DEFENCE LIVES MATTER

Many Australian Defence Force members have been subjected to professional employment failures during service, causing them irrevocable reputational harm and mental trauma. 

Professional Employment Failures

Discrimination  |  Bullying  & Harassment  |  Unacceptable Behaviour  |  Sexual Abuse  | Maladministration  | Defective  Administration 

WHY DO WE NEED REFORMS?

If WORKPLACE REFORMS are not addressed then Australian Defence Force (ADF) members will continue to carry unresolved grievances into life beyond service. This impacts efforts to realistically reduce  LEGAL redress claims, SUICIDE risk and SELF-HARM, currently plaguing the ADF veteran community.

WHAT ARE WE ASKING?

"We are asking:

  1. for changes to the Defence (Inquiry) Regulations 2018 so that Defence Inquiries are subject to legal  technicalities, rules of evidence, principles of open justice and common law;

  2. that Defence Inquiry officers undertake legal training;

  3. that witness testimony is taken under oath/affirmation;

  4. for an introduction to an appeal process outside the Chain of Command;

  5. for access to genuine mediation for ADF members to resolve workplace complaints, and 

  6. for a corrective action policy to be put in place to ensure procedural fairness; and 

  7. for a reparation policy to include: acknowledgement that violations were committed against the ADF member, to repair the damage done by these violations, and to identify the root causes of the violations to prevent them from occurring again in the future.

It's time to do better!