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Future Submarine Program

Prime Minister Turnbull and Minister for Defence Payne:

The Turnbull Government today announces that the next generation of submarines for Australia will be constructed at the Adelaide shipyard, securing thousands of jobs and ensuring the project will play a key part in the transition of our economy.  DCNS of France has been selected as our preferred international partner for the design of the 12 Future Submarines, subject to further discussions on commercial matters.  Along with our recent naval shipbuilding announcements, the commitment to an Australian build will create a sustainable Australian naval shipbuilding industry and provide the certainty that industry requires to invest in innovation and technology and grow its workforce.  The Future Submarine project is the largest and most complex defence acquisition Australia has ever undertaken. It will be a vital part of our Defence capability well into the middle of this century.  This $50 billion investment will directly sustain around 1,100 Australian jobs and a further 1,700 Australian jobs through the supply chain. ...(more)




Launch of the Green Book

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP & Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Today we announce the release of the most comprehensive summary of Australia’s relationship with our regional bilateral aid partners, Australian Engagement with Developing Countries (The Green Book).  The Green Book provides a snapshot of total Australian Government support for Indo-Pacific developing countries in 2014-15. For the first time, aid statistics are complemented by additional information to provide a more comprehensive picture of Australia’s relationships with these countries...Working in partnership with each country we collaborate on issues ranging from security, marine resource protection and cultural exchanges, humanitarian responses, transnational crime and goods control.  (more)





Additional Support for Fiji

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP; Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne:  Today we announce a further package of assistance to support Fiji in its reconstruction efforts following Tropical Cyclone Winston.  The Australian Government will provide an additional $20 million to rebuild critical infrastructure and increase resilience to natural disasters.  Australian funding will support the rebuilding of schools and medical clinics and restoration of water and sanitation services.  We will also work with the people of Fiji to repair damaged markets so farmers and market vendors can return to work and support their families, and rebuild accommodation facilities for women vendors. New infrastructure will be designed to better withstand the impact of natural disasters.  Today’s announcement builds on $15 million in humanitarian assistance that has provided life-saving supplies and access to health services to 200,000 people. (more)


Support for Global Food Security

Today we announce that Australia will contribute to the Global Crop Diversity Trust to safeguard the world’s crops and strengthen global food security.  Established in 2004, the Global Crop Diversity Trust supports conservation of the world’s most diverse collection of food crop seeds and improves the plant genetic resources for the world’s major food crops.  Australia’s $5 million contribution will provide financial support and technical assistance to seedbanks in developing countries and support a fail-safe backup of food crop seeds in the Svalbard Seed Vault in Norway. (more)


Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching update

Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt:  The coral bleaching event currently impacting the Great Barrier Reef is major and significant.  The Reef 2050 Independent Expert Panel met this week and provided me with a thorough briefing on the severity and geographical extent of bleaching.  The event is still unfolding and the full extent and severity of bleaching may take several weeks to manifest.  The Great Barrier Reef covers a vast area – larger than Italy – and the impact of bleaching varies across its 345,000 square kilometres.  I asked the Panel to release their scientific findings and provide advice to the Government on what further action can be taken.  The latest advice from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is that the most severe bleaching continues to be in the far northern sector between Cooktown and the tip of Cape York Peninsula. (more)


AUSFTA Joint Committee Meeting – Call for Submissions

Australia and the United States celebrated the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) in 2015. This agreement is one of Australia’s longest-running Free Trade Agreements, and it underpins the trade and investment relationship between Australia and the United States.  AUSFTA contains provisions for Joint Committee Meetings (JCMs) to be held involving the Australian and United States governments. DFAT invites submissions from interested and relevant stakeholders for the upcoming JCM.  For more information on AUSFTA and Australia-United States economic co-operation, see DFAT’s United States Country Brief and DFAT’s AUSFTA page. (more)


2016 Defence White Paper

On 25 February 2016, the Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, MP, and the Minister for Defence, Senator The Hon Marise Payne released the 2016 Defence White Paper, the Integrated Investment Program and the Defence Industry Policy Statement. Together, these three documents set out the Government's direction to Defence to guide our strategy, capability, and organisational and budget planning.  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. (more)










Life the life Australia

If you have the skills, Australia has the lifestyle. If you like the idea of Australia's climate and lifestyle and are looking for a career challenge in a country with lots of opportunities—take the next step and find out more about Australia's skilled working visas. Your journey starts when you submit an expression of interest for a skilled visa through SkillSelect. By using SkillSelect the Australian Government could invite you to lodge a visa application or you could be nominated by an Australian or state and territory government. Find out what you need to do to complete your expression of interest through SkillSelect.          


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