Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

ADF Must Target Gender Imbalance; Defence at Risk, Says Report

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

ADF Must Target Gender Imbalance; Defence at Risk, Says Report

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Byline: Adam Carroll, APN National Affairs Editor

Key points

Chief of the Defence Force to be directly responsible for implementing the review's recommendations.

Compiling an annual Women in the ADF report, in addition to the ADF annual report.

Selecting people for the most senior strategic leadership positions from a broader group of candidates, particularly women.

Promote more women from non-warfare roles, such as health, supply and administrative positions.

Creation of long-term career plans for family stability.

Establish innovative strategies to attract more women to the ADF, including a atry-before-you-buya option (initial commitment of 12 months).

Service chiefs set female recruitment targets, with details to be contained in annual report.

Recruiting women to key roles in areas with low female representation, and ensure they receive the support required to remain in these positions.

Support the removal of gender restrictions in a number of ways.

Annual growth targets for number of flexible work arrangements (for men and women).

Establishing as a priority a dedicated Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Office.

Urgently investigate ways to allow members to make confidential reports of sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination.

THE effectiveness of Australia's Defence Force will be compromised unless more women are recruited and retained.

This was one of the key findings contained in the phase two report of the Australian Human Rights Commission's review into the treatment of women in the ADF.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick said the report, which was tabled in Parliament yesterday, made 21 recommendations.

Commissioner Broderick said failing to address the ADF's gender imbalance a women comprise just 13.8% of defence personnel a was not an option.

The report found women were chronically under-represented in the most senior ADF positions. …

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