On Wednesday 3 August 2022, the Prime Minister, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon Richard Marles MP, announced an independently-led review that will consider Defence's force posture and force structure.

The Defence Strategic Review will help Defence to better understand where it should prioritise investment. This will ensure the Australian Defence Force is well positioned to meet the nation’s security challenges through to 2033 and beyond.

Two Independent Leads, former Minister for Defence, Professor the Hon Stephen Smith and former Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AFC (Ret'd), have been appointed to lead the Review.

Public submissions to the Review closed on 30 November 2022.

Professor Smith and Sir Angus will deliver the Review and its recommendations to Government in early 2023.


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