Roles

The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (the Tribunal) is an independent statutory body that has been established under the Defence Act 1903. The Tribunal commenced operation as a statutory body on 5 January 2011. Before that it operated administratively from July 2008.

Role of Tribunal Chair

The Chair has the following responsibilities:

  • provide leadership and support to the members and full time secretariat staff;
  • ensure that strong governance frameworks are in place for the focused and efficient operation of the Tribunal;
  • in reaching consistent and fair decisions have regard to the historic relationship that has existed and evolved from the former Imperial System of Honours and Awards;
  • ensure that all decisions are made fairly and in accordance with the policy and principles underpinning the Australian System of Honours and Awards;
  • ensure there is full disclosure of interests by the Chair and members of the tribunal and that no conflict or potential conflict of interest occurs;
  • lead particular inquiries;
  • attend panel hearings and meetings as needed;
  • convene meetings of the whole of the tribunal, if appropriate, to ratify panel decisions before making recommendations;
  • prepare reports and recommendations and decisions for prompt promulgation;
  • ensure that the Parliamentary Secretary, Chief of Defence Force and Secretary of Defence are regularly informed on all Tribunal activities;
  • liaise with key stakeholders as required; and
  • oversight the appointment of Tribunal panel members.

Role of Panel Members

Panel members have the following responsibilities:

  • attend panel hearings and meetings as needed;
  • review and make decisions through constructive questioning and analysis of information;
  • ensure that strong governance frameworks are followed;
  • ensure that all decisions are made fairly and in accordance with the policy and principles underpinning the Australian system of Honours and Awards;
  • reach consistent and fair decisions having regard to the historic relationship that has existed and evolved from the former Imperial System of Honours and Awards;
  • provide a full disclosure of interests to ensure no conflict or potential conflict of interest occurs;
  • lead particular inquiries as required; and
  • prepare draft reports and recommendations.

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by Ken McFadyen
Oil on canvas on hardboard, 1968

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Robert Taylor
Oil on canvas, 1986