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..
This inspection was held in support of Matter 7 of 2012 related to Air Force Security/Air Force Police. As noted earlier in the report the ADF sought to establish two new employment categories titled Air Force Security and Air Force Police to replace the then Security Police category and its three specialist streams: military working dog handler, security law enforcement and service investigator. The Tribunal considered an inspection was the most appropriate way to thoroughly understand the range of roles and functions to be undertaken by the new categories.
The Tribunal members were met by the Deputy Director of the Security Forces Implementation team. During the day the party visited both 23 SQN and 1 SQN and received briefs on topics ranging from the strategic background of the matter and the career continuum, through to security requirements for new platforms. Discussions covered the requirement for a deployed mission planning facility to be constructed whenever an aircraft squadron deployed and the security staffing levels of the Squadrons when at the Base.
The party visited the Air Base Command Post and learnt of the role of the Post as an Emergency Control Centre and of security measures in place such as perimeter fencing and security monitors. Demonstrations of the Entry Control point searches and Explosive Dog Detector searches were conducted. The party was briefed on the Expeditionary Tactical Automated Security System: a trailer based system of sensors designed specifically for mobile force protection and security. The party then visited the RAAF Security and Fire School and were briefed on the dog breeding program.
Tribunal President the Hon. Anne Harrison at the RAAF Security and Fire School while being briefed on the dog breeding program.