The Government and Defence have a zero tolerance approach to sexual abuse and misconduct.
It is essential that the ADF and Defence promotes and enforces the highest standards of behaviour in line with modern community expectations and creates an environment where complaints can be aired and appropriately addressed.
In April 2011, I announced a comprehensive review of the culture both within ADFA and the ADF to address ongoing areas of concern in relation to promoting appropriate conduct, including a review of the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and in the wider ADF, alcohol use and use of social media and representational behaviour more generally.
The five reviews into aspects of Defence culture are complete: the review of the use of alcohol in the ADF; the review of the use of social media in Defence; the review of personal conduct of ADF personnel; the review of the management of incidents and complaints; and the review of Defence Australian Public Service women’s leadership pathways.
Defence is in the final stages of methodically considering the recommendations in the reports and is preparing a detailed implementation plan.
The Secretary and the Chief of the Defence Force are developing a comprehensive response to the Reviews that is consistent with the wider Defence reform agenda.
Release of the reports and the Government’s response is expected in early 2012.
Implementation of the Defence cultural reviews will be considered alongside implementation of the Broderick Review into the Treatment of Women at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). Part One of the Broderick Review was tabled in Parliament in November.