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Annual Report 2014–15

Volume 1, Part 2 : Performance

Programme 3.1
Defence Contribution to National Support Tasks in Australia

National support tasks undertaken by the ADF include maintaining the security of the Australian coastline against illegal immigration, smuggling, quarantine evasion and other intrusions to Australian sovereignty, counter-terrorism responses, search and rescue, and natural disaster relief.

The ADF contributes to Maritime Border Command through Operation Resolute, providing maritime surveillance and response assets that are routinely tasked in accordance with the Government’s direction.

Operation Parapet, the ADF’s contribution to security and response for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, included ground security forces and F/A-18 aircraft patrolling the airspace over the meeting venue. Additionally,
ADF maritime assets intercepted a Russian task group in the Coral Sea.

In January 2015, RAAF Edinburgh provided fuel and water for contracted fire-fighting aircraft to Country Fire Service personnel responding to a 180-kilometre fire front in the Adelaide hills.

In February 2015, Army Reserve personnel from 13th Brigade were called in to help Western Australian emergency officials respond to a major bushfire in the Northcliffe region of south-west Western Australia. RAAF Pearce was opened to civil aircraft to allow refuelling and access to water resupply.

Also in February, Cyclone Lam damaged more than 100 houses in three communities on Elcho Island and across Arnhem Land. Following a request from the Northern Territory Government, an RAAF C-17A Globemaster III was deployed to airlift stores and supplies for a 300-bed tent camp to the Northern Territory.

In response to Cyclone Marcia crossing the Queensland coast on 20 February 2015, Emergency Management Queensland officials requested support from the ADF for post-disaster assessment and recovery operations in Yeppoon and Rockhampton. An RAAF AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and an RAAF King Air conducted wide area surveillance of cities, towns, infrastructure and roads while Army personnel, supported by MRH-90 Taipan multi-role helicopters, conducted clean-up and repair work in Rockhampton, Byfield, Yeppoon and Biloela.

Table 5.2: Programme 3.1 deliverables

Deliverable

Status

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Key

Met

• • •

Substantially met

• •

Partially met

• •

Not met

• • •

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Operation

Commenced

Objective

Resolute

2006

Contribute to the whole-of-government maritime surveillance and response.

Status Met • • •

Parapet

2013

Contribute security assistance to the whole-of government effort as host of the G20 Summit in 2014.

Status Met • • •

Hawick

2014

Contribute to the whole-of-government Operation Bring Them Home, the search and recovery effort for Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Status Met • • •

Table 5.3: Programme 3.1 key performance indicators

Key performance indicator

Status

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Key

Met

• • •

Substantially met

• •

Partially met

• •

Not met

• • •

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Defence’s contribution to national support tasks in Australia meets government directives.

Status Met • • •

Defence’s response to requests for Defence Force aid to the civil authority is effectively managed, sustained and reported.

Status Met • • •

Defence’s response to requests for Defence assistance to the civil community is effectively managed, sustained and reported.

Status Met • • •