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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 extended Terms of Reference for the Taskforce expired on 31 August 2016. The Taskforce has now concluded. It is no longer possible to register a complaint with the Taskforce.

The Government has announced an expanded complaint mechanism within the Defence Force Ombudsman's Office. This new function will commence on 1 December 2016. Further information will be available on the Ombudsman's website.

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  • Taskforce welcomes announcement of child abuse royal commission public hearing into the Australian Defence Force
    The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) welcomes the announcement that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be holding a public hearing in Sydney next month to inquire into the experiences of men and women who were sexually abused as children in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). More information can be found in the media release document.
  • 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.