Monthly Archives: September 2017

Joint Release with Minister for Foreign Affairs – Humanitarian Support For Vanuatu

Today we announce that the Australian Government is sending humanitarian assistance to Vanuatu in the face of a volcanic eruption threat on Ambae Island.
HMAS Choules departed Australia this morning, to help the Government of Vanuatu evacuate the 11,000 residents on Ambae Island. On board are specialists and supplies to assist with the evacuation as well as a landing craft.

Game on for Australian Invictus Games athletes

The medal tally for the Australian team is beginning to mount at the half way point of 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

The combined ADF and RSL team, comprising 43 athletes, have so far collected 37 medals with only archery, swimming and wheelchair basketball and rugby left in the schedule.

Co-Captain of the Australian team, Captain Emma Kadziolka said words could not describe how proud she was of the Australian team.

“I’ve been overwhelmed and amazed at the tenacity, strength and sportsmanship,” she said,” Ms Kadziolka said.

Australia assumes role of primary charting authority for Solomon Islands

Defence and Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Infrastructure Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning hydrography cooperation, formally assigning the Primary Charting Authority (PCA) role for Solomon Islands to Australia.
The PCA role allows Australia to support Solomon Islands to provide accurate and up-to-date nautical charts and publications to meet their obligations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.

$9.96 million space research partnership with UNSW Canberra

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a three-year space research and development program between the University of New South Wales Canberra (UNSW Canberra) at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
Announcing this significant investment at the Astronautical Conference on Thursday night, Minister Pyne said the Government was investing the $9.96 million to support the growth of Australian space technologies, as well as to investigate and demonstrate ways to enhance Defence space capability.

Boeing Australia Report shows bright future for Defence

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed the release of Boeing Australia’s report, which outlines the company’s economic impact on Australia.
Minister Pyne congratulated Boeing Australia on their report and acknowledged their contribution to Australian Defence Force (ADF) capability and the Australian economy through investment and the creation of jobs,” Minister Pyne said.
“Boeing Australia delivers a range of vital services to the ADF and has 38 locations across Australia.

Minister for Defence Industry to attend 2017 International Astronautical Congress

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, will attend the 2017 International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide today.
Minister Pyne said the 2017 International Astronautical Congress would bring more than 4,000 space professionals and enthusiasts together to discuss space issues and advancement.
“This year’s Congress would focus on secure access to satellites providing essential services, such as communications, timing, navigation and remote sensing,” he said.

ADF commemorates the Battle of Polygon Wood

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will today honour the service and sacrifice of those who fought in Belgium during the First World War (WWI), during the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood.

The Battle of Polygon Wood took place on 26 September 1917 and was the first major battle fought by the Fifth Australian Division in Belgium. It was part of the Third Battle of Ypres, or ‘Passchendaele’, which was the major British offensive in Flanders in 1917.

Invictus Games 2017 Officially Opened

The countdown is over for this year’s Invictus Games. The Australian team joined up with 17 other countries at a star-studded Opening Ceremony at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Sunday 24 September (AEST).

The highly-anticipated international adaptive sports competition started with the eagerly awaited Jaguar Land Rover Challenge before the formal festivities took place in the evening.

The games were opened by HRH Prince Harry, with rousing performances by Laura Wright, Alessia Cara, and Sarah McLachlan.

Joint Media Release – Prime Minister – Minister for Defence – Minister for Defence Industry – HMAS Hobart Commissioning

The safety and security of Australia and our interests around the globe has been significantly strengthened with the commissioning of the first Australian-built Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Hobart, today.
Hobart brings together the best of Australian and global technology to be one of the world’s most potent and lethal warships. She will provide air defence for accompanying ships, in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft.

Australia-United States Alliance stronger than ever before

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the Australia-US Alliance continues to go from strength to strength, following a successful visit to the United States.
Minister Payne travelled to Honolulu and Washington DC from 18-22 September, where she met with senior members of the Trump Administration, including US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
At their 20 September meeting in Washington DC, Minister Payne and Secretary Mattis discussed global security threats and challenges, as well as priorities for the Alliance.