Report

Processes to support victims of abuse in Defence

31 October 2014

© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
ISBN 978-1-76010-107-7

View the report as a single document - (PDF 764KB)


View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members of the committee (PDF 58KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 6KB)
Recommendations (PDF 16KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 20KB)

Referral of inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Acknowledgements
Note on references

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 152KB)

Introduction
Events leading to the DLA Piper Review
Defence culture reviews
The DLA Piper Review
DLA Piper Review—Volume 1
DLA Piper Review—Supplement to Volume 1
DLA Piper Review—Volume 2
Australian Government response to DLA Piper report and Defence cultural reviews
Parallel processes
Previous Senate committee inquiry

Chapter 3 - Defence Abuse Response Taskforce processes (PDF 114KB)

Introduction
Conduct of the Taskforce
Awareness of the Taskforce
Cut-off dates
Scope of abuse claims
Evidential threshold of plausibility
Referrals to law enforcement and Defence
Restorative engagement program
Counselling services
Reparation scheme
Legacy issues
Anonymous complaints and allegations in the media

Chapter 4 - Defence response (PDF 121KB)

Introduction
Approach to abuse 
Reporting and responding to abuse
Defence response to the Taskforce
Pathway to Change
Response to DLA Piper review and systemic issues
SeMPRO

Chapter 5 - Other matters (PDF 102KB)

Introduction
Access to veterans' entitlements and support services
Release of redacted version of Volume 2
The need for a Royal Commission
Model litigant obligations

Chapter 6 - Conclusion and recommendations (PDF 71KB)

Introduction
Taskforce outcomes
Taskforce legacy issues
Continuing cultural reform in Defence
Systemic issues raised in DLA Piper review reports
Access to veterans' entitlements and support
Community-based support
The need for a Royal Commission
Release of Volume 2 of the DLA Piper report
Conclusion

Dissenting report of Senator Jacqui Lambie, Palmer United Party (PDF 45KB)

Context: History of staff abuse in the Australian Defence Force
The current inquiry

Additional comments by Senator Xenophon (PDF 65KB)
Appendix 1 - Public submissions (PDF 6KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 7KB)
Appendix 3 - Tabled documents, answers to questions on notice and additional information (PDF 17KB)
Appendix 4 - Previous recommendations of the committee and government response (PDF 16KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3535
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818
fadt.sen@aph.gov.au

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About this inquiry

An inquiry into the accessibility and adequacy of processes to support victims of abuse in Defence.

Past Public Hearings

26 Sep 2014: Canberra, ACT
13 Aug 2014: Canberra, ACT

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