The Australian Defence Force could take disciplinary action against three soldiers for failing to put in place ordered security measures ahead of the killing of three Diggers by a "rogue" Afghan soldier last year.
The move comes amid revelations the killer appeared on a jihadist website earlier this year boasting his decision to kill the Australians was a spur-of-the-moment move, but had later been helped by the Taliban.
The Defence Department yesterday released a report into the shooting deaths of the three Australian soldiers in a so-called "green-on-blue attack" in Afghanistan on August 29 last year.
Sapper James Martin, 21, Lance-Cpl Stjepan Milosevic, 40, and Pte Robert Poate, 23, were shot dead by an Afghan soldier at a small patrol base north of the main Australian base of Tarin Kowt.
The soldiers were relaxing and playing cards and board games after a patrol when Afghan National Army soldier Sgt Hekmatullah fired several bursts of gunfire at the Australians.
Two other Australians were wounded. In the confusion Hekmatullah escaped and is thought to have made his way to Pakistan.
The Defence report found the Australian commanders on the scene failed to put in place then mandated force protection measures designed to protect soldiers from insider attacks.
Only one so-called guardian angel - a fully armed Australian soldier ready to defend against a green on blue attacker - was on duty when two should have been there.
Soldiers in charge also failed to properly segregate Diggers from the Afghan soldiers, allowing Hekmatullah easy access to the relaxing Australians.It is believed disciplinary action could include the soldiers being thrown out of the ADF.