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Outcome One: Command of Operations

Capability Performance Information

Performance targets

Output 1.1 Command of Operations

The Chief of Joint Operations is required to plan, mount and conduct ADF campaigns, operations and other activities as directed by the Chief of the Defence Force.

Planning includes maintaining situational awareness, preparing operational concepts and plans, assessing ADF joint preparedness against the military response options that may be made available to the Government, and developing other plans as directed by the Chief of the Defence Force. Effective command relies on clear command arrangements supported by timely and reliable communications and information systems.

  Performance Targets Performance
Quality Australian operational concepts are developed to support ADF planning against credible contingencies. Achieved. Ongoing development of current and new Australian operational concepts.
The Joint Operations Command Operational Preparedness Requirement provides guidance for joint force preparedness in accordance with the Chief of the Defence Force's direction. Achieved. The previous Joint Operations Command operational preparedness requirement was updated and joint preparedness is assessed and reported monthly.
Quantity Theatre command of ADF forces is effective and the Government's strategic objectives for operations are achieved. This target was achieved. Effective command was improved with the appointment of the Chief of Joint Operations and implementation of revised joint command arrangements.

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Output 1.2 Defence Force Military Operations and Exercises

ADF military operations, exercises and other activities contribute to the achievement of the Government's strategic objectives, as defined in the Defence White Paper 2000. The following tables list ADF operations conducted over the year against these strategic objectives.

ADF joint and combined exercises are included in the Program of Major Service Activities. Exercise objectives include training in warfighting and related skills, confirming interoperability and joint capability and effective engagement with allies and regional partners.

Performance is summarised below, with additional information in the supporting tables.

  Performance Targets Performance
Quality ADF operations meet Government directives. Achieved. 15 current operations and 19 that were ceased or completed met Government direction in 2003-04.
Forces identified in the Joint Operations Command Operational Preparedness Requirement for operational tasks maintain required preparedness levels. Achieved. Joint preparedness levels were monitored against the Joint Operations Command Operational Preparedness Requirement. Preparedness deficiencies were reported and remedied where possible.
ADF forces are effectively deployed and sustained. Achieved. ADF forces continued to be effectively deployed and sustained.
The Program of Major Service Activities is reviewed regularly and modified as required. Achieved. The Program of Major Service Activities was regularly reviewed and modified in response to changing priorities, world events and to meet identified training deficiencies.
Quantity Number of current ADF operations. 15 current ADF operations including:
3 contributing to the security of the immediate neighbourhood; 5 supporting wider interests; and 7 peacetime national tasks.
Number of completed ADF operations. 19 completed ADF operations including: 2 contributing to the security of the immediate neighbourhood; 3 supporting wider interests; and 14 peacetime national tasks.
Total number of exercises programmed over 2003-04. 63 ADF exercises programmed in the Program of Major Service Activities.
Number of conducted ADF exercises. 39 programmed exercises were conducted.
Number of cancelled ADF exercises. 24 programmed exercises were cancelled.

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Output 1.3 Contribution to National Support Tasks

The ADF may be called upon to provide emergency and non-emergency assistance to the Australian community in non-combat-related roles. Tasks the ADF may be requested to undertake include emergency assistance, search and rescue, disaster recovery, surveillance and security or non-emergency law enforcement roles. These tasks are categorised as Defence Assistance to the Civil Community.

The ADF can be requested to undertake law enforcement-related tasks where the use of force by Defence personnel may be required (Defence Force Aid to Civilian Authorities).

The ADF also contributes to the civil surveillance program, providing maritime surveillance that is tasked routinely in accordance with the Government's direction.

Peacetime national tasks undertaken by the ADF may include support to other government departments and agencies to secure the Australian coastline from illegal immigration, smuggling, quarantine evasion and other intrusions to Australian sovereignty, countermeasures (including chemical, biological, radiological responses) and counter-terrorism responses, search and rescue and natural disaster relief.

