Monthly Archives: September 2017

RAAF Base Amberley to create 2800 jobs by 2020

Queensland businesses are on the cusp of an economic and jobs boom as a result of the investment that the federal Government is making in our future defence capabilities according to a new report by KPMG.
As a result of the Government’s commitment to RAAF Amberley the Queensland economy is expected to be more than $1.2 billion larger, with almost an 7000 more jobs by 2020.
Significantly, almost a third of these jobs are expected to be created between 2015-16 to 2019-20, with almost 2800 jobs being added to the economy over that time.

Australia’s brightest young STEM students to launch Subs in Schools in London

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated Prince Alfred College’s ‘Team Triton’ for being chosen to represent Australia at the SUBS in Schools Technology Challenge in London to be launched next month.
As participants in Australia’s SUBS in Schools Technology Challenge, Team Triton, designed, manufactured and navigated a remotely-operated under water vehicle (ROV) in the ROV class of the challenge.

International engagement milestone for Joint Task Group Indo-Pacific Endeavour

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Joint Task Group, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, has completed the first international engagement activity of its deployment.

HMAS Adelaide, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra-class amphibious assault ships, reached the milestone today after conducting aviation training with the USS Bonhomme Richard off the east coast of Australia.

‘Black Box’ for soldiers to capture crucial data on the battlefield

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that collaboration between Defence and industry will develop the equivalent of a Black Box for soldiers, known as the ‘Fight Recorder’.
The two industry partners will receive $700,000 from the Next Generation Technologies Fund which launched in March this year, to fully develop this product.

South Queensland Employers Applauded

Employers from across South Queensland were acknowledged for their support for Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists at an awards function last night.

The South Queensland Employer Support Awards hosted by the Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC), recognised employers who are willing to go the extra mile to support their Reservist employees.

DRSC South Queensland Chair Ms Cheryl Bromage said the awards recognised ongoing and exceptional efforts on behalf of employers to support their employees who serve in the ADF.

2017 Defence Blood Challenge Launch

Defence has officially launched the 2017 Defence Blood Challenge, aiming to exceed 7,000 donations in 2017.

The 2017 challenge was launched by the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Executive Director, Dr Frances Guyett at a ceremony.

The three month long event pits the Army, Navy, Air Force and Defence Public Servants against each other in an effort to strengthen Australia’s blood supplies and support the Australian community.

Visit to Republic of Korea and the Philippines

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, will travel to the Republic of Korea and the Philippines from 6 to 8 September.
Minister Payne will meet with Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon and Minister for National Defense, Song Young-moo, in Seoul on 7 September to further enhance our bilateral relationship with the Republic of Korea, Australia’s fourth largest trading partner, and advance our broader security and defence interests in the region.

Task Group deployment to strengthen regional military cooperation

An Australian Defence Force (ADF) Joint Task Group, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, departed Sydney today to participate in a series of key military exercises throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
Running from 4 September to 26 November, Indo-Pacific Endeavour will focus on enhancing military cooperation with some of Australia’s key regional partners including Brunei, Cambodia, the Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.

Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence – North Korean Aggression – Nuclear Test

The North Korean regime claims to have conducted a successful test of a nuclear device, with a seismic event of 6.1 magnitude detected at a North Korean nuclear test site.
The regime has claimed to have detonated a hydrogen bomb, although that has not been confirmed.
This would be North Korea’s sixth nuclear test.
Australia utterly condemns North Korea’s flagrant defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions, which ban nuclear weapons development and testing by Kim Jong-un's regime.