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Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative

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Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative

The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) is an opportunity for Australia to build Defence capability and enhance its bilateral relationship with Singapore, while providing enduring economic benefits to Central and North Queensland.

Singapore will invest AUD 2.25 billion under the Initiative. Up to 14,000 Singapore Armed Forces will train in QLD when the Initiative reaches maturity. Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Central Queensland is being expanded and a new training area is being established at Greenvale in North Queensland

Under the ASMTI, Singapore will invest around A$2.25 billion for Australia to develop and enhance training areas to meet the future needs of the Australian Defence Force and facilitate an increased presence of Singapore Armed Forces personnel.

The existing Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Central Queensland is being expanded and a new training area is being established near Greenvale in North Queensland. These training areas will be owned and managed by the Australian Government.

When the ASMTI reaches maturity, up to 14,000 Singapore Armed Forces personnel will conduct training in Central and North Queensland over 18 weeks each year.

PurposeSoldiers of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, move into position for the final Battlegroup Samichon assault at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Exercise Talisman Saber on 20 July.

The ASMTI will deliver advanced military training areas that benefit the Australian Defence Force, provide significant local economic opportunities and strengthen Australia’s Defence relationship with Singapore.

Learn about the ASMTI’s history and purpose

Map of Queensland highlighting Townsville, Rockhampton and the Greenvale and Shoalwater Bay Training Areas

Training areas

Training areas in Central and North Queensland are being developed and enhanced under the ASMTI, allowing personnel to train with the equipment, platforms and systems that will be introduced over the coming decades.

Discover more about the training areas


Get involvedAustralian Army soldiers, Sergeant Bryan Griff and Corporal Steven Morganite, view building plans

Defence is committed to maximising opportunities for local industry participation across the life of the ASMTI. Businesses in Central and North Queensland can be involved in work across a range of activities, including construction and technical support.

Find out how your business can get involved

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Community engagement

Defence maintains a comprehensive program of community and industry engagement in Central and North Queensland as planning and implementation of the ASMTI progresses.

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Defence has established a dedicated local presence to support community consultation and maintain close contact with landholders, industry and the broader community.

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“The Initiative will deliver enhanced Defence training areas in Central and North Queensland, supporting the future capability of the Australian Defence Force and meeting the needs of the Singapore Armed Forces. We will deliver realistic training environments which can adapt to future technologies so we can best prepare our people for future challenges. The Initiative will see significant investment in Central and North Queensland, providing significant economic opportunities for local industry”.

Brigadier Mark Brewer
Program Manager,
Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative