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Combined inspection, visit and conference - Darwin

8 August 2016 to 10 August 2016

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.