The Government will continue its
strong commitment to Defence through investment of $25.7 billion in Defence,
including an additional $1.1 billion for operations in 2010-11.
The Australian Government will also
invest $1.1 billion for enhanced force protection capabilities in Afghanistan
over the period 2009-10 to 2012-13, including the acquisition of a
Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar sense and warn capability.
Senator Faulkner said initiatives
announced in the 2010 Budget that will result in spending for 2010-11
- $915.6 million for Australia’s
commitment to helping bring peace and stability to Afghanistan and combating
- $19.6 million will be provided for
Defence to support an increase in Australian Government civilian officials in
Afghanistan through a dedicated security protection force, and the provision
of engineering and life support to this wider Government contribution.
Excluding enhanced force protection capabilities, the total cost of Defence
operations in Afghanistan, including funding approved in previous budgets is
- $487.1 million for enhanced force
protection capabilities and initiatives in support of deployed forces in
- $9.2 million for the continuation
of security to protect the Australian Embassy in Iraq bringing the total to
- $151.1 million for continued
operational commitments in East Timor bringing the total to $170.0
- $42.5 million for continued
support to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands;
- $15.3 million for continued
support to coastal surveillance operations; and
- $13.7 million for the development
of a detailed business case for the relocation of Defence units from Moorebank
as part of the proposed development of the Moorebank Intermodal
Due to an improved security
environment in East Timor, Defence will make greater use of Reservists, as is
currently the case in Solomon Islands.
Senator Faulkner also outlined the
Government’s commitment to continued reform in Defence. In this coming year,
Defence will continue to focus on efficiency and improved business
The Defence Strategic Reform Program
will deliver more than $1 billion in cost-reductions in 2010-11 for reinvestment
in Defence capability. This will give Australia a stronger, more agile and
harder-hitting Defence Force. This builds on the cost-reduction of $797
million Defence will achieve in 2009-10.
has also allocated approximately $329 million to the Defence Base Security
Improvement Program from 2010-11 to 2013-14, with approximately $86 million allocated for
expenditure in the 2010-11 financial year and $10.8 million expected to be
expended in the 2009-10 financial year. The Program
was established to implement the recommendations
of the Review of Defence Protective
Security Arrangements conducted in
August 2009. The Review was initiated in response to a changing security
environment, including an increased risk of terrorism.
The Government has
also provided $35.2 million over two financial years, including $13.7 million in
2010-11, for the development of a detailed business case for the relocation of
Defence units from Moorebank to Holsworthy Barracks as part of the proposed
development of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal.
This year's budget will also see
funding of $6.3 billion for approximately 57,000 full-time ADF personnel,
plus recruiting for around 6,000 new
At 94 per cent, achievement of the
Permanent Force recruiting target has been one of the best for a decade. At 4641
enlistments, there are 249 more Permanent Force candidates enlisted to 1 April
2010 than for the same period last Financial Year.
While enjoying these excellent
recruiting results, the broader ADF is also experiencing the lowest separation
rates in over 20 years. As at 1 April 2010, the separation rate from the ADF was
7.0 per cent which is 2.7 per cent less than last year.
Throughout the 2010-11 financial
year, Defence will be investing a total of $16.6m to improve mental health
services. This will include specialist workforce, equipment and facility
In particular, Defence will spend
$0.8m over the 2010-11 financial year to further improve mental health training
and professional development for all health professionals as a critical step to
achieving better quality care for ADF members.
Defence will be continuing
prevention strategies, which includes psychological resilience training for all
ADF members totaling $13.2m in the 2010-11 Budget.
Defence will also continue to
collaborate with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to determine the protective
and risk factors that impact on mental health issues in the ADF.
The 2010-11 Budget also includes
over $1.7 billion in 2010–11 to maintain, upgrade and build new Defence
facilities across Australia. This includes $1.3 billion for approved Defence
facilities projects, and over $400 million for Defence estate upkeep.
Senator Faulkner said, “This is a
significant investment in Defence infrastructure that also invests in jobs and
the Australian economy”.
