This Budget is the next stage in the Government's economic plan, building on commitments from the 2016-17 Budget and the 2016 election.
Continuing to protect Australians both at home and abroad
The first duty of the Government is to protect and keep Australians safe.
Recent terror attacks in London and Stockholm — following on from those in Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Nice, St Petersburg and Jakarta — underscore the need to ensure that our defence forces, law enforcement, security, and border protection agencies have the resources and capability needed to protect Australia and the values for which we stand.
Extra funding in the 2017-18 Budget will strengthen the capacity of our security agencies to protect Australians at home and abroad.
In 2020-21, the Government will meet its 2013 election commitment to increase Defence spending to 2 per cent of GDP— three years earlier than the Government first promised.
The 2016 Defence White Paper brought together, for the first time, the investment elements needed to deliver and sustain Australia’s defence capabilities to meet the challenges of the future operating environment into the 2030s.
The Defence Integrated Investment Program allocates more than $50 billion over the forward estimates and $200 billion in capital investment to 2027-28. The Government is investing in Defence to ensure we have the armed forces we need to protect Australia and to secure our interests in the coming decades.
Making the world safer makes Australia safer. To fulfil our ongoing commitment to global security and stability, the ADF will continue serving in existing operations around the world.
The 2017-18 Budget includes $231.2 million to maintain our diplomatic engagement and security arrangements in Kabul and Baghdad and support Australia’s efforts to combat Daesh (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria.