Military Covenant Or Accord

DFWA, along with the national leadership of the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) is proposing the development an “Australian Military Covenant” or “Accord”.

Some time ago the DFWA set out to describe what made service in the Australian Defence Force a unique occupation. The discussion around service in the ADF had become clouded by a range of views describing the characteristics of military service many of which could also be attributed to employment in the various police and emergency services.

The discussion centered around the concept of The Unique Nature of Military Service .. see links below to discussion papers on this subject.

The community’s general understanding of the uniqueness of service in the ADF had been blurred to the point where military service was being equated with employment in the police and emergency services. The object was to clarify what the crucial element making service in the ADF unique was.

Essentially the uniqueness is brought about by the surrender of the individual’s basic human rights under Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the General Assembly of the UN in 1948 to which Australia is a signatory amd the liability to be ordered to apply lethal force against another human being.  In no other occupation is the surrender of this basic human right demanded nor is the legal obligation to obey an order to apply lethal force imposed.

The call to develop an “Australian Military Covenant” or  “Accord” follows on from an understanding of this uniqueness and is a way of spelling out the mutual obligations between the Nation and its service men and women.

The proposed Australian Military Accord  is an instrument designed to articulate the, to date, largely unwritten mutual obligations between the Nation and the members of the Australian Defence Force. It will promote greater awareness and understanding within the general community of the demands placed on ADF members as well as the community’s expectations of the ethos and standards demanded of its Australian Defence Force members. It will also help highlight the qualities and skills ex ADF members bring to the workforce and encourage commerce and industry to give favourable consideration to employing  spouses of ADF members and discharging members. It is a natural facet of the emerging ADF flexible workforce model.



1 November 2007
Open Letter To The Prime Minister And Leader Of The Opposition - Indexation - Commutation - Tax - Unique Nature
22 October 2009
Forum - Unique Nature - Synopsis - Keynote Address - Mellor - Bell - Breen - Evans - Ryan - Usher
7 October 2010 Nature Of Military Service
DFWA Nature Of Military Service Paper 10-09 Amdt 1
23 January 2014
RAN Personnel Deserve Our Total Support
21 May 2010
279 Update - March 2013
FAIR GO CAMPAIGN GOES AUSTRALIA-WIDE - Thornlie Senior High School Rally - The Government’s Position on Indexation - Proposed Military Covenant - Outsourcing ADF Medical Care
277 Update - November 2012
20 November 2012 - DFWA Holds Its Annual General Meeting - Outsourcing ADF Medical Care - Salary Related Allowance Case 2012 - Fair Go Campaign – Outcomes in Parliament - Military Covenant - Military Court of Australia Bill 2012 - Defence Widows Support Group (DWSG)
245 Update - November 2009
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commision - Indexation: meeting with Minister Tanner - DVA Advocacy Review - Unique Nature of Military Service
244 Update - October 2009
Response to Matthews - ADF Deaths on Operational Service
243 Update - September 2009
Military Justice Dilemma - Phase 2 Living In Accommodation Project - Military Superannuation