Outcome of Inquiry into personnel management and decision making in regard to Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Heath
29 November 2011
Outcome of Inquiry into personnel management and decision making in regard to Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Heath arising from the process to procure Modular Load Carriage (MLC) equipment during 2008 and 2009
In early May 2010, there was significant media coverage of the involvement of LTCOL Heath in the process to procure MLC equipment. This media coverage publicly tarnished LTCOL Heath’s reputation by portraying him as being solely responsible for the cancellation of the MLC equipment tender.
On 18 October 2010, my predecessor appointed an Inquiry Officer to inquire into certain matters relating to personnel management and decision making concerning LTCOL Heath during the MLC process. On 15 June 2011, the Inquiry Officer submitted a report to Army. I have accepted the findings and recommendations of that report.
The main findings of the Inquiry are:
• LTCOL Heath was not solely responsible and accountable for the MLC acquisition process;
• There was no misconduct by LTCOL Heath in regards to any of the allegations presented by a complainant;
• there was no actual bias on the part of LTCOL Heath in the management of the MLC process;
• LTCOL Heath was not solely responsible for the cancellation of the MLC process;
• there was no evidence that LTCOL Heath held any bias towards or against particular tenderers;
• that LTCOL Heath was incorrectly represented to senior Defence members and Ministers as being responsible for the MLC tender cancellation; and
• that LTCOL Heath was misrepresented in the media in that his telephone call to a particular company was expressed as being the sole reason for the cancellation of the MLC tender process.
The outcome of this Inquiry, clearing LTCOL Heath of any bias or misconduct, has been advised to the Secretary, Chief of the Defence Force and Portfolio Ministers.
Deputy Chief of Army
30 November 2011