About the review

 

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Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force: Audit (Phase 3)

On 22 August 2012 the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, on behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission, released the Report into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force (Phase 2 Report).

The Phase 2 Report was an independent review into the effectiveness of cultural change strategies and initiatives for increasing the representation of women in the senior ranks of the Australian Defence Force. Specifically the Review made recommendations on the recruitment and retention of women; women’s representation; opportunities, pathways and barriers to women’s advancement; support mechanisms; balancing a military career and family; and sexual harassment, sex discrimination and sexual abuse.

The Review’s terms of reference required that, 12 months after the release of the Phase 2 Report, a further independent report be prepared which:

  • Audits the implementation of the recommendations in the Phase 2 Report; and
  • Makes any further recommendations necessary to advance the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force.

Therefore, from 1 September 2013 the Australian Human Rights Commission undertook an audit of the implementation of its recommendations. The Audit Report on the Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force was released on 26 March 2014.

 


Phase three - ADF Audit

ADF Report released 26 March 2014

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Phase three - ADFA Audit

ADFA Report released 23 July 2013

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Phase two - ADF

ADF Report released 22 August 2012

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Online submissions to Phase 2 of the Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force are closed. Click here if you would like to see the submissions.

Phase two of the Review examined the effectiveness of cultural change strategies in the Australian Defence Force and the measures and initiatives required to improve pathways for increased representation of women into the senior ranks and leadership.

The Review Panel called for written submissions for phase two of the Review relating to the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force.

Specifically, written submissions were being sought on the following aspects of the Terms of Reference:

  • The effectiveness of the cultural change strategies recommended by the Chief of the Defence Force Women's Reference Group in the Women’s Action Plan including the implementation of these strategies across the Australian Defence Force;

  • Measures and initiatives required to improve the pathways for increased representation of women into the senior ranks and leadership of the Australian Defence Force; and

  • Any other matters incidental to the terms of reference such as sexual harassment, sexual abuse and unacceptable behaviour.


The Review did not investigate or make findings in relation to specific allegations or complaints. The Review only reported and made recommendations in relation to the systemic issues arising from the Terms of Review.
 


Phase one - ADFA

ADFA Report released 3 November 2011

Report on the Review into the Treatment of Women at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Phase One of the Review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force.

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Submissions to phase one of the Review have now closed. Click here if you would like to see the submissions.

The Review Panel were calling for written submissions for phase one of the Review relating to the treatment of women at Australian Defence Force Academy.

Specifically, written submissions were being sought on the following aspects of the Terms of Reference:

  • The treatment of women at ADFA with a particular focus on the adequacy and appropriateness of measures to: promote gender equality, ensure women's safety, and to address and prevent sexual harassment and abuse, and sex discrimination; and
     
  • Initiatives required to drive cultural change in the treatment of women at ADFA, including the adequacy and effectiveness of existing initiatives and of approaches to training, education, mentoring and development.

 


Terms of Reference (2011)

The Terms of Reference for this Review are available on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.