Chief of Navy message on the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce reports

Published on Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett (author)

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The Report on Abuse in Defence and the Report on Abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy were both tabled in Parliament. (photo: N/A)
The Report on Abuse in Defence and the Report on Abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy were both tabled in Parliament.

On Wednesday, two reports by the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) were tabled in Parliament. Both dealt with allegations of inappropriate behaviour within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and in some some cases specifically the Royal Australian Navy.

The DART Reports deal with appalling historical incidents. There are lessons to be learnt from our past, but I am confident the men and women serving today have the courage to stand up for what is right and would not tolerate such behaviour. Importantly commanders and supervisors must ensure that any reported incidents are dealt with in a timely and appropriate manner; and that those who have reported incidents are provided appropriate support and counselling.

We are on the right track, but I challenge every person in Navy to continue to improve our culture, challenge any inappropriate behaviour and report any activity not in accordance with Navy's values or signature behaviours. There is no room in OUR NAVY for this type of behaviour.

We have been an extremely busy force this year. You have conducted yourselves well and displayed the qualities of a professional and modern organisation. The vast majority of our Navy understands and appreciates the requirement to be an inclusive organisation as part of our operational effectiveness.