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 – Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka
On the afternoon of 23 June 2016
the Tribunal visited the Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) at Kapooka to
provide an introduction for new Tribunal members to an ADF training
environment. At ARTC the Tribunal met the staff of 1st Recruit
Training Battalion (1RTB) and a number of recruits at differing stages of their
12 week initial training course. The Tribunal had the opportunity to engage
with recruits at different stages in their training during the visit and
observed training activities including first aid training, live fire weapons
training and field exercises. The
Tribunal viewed drill training for the 'March Out' graduation parade to be held
the next day.
Tribunal President, Ingrid Asbury, meets with recruits taking a break during
live fire range training at Kapooka.
This visit also allowed the
Tribunal to meet with the Recruit Instructors at 1RTB who had been the subject
of allowances determined in Matter 2 of 2015 –1st Recruit Training Battalion – Recruit Instructors. The visit enabled
the Tribunal to understand the impact of these allowances in the operating
environment following their introduction in March 2016.