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Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC
Attorney-General
Minister for Arts
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Parliament House

CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Attorney

Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force • Audit Report • 2014

I am pleased to present to you the Audit Report of the Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force.

On 22 August 2012, the Report on the Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) was tabled in the Australian Parliament. It contained 21 recommendations. Pursuant to the Terms of Reference the Australian Human Rights Commission was required to undertake an audit of the implementation of those recommendations 12 months from the date of the initial tabling of the Report. This Audit Report is the result.

The audit has provided an important opportunity to examine the progress of the ADF in implementing the recommendations. Overall, the ADF has made significant progress across a range of areas and is to be commended for its efforts. This Report identifies those areas, and also notes other areas where further cultural reform work can be undertaken.

The Report also provides an update of the Australian Defence Force Academy’s further progress in implementing the recommendations from the Review into the Treatment of Women at ADFA.

In implementing the Review’s recommendations the ADF is on a strong path towards building an inclusive and diverse organisation – one which will strengthen and sustain operational effectiveness and allow all its members to thrive.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth Broderick
Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Australian Human Rights Commission

March 2014