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..
Combined inspection, visit and conference - Darwin
The Tribunal travelled to Darwin from 8 - 10 August 2016 and visited a number of ADF units during that time.
An inspection at Exercise PITCH BLACK 2016 was conducted over one and a half days and informed Matter 5 of 2016 - Officer Aviation Pay Structure. The inspection also enabled the Tribunal to witness air power in an operational environment and assisted their understanding of the officer aviation structure and the impact on aviation capability.
On the afternoon of 10 August the Tribunal visited Larrakeyah Barracks and met with members of North West Mobility Force (NORFORCE) where they were briefed on remote area surveillance and the Army Indigenous Development Program. During this time the Tribunal also met in conference to consider two Army category structure matters before them.
On 11 August the Tribunal visited HMAS Ships Coonawarra and Pirie to meet with sailors and officers of the Patrol Boat Force and gain an understanding of the capability and roles of the Armidale class patrol boats; at the same time they learnt about the challenges of delivering shore support to high-tempo operational sea-going units.