This report recommends that the Australian Government extend the activities of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce to support victims of abuse in Defence, including allowing new complainants to make claims up to 30 June 2015.
On 27 March 2014, the Senate referred an inquiry into the accessibility and adequacy of processes to support victims of abuse in Defence to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 28 August 2014. On 27 August 2014, the Senate agreed to extend the reporting date for the inquiry to 30 October 2014. On 30 October 2014, the Senate extended the reporting date to 31 October 2014.
The terms of reference for the inquiry were:
With reference to the committee's earlier report into the review of allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence, the accessibility and adequacy of current mechanisms and processes to provide support to victims of sexual and other abuse in Defence, taking into account:
(a) the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) process to date;
(b) Defence's response to the DLA Piper Review and the work of DART;
(c) successive governments' responses to the DLA Piper Review and the work of DART;
(d) the desirability of releasing a true reflection of volume two of the DLA Piper report in a redacted form or by way of a summary; and (e) any related matters.