Statement on Defence's Complaints and Alternative Resolutions Manual
23 March 2018
Recent media reports have incorrectly stated that Defence policy relating to conflicts of interest and inappropriate behaviour is no longer in place. This is wrong.
Defence's fundamental policy position on conflicts of interest and inappropriate behaviour has not changed.
Any statements or reporting that are contrary to this are incorrect.
The amendments to the policy and related instructions in 2017 reflect the normal process of reviewing and updating policies to ensure they remain up to date.
The 2017 updates strengthened the policy framework to include applicable legislation, Defence Values, One Defence Leadership behaviours, Service and Australian Public Service Values.
Policy and major personnel-related decisions are developed by the Defence People Group, and extensively consulted across the organisation.
As a final step, once agreed, the policies are signed off by the Associate Secretary of Defence and the Vice Chief of the Defence Force.