2016 Defence White Paper

In June 2020 the Prime Minister released the 2020 Defence Strategic Updatewhich provides an update on the strategic environment and a new strategic policy framework for Defence. 

The 2016 Defence White Paper, released on 25 February 2016, delivers on the Government’s commitment to the safety of the Australian people and to the defence our territory and national interests

The Defence White Paper sets out a comprehensive, responsible long term plan for Australia’s defence. The Government is investing in defence to ensure that we have the armed forces we need to protect Australia and to secure our interests in the coming decades.

The plans in this Defence White Paper have been cost-assured and externally validated. Australia’s defence strategy and capability plans have been aligned with funding. These plans are affordable and achievable.

For the first time, all elements of the Government’s defence investment, including new weapons, platforms, systems, and the enabling equipment, facilities, workforce, information and communications technology, and science and technology are outlined in an Integrated Investment Program, published with the 2016 Defence White Paper.

The Defence Industry Policy Statement, also released with the 2016 Defence White Paper, acknowledges the fundamental contribution that Australian industry provides to defence capability. The statement will refocus Defence’s relationship with Australian industry to support the plans in the Defence White Paper.

The Government’s defence strategy is supported by increased defence funding, which will grow to two per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product by 2020-21, three years ahead of the Government’s 2013 election commitment. The Government’s funding plan provides $29.9 billion more to Defence over the period to 2025-26 than previously planned, enabling approximately $195 billion of new investment in our defence capabilities in this period.


2016 Defence White Paper (PDF 9.6 MB) 2016 Integrated Investment Program (PDF 2.4 MB) 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement (PDF 4.75 MB) 2015 Guarding Against Uncertainty: Australian Attitudes to Defence (PDF 1.72 MB) 2014 Defence Issues Paper (PDF 1.5 MB) 2013 Defence White Paper (PDF 2.7 MB) 2009 Defence White Paper (PDF 1.84 MB) 2000 Defence White Paper (PDF 5.52 MB) 1994 Defence White Paper (PDF 18.13 MB) 1987 Defence White Paper (PDF 12.63 MB) 1976 Defence White Paper (PDF 7.96 MB)