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Tuesday, 9 October 2012
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(Question No. 1060)

Mr Robert asked the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 18 June 2012:

Can he list all funding cuts that will impact Defence Reserve units and personnel that form part of the 2012-13 federal budget by (a) location, and (b) value.

On what date will the 2013 Defence White Paper be released.

On what date will the next Defence Capability Plan be released.

Mr Stephen Smith: the answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

1. (a) & (b) Army - Functional commands have been allocated their budgets for FY12/13. However, as with previous years, the 2012-13 Army internal budget allocation process down to Division, Brigade and Unit level remains ongoing.

The budget is a dynamic process, which provides Army with sufficient flexibility to manage resources in an efficient manner to deliver capability to Government in accordance with national security priorities.

Army is committed to fiscal responsibility and will therefore continuously review and adjust resource allocations against priorities. Accordingly, resource allocations and budgets for Reserve Units remain under consideration. Army will continue to ensure that Reservists deploying on exercises and operations are trained and equipped as required. Unit commanders continue to be consulted throughout the entirety of the budget cycle.

Reservists and their permanent colleagues are employed as a total force to deliver core capabilities to the Australian Defence Force. Reservists will continue to make fundamental contributions to capability on operational deployments such as Operation Anode and Operation Astute. They will also be resourced to enable them to maintain a level of individual readiness to undertake allocated tasks, such as those performed during OP Flood Assist/Op Fire Assist.

RAAF/Navy—Reserve personnel in the Navy and Royal Australian Air Force are integrated into regular units, as part of one total force to deliver required capabilities to the ADF and the Australian people. Therefore, RAAF and Navy Reservists will continue to contribute to the capability of that total force based on the necessity to meet national security requirements.

As the Prime Minister and I stated on 3 May 2012, the 2013 Defence White Paper will be delivered in the first half of 2013.

The Minister for Defence Materiel and I jointly released the 2012 Defence Capability Plan on 10 July 2012.