Review of allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence

1 June 2013: The period for registering new allegations of abuse has now ended. The closing off of the ability to register an allegation does not in any way impact legal or other rights and entitlements you may have and for which you can seek independent legal advice.

If you previously gave information to DLA Piper or the Taskforce and would like further information about the process, please call the hotline on 1800 424 991. You can also email DLA Piper on Defence.Inquiry@dlapiper.com or the Taskforce directly on DART@ag.gov.au

23 May 2013: The Minister for Defence has announced that 31 May 2013 will be the cut-off for the Taskforce accepting new allegations about abuse that are alleged to have occurred prior to 11 April 2011.

All that is required by the 31 May 2013 cut-off date is that a person registers notice of their allegation by contacting the Taskforce (via the Hotline on 1800 424 991 or at DART@ag.gov.au), providing their contact details, and indicating that they wish to bring a complaint to the Taskforce about alleged abuse in Defence prior to 11 April 2011.

All other documentation (including a detailed personal account about the alleged abuse, or any application form that may be required to be completed in order to seek a reparation payment) may be provided after the cut-off date of 31 May 2013.

21 January 2013: The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce, which was announced as part of the Government's response to the DLA Piper Report of the Review of allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence, has released its Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for the Taskforce are available to download:

See further details or call 1800 424 991.
 
If you are distressed and need to speak with someone urgently, you can contact the following support lines:

For currently serving ADF members:

The All-hours Support Line (ASL) is a confidential telephone service to assist ADF members and their families with accessing mental health services, such as psychology, medical, social work, and chaplain services.

The ASL number is 1800 628 036.

For Defence public service (APS) employees:

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential and free service. It is provided by professional counsellors who will provide practical assistance to APS employees, and their immediate family members, who may require counselling services.

Appointments can be made via the EAP hotline on 1300 361 008*.

For former ADF members and former Defence public service employees and their immediate families:

Special arrangements have been made to extend the EAP service for immediate, initial counselling to former ADF members and former Defence public service employees and their immediate families who raise or have raised allegations affecting them with the external review team and who require counselling assistance. The EAP is a confidential and free service provided by professional counsellors.

This service can be accessed via the EAP hotline on 1300 361 008* and selecting Crisis Intervention.

* A single EAP number is now being used although the previous numbers continue to operate.

Support provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs:

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) handles compensation and support for former or current Australian Defence Force personnel who suffered or suffer injury or conditions related to their service. Please call 1800 816 306 to discuss your circumstances with DVA.

Counselling is also available to eligible ADF members and their families through the VVCS-Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service on 1800 011 046. It is a free and confidential service, available 24 hours a day across Australia.

26 November 2012: Today the Minster for Defence announced the Government’s response to the DLA Piper Report of the Review of allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence. For further details please go to http://www.ag.gov.au/Defenceabusetaskforce or call 1800 424 991.

Previous updates to the website can be found here.