COLLECTION:

The Australian War Crimes Inquiry

This collection includes publicly available documents relating to the official Inquiry into allegations of war crimes committed by Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016. The Inquiry was led by Major General Paul Brereton, a Judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and a senior officer in the Australian Army Reserve, who was appointed to the role by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF) in May 2016.

The final Inquiry report, known colloquially as the Brereton Report, was published in 2020. It concluded that there had been at least 23 incidents involving 39 unlawful killings by 25 Australian personnel. It also found evidence of the use of ‘throwdowns’, where soldiers would carry weapons and equipment not issued by the ADF in order to plant them on civilians or unarmed combatants they had murdered.

This collection includes the final report, reports into the organisational culture in Australian Special Forces, reform plans, and responses from senior officials.