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Review of the Australia-New Zealand Defence Relationship

On 24 April, the Australian Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, and New Zealand Minister of Defence, Dr Jonathan Coleman, released the Review of the Australia-New Zealand Defence Relationship. The Review details proposed future strategic cooperation and sets priorities for ANZAC engagement.

Full Joint Report: Review of the Australia-New Zealand Defence Relationship
Media Release: Australia and New Zealand release bilateral Defence Framework

Background to the review
The Review of the Australia-New Zealand Defence Relationship was commissioned by the Australian and New Zealand Ministers for Defence at their annual meeting in February 2011.

The review was to determine how to strengthen strategic cooperation and priority setting for ANZAC engagement. The joint report is intended to detail preliminary proposals to improve bilateral engagement structures and strengthen bilateral exchanges, and detail proposes to ensure cost-efficient cooperation.

Joint Media Release: ANZAC Defence Ministers build on close links to enhance effectiveness in Asia-Pacific Region

Defence Relationship Framework
As part of the review, a new Defence Relationship Framework was developed. The framework was launched by Australian Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, and New Zealand Defence Minister, Dr Jonathan Coleman on 29 January 2012.

Minister for Defence and Minister of Defence, New Zealand – Joint Media Release – Australian and New Zealand Defence Ministers launch new Defence Relationship Framework