Statement on IGADF scoping inquiry
10 July 2017
The Australian Defence Force conducts its operations under strict rules of engagement and promotes a culture of ethical and lawful behaviour. These rules and cultural norms are designed to ensure the actions of Australian forces are ethical and consistent with Defence’s obligations under Australian and international law.
Defence does not condone its people operating outside of these rules and norms, and it takes allegations of misconduct seriously.
It is a matter of public record that the Inspector General Australian Defence Force (IGADF) is currently conducting a scoping inquiry to determine whether there is any substance to rumours relating to the Special Operations Task Group during deployments in Afghanistan over the period 2005 to 2016.
The Scoping Inquiry commenced in May 2016 as the result of a referral from the Chief of Army.
While the IGADF scoping inquiry is in progress, it is inappropriate to comment on the status of any rumours or allegations.
Defence will not provide any further information or detail relating to these rumours or allegations to protect the integrity and independence of the IGADF Scoping Inquiry.
Defence requests members of the media respect the integrity of the inquiry process, and to refrain from reporting information which is unsubstantiated.
Anyone with information or evidence relating to alleged, unlawful or inappropriate conduct relating to Special Operations Task Group deployments in Afghanistan is encouraged to bring it to the attention of the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force and/or the Australian Federal Police.
Defence will not provide any interviews at this time.