Statement in response to the outcomes of the Mitchell trial
7 July 2017
The Department of Defence acknowledges the outcome of the civilian trial of an Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) officer cadet and respects the jury’s decision.
Defence continues to support all individuals affected by this matter.
Allegations of unacceptable behaviour are taken very seriously. ADFA has robust reporting mechanisms, disciplinary measures, and support structures in place to deal with incidences of unacceptable behaviour.
In response to the Broderick Review, ADFA formulated a training package which contains a range of initiatives to reinforce the high standards of behaviour expected of trainee officers. This includes alcohol and drug education, equity and diversity training, sexual ethics, respectful relationships and character development. These programs have been validated by Defence Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Office (SeMPRO) and through internal trainee reviews.
ADFA also publishes Standing Orders which provide guidance and direction on a range of issues such as personal conduct. This includes direction on consumption of alcohol and inter-personal relationships. Standing Orders also provide direction on unacceptable behaviour and ‘fraternisation’ between personnel.
ADFA’s culture has evolved and improved significantly over the years and the vast majority of the officer cadets and midshipmen are a credit to the Academy, upholding its values and those of the ADF.