Date: 
Monday 11 April 2011 to Wednesday 26 March 2014

Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force

2011-2013

The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) conducted a Review, firstly of the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) (phase one) and, secondly, into the effectiveness of cultural change strategies and initiatives required to improve leadership pathways for women in the Australian Defence Force (phase two). The Commission also undertook an audit of the implementation of the recommendations which resulted from these reviews (phase 3).

The Review was led by Commissioner Broderick who chaired the expert Review Panel.

Resources

Click here for the Review website - http://defencereview.humanrights.gov.au

Terms of reference

The Review Panel, led by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, will review, report and make recommendations on:

1. The treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy 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;
2. Initiatives required to drive cultural change in the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy, including the adequacy and effectiveness of existing initiatives and of approaches to training, education, mentoring and development;
3. 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;
4. 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
5. Any other matters the Panel considers appropriate that are incidental to the above terms of reference.

Additionally, 12 months after the release of the Panel's report (the Report), a further independent Report will be prepared which:

  • audits the implementation of the recommendations in the Panel's Report by the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Australian Defence Force more broadly; and
  • makes any further recommendations necessary to advance the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy and in the Australian Defence Force.

The Panel will consult widely in conducting the Review.

In preparing the Report the Panel may have regard to the evidence and available outcomes of the additional reviews announced by the Minister for Defence in April 2011.

The Panel may release interim reports addressing different elements of the terms of reference ahead of the completion of the Report.