Operation Render Safe

Operation Render Safe is undertaken by Australian Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams and Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers. These teams are supported by a range of Defence assets such as Hydrographic Survey Ships, Amphibious Landing craft, helicopters and other fix winged aircraft.

The Operation occurs annually or in response to an urgent request from a Pacific Island nation.

Operation Render Safe activities involve extensive community engagement preparation in the months leading up to a mission to educate local populations about safe explosive handling and disposal procedures.

Defence assisted Nauru in 2020 as part of Operation Render Safe, however was unable to undertake any in-country additional activities due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Defence's commitment to Operation Render Safe varies year-on-year based on the nature of the specific task and the support required to Pacific Island nations.