Case Study 40: Australian Defence Force

The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 30 June and on Friday 26 August 2016.

The public hearing inquired into the experiences of men and women who were sexually abused as children in certain divisions of the Australian Defence Force.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing was to inquire into:

  1. The experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse of the following institutions operated by the Australian Defence Force (ADF):
    1. HMAS Leeuwin in the period 1960 to 1980;
    2. The Army Apprentice School Balcombe in the period 1970 to 1980; and
    3. ADF Cadets in the period 2000 to present.
  2. The systems, policies, practices and procedures of the ADF and the ADF Cadets to prevent child sexual abuse, and raising and responding to concerns and complaints about child sexual abuse, in the above listed institutions.
  3. Any related matters.
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