Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles received the final Defence Strategic Review (DSR) report today.
FILE PHOTO (November 2022): Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Julijan Pavin marshals personnel as HMAS Hobart’s embarked MH-60R helicopter conducts deck landing practice while transiting through the Indonesian Archipelago during a Regional Presence Deployment. Photo by Leading Seaman Daniel Goodman.
Authored by former Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and former Chief of the Defence Force Angus Houston, the Defence Strategic Review is an independently led examination of Australia’s defence force posture, force structure and capabilities.
Conducted over six months, the DSR was informed by engagements with more than 150 individuals and experts including Defence officials, Australian Defence Force personnel, defence industry, national security think tanks and academics, representatives from the states and territories and interest groups.
In addition, the leads of the review received more than 360 submissions from the general public, interested parties, organisations and state and territory governments.
Prime Minister Albanese said the Defence Strategic Review would help prepare Australia to effectively respond to the changing regional and global strategic environment and ensure Defence’s capability and structure was fit for purpose and delivered the greatest return on investment.
Minister for Defence Marles said the Defence Strategic Review was an ambitious and extensive examination of Australia’s strategic circumstances and would underpin Defence policy for decades to come.
“Australia must be resolute in its responsibility to safeguard our region and keep adversaries further from our shores,” Mr Marles said
“I thank His Excellency Professor the Honourable Stephen Smith and former Chief of the Defence Force Sir Angus Houston for their dedication and commitment to the task, and producing a body of work that will inform key decision making for government.”
The Albanese Government will now take time to consider the review and its recommendations, with the public expected to get a look next month.