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The Final Report by the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce

The Final Report by the Taskforce records the completion since 1 July 2015.  It also contains further analysis of the Taskforce's data based on its final statistics, sets out eight recommendations for consideration including suggestions the Taskforce has made to the Chief of the Defence Force to carry forward the implications of its work as part of ongoing improvements to Defence culture and practices, provides a list of key Taskforce policies, standard operating procedures and other documentation which have been published on the Taskforce's website and deposited in the Attorney-General's Department library in case they are of interest to other agencies in future, and includes some reflections about the Taskforce's experience and findings over the last three years.

The Taskforce acknowledges the courage and commitment of complainants in coming forward. The very personal details they provided about the abuse they suffered have deepened our collective understanding of the impacts of abuse and will inform ongoing cultural change in Defence.

Report on progress, operations and future structure

The Taskforce Report on progress, operations and future structure was tabled in Parliament on 30 July 2015. This report provides an update on the progress that the Taskforce has made delivering outcomes to complainants between December 2014 and June 2015.

The report was delivered to the Minister for Defence and the Minister for Justice on 30 June 2015, as required under the Amended Terms of Reference. A complete copy of this report is available for download below:

Report on abuse in Defence

The Taskforce Report on abuse in Defence was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Defence on 26 November 2014. This report provides an overview of the nature and extent of abuse in Defence, based on complaints received by the Taskforce.

Below is a reading guide, which provides an overview of the contents of this report:

A complete copy of the report is available for download below:

Report on abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy

On 26 November 2014, the Taskforce released its Report on abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy, which is based on the personal accounts of complainants who served at ADFA from when it was first established in 1986 until 2011.

Below is a Reading Guide, which provides an overview of the contents of this report:

In addition, a complete version of the report is available for download below:

HMAS Leeuwin Report

The Taskforce's Report on abuse at HMAS Leeuwin was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Defence on 18 June 2014. A copy of this report is available on the HMAS Leeuwin page.

Interim Reports

Between March 2013 and  September 2014, the Taskforce released seven interim reports to the Minister for Defence and Attorney-General. Each of these reports were tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Defence and are available for download below.

Pathway to Change—Evolving Defence Culture

On 7 March 2012 the Minister for Defence, Secretary of Defence and Chief of the Defence Force jointly announced a strategy for cultural change in Defence. The implementation strategy, Pathway to Change—Evolving Defence Culture, incorporates the recommendations made in a series of reviews into Defence and Australian Defence Force culture.

You can find a list of completed reviews in the right-hand navigation menu.​