The Australian Defence Force has suspended all military child support payments for all military children in the service for one year.
The move is part of a review by the military to improve child care arrangements.
“The decision has been taken to suspend all military support payments to child soldiers in the military and to defer payments to those serving on active duty in the Army, Navy and Air Force,” the service said in a statement.
Child soldiers who enlist after leaving the military face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of crimes related to child sexual exploitation.
A review has been launched to examine military child care policies and practices.
The military said the review was in response to a report by the Australian Government’s Child Protection Commission.
The Commission found child sexual abuse in the armed forces is widespread, affecting more than 5,000 Australians, including 1,200 children.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for a review of child protection and child sexual predator policies.
Last year, the Government announced it would lift the ban on the purchase of weapons for child protection purposes, but the Government has not yet implemented the changes.
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