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Minister for Defence - Australian Defence Force Posture Review Public Consultation and Submission Process

25 August 2011

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith today drew attention to the process for public

consultation and submissions to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Force Posture Review.

The Review was announced in June. Advertisements placed in national newspapers earlier

this month provided information on the Review and its processes.

The Review will assess whether the ADF is correctly geographically positioned to meet

Australia’s modern and future strategic and security challenges.

Submissions to the Review are open until Friday 16 September.

The Review will address the range of present and emerging global, regional and national

strategic and security factors which require careful consideration for the future.

It is essential that into the future Defence and the Australian Defence Force is appropriately

positioned to respond in a timely way to Australia’s strategic and security demands.

As outlined in the Review Terms of Reference (attached), the Review will assess, among a

range of other issues, the impact on the ADF’s Force Posture of a range of domestic,

demographic and economic issues including:

• more intense minerals and petroleum resource activities around Defence training and

exercise ranges;

• urban encroachment on existing Defence facilities;

• community attitudes to living standards and residential locations; and

• the need for a more cost-effective approach to basing.

The views of relevant Australian stakeholders will be very important in the development and

outcomes of the review, including in relation to the matters outlined above. This includes the

views of State, Territory and Local governments, academic institutions and think tanks,

community organisations and business.

The Minister for Defence has written to Premiers and Chief Ministers inviting the States and

Territories to make submissions to the Review.

Local authority representative bodies have also had their attention drawn to the review.

The Government encourages interested parties to make a submission to the review.

Information on the Review, including advice on preparing submissions is set out at the

Australian Defence Force Posture Review website:

www.defence.gov.au/oscdf/adf-posture-review/

Submissions should be submitted by 16 September 2011 on the website, by email to

ADF.posturereview@defence.gov.au or by mail to the following address:

Australian Defence Force Posture Review Secretariat

R1 - 1 - A061

Russell Offices

Department of Defence

PO Box 7901

CANBERRA BC ACT 2610

Terms of Reference for the Force Posture Review

The Review will address the range of present and emerging global, regional and national

strategic and security factors which require careful consideration for the future, including:

• the rise of the Asia-Pacific as a region of global strategic significance;

• the rise of the Indian Ocean rim as a region of global strategic significance;

• the growth of military power projection capabilities of countries in the Asia Pacific;

• the growing need for the provision of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief

following extreme events in the Asia Pacific region; and

• energy security and security issues associated with expanding offshore resource

exploitation in our North West and Northern approaches.

It is essential that into the future Defence and the Australian Defence Force is appropriately

positioned to respond in a timely way to Australia’s strategic and security demands.

The Review will build on the strategic and capability judgements contained in the Defence

White Paper 2009 Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030 and consider

the implications for Force Posture from the array of emerging strategic and security

influences.

The Review will be informed by the work currently underway in relation to base consolidation,

through which Defence is assessing basing requirements and developing options for changes

to Defence’s estate over the next 25 year period.

The Force Posture Review will:

a) as its starting point draw on the security, strategic and capability judgements outlined

in the Defence White Paper 2009 Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030;

b) draw on work currently underway in Defence through the 2011 Annual Defence

Planning Guidance;

c) outline the future security and strategic environment and challenges Australia needs to

be positioned to respond to up to 2030;

d) consider the potential strategic and security role of Australia’s offshore territories,

particularly Cocos and Christmas Islands, for Force Posture requirements;

e) consider the implications for ADF Force Posture of the need for energy security,

including security issues associated with expanding offshore resource exploitation in our

North West and Northern approaches;

f) consider how the future ADF Force Posture will support Australia’s ability to respond to

a range of activities including:

• deployments on missions and operations overseas;

• support of operations in our wider region; and

• practical engagement with the countries of the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean rim in

ways that help to shape security and strategic circumstances in Australia’s interest;

g) assess the impact on the ADF’s Force Posture of a range of domestic, demographic and

economic issues including:

• more intense minerals and petroleum resource activities around Defence training and

exercise ranges;

• urban encroachment on existing Defence facilities;

• community attitudes to living standards and residential locations; and

• the need for a more cost-effective approach to basing;

h) make recommendations in relation to the basing options for Force 2030 across

Australia including in relation to:

• Navy platforms (including the Air Warfare Destroyers, Landing Helicopter Docks,

Future Submarines, the ANZAC Frigate and its replacements and offshore patrol

vessels);

• Army’s additional northern basing requirements; and

• Air Force’s plans to introduce a range of new aircraft and associated support systems

into service; and

i) consider other relevant issues including population and population spread.

The Review will complement the work currently underway with the United States on the

ongoing United States Global Force Posture Review by the joint Australian-United States

working group.

The Review will be developed by the Department of Defence.

The expert panel of Dr Hawke and Mr Smith will provide overall guidance to the Defence

Force Posture Review.

Dr Hawke is a former Secretary of the Department of Defence. Mr Smith is Australia’s

Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan and a former Secretary of the Department of

Defence.

On Dr Hawke’s and Mr Smith’s recommendation, the Expert Panel may be augmented with

additional expertise during the course of the Review.

The panel will provide a progress report to me before the end of 2011, with its Report

provided to Government during the first quarter of 2012.

Mr Smith’s Office: Andrew Porter (02) 6277 7800 or 0419 474 392

Department: (02) 6127 1999