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National law firm Slater and Gordon is warning former and current defence members that the deadline for reporting instances of abuse to a government review is fast approaching.
Current and former defence personnel only have until next Friday (June 17) to make or refer allegations of sexual or other forms of abuse to an external legal review set up by the Federal Government.
Slater and Gordon military compensation lawyer Brian Briggs said the firm was concerned about what would happen if people failed to meet the deadline imposed by the government.
“Our enquiries to the government about what happens if a report is not lodged by their June deadline have gone unanswered,” Mr Briggs said.
“It is imperative that reports be submitted prior to the deadline so that former or current defence force members avoid any adverse consequences or repercussions as a result.
“We would not want anyone to lose their rights to justice by missing the deadline imposed by the government as part of its review.”
Mr Briggs said the government had also stipulated that community associations and media outlets in Australia must notify of any complaints or allegations and provide that information to the review by June 17.
“The timeframes that have been imposed by the review are very strict but it’s important that people take this opportunity to have their matters heard,” he said.
Slater and Gordon has assisted hundreds of ADF members and has expertise in military compensation law.
The law firm experienced a spike in calls from current and former defence members with allegations of abuse, after a number of high profile stories earlier this year.
Mr Briggs said the firm had informed its clients and others who had made contact with the firm recently to consider providing their details to the review.
The external legal review is being conducted by DLA Piper and people can phone 1800 424 991 to lodge an allegation for review.