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Media Release: Review of treatment of women in ADFA: submissions open

Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Submissions to Phase One of the Review on the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force Academy and in Australian Defence Force Policies, led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, on behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission, will be accepted from tomorrow.

“We will be accepting submissions to Phase One of the Review, which is looking specifically at the treatment of women at ADFA,” Commissioner Broderick said. “We will continue to accept submissions until close of business on Friday the 8th of July 2011.”

“Phase One of our Review will be to assess the current culture of ADFA in relation to women” said Commissioner Broderick.

“We will not be making findings of fact in relation to any individual incidents but will be using surveys, consultations and other strategies to assess the current culture.”

Commissioner Broderick said all submissions to the review should address one, more or all of its terms of reference.

“I would particularly like to encourage current and former ADFA cadets, ADFA graduates - especially those who have graduated in the last three years - ADFA personnel and the families and sponsor families of ADFA cadets to make submissions,” said Commissioner Broderick.

The call for submissions is being advertised in newspapers across Australia. Other relevant information, including full terms of reference, is available on the Australian Human Rights Commission website at

Unless the author has requested confidentiality, submissions will ordinarily be posted on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

A subsequent submission process for Phase Two of the Review, which will consider the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force more broadly, will be advertised later in the year.

As the review has now commenced, Commissioner Broderick will not be available for comment until major announcements about its findings are made.

Media contact: Brinsley Marlay 02 9284 9656 or 0430 366 529