Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Plan

The Afghanistan Inquiry (the Inquiry) made a broad range of findings and 143 recommendations. Defence has accepted all findings and is addressing all recommendations.

At this time, Defence has implemented the required action to close 110 of the 143 recommendations.

The Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Plan (the Reform Plan) sets out the Defence strategy for responding to the Inquiry and establishes the Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Program (the Reform Program) to coordinate and drive this work.

Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Plan (PDF, 6.51 MB)

Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Program

The Reform Program will deliver on the following two objectives leveraging existing reform and implementing Inquiry-specific initiatives:

Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Program Work Packages

The Reform Program objectives will be met through four Work Packages.

Objective 1 will be met through Work Packages 1 to 3. Objective 2 will be met through Work Package 4.

Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Program Work

Since the release of the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry report in November 2020, Defence has undertaken a body of work under the Reform Program to address the Inspector-General’s findings and recommendations.

The Afghanistan Inquiry Reform Program Update provides a snapshot of the Reform Program and progress of Defence’s response to the Afghanistan Inquiry.

Afghanistan Inquiry Implementation Oversight Panel

The Government established the Afghanistan Inquiry Implementation Oversight Panel to provide independent oversight and assurance of Defence’s response to the Inquiry.

The Panel includes individuals recognised for their expertise and experience in complex legal matters, forensic review, organisational scrutiny and reform, and reports directly to the Minister for Defence.

The panel is comprised of:

  • Dr Vivienne Thom, AM, a former Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.
  • Robert Cornall, AO, a former Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department.
  • Professor Rufus Black, noted ethicist and Vice Chancellor of the University of Tasmania.