Outcome 1 Command of operations

Explanations for Variations

Operations in Afghanistan (Operation Slipper)

The 2007-08 Budget initially provided $575.3m for the continuation of operations in Afghanistan. Subsequent to the Budget, the Government approved a further $47.9m in 2007-08, primarily for additional force protection measures, providing a total allocation of $623.2m.

Actual expenditure on operations in Afghanistan for 2007-08 was $228.3m below the revised estimate. This was due mainly to an over-estimate of surveillance requirements, garrison support and strategic lift costs.

Operations in Iraq (Operation Catalyst)

Following the withdrawal of the Overwatch Battle Group (West) and the Australian Army Training Team in mid-2008, approximately 1,000 personnel remain committed to the operation. The 2007-08 Budget initially provided $373.1m for the continuation of operations in Iraq. Subsequent to the Budget, the Government approved a further $112.9m in 2007-08 primarily for additional force protection and equipment purchases, providing a total allocation of $486.0m.

Actual expenditure for operations in Iraq was $15.5m more than the revised estimate mainly due to higher than anticipated support costs partially offset by lower than expected personnel costs.

Operations in East Timor (Operation Astute)

The Government provided an allocation of $152.8m in the 2007-08 Budget for this operation.

Actual expenditure for operations in East Timor was $52.8m more that the revised estimate mainly due to increased support costs and costs incurred in supporting additional ADF contributions to East Timor.

Operations in Solomon Islands (Operation Anode)

The Government agreed an extension of the deployment period for the operation and approved an increase of $6.7m in the 2007-08 Additional Estimates. This brought the total level of funding for Operation Anode in 2007-08 to $12.7m.

Actual expenditure for Operation Anode was $11.0m higher than the revised estimate, mainly due to due to a significant increase in garrison support costs.

Coastal Surveillance Operations (Operation Resolute)

Operation Resolution consolidates previous ADF operations including Operations Relex II (unauthorised arrivals) and Operation Cranberry (illegal fishing and smuggling). The Government provided an allocation of $12.6m in the 2007-08 Budget for this operation.

Actual expenditure for Operation Resolute was $5.6m less than the revised estimate mainly due to lower than expected support costs for the AP-3C Orions.

Operations for APEC Forum (Operation Deluge)

The ADF contribution dealt primarily with the provision of counter-terrorism security and ceremonial capabilities. The Government provided an allocation of $11.3m in the 2007-08 Budget for this operation.

Actual expenditure for Operation Deluge was $7.3m less than the revised estimate mainly due to a reduced requirement for ADF support to seven Ministerial meetings, with ADF support only being provided to the APEC Economic Leaders meeting held in Sydney in September 2007.

Northern Territory National Emergency Response (Operation Outreach)

In August 2007, the Government passed the Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Act (No.1) 2007-08, which provided $15.5m in 2007-08 for Operation Outreach.

Actual expenditure for Operation Outreach was $3.2m less than the revised estimate mainly due to less than estimated payments to employers of Reservists through the Reserve Employer Support Payment Scheme, lower than expected strategic lift requirements and lower than estimated field allowances.

Status of Funding from all operations

Table 3.11 provides a summary of the current actual and planned expenditure on operations from 2001 to 2010-11. In summary, the net additional cost of operations announced to date is $8.5b. 

Table 3.11 Net Additional cost of operations from 1999-00 to 2007-08 and planned for 2008-09 to 2010-11
Operation 1999-00
Actual
result
($m)
2000-01
Actual
result
($m)
2001-02
Actual
result
($m)
2002-03
Actual
result
($m)
2003-04
Actual
result
($m)
2004-05
Actual
result
($m)
2005-06
Actual
result
($m)
2006-07
Actual
result
($m)
2007-08
Actual
result
($m)
2008-09
Budget
estimate
($m)
2009-10
Budget
estimate
($m)
2010-11
Budget
estimate
($m)
Total


($m)
Operation Astute 598.1 798.5 632.9 579.3 554.0 27.4 23.9 191.4 205.6 174.3 - - 3,804.1
Operation Bel Isi - 20.0 10.1 14.6 3.0 - - - - - - - 47.7
Operation Slipper - - 320.0 176.0 -5.0 - 91.0 223.3 394.9 618.9 - 2.9 1,903.1
Operation Resolute - - 22.2 27.8 15.9 11.9 9.8 9.3 7.0 12.8 - 13.3 143.0
Operation Catalyst - - - 285.3 240.6 284.9 351.4 398.5 501.5 215.7 - - 2,329.6
Operation Anode - - - - 90.4 27.6 12.9 17.3 23.7 27.1 - - 199.0
Operation Sumatra Assist - - - - - 37.0 7.5 - - - - - 44.5
Operation Acolyte - - - - - 0.1 10.4 - - - - - 10.5
Operation Deluge - - - - - - - 2.7 4.0 - - - 6.7
Operation Pakistan Assist - - - - - - 9.8 - - - - - 9.8
Operation Outreach - - - - - - - - 12.3 - - - 12.3
Total net additional costs 598.1 818.5 985.2 1,083.0 898.9 388.9 516.7 842.5 1,149.1 1,048.7 164.4 16.2 8,510.3