Welcome to the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce
The Taskforce was established to assess and respond to individual cases of sexual and other abuse in Defence occurring before 11 April 2011.
The deadline for making a complaint to the Taskforce has now passed. If you missed the cut-off date, you can no longer register a complaint with the Taskforce. Information about the other ways you might be able to obtain assistance can be found on the Frequently asked questions page of this website.
The Taskforce’s current Terms of Reference are available on the About us page of this website. The Terms of Reference set out several deadlines for the delivery of outcomes offered by the Taskforce as its work is coming to an end.
A Message from the Taskforce
24 April 2016
On ANZAC Day, it is important to reflect upon and commemorate the great contribution made by people who have served this country in the Australian Defence Force.
It is also important to remember that for some, ANZAC Day inspires not only a feeling of pride, but also feelings of loss or grief.
The Taskforce will be closed on ANZAC Day, but will be open on Tuesday 26 April 2016. We encourage anyone who requires urgent assistance during this period to call one of the following 24-hour support services:
- Lifeline: call 13 11 14
- Beyondblue: call 1300 224 636; or
- Suicide Call Back Service: call 1300 659 467.
Defence Abuse Response Taskforce
Extension of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce to 30 June 2016
The Government has issued extended Terms of Reference for the operation of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce effective from 1 April to 30 June 2016 (unless the functions are conferred on another person or body before 30 June). These Terms of Reference provide a legacy period for the Taskforce to conclude its work and make any arrangements necessary for ongoing functions arising from its work.
The amended Terms of Reference require the Taskforce to conclude the small number of outstanding outcomes for complainants between 1 April and 30 June 2016. This includes delivery of outstanding restorative engagement conferences, and the conclusion of the National Counselling Program by 30 June 2016.
The Government is still considering options for any future additional mechanisms to deal with complaints of abuse in Defence.
Messages from the Chair of the Taskforce
Please find a Holiday message from the Chair, available for download below:
On 18 November 2015, the Chair of the Taskforce, Robert Cornall AO, released a message from the Chair relating to the decision by Ministers to extend the Taskforce to 31 March 2016:
Previous messages from the Chair of the Taskforce are available for download below:
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