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Annual Report 2014–15

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Women, peace and security:— Implementing the National Action Plan

The Australian Defence Force is making significant progress in implementing the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for 2012–2018. The plan provides a framework for a whole-of-government approach to implementing United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The plan identifies strategies and actions that Australia has committed to and will implement over a six-year period. The plan recognises the impact of conflict on women and girls, encourages their participation in all aspects of conflict prevention, management and resolution, and integrates a gender perspective into peacekeeping operations.

The National Action Plan contains five key strategies and 24 actions. Defence is responsible for contributing to the implementation of 17 of the 24 actions. Implementation is being facilitated by the Services and selected Groups through the Defence Implementation Plan.

The Defence Implementation Plan comprises 78 tasks across the five high-level National Action Plan strategies, designed to enhance Defence’s military effectiveness in current and future operations and missions, and focuses on six key areas:

  • key strategic departmental guidance and operational planning documents and processes
  • training (pre-deployment, professional military education and training continuum, senior staff courses, and Service- and Group-specific specialist courses)
  • the development of support products by the Australian Civil–Military Centre
  • increasing opportunities for women (through internal gender reform, deployments overseas and in senior decision-making roles)
  • developing the gender adviser and female engagement capability
  • national and international engagement.

The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, said women, peace and security goals were included in the Defence Corporate Plan, the Defence Annual Plan, and in all military operational planning directives and joint doctrine development.

‘Defence’s primary focus is on increasing operational effectiveness through the role of women in fragile conflict and post-conflict settings’, he said.

‘The participation of women in the ADF and across Defence plays an important part in the agenda. It’s important that it’s fully understood how this effectively contributes to peace and security operations within the region and internationally.’

Defence’s progress between March 2012 and December 2013 is included in the 2014 whole-of-government progress report, which was tabled in Parliament in July 2014.

The 2015 interim review is being conducted from 1 July to 30 September and will focus on the relevance of government agency actions to National Action Plan outcomes, and relevance of the plan to inform and implement the women, peace and security agenda more broadly.

Further details on the National Action Plan are available at Status