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..
Tobruk Lines, Holsworthy
The Tribunal conducted an inspection of Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) at Tobruk Lines, Holsworthy on 8 and 9 April 2014 in support of Matter 16 of 2013. The purpose of the visit was to gain information about and an understanding of the increased responsibilities and enduring disabilities experienced by SOCOMD personnel.
The Tribunal witnessed equipment displays from support staff and operators and met with a number of key personnel. Demonstrations at 2 Commando Regiment and Special Operations Engineering Regiment provided briefs on roles, personnel categories and equipment. Also addressed were restrictions on personnel such as notice to move and security implications.The Tribunal was briefed by personnel from the Special Forces Training Centre and Parachute Training School with a focus on training and the maintenance of specialist skills.
The Tribunal President, the Hon. Anne Harrison, being briefed on equipment used by 2 Commando Regiment.
On the second day of the inspection, the Tribunal was briefed by the Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment, who described the capabilities of the regiment and the extreme conditions under which the unit operates.
The Tribunal members (BRIG Bill Rolfe (left) and the Hon. Arch Bevis (centre) preparing for an exercise activity with members of 2 Commando Regiment.
At the end of the inspection, a question and answer session was held with all Commanding Officers, Regimental Sergeant Majors and key personnel the Tribunal had met during the inspection. The closing address was given by the Special Forces Commander Australia, who emphasised key priorities such as workforce mobility and Special Forces support.
The Tribunal members being briefed on the roles of 2 Commando Regiment by the Commanding Officer.