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.
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.
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.
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.
This week marks the beginning of Australia’s most comprehensive study into the impact of contemporary military service on the health and wellbeing of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.
The 14th annual Shangri-La Dialogue has successfully concluded.
Over the past few days I have met with many colleagues to share perspectives on the regional implications of global security issues, including terrorism in the Middle East, maritime security and building regional cooperation.
Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert reviewed a presentation by a group of Australian Defence Force men and women as part of the Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program.
I will visit Singapore from 28-31 May 2015 with the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, to attend the 14th annual Shangri-La Dialogue. This is my first visit to Singapore as Defence Minister.
In an important milestone for the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program, the first of three destroyers, Hobart, was launched alongside the Port River wharf in Adelaide today.
This is a key achievement for the program and a big step towards the delivery of three highly capable warships to the Royal Australian Navy.
The Government has finalised a forensic audit to quantify the level of cost and schedule overruns in the Air Warfare Destroyer Project.
The most reliable estimates now suggest that the project will require an additional $1.2 billion to be completed, which will have to be funded at the expense of other Defence acquisitions.
Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, was joined today by the Federal Member for Bennelong, Mr John Alexander, in opening Defence's newest housing precinct for military personnel and their families.
The 2015 Budget is part of the Commonwealth Government’s plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians. The first responsibility of Government is to keep our people safe in an uncertain world.
I am pleased to announce the establishment and confirm the membership of an Oversight Board to monitor the progress of implementation of the First Principles Review recommendations.
The First Principles Review was released on 1 April 2015. The Government has agreed – or agreed in-principle – to 75 of the 76 recommendations.
Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who served with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) in Vietnam 50 years ago have been recognised with the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation (CGWP).
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester has attended the International Defence Industry Fair held in Istanbul, Turkey this week.
Mr Chester led a delegation of eight Australian defence companies, which Mr Chester said had been brought together by the Department of Defence as Team Defence Australia.
Construction of the New Air Combat Capability Facilities at RAAF Base Williamtown has commenced.
The new facilities will support the introduction, operation and deployment of the F-35A Lightning II - Joint Strike Fighter.