Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, today met with officers and soldiers from the North West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) in Alice Springs.
Mr Robert visited the NORFORCE Centre Squadron base and was briefed on the training and operations carried out by the unit.
Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, today visited RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory where he was briefed on facility upgrades and observed elements of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.
Mr Robert praised local personnel during his visit and noted the important role they play in delivering critical Defence capabilities.
Today, in Darwin, I will meet with personnel undertaking operations in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2015 and see first-hand some of the impressive capabilities the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribute to the exercise.
Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert has completed a visit to the Northern Territory where he visited Australian personnel and international partners participating in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 15.
During his visit to the Top End Mr Robert also met with Territory leaders and key Defence stakeholders.
The Government is aware of issues currently affecting the payment of some Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) pensions, including Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) and Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme (MSBS) pensions.
Today the Government releases the Report on Community Consultations following the 2015 Defence White Paper Community Consultation Program. This includes a number of recommendations made by the Expert Panel.
The Australian Government will purchase two additional KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force.
The two additional KC-30A aircraft will be delivered in 2018 and provide a substantial increase to the air-to-air refuelling capacity of the RAAF.
The Australian Government has given second pass approval for LAND 2072 Phase 2B to provide the Australian Defence Force with the next generation of battlespace telecommunications network capability, with an acquisition program cost of around $900 million.
The Australian Government has given a combined First and Second Pass approval for project LAND 19 Phase 7A – Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar System (C?RAM) Sense and Warn capability.
Force protection of personnel is of the highest priority, particularly given the increasingly complex operating environments.
Over the past two days I have met with Defence Ministers from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) members and partner countries.
Australia and NATO are natural partners; our shared values mean we are prepared to take a stand to defend the peaceful global order, and the principles that underpin it.
The Government today introduced legislation establishing a new military superannuation scheme for members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and accompanying legislation to enable ADF members to work part time.
This week I will attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Brussels.
The meeting provides a forum for members to consult on security issues of common concern and consider joint actions to address them.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester MP, today announced that the Campbell Barracks Redevelopment Project had been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works.
Defence and Australian industry partners have collaborated to manufacture the first-of-a-kind counter improvised explosive device equipment.
Australia continues to be on the cutting edge of the development of defence science and technology needed to address the global threat posed by improvised explosive devices.
The Australian Government can today announce that a full tax exemption will apply to military personnel serving on non-warlike Operations Manitou, Accordion, Okra (Zone B) and Augury in the Middle East region.
A five-month project to deliver infrastructure, health services and training for local people in Titjikala began this week as the first soldiers arrived in the Northern Territory for the annual Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Programme (AACAP).
Today I joined the Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis, MP, and Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN at the commissioning of Navy’s helicopter training squadron for the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’.
With France, Germany and Japan having confirmed their participation as potential international partners in the Australia’s future submarine programme, the Government today announces the establishment of the Expert Advisory Panel, which will oversee the competitive evaluation process.
Today I concluded my first visit to Japan as Minister for Defence.
Japan is an important regional and security partner for Australia. We share strategic interests, common capabilities and a shared alliance with the United States.
The Department of Defence has decided to sell Leeuwin Barracks in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester MP, said Defence had no ongoing operational or strategic need for the Leeuwin Barracks site and had decided to sell the property.
The Department of Defence will sell the Pontville Small Arms Rifle Range Complex north of Hobart in Tasmania, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester MP, announced today.
The site at Pontville is approximately 517 hectares in size and includes the Pontville Camp Site and the rifle range area.