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 to inform Matter 10 of 2012 in support of Air Intelligence Analyst prior to hearings being held. As noted earlier in the report the ADF sought to establish a new employment category, Air Intelligence Analyst, combining three existing categories: geospatial imagery analyst and signals operators both technical and linguist.
Due to the security clearance level of the intelligence work undertaken by these members it is not possible to expand upon this inspection in detail.
The Tribunal members visited units of the Aerospace Operational Support Group at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation including visits to the Joint Electronic Warfare Operations Support Unit and No 87 Squadron. The aim of the inspection was to demonstrate to the Tribunal the range of work currently undertaken by members of existing Air Force musterings and compare this to future mustering that would be undertaken by the Air Intelligence Analyst.
Upon arrival at 87 SQN the Tribunal members were met by the CO and the party then met the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO, who spoke about the proposal to establish the single mustering and highlighted the need for a multi-skilled, core analysis role. Briefings were provided on overall capability and emerging requirements and demonstrations were provided. Personnel of each skill grade were available to discuss their roles and tasking with the Tribunal.
The Tribunal President the Hon. Anne Harrison and Member the Hon. Arch Bevis watch a demonstration on equipment for base security and force protection in relation to Matter No. 7 of 2012.