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Thursday, 19 September 1974
Page: 1280


Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(   1 ) What units and sub-units of the Australian Regular Army were disbanded following Australia's withdrawal from Vietnam.

(2)   What units and sub-units of the Australian Regular Army are to be disbanded or amalgamated from June 1973 to June 1974 because of Australia's withdrawal from Singapore and ANZUK.

(3)   What units and sub-units of the Australian Regular Army are to be disbanded because of the Government's decision to reduce Regular Army support groups and the placing of a ceiling of 3 1 , 1 50 on the Regular Army.


Senator Bishop - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows: (l)

HQ Australian Force Vietnam (AFV)

HQ 1 Australian Logistic Support Group 2 SAS Squadron

Detachment 1 Communications Zone Postal Unit 8 Field Ambulance

Detachment 1 Field Medical and Dental Equipment Depot 102 Field Workshop 102 Field Workshop Stores Section 1 Task Force HQ Light Aid Detachment

HQ AFV Cash Office 1 Detachment AFV Cash Office 2 Detachment AFV Cash Office

AFV Provost Unit 1 Australian Reinforcement Unit

AFV Amenities Unit

HQ 10 Task Force

(2)

HQ 28 ANZUK Brigade and Signals Squadron (Australian component)

Regimental HQ 28 ANZUK Field Regiment (Australian component) 28 ANZUK Field Squadron HQ and Support Troop (Australian component)

Australian and New Zealand Field Troop (Australian component) 28 ANZUK Aviation Squadron HQ and Workshop (Australian component) 90 Transport Platoon

ANZUK Field Medical Support Section (Australian component) 28 ANZUK Field Regiment Workshop (Australian component) 28 ANZUK Field Squadron Workshop (Australian component) Australian Field Cash Office 106 Field Battery 182 Reconnaissance Flight

HQ ANZUK Force (Australian component)

HQ ANZUK Support Group (Australian component)

Sembawang ANZUK Base (Australian component)

Woodlands ANZUK Base (Australian component)

ANZUK Barracks Service Unit (Australian component)

ANZUK Fire Service (Australian component) 9 ANZUK Signals Regiment (Australian component)

ANZUK Force Intelligence/Security Unit (Australian component)

ANZUK Transport Management Agency (Australian component)

ANZUK Base Transport Unit (Australian component)

ANZUK Postal and Courier Communications Unit (Australian component)

ANZUK Military Hospital (Australian component)

ANZUK Woodlands Hospital (Australian component)

ANZUK Families Medical Centre (Australian component)

ANZUK Hygiene and Malarial Control Section (Australian component)

ANZUK Dental Unit (Australian component)

ANZUK Supply Depot (Australian component)

ANZUK Survey Map Depot (Australian component)

ANZUK Engineer Stores Depot (Australian component)

ANZUK Ordnance Depot (Australian component)

ANZUK Medical and Dental Equipment Depot (Australian component)

ANZUK Area Workshop Stores Section (Australian component)

ANZUK Area Workshop (Australian component)

ANZUK Base Transport Unit Workshop (Australian component)

ANZUK Education Service (Australian component)

ANZUK Provost Unit (Australian component)

Australian Army Band (Australian component)

ANZUK Library Service (Australian component)

ANZUK Auxiliary Police Force (Australian component)

Australian Deputy Assistant

Secretary Staff, Singapore

(3)   Excluding the units mentioned in (1) and (2) other major changes in the organisation of the Army have resulted from the Government's acceptance of the Hassett Committee recommendations for functional reorganisation, the cessation of National Service and the Government's decision to restructure the Army in a way which placed emphasis on the development of Field Force units. I wish to emphasise that the Army is a dynamic organisation and its manpower ceiling and Order of Battle are under constant review and changed according to need. In this process, the following units have been disbanded and consolidated and manpower reallocated to provide a more effective all volunteer Australian Regular Army to assist in protecting Australia's national interests: 2 Recruit Training Battalion 3 Training Battalion 1 Officer Training Unit 18 Psychology Unit 20 Psychology Unit

Officer Cadet School Wing, Scheyville 2 Royal Australian Regiment and 4 Royal Australian

Regiment linked as 2/4 Royal Australian Regiment 5 Royal Australian Regiment and 7 Royal Australian

Regiment linked as 5/7 Royal Australian Regiment 8 Royal Australian Regiment and 9 Royal Australian Regiment linked as 8/9 Royal Australian Regiment 12 Field Regiment, 12 Field Regiment Light Aid Detachment and 8 Medium Regiment linked as 8/12 Medium Regiment 1 Australian Civil Affairs Unit 1 Psychological Operations Unit 586 Signal Troop

Ship's Army Staff, HMAS 'Sydney' 106 Field Workshop 106 Field Workshop Stores Section 16 Transport Company Workshop

HQ Mornington Peninsula Area 30 Women 's Australian Army Corps Barracks 198 Works Section 55 Engineer Workshop and Park Squadron 55 Field Bakery Platoon 8 Petroleum Platoon

Detachment 1 Psychology Unit

Australian Army Training Team

Royal Australian Army Corps Band (Puckapunyal)

Royal Australian Army Band (Singleton)

Royal Australian Engineers Band (Liverpool)

Liverpool Area Workshop

Army Guided Weapons Trials Unit

In addition, the functions of 30 Terminal Squadron and Workshop, 35 Water Transport Squadron (Medium) and 40 Water Transport Squadron (Heavy) have been absorbed in a reorganised Terminal Group.







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