10
1063
DMO Nov 6, 2012 Mulwala Propellant Manufacturing Facility - Acid Valve rupture
926 Army Nov 20, 2011 Murder investigation involving a Townsville-based ADF married couple
834 DSG May 24, 2011 National Archives of Australia has informed Defence that a Defence file with drawings of Keswick Barracks has been lost in a taxi
940 Navy Dec 8, 2011 Naval Officer - Court Martial verdict
1066
Navy Nov 17, 2012 Navy Helicopter Precautionary Landing
1040
Navy Sep 11, 2012 Navy helicopter remaining overnight at public school oval
995 Navy Apr 12, 2012 Navy Helicopter - Transport by road
997
Navy Apr 22, 2012 Navy member - Alleged possession of a suspected illegal substance while ashore in Singapore
1035
Navy Aug 31, 2012 Navy member arrested by Police
1033
Navy Aug 8, 2012 Navy member charged with civil offences
1038
Navy Sep 10, 2012 Navy member charged with possession and supply of a prohibited narcotic drug
1092 Navy Apr 15, 2013 Navy member - convicted on weapons theft from HMAS Bathurst
1043
Navy Sep 22, 2012 Navy member - fatality
1071
Navy Dec 13, 2012 Navy member - General Court Martial sentencing
1070
Navy Dec 12, 2012 Navy member - General Court Martial verdict
1101
Navy May 23, 2013 Navy members injured during training exercise
1036
Navy Sep 1, 2012 Navy member subject to serious assault
721 CJOPS Oct 29, 2010 Navy officer arrested in Singapore
1006
Navy May 3, 2012 Navy Sailor Involved in Serious Motor Vehicle Accident
936 Navy Dec 4, 2011 Navy Seahawk Helicopter Unserviceable at Coffs Harbour Airport
1041
Navy Sep 15, 2012 Navy Submarine - Smoke and small fire
1080
Navy Jan 24, 2013 Navy vessel - Berthing incident
985 Navy Mar 16, 2012 Navy Vessel - Maintenance Incident
1019
Army Jun 2, 2012 New Zealand Defence Force member seriously injured at Army base
1091 VCDF Apr 14, 2013 Withheld on privacy grounds
1094
Navy Apr 29, 2013 Not to be released until investigations are completed
842
VCDF Jun 14, 2011 Withheld on legal and privacy grounds
994
VCDF Apr 11, 2012 Withheld on privacy grounds
998 VCDF Apr 23, 2012 Not to be released until investigations are completed
950 Navy Dec 20, 2011 Outcome of Defence Force Magistrate Trial for a HMAS Stirling Sailor
942 Navy Dec 9, 2011 Outcome of General Court Martial for Sailor at HMAS Stirling
945 Navy Dec 13, 2011 Outcome of General Court Martial - LCDR Jones
946 Navy Dec 14, 2011 Outcome of General Court martial- LCDR Jones - Update
1012
DMO May 18, 2012 Parade Boot Sole Separation
786 CJOPS Mar 1, 2011 Parent of HMAS Stuart sailor claims allegations of victimisation
724 CDG Nov 2, 2010 Pathfinder Publication
892 DSG Oct 4, 2011 Pay issue impacting Defence Reservists
835 DSG May 28, 2011 Personal information released by Defence APS recruitment
865 CJOPS Aug 24, 2011 Photographs taken by sailor that have the potential to attract media or parliamentary interest; Larrakeyah Barracks 24 Aug 2011
932 CIOG Nov 25, 2011 Possible corruption allegations being made against Defence in relation to dealings with Rivercorp
1058
VCDF Oct 25, 2012 Potential criminal action - Simpson Health Centre (SHC)
908 DSTO Nov 11, 2011 Potential theft of Restricted /Commercial-in-Confidence document from Military Communication Information Systems Conference, Canberra
963
Air Force Feb 10, 2012 Precautionary MAYDAY declared by Hawk 127 aircraft
1050
VCDF Oct 12, 2012 Privacy breach Holsworthy Health Centre
777 CJOPS Feb 4, 2011 Probable assault of ADF member in Yokuska Japan
846 DSG Jul 5, 2011 Protest action at Swan Island
852 DSG Jul 20, 2011 Protestors - Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera - 20 Jul 11
884
DSG Sep 19, 2011 Provision of 'Incidents of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Offences in the Australian Defence Force' Report to DLA Piper
1052
Army Oct 16, 2012 Queensland Police attend a disturbance at Lavarack Barracks Medical Centre
1044
Air Force Sep 25, 2012 RAAF Museum leased aircraft fire
924 Navy Nov 18, 2011 RAN Band WA Detachment Assistance at Scene of Motor Vehicle Accident
