Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination Office
Senate Committee inquiry into proposed legislation
The Defence Legislation Amendment (Woomera Prohibited Area) Bill 2013 was introduced in Parliament on 30 May 2013.
On 18 June 2013 the Senate referred the Bill to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade for inquiry. The committee's report was published on 20 August 2013.
Full details about the inquiry are available at the Senate Committee website.
The Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination Office is a joint Australian Government—South Australian Government office established to administer non-Defence use of the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA).
The office was established following the Australian Government’s endorsement of the recommendations of the Government Review of the Woomera Prohibited Area Final Report on 3 May 2011.
The WPA Coordination Office’s objectives are to:
- administer all aspects of non-Defence access to the WPA
- develop a comprehensive range management framework
- ensure a consistent and coordinated approach to approving non-Defence access to the WPA, while preserving Australia’s national interests.
The WPA is an important Defence capability and testing and evaluation asset that plays a significant role in Australia’s national security.
The WPA is also highly prospective and the South Australian Government estimates that more than $35 billion in developments, iron ore, gold and uranium projects could be possible over the next decade.
If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact the WPA Coordination Office.