Defence & Security Archive

Incoming Liberal-National Government removes Public Service Heads and restructures public service (19 September 2013)

The new Liberal-National government at Federal level in Australia was sworn in on 18 September 2013. The same day, incoming Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott announced changes to the Federal public service, including removal of some heads of departments.

Blueprint for Reform of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service released (5 July 2013)

On 3 July 2013, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice, Mr Jason Clare, released the first report of the Customs Reform Board and a Blueprint for Reform of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Defence and security: Australia signs Arms Trade Treaty (5 June 2013)

The Australian Minister for Defence Materiel, Dr Mike Kelly, signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on behalf of the Australian Government at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 3 June 2013. The ATT will regulate the global

Defence: Government releases 2013 White Paper (4 May 2013)

The Australian Prime Minister, Ms Julia Gillard, and Defence Minister, Mr Stephen Smith, have released the 2013 Defence White Paper. The Defence White paper sets out the government’s 20-year defence strategy. According to the Government, the White Paper addresses

Consultation Process for the 2013 Defence White Paper (13 December 2012)

In May, the Federal government announced that it had commissioned a 2013 Defence White Paper to address a number of significant developments internationally and domestically since the 2009 Defence White Paper that are influencing Australia’s national security and defence