We will defend Australia, with the biggest rebuild of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) since the Second World War.

Record $200 billion investment

Under strategies laid out in the Defence White Paper 2016, the Government is meeting the challenges of a complex security environment.

Our fully-costed plan will invest over $200 billion in Australia’s defence capability over the next 10 years. This is Australia’s biggest-ever peacetime investment in Defence.

By 2020-21, we will have restored Defence investment to 2% of GDP. We are already taking action on this commitment, announcing Defence investment of 1.93% of GDP in the 2019 Federal Budget.

To build and ensure our defence capability, we are creating a sovereign Australian defence industry.

A stronger Navy

The greatest regeneration in the Navy’s history will see the construction of 54 new vessels.

This includes doubling our submarine fleet to 12, nine Hunter class frigates and 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels to ensure our borders remain secure.

All 54 vessels will be built in Australia, using Australian workers and steel – creating thousands of jobs for decades to come.

More than 500 Australian businesses have already pre-qualified to be part of the Hunter class supply chain.

A stronger Army

The Australian Army is getting new weapons, including rifles, pistols, grenade launchers and mortars, as well as new body armour and night-fighting equipment.

New combat reconnaissance, infantry fighting and light protected vehicles will be introduced into service.

Upgrades to the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank will ensure our forces have the protection, mobility and firepower they need.

A stronger Air Force

The Air Force will get unprecedented capability to combat future threats through the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The first aircraft arrived in December 2018.

More than 50 Australian companies have shared in more than $1 billion in contracts in the global Joint Strike Fighter program.

In addition to the F-35 Joint Strike fighter, we are improving Air Force capability through investment of $1.4 billion for 7 MQ-4C Triton aircraft, $5.4 billion for 12 P8-A Poseidon aircraft and approximately $400 million for a minimum of 12 armed MQ-9 Reaper drones. The seven Triton aircraft will be housed and sustained at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia creating 70 jobs across SA and the NT.

Honouring our veterans

$11.2 billion has been invested by the Federal Liberal Government across the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio within the Federal Budget 2018/19.

We are ensuring our more than 300,000 veterans and their families receive respect and support, with measures including fairer indexation of defence force pensions at a cost of $1.4 billion, free mental healthcare for all veterans, our veterans-to-work program and a new Australian veterans’ card and lapel pin to provide even more recognition and opportunities.