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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.
Extension of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce to 31 August 2016
On 5 May 2016 the Government issued extended Terms of Reference for the operation of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce to 31 August 2016 (unless the functions are conferred on another person or body). These Terms of Reference provide a legacy period for the Taskforce to conclude its work, and to advise and liaise with government and the Minister for Defence on systemic issues and future options for responding to past and current allegations of abuse in Defence.
Messages from the Executive Director of the Taskforce
Messages from the Former Chair of the Taskforce
Messages from the former Chair of the Taskforce are available for download below:
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