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Boards of Inquiry


  • inquire into the facts and circumstances surrounding an incident or occurrence (for example an accident or injury, or damage to a Defence asset) to inform ADF command decisions about actions that might be taken in response, including actions aimed at avoiding a recurrence;
  • are internal ADF Inquiries;
  • applythe requirements of procedural fairness;
  • are presided over by civilians or ADF officers; and
  • are conducted separately from the normal chain of command.

A Board of Inquiry may be appointed jointly by the Secretary of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force, the Chief of the Defence Force, a Service Chief or other senior commander.