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Australian Government Coat of Arms

Budget | 2015-16

Budget 2015-16
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2015-16

Security in action

In the 2015 Budget, the Government has committed an additional $750 million to Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East.

Operations in Iraq

The Government has provided $382 million to support Operation Okra, our contribution to the coalition helping the Iraqi Government to disrupt, degrade and ultimately destroy Daesh, also known as ISIL.

Within Operation Okra, 300 ADF personnel will form a combined Task Group with the New Zealand Defence Force to train the Iraqi security forces.

Photo of seven soldiers in front of a sign that reads 'Welcome to Kandahar Airfield'

The Middle East and Afghanistan

The Government is providing a further $134 million for the ADF to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces under Operation Highroad, continuing our commitment to Afghanistan to ensure it does not once again become a terrorist haven.

We have also provided $233 million in the 2015 Budget for the operations based in the wider Middle East region, supporting ADF personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Navy is providing maritime support to our security, counter-terrorism and counter piracy operations in the region.

Peacekeeping and humanitarian missions

Australia's military personnel also play an important role in maintaining regional stability and security through international peacekeeping, humanitarian operations and disaster relief.

We have made long-term commitments to secure peace in countries such as Timor Leste, Solomon Islands, Egypt and South Sudan.

ADF personnel engage actively in humanitarian operations whenever required. Most recently, Air Force C-17s have delivered aid to Nepal following the earthquake in April 2015. Our personnel helped to evacuate Australians and other foreign nationals to Bangkok.

Australian personnel have also been involved extensively in assisting Vanuatu following the devastating cyclone in March 2015, with troops delivering aid and helping communities get back on their feet.

Protecting the community

The number of Australians with hands‑on terrorist experience has grown significantly since the civil war in Syria began.

Our agencies need to be able to do more to respond to the threats linked to the increasing number of Australians participating in terrorist activity.

The Government is responding by giving our security agencies the funding and powers they need to protect the community.

Photo of peacekeeping personnel greeting members from an indigenous community.

Photo of police officers speaking to a member of the community.

We are doing our bit in the fight against terrorism overseas and we are taking action at home.

New actions to keep the community safe

Counter-Terrorism Units now operate at all eight major international airports.

In the eight months from August 2014 to April 2015, these new Counter‑Terrorism Units have assisted in offloading 267 passengers of security concern; conducted over 100,000 real time assessments; and conducted over 7,000 patrols.

Ninety two additional biometric screening gates are being fast tracked for passengers at airports to detect and prevent people leaving on false passports.

Sixty three extra Australian Federal Police members are working in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra on the foreign fighter threat.

Since 2001, there have been 70 arrests, 35 prosecutions and 26 convictions as a result of counter-terrorism operations. Our security agencies have also disrupted many terrorist plots.

Between September 2014 and April 2015, police made 22 arrests on seven counter-terrorism operations — almost one‑third of all arrests as a result of counter‑terrorism operations since 2001.

There are also seven new financial analysts engaged in helping to crack down on terrorist financing.