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Australia to Review Equipment Defect Reporting

Defence Minister Senator John Faulkner today announced a review into the Defence’s RODUM or Report on Defective or Unsatisfactory Materiel regime.

The four month review will be conducted by Mr Jeff Whalan, a former CEO of Centrelink and Medicare.

The review will assess:

--The ease, use and responsiveness of the current reporting system for the individual ADF member and his or her chain of command, and the feedback arrangements following RODUM reports; and

--Whether the current reporting system provides adequate and timely advice to higher ADF command and senior Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) Management on reported defects.

Senator Faulkner welcomed Mr Whalan’s appointment.

“We have to ensure that claims about defective equipment made by ADF personnel are properly dealt with.

“Mr Whalan will make recommendations on how effective the system is for reporting defects, with a focus on RODUMS,” Senator Faulkner said.

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Review of Defence Equipment Reporting