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Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response Office (SeMPRO)

How to get help: Call 1800 SeMPRO (1800 736 776) 24/7 | Immediate danger? Call 000 (AUS) | Exit Site

About SeMPRO

Background

On 22 August 12, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Ms Elizabeth Broderick, released the Review into the Treatment of Women in the ADF - Phase 2 Report, 2012 (PDF). This Report was accepted by Government and, on 26 November 2012, the Minister for Defence agreed with the following recommendations, that:

  1. Defence establish a dedicated Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Office (SeMPRO) to coordinate timely responses, victim support, education, policy, practice and reporting for any misconduct of a sexual nature, including sexual abuse in the ADF (Recommendation 18); and
  2. The ADF investigate [agreed at the Chiefs of Service Committee on 12 October 12 to 'implement'] mechanisms to allow members to make Restricted (Confidential) Reports of sexual misconduct through SeMPRO (Recommendation 19).

SeMPROis focused on providing services for ADF members who have been affected by sexual misconduct. Defence Defence APS employees who wish to access SeMPRO services may do so.

Key drivers for change

While the release of the RTW (Ph2) Report was a key driver for change, SeMPRO responsibilities also include addressing issues relating to the management and reporting of sexual misconduct identified in other Pathway to Change Reviews:

  1. DLA Piper Volume 1 Recommendations;
  2. Broderick Review Ph 1 Report: ADFA;
  3. Orme Report: Beyond compliance - professionalism, trust, capability in the Australian profession of arms; and
  4. IGADF Review: Management of incidents and complaints in Defence, including civil and military jurisdiction.

Service delivery framework

SeMPRO is taking a victim-focused approach through the provision of appropriate, sensitive, timely and ongoing support for members who contact the Office regarding incidents of sexual misconduct so as to assist them with their immediate safety and well being, their care and recovery, and their return to full work potential. Restricted (confidential) Disclosure is expected to encourage ADF members affected by sexual misconduct, who may not otherwise report the incident, to report misconduct in a safe environment and gain access to support services, while considering whether to report to the ADFIS or civil police and trigger a formal investigation. SeMPRO staff are neither investigators nor counsellors. SeMPRO's role is to coordinate trauma-informed support to victims and guide commanders and managers in dealing with reports of sexual misconduct in their workplaces in a sensitive manner.

Responsibilities

SeMPRO is also to collect accurate data to identify prevalence and trends in order to develop targeted sexual misconduct education and prevention strategies. The Office will report annually to the Australian public via a new section in the Defence Annual Report and regularly to the Chief of the Defence Force through the Chiefs of Service Committee.

SeMPRO is responsible for:

  1. providing a timely response and support to victims;
  2. providing advice and guidance to commanders and managers;
  3. implementing education and prevention strategies;
  4. being the single point of contact for reporting, to analyse prevalence data and trends; and
  5. developing policies, practices and procedures, and monitoring compliance.