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HE Government will provide Defence
with $31.9 billion in financial year
2015-16 and $132.6 billion between
2015-16 and 2018-19. This is an increase
of $9.9 billion compared with the four-
year estimates announced in the 2014-15 Budget
(2014-15 to 2017-18).
Defence Minister Kevin Andrews says the Budget
makes “a significant investment in the safety and secu-
rity of all Australians”.
“This Budget continues to deliver on the Govern-
ment’s commitment to increase Defence spending to
two per cent of GDP within a decade and builds on
the Government’s promise to provide Defence with a
stable and sustainable funding growth path,” he says.
The Government continues to support deployed
ADF personnel, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan,
the Middle East and on maritime operations.
It provides funding of $752.7 million in
2015-16 and $802.4 million between 2015-16 and
2017-18 to support Defence operations. Including
previously approved funding, this takes the total
operations funding to $910.7 million in 2015-16 and
$1071.8 million between 2015-16 and 2017-18.
A significant portion of this funding will support
ADF operations in Iraq. The Government has agreed
Operation Okra will be supported by funding of
$359.8 million in 2015-16 and $381.6 million between
2015-16 and 2017-18. Including previously approved
funding, this takes the total funding to $390.8 million
in 2015-16 and $418.3 million between 2015-16 and
Since last year’s Budget, $5 billion in capital
investment (listed below) has been approved.
This is on top of the Government’s decisions to
acquire P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft,
MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft, F-35A Lightning IIs
and new replenishment vessels.
New projects will be announced in the Defence
White Paper, which will be delivered later this year
underpinned by a fully costed Force Structure Review.
The White Paper development process is taking a
careful and methodical approach as the decisions will
guide Australia’s defence capability over the coming
It will include a comprehensive review of
Australia’s strategic environment, the changes under
way in this region and across the globe and the
implications for Australia. It will outline the tasks the
Government expects the ADF to undertake and how
those tasks will be achieved within its resources.
“We will lay out a clear, fully funded plan for a
strong and secure Australia,” Mr Andrews says.
Along with the White Paper, the Government will
publish a fully costed 10-year Defence Investment
Plan, a Defence Industry Policy Statement and an
enterprise-level Naval Shipbuilding Plan.
These policies and plans will ensure Australia has
a sustainable and viable industry. Until the White
Paper and Force Structure Review are released, the
Government will continue to approve and fund the
most urgent capability projects, listed in the 2015-16
Portfolio Budget Statements.
• Two additional Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft to bolster the Air Force’s
existing fleet of six strategic lift aircraft.
• The new Helicopter Aircrew Training System – a fully integrated modern
training environment preparing aircrew for the new generation of advanced
• New and improved personal protective equipment, including new-generation
• State-of-the-art Special Forces vehicles being assembled in Australia.
• The final elements required to complete the transformation of Army’s artillery
capability to a state-of-the-art digital system.
• Deployable air traffic control systems to better support humanitarian and
disaster relief operations.
• Transportable satellite terminals that allow deployed forces to use the
Wideband Global Satellite system to communicate back to Australia.
• First pass for the future Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability that will
replace the workhorse Australian Light Armoured Vehicle.
An HMAS Success boarding
party with the Anzac
Centenary Quilt while in
the Middle East Region on
Photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior
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