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..
Visit and sea day - HMA Ships Albatross and Parramatta
On 29 November 2016 the Tribunal visited HMAS Albatross and the Fleet Air Arm and were briefed on Navy aviation capabilities and operations.
Visits to 808 and 725 Squadrons provided a deeper understanding of the officer aviation structure and training continuum within Navy in regard to Matter 5 of 2016 - Officer Aviation Pay Structure.
A sea-ride in HMAS Parramatta on 30 November provided an opportunity to gain and understanding of the capability, challenges and roles of major fleet units at sea and, in particular, a chance to meet with Maritime Logistics - Support Operations sailors at sea to witness their roles prior to consideration of Matter 10 of 2016 - Navy: Maritime Logistics Support Operations.
On 1 December 2016 the Tribunal visited HMAS Creswell and attended the graduation parade for New Entry Officers Course 55.