Issue 1 2016
Defence Magazine cover, August 2015
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Honoured to have extraordinary responsibility. Photo by Lauren Larking

Committed for the long haul

Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne is looking forward to the challenges and changes that lie ahead.

You've said that 2016 is shaping as a milestone year for Defence. Can you tell us what some of the major projects are and some of the things that you are focused on? What can we expect?

We have a very significant program ahead of us, not the least of which is the release of the Government's Defence White Paper, accompanied by the Integrated Investment Program and a Defence Industry Policy Statement.

They are really watershed moments for Defence, and have been historically.

This White Paper is no different; it is a significant statement about where Defence will go in the next 20 years in terms of capability, of operations, strategic engagement and so on.

We'll also set forth our challenges in the workplace, both in the ADF and in the civilian workforce. They're important priorities for me. On top of that we have a significant acquisition program ahead of us.

The organisation is acutely aware of the important decisions coming up in relation to submarines, to future frigates and to offshore patrol vessels, just to name a couple.

Then we have all of our ongoing work, the work that our teams are doing internationally in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and more broadly around the world where we have Australian men and women of the Defence Force placed.

Their work is very much at the forefront of my mind as we go into 2016.