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The Australian Government is in a caretaker period ahead of an election on 2 July 2016. Information on this website will be published in accordance with the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions circulated by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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

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  • Taskforce extended 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.​
  • Taskforce extended to 31 March 2016
    The Minister for Defence and Minister for Justice have agreed to extend the Taskforce to 31 March 2016 to allow it to complete its restorative engagement program and most of its counselling outcomes by the extended date.
  • Register allegations of sexual abuse at ADFA by 15 September 2015
    Women who experienced sexual abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy during the period 1991 and 1998 have until 15 September 2015 to make a complaint to the Taskforce. To register a complaint falling within this category, please see the Contact us page of this website.
  • Report on progress, operations and future structure released
    On 30 July 2015, the Taskforce released its Report on progress, operations and future structure. A copy of this Report can be found on the Reports page of this website.