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What is Defence Doing?

Commonwealth Policy

The Australian Government has approved policy for managing land affected by Unexploded Ordnance (UXO). The Department of Defence implements this policy. View the Commonwealth Policy on the Management of Land in Australia Affected by Unexploded Ordnance.

Informing and Protecting the Public

The Department of Defence maintains a record of sites confirmed as, or reasonably suspected of, being affected by UXO. Defence updates this record as and when information on areas affected by UXO becomes available. This record is represented in an interactive map.

The Commonwealth will seek to inform the public where it knows of dangers considered to have arisen from particular UXO contamination. This is generally achieved through the provision of advice to State and Local government land management and planning authorities.

The Commonwealth cannot provide an assurance to all prospective purchasers that in the absence of warning with respect to their land, it will be free of UXO.

The Commonwealth assists land planning and management authorities in protecting the public from the hazards associated with the development of land, and zoning proposals involving such land, for UXO affected areas.

Providing Advice

The Department of Defence will provide advice on the hazards associated with UXO to all Commonwealth, State and Local Government Authorities and private organisations or individuals who request it.

Defence is actively engaged in identifying areas where UXO are likely to be present. Members of the public can assist in this process. If you have any information that may be of assistance, please contact

Further resources highlighting the issues of UXO and the actions to be taken should you encounter UXO can be found on the Resources page.