925 Navy Nov 18, 2011 RAN Band WA Detachment Assistance at Scene of Motor Vehicle Accident
1115
CJOPS Jun 25, 2013 RAN sailor injured during foreign port visit
796 I and S Mar 10, 2011 Recovered USB stick
798 I and S Mar 11, 2011 Recovered USB stick - update
747 DMO Nov 21, 2010 Recovery of the MU90 Lightweight exercise torpedo that was lost in the Navy's Western Australia exercise on 18 November 2010
941 I and S Dec 9, 2011 Referral of (Redacted Text) staff member to Canberra (Redacted Text)
806 OSCDF Apr 4, 2011 Release of ASPI Report: 'Reliable Partners-Strengthening Australia-Timor Leste Relations'
836 OSCDF May 27, 2011 Release of ASPI Report : Staying the Course: Australia and Maritime security in the South Pacific
773 CIOG Jan 23, 2011 Release of Defence Restricted Network (DRN) user details to The Australian newspaper
990 Navy Mar 28, 2012 Report of alleged sexual assault
1002
Air Force Apr 26, 2012 Rescue Of Children And Pet From A Burning House By An Air Force Member
929 PSP Nov 24, 2011 Reserve payslips not available for pay day 24 November 2011
1029
Navy Jul 13, 2012 Sailor charged with range of serious offences
967 CJOPS Feb 15, 2012 Sailor hospitalised for excessive alcohol consumption
771 DMO Jan 20, 2011 Serious incident involving aircraft on Australian KC-30A Multi-role tanker transport program
1079
Navy Jan 18, 2013 Shooting of a Navy member in a public place
984 Navy Mar 16, 2012 Small fire onboard Australian Navy Vessel
1001
Army Apr 24, 2012 Soldiers injured in training
900 I and S Oct 18, 2011 South Australian Police warrant resulting in arrest of a person and seizure of weapons - possible ADF Nexus
902 I and S Oct 18, 2011 South Australian Police warrant resulting in arrest of a person and seizure of weapons - possible ADF Nexus
1021
Army Jun 15, 2012 Stolen vehicle containing military equipment involved in fatal car accident
1064
Air Force Nov 8, 2012 Suspension of AP-3C flying operations
1065
Air Force Nov 9, 2012 Suspension of AP-3C flying operations lifted
955 Army Jan 19, 2012 Suspension of Army Black Hawk Operations
711 DSG Sep 21, 2010 Suspicious package at Queanbeyan Archives and Mail Centre (QAMC)
801 DSG Mar 24, 2011 Suspicious package found under the seat of a motor vehicle at Defence National storage and Distribution Centre, Moorebank, NSW
862 DSG Aug 19, 2011 Suspicious package incident at Lavarack Barracks Townsville
956 Army Jan 19, 2012 Theft at School of Infantry, Singleton
938
CJOPS Dec 7, 2011 Theft of Audio Recordings of Witnesses to a Defence Inquiry
974 DSTO Mar 3, 2012 Defence Employee Detained in the United Kingdom
975 Army Mar 3, 2012 Army Member injured in a motorcycle accident in Western Australia
976 Navy Mar 7, 2012 Allegation of Sexual Assault
960 DSG Feb 2, 2012 Threats of Violence Against Defence Contractors at Beecroft Weapons Range (BWR) in Shoalhaven
977 Army Mar 8, 2012 Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter accident in South East Queensland
717 DMO Oct 1, 2010 Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Landing in Emerald due to a gearbox fault indication
1085
Navy Feb 7, 2013 Toxic Hazard Incident
727 CJOPS Nov 3, 2010 Transit security element 58 member arrested 03 Nov 10
1069 Air Force Dec 7, 2012 Unexploded smoke marker - Townsville
737 VCDF Nov 10, 2010 UNSW@ADFA - Session Two 2010 - Publicity relating to staff member withholding academic results
752 VCDF Dec 2, 2010 UNSW@ADFA - Session Two 2010 - Publicity relating to staff member withholding academic results
855 CJOPS Jul 25, 2011 USN motor vehicle accident near RAAF Base Amberley;Talisman Sabre 11
708 DSG Sep 15, 2010 UXO disposal tomorrow - Heathcote Road, Sydney
873 DSG Sep 6, 2011 UXO in vicinity of Geraldton, WA
875 DSG Sep 8, 2011 UXO in vicinity of Geraldton, WA - Update
1100
Army May 22, 2013 Vehicle accident at Puckapunyal Military Training Area
1047
Army Oct 8, 2012 Vehicle accident Holsworthy Range
1060
Army Oct 30, 2012 Vehicle Accident - Stuart Highway
1068
Navy Nov 30, 2012 Weapons stolen from Navy vessel

