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Program 2.2 - Operations Supporting Wider Interests

Under Operation Slipper, the ADF contributes to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and to the Combined Maritime Force in the Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Arabian Gulf.

With around 1,550 ADF personnel based within Afghanistan, and about 800 personnel deployed across the broader Middle East Area of Operations, Operation Slipper represented the most significant military operation for the Government and for Defence since federation.

The main focus of the ADF effort in Afghanistan was the development of the Afghan National Security Forces' capability to take lead responsibility for the security of their country. To this end, the ADF has continued advising the Afghan National Army's 4/205 Brigade so that it can take over lead responsibility for security in Uruzgan Province.

The Navy major fleet unit continuously deployed in support of the Combined Maritime Force, conducted maritime counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations. Australia commanded Combined Task Force 150, responsible for the maritime counterterrorism mission, between 19 December 2012 and 14 April 2013.

In support of a rules-based global security order, Defence continued to provide support to six United Nations missions and coalition operations. The ADF maintained its longstanding links to the military observer mission in Sinai, Egypt, under Operation Mazurka, and five other United Nations missions in the Middle East, while continuing to provide support to the Australian Government diplomatic mission in Iraq.

Figure 3.1 - Global operations

Table 3.52 - Program 2.2 deliverables

Table 3.52 - Program 2.2 deliverables
Operation Objective Status
Paladin 1956- Contribute to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in the Middle East Met
Mazurka 1982- Contribute personnel to the Multi-national Force and Observers in the Sinai Met
Slipper 2001- Contribute to the international coalition against international terrorism and assist with the reconstruction of Afghanistan Met
Palate II 2005- Provide Military Liaison Officers to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Met
Riverbank 2008- Contribute to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Met
Aslan 2011- Contribute to the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan Met

Table 3.53 - Program 2.2 key performance indicators

Table 3.53 - Program 2.2 key performance indicators
Key performance indicator Status
ADF operations meet their stated objectives within the Government's guidance Met
ADF forces are effectively deployed and sustained Met
ADF forces are withdrawn for reconstitution when they are no longer required Met

Summary

Outcome 3 focuses on the ability of the Australian Defence Force to contribute to national support tasks in Australia (Program 3.1) where directed by the Government, both in emergency and non-emergency situations.

Emergency assistance in Australia is provided and managed using the Australian Government emergency management plans and arrangements maintained by Emergency Management Australia. To support these plans, the ADF has developed a series of standing plans for short-notice Defence contributions to national support tasks, conducting training and exercises and maintaining selected force elements at preparedness levels should these plans be activated.

Table 3.54 - Total cost of Defence Outcome 3

Table 3.54 - Total cost of Defence Outcome 3 ¹
2012-13 budget estimate ² $'000 2012-13 revised estimate ³ $'000 2012-13 actual result $'000 Variation $'000 %
Program 3.1 - Defence Contribution to National Support Tasks in Australia
Revenue from other sources - - - - -
Departmental outputs 9,500 9,500 15,182 5,682 60
Total resourcing
Total Departmental outputs 9,500 9,500 15,182 5,682 60
Total Departmental revenue from other sources - - - - -
Total resources for Outcome 3 9,500 9,500 15,182 5,682 60
Notes
  1. This table excludes capital payments for outcomes.
  2. As published in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2012-13, Table 50.
  3. As published in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2012-14, Table 38.

Table 3.55 - Departmental cost summary for Outcome 3

Table 3.55 - Departmental cost summary for Outcome 3 ¹
2012-13 budget estimate ² $'000 2012-13 revised estimate ³ $'000 2012-13 actual result $'000 Variation $'000 %
Expenses
Employees 202 202 577 375 185
Suppliers 9,298 9,298 14,605 5,307 57
Grants - - - - -
Depreciation and amortisation - - - - -
Finance cost - - - - -
Write-down of assets and impairment of assets - - - - -
Net losses from sale of assets - - - - -
Other expenses - - - - -
Total expenses 9,500 9,500 15,182 5,682 60
Income
Revenue
Goods and services - - - - -
Other revenue - - - - -
Total revenue - - - - -
Gains
Reversal of previous asset write-downs - - - - -
Net gains from sale of assets - - - - -
Other gains - - - - -
Total gains - - - - -
Total income - - - - -
Total resources for Outcome 3 9,500 9,500 15,182 5,682 60
Notes
  1. This table excludes capital payments for outcomes.
  2. Total aggregation of Outcome 3 programs as published in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2012-13.
  3. Total aggregation of Outcome 3 programs as published in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2013-14.