Reforms to Australia's military justice system - First progress report

Reforms to Australia's military justice system - First progress report

17 August 2006

© Commonwealth of Australia 2006
ISBN 0 642 71686 2

View the report as a single document - (PDF 17223KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members of the Committee (PDF 121KB)
Summary of committee's findings (PDF 117KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 183KB)

Government's response to the committee's recommendations
Legislation committee assumes responsibility for monitoring
Defence's first six–monthly report
Public hearing
   Confidential material
Individual grievances
Report structure

Chapter 2 - Overview (PDF 159KB)

General findings of the progress report

Chapter 3 - The Discipline System (PDF 211KB)

Investigations under the discipline system
   Police investigative capability audit
   Provost Marshal
   Civilian and service police
   The disciplinary investigation manuals
Initiation and conduct of prosecutions
   Appointment of the Director of Military Prosecutions (DMP)
   Permanent legal officers and practising certificates
The creation of a permanent military court

Chapter 4 - The Administrative System (PDF 353KB)

Defence's whistleblowing scheme
Administrative inquiries
Redress of Grievance (ROG)
The Fairness and Resolution Branch
   Streamlining the handling and resolution of complaints
   Delays in the redress of grievance system
   Backlog in outstanding ROGs
   Perceived conflicts of interest
   Further improvements to the ROG system
   ADF members' understanding of the administrative system
Notifiable incidents
   Defence Force Commission of Inquiry
   The role of the coroner
Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF)
   Quality of investigations
   Audit program
   Focus groups
   Tracking the progress of inquiries
   The IGADF's reporting regime
   Acceptance of the office of the IGADF
   The office of the IGADF—staffing and resources
The Defence Force Ombudsman and the IGADF
   Defence Force Ombudsman—Own-motion investigation into the management of complaints about unacceptable behaviour
Duty of care responsibilities in relation to people who enlist under the age
of 18 years
Definition of military justice system and duty of care
Recent correspondence regarding the military justice system

Appendix 1 - Public Hearings and Witnesses (PDF 102KB)
Appendix 2 - Tabled documents and Additional Information (PDF 127KB)
Appendix 3 - The Committee's recommendations and the Government's response (PDF 325KB)
Appendix 4 - Department of Defence: Progress of Reforms to the Military Justice System
(Available in PDF format only)
(PDF 1516KB)
Appendix 5 - Chief of Defence Force Interim Directive to 8272694 Colonel T.A. Grützner, AM Provost Marshal Australian Defence Force
(Available in PDF format only)
(PDF 156KB)
Appendix 6 - Department of Defence Answers to Questions taken on notice - 19 June 2006
(Available in PDF format only)
(PDF 640KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3535
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818