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2017 07 03 NAIDOC3

Across Defence, the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are the focus of national celebrations in 2017.

The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.

2017 06 18 Writing

Defence will soon modify the way in which it provides assistance to partners of service personnel who are having difficulties funding employment.

These benefits will also be available to LGBTI families, many whom were recognised through the streamlined processes introduced last year.

From 1 July 2017, Defence Community Organisation's Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) will provide funding towards initiatives to partners, which may particularly be helpful when families are posted to a new locality. The changes seek to provide assistance to a greater number of Defence families across the board.

2017 05 17 IDAHOT

IDAHOT Day – the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, is an opportunity to recognise the sexual orientation, intersex and gender identity diversity in our teams and in our lives.

On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental health disorders.

There are many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people who are contributing to Defence across all groups and services.

2015 05 25 Support

A new study has been launched to identify how sexual offences and sexual harassment impacts men in Defence.

The project is being conducted by Griffith University and UNSW and is funded by Defence.

The researchers would like to interview current serving (or recently ex-serving) male ADF members who have experienced sexual offences or unwanted sexualised behaviours during their service.

Defence hopes that the information gathered in the study will improve services for men, improve Defence's response to disclosures from men, and refine prevention education.

2017 05 04 Ombudsman

Members of Defence can now use the Defence Force Ombudsman to report sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and serious bullying and harassment within Defence.

On 1 December 2016, the Defence Force Ombudsman commenced its new function of receiving reports of serious abuse from serving and former Defence members and civilians deployed on operations overseas.

2016 05 10 ReflectionsThumb

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