This funding, broken down by state,
New South Wales
$266.5 million in 2010–11
- $99 million for works forming part
of the $793.1 million Enhanced Land Force Facilities Stage 1 project;
- $30.6 million for works forming
part of the $1.4 billion Enhanced Land Force Facilities Stage 2 project; and
- $7.2 million in 2010–11 for
approved medium capital works facilities totals at the Joint Logistics Command
Depot (Eden) and Victoria Barracks (Sydney).
$147.6 million in 2010–11
- $36.9 million for work at
Puckapunyal as part of the $793.1 million Enhanced Land Force Facilities Stage
- $18.7 million for work at Watsonia
as part of the $1.4 billion Enhanced Land Force Facilities Stage 2 project;
- A total of $2.9 million in 2010–11
for approved medium capital works facilities at RAAF Base East Sale, for DSTO
in Melbourne and at Victoria Barracks (Melbourne).
$601.8 million in 2010–11
- $279.6 million for works forming
part of the $1.4 billion Enhanced Land Force Facilities Stage 2 project;
- $121.4 million for works in
2010–11 as part of the $793.1 million Enhanced Land Force Facilities Stage 1
- $38.7 million in 2010–11 for works
under the $331.5 million RAAF Base Amberley Redevelopment Stage 3
- $27.8 million in 2010–11 to
continue work on the $207.2 million Lavarack Barracks Redevelopment Stage 4
- $18 million in 2010–11 for various
approved medium capital works at the Shoal Water Bay Training Area, Oakey, and
at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville; and
- $17.5 million in 2010–11 for the
$110.1 million Australian Super Hornet Facilities project.
$268 million in 2010–11
- $159 million in 2010–11 for work
to continue on the $597.4 million Hardened and Network Army Facilities
project at the Edinburgh Defence Precinct and Murray Bridge Training
- $50 million for work to proceed on
the $99.6 million RAAF Base Edinburgh Redevelopment Stage 2 project;
- $15 million for work to proceed at
RAAF Base Edinburgh on the $793.1 million Enhanced Land Force Facilities
Stage 1 project.
$88.6 million in 2010–11
- $32 million in 2010–11 to continue
work on the $142.2 million RAAF Base Pearce Redevelopment Stage 1 project;
- $7 million in 2010–11 will be
spent on approved medium capital works facilities at Campbell Barracks and the
Bindoon Training Range.
$214.2 million in 2010–11
- $42.8 million for the $72.1
million Robertson Barracks Redevelopment project;
- $40.9 million for work at RAAF
Base Tindal as part of the $64.2 million Airborne Early Warning and Control
Aircraft Facilities project;
- $36 million in 2010–11 for work to
continue on the $58.7 million RAAF Base Tindal Redevelopment Stage 5
- $25 million for work on the
$49.8 million RAAF Base Darwin Redevelopment Stage 2 project;
- $16.9 million in 2010–11 for
approved medium capital works facilities at Shoal Bay as part of the $12.3
million Receiving Station Facilities upgrade and at Darwin as part of the
$10.7 million Naval Fuel Installation Rectification project.
$165.4 million in 2010–11
- $58.5 million in the 2010–11
Budget for works at HMAS Harman as part of the $129.2 million Defence
Facilities at HMAS Harman and Other Locations project;
- $35 million at HMAS Creswell as
part of the $83.6 million HMAS Creswell redevelopment project;
- $18.2 million at Majura Field
Training Area and $9.6 million at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, for
works forming part of the $1.4 billion Enhanced Land Force Facilities Stage 2
- $11.6 million in the 2010–11 for
works at the Australian Defence Force Academy as part of the $34.7 million
Living-in Accommodation Refurbishment project; and
- $6.7 million in 2010–11 for
approved medium capital works facilities at the Defence Computing Bureau,
Deakin and Tuggeranong, as part of the $13.3 million Defence Computing Data
Centres—Infrastructure Upgrades project.
$4.7 million in 2010–11 for Defence
estate upkeep, including:
- Remediation of asbestos in
facilities at Anglesea Barracks;
- Environmental monitoring in
accordance with legislation at Buckland Training Area; and
- Refurbishment of the electrical
reticulation system at Derwent Barracks.
Colin Campbell (John
Faulkner): 02 6277
7800 or 0407 787 181
02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664