Australia joins declaration on safe and responsible artificial intelligence in the military

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The Hon Richard Marles MP

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Minister for Defence

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Senator the Hon Penny Wong

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The Hon Ed Husic MP

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3 November 2023

Australia is strengthening its commitment to safe and responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI), joining a landmark Declaration on Responsible Military Use of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy.

In an increasingly complex global environment, it is essential that AI technologies are developed and implemented responsibly.

The Declaration, an initiative of the United States, sets out practical measures to safeguard the way AI is used by militaries. It calls on states to take steps to ensure military use of AI is consistent with obligations under international and humanitarian law, involves adequate training and employs appropriate safeguards. 

This week, Deputy Prime Minister, Richard Marles, and Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic, are attending the United Kingdom’s AI Safety Summit from 1-2 November.

Australia’s participation reflects the Albanese Government’s strong record of contributing to the safe and responsible use of AI, including through joint initiatives between government, industry and academia.

Australia will continue to work with our international partners to ensure future developments in AI are in line with these principles.

Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP:

“Australia recognises the importance of ensuring AI technologies are developed and used responsibly in a civilian and military context.

“Australia will continue to engage actively in the international agenda towards the responsible research, development, deployment and application of AI.”

Quotes attributable to the Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Penny Wong:

“The growing use of AI must be consistent with our efforts to shape the region and world we want – stable, prosperous, secure and respectful of sovereignty.

“Australia has strengthened its contribution to ensuring AI technologies are developed and used responsibly by joining a landmark Declaration on Responsible Military Use of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ed Husic MP:

“It is beyond question that AI will change the world. We have a responsibility to help ensure it changes the world for the better.

“On the home front, we have asked Australians how they think we should ensure AI is safe and properly regulated in this country. We will continue to engage with Australians on this over the coming months.”

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