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Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative


Frequently Asked Questions – Training Area Expansion

This information is subject to change.

1. Why is Defence expanding and developing Queensland training areas as opposed to others?

For the Australian Defence Force to safely and sustainably conduct battle preparedness Defence will have to expand its training areas. This remains true irrespective of Singapore’s use of Australian facilities.

The development of an amphibious capability has placed greater demands on Australia’s existing amphibious training facilities, which is not sustainable in the long-term. The restructure and mechanisation of Army’s Brigades, and the incoming fleet of armoured fighting vehicles have increased the required training area to enable the ADF to undertake sufficient levels of high-intensity combat readiness, safely and sustainably.

2. How will Defence purchase land?

On 7 February 2017, the then Minister for Defence Marise Payne announced that Defence will only purchase land from willing sellers in support of the Australia–Singapore Military Training Initiative.

This announcement does not affect the implementation of the agreement to increase the training of the Singapore Armed Forces in these two regions.

3. What does Defence consider when establishing training areas?

In determining whether a property was required to establish a viable training area Defence examined a number of factors including:

  • Whether it would be part of a contiguous training area;
  • Whether it is of sufficient size and shape to enable vehicle movements and live fire weapons danger areas;
  • Whether it has varied terrain and vegetation to support a range of military vehicles and equipment;
  • What environmental management is required; and
  • The current and future infrastructure requirements.

4. What happens to the Townsville Field Training Area?

Defence is not looking to expand the existing Townsville Field Training Area in support of this Initiative.

5. How does Defence ensure the environment and heritage are protected?

Defence is committed to the responsible stewardship of its estate and complies with all relevant legislation and regulations, including the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Want to know more? Environment and heritage management across Defence training areas factsheet.