Inquiry into the recognition of contributions made by Officers and Instructors in the Australian Cadet Forces
- A number of people raised the issue of additional recognition for Officers and Instructors of Australian Cadet Forces.
- Submissions closed on 19 April 2010.
- The Tribunal’s Report was presented to the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence on 15 June 2011.
- The Government has accepted the following Tribunal recommendations in this matter:
Recommendation 1: That no change be made to the Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal Regulations 1999 or the Order of Precedence for wearing the ACFSM;
That there be no change to the Australian Defence Medal Regulations 2006.
The Chief of Navy, Chief of Army and Chief of Air Force be:
a. informed about the Tribunal’s findings in regard to the current internal system for the award of ‘Certificates of Service’ to recognise five and ten years service in the ACF; and
b. requested to consider and action as appropriate:
i. the adequacy of the current form of ‘Certificates of Service’ to recognise five and ten years service rendered by an officer and instructor in the ACF, and
ii. whether there should be a separate form of recognition for service rendered as an officer and instructor in the ACF to that rendered by a cadet in the ACF.
The Chiefs of Service Committee (COSC) be provided with a copy of the Tribunal’s findings and recommendations in regard to recognition of meritorious/distinguished service by an officer or instructor in the ACF and the COSC be requested to amend, as they consider appropriate, the existing administrative procedures for the award of a conspicuous service decoration so as to give effect to the findings of the Tribunal;
The Minister consider making a determination, pursuant to regulation 5(b) of the Australian Conspicuous Service Decorations Regulations 1990,
a. to the effect that officers and instructors in the ACF are a class of persons who may be awarded a decoration as prescribed in the Regulations; or
b. on a case by case basis, that a nominated officer or instructor in the ACF is a person who may be awarded a decoration as prescribed in the Regulations;
Officers and instructors in the ACF continue to be eligible for nomination for awards under the provisions of the Order of Australia (General Division).