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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
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Department of Defence: Departmental Staff Domestic and International Travel

(Question No. 1233)


Mr Conroy asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 17 August 2015:

(1) In 2014-15, what sum was spent on (a) domestic travel, and (b) international travel, for departmental staff.

(2) Of this, (a) on what dates, and to what locations, did the Minister travel, (b) how many departmental staff accompanied the Minister on this travel, and (c) for what purpose was the travel.


Ms Julie Bishop: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) and (b) The total Departmental amount spent on domestic and international business related travel for the 2014-15 financial year is provided in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Summary of expenditure on domestic and international business related travel

Agency

Expenditure

(GST

exclusive)

$ ' 000

Domestic business travel - Defence (including DMO)

127,080

International business travel - Defence (including DMO)

63,780

Total

190,860

 

(2) (a), (b) and (c) Details of both domestic and international travel where the Minister was accompanied by departmental staff, are provided at Table 2 below. The cost of the Minister's travel is met separately by the Department of Finance.

Table 2: Details of domestic and international travel for the Minister for Defence during 2014-15.

Dates

Location(s)

Purpose

No. of Departmental Staff Accompanying Minister

27-30 July 2014

Adelaide

Attend the Defence Industry Conference and visit various bases in Adelaide.

1

06-08 August 2014

Brisbane

Visit Enoggera Barracks

1

10-12 August 2014

Sydney

Attend AUSMIN Meetings

1

13-15 August 2014

Darwin

Visit various bases in Darwin.

1

01-05 September 2014

Afghanistan and Wales

The Minister travelled to Afghanistan to meet with Senior Government officials and representatives, as well as senior Australian embeds and deployed Australian Defence Force personnel.

The Minister travelled to Wales to attend the NATO Leaders Summit.

4

10 September 2014

Mulwala

Visit the Mulwala Munitions Factory

1

21-26 September 2014

Iraq and the United Arab Emirates

The Minister travelled to Iraq and the United Arab Emirates to meet with Senior Government and United Nations representatives and officials.

2

12-18 October 2014

China, the Republic of Korea and Japan

The Minister travelled to China to conduct a counterpart meeting with the Chinese Minister for National Defence and call on Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission. He also visited military units including a Peoples' Liberation Army- Navy ship in Qingdao.

The Minister travelled to the Republic of Korea (ROK) to conduct the Australia-ROK Defence Ministers' Dialogue, as well as calls on senior ROK officials and United States Forces Korea leadership and visits to key military and industry sites.

The Minister travelled to Japan to conduct calls on his new Ministerial counterpart, Mr Akinori Eto, as well as the Prime Minister; Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.

4

23 October 2014

Nowra

The Minister travelled to Nowra to visit HMAS Albatross

1

30 October - 03 November

2014

Albany and Melbourne

The Minister attended the Centenary of ANZAC in Albany, and National Security Committee and Cabinet Meetings in Melbourne

1

04-06 November 2014

Perth, Maralinga and Adelaide

The Minister attended Maralinga Tjarutja lands, from Defence's Woomera Prohibited Area, to attend an event held at the Maralinga Village. Known as 'Section 400' it was the site of atomic testing and associated trials conducted by the British in the 1950s and 1960s in South Australia. The Minister went onto to attend a meeting at Adelaide CPO.

1

10-12 November 2014

Perth

Attend Submarine Institute Conference.

2

16-17 November 2014

Sydney

The Minister attended a dinner at Admiralty House.

1

18 November 2014

Rydalmere

The Minister visited the Thales facility in Rydalmere and was accompanied by the French President.

1

28 November 2014

Sydney

The Minister attended the commissioning of HMAS Canberra

1

10 December 2014

Wagga Wagga

The Minister visited bases in the region

1

14-15 December 2014

Papua New Guinea

The Minister travelled to Papua New Guinea to attend the Australia-Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum with the Foreign Minister and other senior Australian Government Ministers.

The visit also provides an opportunity to hold the second Australia-PNG Defence Ministers' Meeting.

3

18 December 2014

Adelaide

The Minister visited shipyards in Adelaide.

1

03-06 January 2015

United Arab Emirates

The Minister travelled with the Prime Minister to the United Arab Emirates to visit bases.

1

22 January 2015

Adelaide

The Minister visited the ASC facility in Adelaide.

1

31 January - 03 February

2015

Sydney

The Minister attended the Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations (AUKMIN) in Sydney

1

10 February 2015

Adelaide

Visit to ASC facility in Adelaide

1

13 February 2015

Brisbane

The Minister visited RAAF Base Amberley

1

15-16 February 2015

Geelong and Newcastle

The Minister visited Deakin University in Geelong, and defence industry in Newcastle.

1

18-19 February 2015

Melbourne

The Minister attended the Land 400 announcement

1

26-27 February 2015

Avalon

The Minister attended the 2015 Avalon Airshow

1

20-21 March 2015

Melbourne

Commemoration parade for OP SLIPPER in Melbourne

1

21-29 April 2015

Germany, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom

The Minister travelled to Germany to view Germany's submarine building expertise and conduct a counterpart meeting with the German Minister of Defence.

The Minister then travelled to France where he viewed France's submarine building capability. The Minister also met with the French Minister for Defence and attended ANZAC Day commemorations at Villers-Brettoneux and Bullecourt before travelling to Belgium to attend the Menin Gate ceremony on the evening of 25 April.

The Minister also travelled to the United Kingdom to conduct official calls with a number of senior government officials.

4

30 April - 02 May 2015

Papua New Guinea

The Minister travelled to Papua New Guinea to attend the South Pacific Defence Ministers' Meeting and conduct counterpart engagement with regional Defence Ministers.

7

08 May 2015

Melbourne

ANZAC Day events in Melbourne

1

28 May - 05 June 2015

Singapore, Malaysia and Japan

The Minister travelled to Singapore to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue and conduct bilateral engagement with a range of international counterparts.

The Minister travelled to Malaysia to visit RMAF Butterworth and conduct troop engagement.

The Minister travelled to Japan to view Japan's submarine building expertise and conduct a counterpart meeting with the Japanese Minister of Defence.

9

19 June 2015

Melbourne

Second ANZAC Day events in Melbourne

1

23-26 June 2015

Belgium

The Minister travelled to Belgium to attend the NATO Defence Ministers' Meeting.

1

30 June - 01 July 2015

Perth

Visit to Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne

1