PM announces major ADF expansion

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The Prime Minister will announce a major expansion to the ADF, with forces being raised to over 100,000 nationally by 2040 citing escalating threats both around the globe and in Australia’s region.

The new roles would be focused on Australia’s new AUKUS agreement with the UK and the US.

The AUKUS agreement, saw the UK and US commit to providing Australia with the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines.

Where the new positions in ADF will be

  • NT – up to 988
  • QLD – up to 1875
  • NSW – up to 2768
  • ACT – up to 2702
  • VIC – up to 368
  • TAS – up to 7
  • SA – up to 1088
  • WA – up to 1414
  • Overseas – Up to 84

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from NT News 10.3.22

NEARLY 1000 more defence workers will be stationed in the Northern Territory by 2040, under a new plan to expand Australia’s military capabilities in coming decades.

Amid escalating threats both around the globe and in Australia’s region, the Australian Defence Force’s ranks will swell to over 100,000 nationally.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Peter Dutton will on Thursday announce this will be achieved by expanding the ranks of the ADF by 18,500 positions by 2040, costing $38b.

Mr Morrison will announce that up to 988 more defence workers will be stationed in the Territory.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce the expansion. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce the expansion. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage

“The first priority of my government is keep Australians safe and to do that we need a bigger ADF with more soldiers, sailors and airmen and women to operate the cutting-edge capabilities we’re getting to protect Australia,” Mr Morrison said.

“Our world is becoming increasingly uncertain so it’s important we take steps now to protect our people and our national interest over the coming decades.”

A major increase in ADF staffing was previously flagged as part of the 2020 Force Structure Plan report.

The report found 12,500 ADF workers was flagged as the “bare minimum” increase, with a recommended additional 6000 positions needed to provide redundancy and resilience.

Where the new positions in ADF will be

NT – up to 988

QLD – up to 1875

NSW – up to 2768

ACT – up to 2702

VIC – up to 368

TAS – up to 7

SA – up to 1088

WA – up to 1414

Overseas – Up to 84

With 1207 whose location will be determined following future analysis of capability decisions

Note: The position of only 12,500 of the 18,500 are known. The remaining 6000 will be determined in the future

Of the 101,000 people employed by Defence in 2040, the government predicts around 80 per cent will be in uniform.

Mr Morrison said every state and territory, including the Northern Territory, would see increased staffing. He said the new roles would be focused on working with Australia’s new AUKUS agreement with the United Kingdom and United States.

“You can’t flick a switch to increase your army, navy and air force overnight, growing the type of people and skills we need to face the threats of the future takes time.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced $747 million to improve army barracks in the Northern Territory in what he described as another “significant step forward” in ensuring Australia has the “best training facilities of anywhere in the

The AUKUS agreement, announced last year, saw the UK and US commit to providing Australia with the technology to build nuclear powered submarines.

Mr Dutton said the boost to the ADF would “build the resilience we need” and help the sector prepare for the new submarine technology.

“Defence industry will also be fundamental to supporting Defence’s capability delivery and workforce growth to deliver current and enhanced technologies, systems and equipment,” he said.

“This growth in workforce and expertise will enable us to deliver our nuclear powered submarines, ships, aircraft and advanced weapons. It will mean we can build warfighting capabilities in the domains of space, and information and cyber.”

NSW and the ACT will both see the biggest staffing increase.

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