  Performance Targets Performance
Quality The ADF contribution to peacetime national tasks meets Government directives. Achieved. 7 current ADF operations and 8 completed operations met Government direction for peacetime national tasks in 2003-04. 5 operations ceased and their objectives were incorporated into other activities. The ADF met all Government priorities for peacetime national tasks in 2003-04.
Forces identified in the Joint Operations Command Operational Preparedness Requirement for Defence Assistance to the Civil Community, Defence Force Aid to Civilian Authorities and search and rescue, maintain required preparedness levels. Achieved. Preparedness levels were continuously monitored against the Joint Operations Command Operational Preparedness Requirement.
ADF forces are effectively deployed and sustained. Achieved. ADF forces continued to be effectively deployed and sustained.
The ADF response to requests for search and rescue and emergency assistance tasks are effectively managed and reported. Achieved.
ADF support to the civil surveillance program, in consultation with Coastwatch, was provided at the following resource levels: Achieved. ADF support to the civil surveillance program was conducted with priority given to Operation Relex II. Some patrols in support of Operation Relex II were conducted in the civil surveillance program area of operations and met both requirements. The rate of effort for these activities over 2003-04 was:
- 250 flying hours by AP-3C surveillance aircraft. 11.2 P-3 Orion flying hours solely in support of the civil surveillance program, with an additional 1,835.8 P-3 flying hours in support of Operation Relex II - a total of 1,847 P-3 flying hours.
- 1,800 Fremantle-class patrol boat days 549 Fremantle-class patrol boat days in support of civil surveillance program and 1,265 Fremantle-class patrol boat days in support of Operation Relex II - a total of 1,814 Fremantle-class patrol boat days.
The ADF continues to conduct minor emergency and non-emergency assistance tasks from local resources where feasible. Achieved.
National support tasks undertaken by the ADF as significant emergency assistance, public events of significance and non-emergency law enforcement are effectively undertaken, managed and reported. Achieved.
National support tasks undertaken by the ADF as Defence Force Assistance to Civilian Authorities are effectively managed and reported. Achieved. The ADF continued to provide consequence management, (biological and radiological) and counter-terrorism capabilities.
Defence Assistance to the Civil Community:(1) The following tasks were completed:
Category One - local emergency assistance; - the ADF was actively involved in the local community and provided local emergency assistance within resources;
Category Two - general emergency assistance; - nil;
Category Three - civil emergency or disaster recovery; - nil;
Category Four - public events of significance and general non-emergency assistance; - the ADF supported 21 public events of significance and 12 non-emergency assistance tasks during the year as approved by the Government;
Category Five - minor non-emergency assistance; and - the ADF provided non-emergency assistance within local resources; and
Category Six - non-emergency law enforcement-related tasks. - 23.
Defence Force Aid to Civilian Authorities. No requests.
Search and rescue tasks undertaken involving ADF assistance. Nine search and rescue tasks were undertaken.
Specified Army/Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Community Assistance Program milestones are met. The Army coordinated and managed the Army/Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission/Army Community Assistance Program. During 2003-04, 200 Army engineers, primarily from the 17th Construction Squadron and 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment, deployed to Palm Island in North Queensland. Palm Island is located some 70 kilometres north-east of Townsville and is home to 4,000 people from over 40 different tribal groups. The project consisted of $8.4m of works including the construction of houses and roads and the provision of health, employment and training activities over a five-month period.
The 2004 program is currently under way in the Northern Peninsula Area of the Northern Territory. Elements of the 19th Chief Engineer Works and the 21st Construction Squadron are the primary Army construction assets deployed. The project budget is $6m and the three aboriginal communities of Injinoo, Umagico and New Mapoon will benefit from the following works:
- 12 new houses (Army and civil contractors);
- renovations (civil contractor);
- site servicing (Army with external funding);
- fluoridation (civil contractor);
- solid waste disposal (Army);
- Snake Gully infrastructure upgrade (civil contractor); - drainage and fencing (civil contractor);
- piggery upgrade (civil contractor);
- community and training (Army); and
- provision of health services (Army).

Note

  1. Defence Assistance to the Civil Community comprises six categories:
    Counter-disaster and emergency assistance
    Category 1 - emergency assistance for a specific task provided by a local commander or administrator, from within his or her own resources, in localised emergency situations when immediate action is necessary to save human life, alleviate suffering, prevent extensive loss of animal life or prevent widespread loss or damage to property.
    Category 2 - emergency assistance in a more extensive or continuing disaster where action is necessary to save human life or alleviate suffering, prevent extensive loss of animal life or prevent loss or damage to property and when state or territory resources are inadequate.
    Category 3 - assistance associated with a civil emergency or disaster recovery, which is not directly related to the saving of life or property.
    Non-emergency assistance
    Category 4 - non-emergency assistance provided to other government departments or authorities, to the states or territories, local government or other authorities or organisations, commercial enterprises, non-profit organisations or individuals or bodies in the general community.
    Category 5 - non-emergency assistance of a minor nature, excluding flying tasks, provided to local organisations and which is within the capacity of a local commander or administrator's resources and authority.
    Category 6 - support to civil authorities in the performance of non-emergency law enforcement-related tasks where there is no likelihood that Defence personnel will be required to use force.

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