General Information

The Australian Defence Force has formally concluded Operation ASTUTE in Timor-Leste and has redeployed all troops and equipment to Australia.

A small number of Australian Defence Force personnel returned home to Australia on 27 March 2013 marking the end of the Australian-led International Stabilisation Force.

The last commander of Joint Task Force 631, Lieutenant Colonel Mick Sasse, who flew into Australia after the final handover of Australian bases to the Government of Timor-Leste.

The latest mission in the fledgling nation started on 25 May 2006 in response to a request from the Government of Timor-Leste and had been a success in restoring public order and stability.