The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee's report on the Inquiry into the use of quinoline anti-malarial drugs in the ADF, was tabled in Parliament on 4 December 2018. The full report is available at the Senate Inquiry website.
The Government’s response to the Senate Committee Report, was tabled by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs on 15 March 2019.
The Response is available on the Senate Inquiry website
Read more about the Government Response to the Senate Committee Report on Veteran Suicide
Following the death of Private Jesse Bird, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs asked the Departments of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) and Defence to thoroughly examine his case. A series of review recommendations have been made by the Joint Inquiry into the facts surrounding the management of the case.
Progress of implementation (31 December 2018)
Following is an update of the implementation of the recommendations of the Joint Defence / DVA Inquiry into the Jesse Bird case.
The update represents a snapshot of DVA's progress on the recommendations as at the date recorded on the table. The update recognises that DVA has further work to do on implementing the recommendations of the Inquiry, many of which are closely aligned with DVA's ongoing journey of continuous improvement and the Veteran Centric Reform program.
In 2017, the Government committed to an independent review of the implementation of the recommendations of the Joint Defence/DVA Inquiry into the Jesse Bird case after 12 months.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs appointed Emeritus Professor Robin Creyke AO to conduct this review (Media release).
The Terms of Reference for the review were:
The National Mental Health Commission Review report was presented to Government on 28 March 2017. The report made 23 recommendations. The Government response to the Review was released on 30 June 2017.
The Committee report was tabled in Parliament on 17 March 2016. The Government's response to the 25 recommendations, including eight Minority Report recommendations, was tabled on 15 September 2016.
Implementation of three recommendations (two agreed-in-principle and one agreed in part) from the Government Response to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee Report on Mental Health of Australian Defence Force Members and Veterans (2016) are outstanding.
Implementation of the other recommendations agreed by Government and requiring action has been completed.