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WDSN Panel ‘Women in the ADF: enhancing capability and operational effectiveness’

Speakers: AVM (Ret’d) Margaret Staib, MAJGEN Kathryn Toohey, RADM Michael Noonan and AVM Warren McDonald

Sold Out"Gender equality and increasing female participation in the Defence workforce and in senior leadership roles is fundamental to achieving Defence capability now and into the future" - Defence White Paper 2016, p24.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) is pleased to invite you to join us for the first Women in Defence and Security (WDSN) event for 2017 on Women in the ADF: Enhancing Capability and Operational Effectiveness

The 2016 Defence White Paper recognised that increasing women’s participation in the ADF is essential as part of future capability. For this reason, significant efforts have been focused on numbers and targets when it comes to the recruitment, participation and ongoing retention of women in the ADF.

The three services – Army, Navy and Air Force – have been at the forefront of efforts and initiatives to improve the levels of women’s participation in the ADF. We’ve therefore invited the Deputy Chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force to take part in a panel discussion exploring some of the successes and setbacks as it relates to women in the ADF.


  • Air Vice Marshal (Ret’d) Margaret Staib AM CSC (Chair)
  • MAJGEN Kathryn Toohey, Head of Land Capability
  • Rear Admiral Michael Noonan AM RAN, Deputy Chief of Navy
  • Air Vice Marshal Warren McDonald AM CSC, Deputy Chief of Air Force


A recording of the event is available here:


This event is proudly sponsored by Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand.