Australia has a long and proud history of helping to keep peace in many of the world's trouble spots and, since the end of the Second World War, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has contributed to over thirty peace operations. This contribution, and the professionalism of the ADF, has earned the respect and admiration of Governments and individuals throughout the world.
Australia has had peacekeepers in the field with the United Nations continuously for over 50 years. In Indonesia in 1947, Australians were part of the very first group of UN military observers anywhere in the world, and were, in fact, the first into the field.
Since the 1970s, Australia's contributions to peacekeeping operations have increased in size and scope
Six multinational operations have been commanded by Australians: