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Re-Thinking Systems of Inquiry, Investigation, Review and Audit


On 8 November 2011, the then Secretary of Defence and then Chief of the Defence Force commissioned a review of all inquiry, investigation, review and audit systems, processes and structures across the Department of Defence. The Re-Thinking Systems Review, conducted by the Chief Audit Executive, Head Defence Legal and Head People Capability, looked holistically at arrangements across all of Defence's ADF, APS and integrated workplaces, and proposed models for reform from a 'first principles' perspective. The review was conducted in two phases: an inquiry, investigation and review phase and an audit phase.

Options for a new system of inquiry, investigation and review were presented to the Secretary and CDF on 28 October 2013. A modified version of the recommended model was put to the Chiefs of Service Committee, and agreed in March 2014.

The audit phase of the review was completed on 19 February 2014 with the final report approved by the Secretary on 28 February 2014 and CDF on 16 March 2014.

Phase 1: Inquiry, investigation and review

Stage B (Models)

Stage A (Research and analysis)

Phase 2: Audit