Funding to ADF Operations increases by 40%

The Rudd Government has clearly signaled its operational priorities in the 2009-2010 budget released last month.

30th Jun 2009


Funding to ADF Operations increases by 40%

The Rudd Government has clearly signaled its operational priorities in the 2009-2010 budget released last month. Total spending on ADF operations has increased from A$1.218 billion in FY2008-2009 to A$1.699 billion for FY2009-2010 including A$1381.1 million for Afghanistan alone.

Funding for the Australia’s contribution to the War on Terror in Afghanistan (OPERATION SLIPPER) has more than doubled from last year’s expenditure of A$661.0 million. This is partly due to the re-allocation of efforts after the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. However the increase of funding for Afghanistan is far greater than the savings gained from Iraq, and the scale of the funding boost leads to the unavoidable conclusion of further increases to the number of Australian troops in Afghanistan.

The withdrawal of the bulk of Australian troops in Iraq under Operation Catalyst also sees Defence return a total of A$49.5m of unspent funds. Furthermore, Operation Kruger, the Security Detachment at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad, which was previously included in the Operation Catalyst, now appears as a separate item in the budget.

Australian regional support is continuing with ADF operations in both East Timor and the Solomon Islands ongoing and receiving slight increases in funding. However, the ADF’s support to border protection under Operation Resolute has seen a marginal reduction in funding for the next financial year, which is attributed to an organisational review.

A summary of ADF operations and financial expenditure is below;

OPERATION SLIPPER

Financial Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

Funding (A$ m)

223.3

394.9

661.0

1381.1

Location: Afghanistan

Troops: 1090.  Around 800 additional personnel are deployed across the broader Middle East in support of Operation SLIPPER.

Activity: Australia's military contribution to coalition efforts against international terrorism.  Under this operation our forces contribute to the efforts of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) - led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, aimed at preventing Afghanistan again becoming a safe haven for international terrorists, and the United States-led International Coalition Against Terrorism.

OPERATION CATALYST

Financial Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

Funding (A$ m)

398.5

501.1

348.9

2.3

Location: Iraq

Troops: approximately 45 ADF personnel embedded in various coalition headquarters.

Activity: the ADF commitment to the rehabilitation of Iraq.

At the invitation of the Iraqi Government, the ADF continues to support Iraq’s reconstruction through non-combat contributions in coalition headquarters.

OPERATION KRUGER

Financial Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

Funding (A$ m)

-

-

-

59.9

 

Location: Iraq

Troops: approximately 100

Activity: the ADF’s ongoing contribution to the provision of security and support for the Australian embassy and its staff in Iraq.
Working in support of the Australian Embassy and its staff in Iraq, the ADF provides a tailored security detail in order to facilitate movement and protection to members of the diplomatic mission.

OPERATION ASTUTE

Financial Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

Funding (A$ m)

191.4

205.6

169.1

213.8

 

Location: East Timor

Troops: approximately 650

Activity: the ADF’s contribution in assisting to restore peace and stability to East Timor, following a request from the Government of East Timor to the Australian Government.

The ADF deployed to East Timor to assist the East Timorese Government and the United Nations bring stability, security and confidence to the Timorese people.

The ADF is joined by approximately 140 New Zealand Defence Force troops.The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is working alongside the ADF to assist with this mission.

OPERATION ASTUTE

Financial Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

Funding (A$ m)

17.3

23.7

27.1

29.6

 

Location: Solomon Islands

Troops: approximately 140 (mainly Army Reserve)

Activity: the ADF contribution to the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). RAMSI's assistance is known as Operation HELPEM FREN (Pidgin English for 'Helping Friend'). RAMSI's mission is to assist the Solomon Islands Government in restoring law and order, economic governance, and improving the machinery of government.

OPERATION ASTUTE

Financial Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

Funding (A$ m)

9.3

7.0

12.8

12.6

 

Location: Australian Territorial Waters

Troops: up to 400

Activity: the ADF's contribution to the whole of government focus on domestic maritime security activities

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