Research on Deployed Women: Fact Sheet

Between 1988 and 2014, were you deployed or posted overseas on a peace and/or security operation as a member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the Defence public service, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) (including AusAID)?

If so, you are invited to share your experiences about the contributions of women to these missions. We need both women and men to share their insights. This research aims to help Australia further strengthen its responses to international crises.

The Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) has commissioned the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), University of Queensland, to undertake evidence-based research on the experiences, contributions and impact of Australian civilian, police and military female personnel who deployed on peace and security operations between 1988 and 2014.

What is research?

An opportunity to share your experiences in peace and security operations.

Along with other women and men from the ADF and Defence public service, the AFP, and DFAT, you will have the opportunity to have your opinions heard through a confidential online survey, developed by independent, university researchers. The information you and others provide will be used to build evidence concerning the ways women can contribute in peace and security environments. This research project has been approved by the Department of Defence, Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee with Protocol Number 808-15.

Why participate in this research?

So that Australia can continue to improve its contribution to global peace and security operations.

Women have enormous contributions to make to peace and security operations. To make the most of women’s potential in deployments, we need to better understand their experiences and the factors that help or hinder them. That is where previously deployed women and men from Defence, the AFP, and DFAT can offer their rich experience and insights towards the goal of making everyone’s contributions more effective.

Who is conducting the research?

A team of women and men from the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland is conducting this research. ISSR is an independent organisation with significant research experience conducting important projects that help decision makers understand key issues.

The Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) has contracted ISSR to undertake this research. ACMC’s role is to support the development of national civil-military-police capabilities to prevent, prepare for and respond more effectively to conflicts and disasters overseas.

What should I do if I choose to participate?

Have your say in the private survey. Please note, it will take approximately 20 minutes to complete so you may want to plan to have that amount of time, uninterrupted, available before you take part.

Additional information about ISSR can be found via their website. For further information on the research, please email ISSR. Your personal details will always remain strictly confidential.