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Inspections and Visits

Inspections may be initiated by the Tribunal or the parties when it is considered that a practical review of work performed by ADF members will be critical to the Tribunal’s understanding of a particular matter. Inspections are most beneficial in assisting the Tribunal to reach decisions because they allow Tribunal members to witness firsthand, albeit in a limited way, the working and living conditions of ADF members across a range of employment categories and localities. The ADF and Commonwealth parties, as well as the Secretariat Advisor, normally accompany the Tribunal on inspections..

Visit – Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka 23 June 2016

On the afternoon of 23 June 2016 the Tribunal visited the Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) at Kapooka to provide an introduction for new Tribunal members to an ADF training environment. At ARTC the Tribunal met the staff of 1st Recruit Training Battalion (1RTB) and a number of recruits at differing stages of their 12 week initial training course. The Tribunal had the opportunity to engage with recruits at different stages in their training during the visit and observed training activities including first aid training, live fire weapons training  and field exercises. The Tribunal viewed drill training for the 'March Out' graduation parade to be held the next day.

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Above: The Tribunal President, Ingrid Asbury, meets with recruits taking a break during live fire range training at Kapooka.

This visit also allowed the Tribunal to meet with the Recruit Instructors at 1RTB who had been the subject of allowances determined in Matter 2 of 2015 –1st Recruit Training Battalion – Recruit Instructors. The visit enabled the Tribunal to understand the impact of these allowances in the operating environment following their introduction in March 2016.

More Inspections and Visits

RAAF Darwin 4-6 August 2014

Visit to HMAS Cairns 4 June 2014

Orchard Hills 10 April 2014

Tobruk Lines, Holsworthy 8-9 April 2014

RAAF Amberley 23 October 2012

RAAF Edinburgh 25 September 2012