Monthly Archives: December 2017

Reparation for survivors of Defence abuse

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the introduction of the Defence Reparation Scheme for survivors of Defence abuse.
All complaints of abuse in Defence made to the Defence Force Ombudsman (DFO) will now include an assessment for a reparation payment.
The DFO will now commence assessing complaints already received since their role was expanded. The Ombudsman may recommend a payment in relation to a complaint of abuse if satisfied that:

Australian Defence Force’s newest leaders graduate from the Australian Defence Force Academy

Over 260 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra today, prepared to serve our nation with distinction.
The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC, (Retd) was joined by the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, and other distinguished guests and families at the annual Graduation Parade.

First India-Australia 2+2 Foreign and Defence Secretaries’ Dialogue

The first India-Australia 2+2 Foreign and Defence Secretaries’ Dialogue was held in New Delhi on 12 December 2017, hosted by Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra of India with Secretary Frances Adamson of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Secretary Greg Moriarty of the Department of Defence of Australia.

This was an important opportunity to deepen coordination and discuss strategic opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region, and to build a still closer partnership following the strong gains of recent years.

Minister for Defence Industry & Minister for Finance – Joint Media Release – Government secures 200 new jobs at Osborne, totalling 1200 this year

The Turnbull Government has given workers at Osborne an early Christmas present.

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann today announced a workforce package that will bolster jobs and skilling for Australia’s current and future naval shipbuilders.
“Australia’s future shipbuilding and sustainment workforce is at the very heart of success for Australia’s naval shipbuilding enterprise,” Minister Pyne said.

Liberation of Iraq from ISIS

The Australian Government congratulates the people of Iraq after Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi today announced that all areas of Iraq have been liberated from ISIS control.

Navy farewells HMAS Darwin after 33 years of service

The Royal Australian Navy has decommissioned the Adelaide Class frigate, HMAS Darwin, at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney, after more than three decades of service to the nation.

In a ceremony full of tradition, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, paid tribute to the service of the ship’s company past and present.

“HMAS Darwin has laid down a proud history over her 33 years,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.

Task Group Taji 5 completes deployment in Iraq

More than 300 Australian Defence Force personnel are returning to Australia in time for Christmas, after a six month deployment on Operation OKRA in Iraq.
Task Group Taji 5 leaves Iraq having contributed to the development of the Iraqi Security Forces to restore security across the country.
Colonel Steven D’Arcy, the outgoing Task Group Commander, praised the efforts of Task Group 5, Coalition Forces and the Iraqi Security Forces for their achievements.
“I am incredibly proud of the men and women of Task Group Taji 5,” Colonel D’Arcy said.

Defence company sets up shop in Canberra

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated NIOA on the opening of their new office in Brindabella Park, Canberra.
Minister Pyne said NIOA is Australia's largest privately-owned company supplying weapons, ammunition and technical support to commercial, military and law enforcement markets.
“The growing success of this Australian business and the opening of their Canberra office, represents a new chapter in NIOA’s development,” Minister Pyne said.

$635,000 innovation contract to develop enhanced Army capability

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announced Kord Defence would receive funding through the Defence Innovation Hub to develop an innovative wireless systems control technology to enhance Army capability.
An innovation contract worth $635,000 with Canberra-based Kord Defence will seek to develop a wireless soldier control system using Bluetooth Low Energy technology that will connect with multiple electronic devices currently in use by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Australia takes part in Operation Christmas Drop

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) today deployed a C-130J Hercules and crew to Guam for Operation Christmas Drop 2017.

Running from 7–15 December, Operation Christmas Drop is the world’s longest running humanitarian airdrop exercise, providing aid to remote communities across the West Pacific each year.

Commander Air Mobility Group, Air Commodore Richard Lennon, said Hercules transport aircraft would airdrop donated items, including construction materials, fishing nets, rice, soccer balls, and school supplies.