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Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative

Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (2021)

The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (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.

Since its establishment in 2015, the ASMTI has been working with Central and North Queensland communities to establish training areas. In addition to purchasing land, there are a number of other steps Defence is taking to design, build and use the training areas.

As part of its commitment for the ASMTI to provide economic benefits for communities in Central and North Queensland, the Department of Defence is undertaking a Socio-Economic Impact Assessment. This study will provide an independent analysis of the ASMTI social and economic impacts in its operating regions; and deliver updated data, insights and findings.

Themes that the report may cover include (but are not limited to) community perception of ASMTI’s impact on:

  • Community and engagement
  • Indigenous culture
  • Workforce, business and the economy
  • Housing and accommodation
  • Community health and safety
  • Environmental impacts
  • National security

Researchers are currently engaging with community members and stakeholders to understand the community’s awareness of Defence activity and investment in Central and North Queensland communities and economies. To have your say on the ASMTI, send your submissions to by 12 September 2021.

Note that there is no set template, but we ask that you include:

  • Your name, email address, and location (suburb or town/city)
  • A clear outline of your views and recommendations against the themes (or ‘other’ as appropriate).

It is recommended that submissions are concise, and no more than 2-3 pages. Copies of submissions will be provided to the Department of Defence. Please confirm if you wish identifying information to be removed before doing so.

The Socio-Economic Impact Assessment will be released on this website in the coming months following consultation. Please note that while the final report will be public, no individuals will be identified.

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