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What is a Hot Issue Brief?

A Hot Issue Brief provides initial and early advice to Ministers and Defence senior leaders on sensitive or complex matters or incidents that may require their immediate attention. Due to the immediacy of preparation of Hot Issue Briefs, the advice provided can sometimes prove to be inaccurate or require further clarification once the situation has stabilised.

Hot Issue Briefs do not represent the full and complete facts associated with an incident or issue. This should be borne in mind in reading Hot Issue Briefs.

Public Release of Hot Issue Briefs

The Black Review of the Defence Accountability Framework challenged Defence to enhance individual and collective accountability. Placing on the public record Defence's advice to the Minister for Defence on these issue - including instances of inappropriate behaviour - is a part of that accountability.

From 20 January 2012, Hot Issue Briefs will be released on the Defence Website, usually within one week after submission to the Minister. The only exceptions to that rule will be individually and personally approved by the Secretary of the Department of Defence or the Chief of the Defence Force, and based solely on criteria that public release would:

In those circumstances, the Secretary or the Chief of the Defence Force will be required to set an expiration date on the information in that Hot Issue Brief, after which time the brief will be publicly released.

This approach is consistent with the key changes to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 that came into effect on 1 November 2010, and the Information Publication Scheme.

Redaction of Hot Issue Briefs

Hot Issue Briefs redactions are undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, and are based on the removal of information that may:

Summary Information about the 116 Hot Issue Briefs released on 20 Jan 2012

Personnel Related

There are 58 HIBs on personnel related issues.

The breakdown is as follows:

Capability

There are 21 HIBs on defence capability related issues. These include: lost and stolen materiel; materiel deficiencies; materiel incidents such as fuel contamination; industry support incidents; and concerns about defence projects.

Other

The remaining 39 HIBs cover a range of matters including: security breaches (ICT and base security); lost and stolen property; industrial action; Defence assistance to the community; occupational health and safety issues that include gas leaks, training incidents, crocodile relocation; and complaints about accommodation.

Status of Investigations

Sixty-seven of these incidents were reported to civil police or the ADF Investigative Service (ADFIS) for investigation and 3 were reported to the Defence Security Authority and relate to the potential theft of documents.

Of the incidents that were reported to civilian police or ADFIS, 15 are now closed and the remainder are either under investigation or waiting disciplinary or civil court action.

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